SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Almost exactly 24 hours ahead of Tuesday's 1 p.m. deadline, the San Francisco 49ers announced Monday they cut their roster down to 75 players.
In doing so, general manager Trent Baalke waived 10 players: kicker Corey Acosta, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, cornerback Mylan Hicks, tackle Sean Hooey, receiver Mario Hull, receiver Chuck Jacobs, receiver Nigel King, linebacker Shawn Lemon, fullback Trey Millard and defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye.
Four players were added to injured lists. As expected, center Daniel Kilgore was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Rookie receiver DeAndre Smelter was added to the reserve/non-football injury list. Both players will have to miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season before they can resume practicing. (You can read more about Kilgore and Smelter here)
Undrafted rookie receiver Dres Anderson was placed on injured reserve making him ineligible to play in 2015. Anderson sustained a torn meniscus that derailed his senior season at Utah, limiting him to just six games. As a junior, he registered 1,002 yards receiving with 53 catches before opting to return for a fourth year. Prior to his injury, Anderson was believed to be a mid-round selection in the recent draft. He missed time during training camp with knee soreness and did not appear in any preseason games.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop, 31, was also placed on injured reserve after suffering a hand injury in Week 2's preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys. Bishop was hoping to latch on to the 49ers after losing Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement in the offseason. He joined the team late in 2014 and appeared in the final two regular season games after Bornald sustained an ankle injury in a loss to the Seahawks.
Bishop totalled 34 snaps in two preseason games at inside linebacker, making three tackles with a sack. He was originally a sixth-round pick of the Packers out of Cal in 2007 and played six seasons there. He bounced from the Vikings to the Cardinals before signing with San Francisco.
Okoye, the former British Olympian discus thrower, did not make the roster for the third straight year after, but remains a possiblity to make the practice squad and continue his development. Okoye played played a career-high 47 preseason snaps through three games, after getting 42 snaps in four games last preseason and 18 in 2013.
Early on in camp, Okoye said he belongs in the NFL after nearly three years of development.
"I definitely feel like I’m good enough to play. I haven’t been in previous years, but I definitely feel like I am now," Okoye said. "That’s not me being arrogant or anything, that’s just looking at the facts."
But the numbers were not in Okoye's favor. Defensive line might be San Francisco's deepest position. That group includes Ian Williams, Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine, Glenn Dorsey, Darnell Dockett, Tony Jerod-Eddie and first-round pick Arik Armstead.
Millard was waived after missing all of last season rehabbing a torn ACL suffered in his final season at Oklahoma. He was one of two fullbacks on the 90-man roster during the offseason with starter Bruce Miller.
Miller's offseason arrest, leading to pleading "no contest" to a disturbing-the-peace charge, is still under review by the NFL, according to this report from Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area.
Millard could potentially rejoin the team if Miller is dealt a suspension. Or the 49ers could call upon their bevy of tight ends to play lead blocker. Five tight ends remain on the roster after the first round of cuts.
The deadline for teams to make final cuts and trim the roster to 53 is Satruday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m., two days after the 49ers wrap up their preseason slate Thursday against the Chargers.
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