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49ers announce 53-man roster

The 49ers have announced their initial 53-man roster for the start of 2015.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers had to trim their roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday afternoon's deadline. After making those cuts, here is their initial 53-man roster for 2015.

Quarterback (2)

Analysis: Kaepernick has never missed time because of injury, affording the luxury of keeping two quarterbacks. The 49ers hope Dylan Thompson can get to the practice squad as insurance.

Running Back

Analysis: Kendall Hunter goes on injured reserve after not looking like his explosive self during the preseason, a year removed from his ACL tear. Hayne makes it, causing the continent of Austalia to shake.

Fullback

Analysis: Miller's offseason arrest, leading to pleading "no contest" to disturbing the peace, is still under investigation by the NFL. For now, the league has not imposed a suspension. The 49ers released Miller's only back up, Trey Millard, in the first wave of roster cuts.

Tight end

Analysis: Rory Anderson was placed on injured reserve, ending his rookie season, after he made an impressive touchdown grab late in the preseason finale. The 49ers like Anderson and will give him a season to get his body ready for the rigors of the NFL.

Wide Receiver

Analysis: No real surprises here. White became a lock to make the roster once Jerome Simpson's six-game suspension became official. White can stretch the field and add a dimension in the return game.

Tackle

Analysis: Brown had a good camp, solidifying his roster status as Pears' backup at right tackle. Staley and Pears have been working with the first team throughout the offseason.

Guard

Analysis: Thomas and Silberman, both playing in their first pro seasons, saw playing time with the first team during the exhibition schedule, but will work as reserves behind Boone and Devey.

Center

Analysis: Ultimately, the 49ers thought Easton was better than Joe Looney and traded for him Saturday morning. The 49ers will go with this duo while they wait for Daniel Kilgore to return off the reserve/physically unable to perform list when he is eligible after Week 6.

Defensive End

Analysis: After the release of Darnell Dockett, there were no surprises left in this group. The 49ers like the combination of youth (Armstead, Carradine and Dial) mixed with experience (Williams, Jerod-Eddie, Dorsey). They are versatile and should be the team's strongest position group.

Nose Tackle

Analysis: Williams and Purcell both had good camps. And because Jerod-Eddie, Dial and Dorsey can all play nose tackle as well, expect plenty of mixing and matching along the defensive line.

Inside Linebacker

Analysis: Nick Moody's release came as a surprise, allowing Skov to become the team's top reserve at inside linebacker. Bellore can play both inside and outside, but special teams are his calling card.

Outside Linebacker

Analysis: Brooks remains on the roster despite a misdemeanor sexual battery charge. Otherwise, there are no surprises on this group. If Brooks had been suspended or placed on the commissioner's exempt list, Marcus Rush might have made the roster.

Cornerback

Analysis: No surprises here, either. But the battle to start opposite Brock remains up in the air. Acker is the favorite after a strong preseason.

Safety

Analysis: Another one of the team's best position groups. Tartt figures to have a prominent role in sub packages and on special teams. Ward is being worked back into the slot role. McCray is the team's best special teams player.

Specialists

Analysis: Pinion was far better in practice than preseason games. Look for him to handle kick offs instead of Dawson.

Reserve/Injured
Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform
Reserve/Non-football Injry
Reserve/Suspended

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