The most notable cuts Monday were safety John Keith and receiver/kick returner Vinny Sutherland, both players who once played key roles and ostensibly had futures with the 49ers.
The other Monday cuts were:
--- Offensive tackle John Feugill: He finished last season on the practice squad, put on some nice bulk in the offseason and was given a chance to compete for a backup tackle berth. But his performance didn't measure up in the preseason.
--- Offensive tackle Austin Lee: Team liked this converted defensive lineman, but he's not ready to play tackle in the NFL.
--- Running back Saladin McCullough: Isn't it slightly ironic that the 49ers' leading preseason rusher can't even make it past the first cut? McCullough is a tailback who was trying to make it with the wrong team.
--- Safety Brian Smith: Had a nice camp and probably deserved to make it to last cut. But he wasn't going to make team, so he's gone now.
--- Receiver Jeremy McDaniel: Lasted five days with team. Five days was all the 49ers needed. Has now been cut by the Niners and Buffalo Bills in the space of one week.