This will be a series following throughout the preseason and a new installment after every game with updates on the roster and more.
Jimmy Garoppolo, CJ Beathard
Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, Jeremy McNichols
Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James
George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Cole Hikutini
Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, Garry Gilliam
Laken Tomlinson, Mike Persons, Joshua Garnett, Erik Magnuson
Solomon Thomas, Jullian Taylor, Ronald Blair, Arik Armstead, Jeremiah Attaochu, Cassius Marsh
DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day, Earl Mitchell, DJ Jones
Reuben Foster (Will), Fred Warner (Mike), Eli Harold (Sam), Malcolm Smith, Korey Toomer, Brock Coyle, Pita Taumoepenu
Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, K’Waun Williams, Jimmie Ward, Tarvarius Moore, Tarvarus McFadden
Jaquiski Tartt, Chanceller James
Adrian Colbert, DJ Reed
Robbie Gould, Bradley Pinion, Kyle Nelson
Player to Watch:
The player to watch this week is Nick Mullens, after a very impressive first preseason game including the 2-minute drive we saw to win the game. We love to see that but that isn’t quite enough to get him the roster spot quite yet – even though C.J. Beathard was atrocious. But let’s see a bit more before we give him the backup job. If he plays well again and Beathard continues to disappoint I have no problem making the switch.
Joshua Garnett: While he has yet to prove it in a game, Garnett has been receiving some first team reps in practice and this brings up his stock.
Pita Taumoepenu: Taumoepenu had a great first preseason game with plenty of impressive plays. He also showed out in some special teams reps. Pita T is making the most of his reps and trying to earn his spot this year.
Richie James: In the last installment, I had Richie James going to the practice squad. I’m sorry. I’m sold on Richie James now, the kid looks insanely talented and if he continues to show out this preseason he will for sure be on this roster, come regular season.
Julian Taylor: I don’t even need to say much for this one, if you watched any of the game you probably saw Julian Taylor dominating anyone in front of him. He took starting reps at defensive end with the Armstead injury.
Jeremy McNichols: Jeremy McNichols had a great preseason game and he has been taking starter reps since the injuries to McKinnon and Breida. It seems he is beating out Joe Williams for the last running back roster spot.
Earl Mitchell: Earl Mitchell did not look too good in the first game. Yes he was going up against a very strong offensive line, but Mitchell got manhandled for most of his snaps. With other players starting to step up on the defensive line, Mitchell needs to work a little harder to get a spot here.
Jimmie Ward: Jimmie did not really look good in the first preseason game and he wasn’t even lined up across any truly talented, established receivers. At this rate, the young guys might start to take over.
Arik Armstead: once again Arik Armstead is injured, but this time there’s someone stepping into his place. Julian Taylor poses a threat to Armstead’s position so he better come back healthy and willing to compete.
Malcolm Smith: Is anyone surprised Malcolm Smith got hurt again? This contract gets worse by the day. Stock down for Malcolm, but until some other step up in the LB core he doesn’t risk much yet. Elijah Lee and Dekoda Watson showed life in the preseason game meaning they might be coming for Malcolm’s spot.
Jerick McKinnon: McKinnon is hurt, but before the injury he didn’t prove much. He increased a lot of the fears that McKinnon-Doubters had of him. The fear that he cannot effectively run the ball or be able to stay healthy when his workload increases. Now we won’t see much more until the regular season, giving other backs plenty of time to step up.
Injured Reserve: Kentavius Street, Terrell Williams
Terell Williams was the first to officially join the IR club, the team brought in Dexter McCoil after the roster move but I don’t anticipate that making a difference. With no changes in sight on Kentavius Street’s condition, I expect him to join the IR club as well.