Niners Finish Preseason 3-1; Cut Roster to 53

The 49ers almost finished their preseason with a perfect record on Friday but lost to the Charges 26-7.  The only reasons to watch was to make sure no starters or key reserves got hurt and to watch rookie quarterback Nate Davis led the offense for almost all of the game.  Davis played alright going 13-23 on passing attempts with 115 passing yards, one touchdown to Jason Hill, with one interception.  He could not however lead the 49ers to a come from behind win for the third straight week.  No starters or key reserves were hurt during the game.

Roster Cut to 53

The most important outcome of the final preseason game was those who were fighting for the last roster spots on the team.  Singletary and his coaches cut 20 men from the roster with the some notables:

TE Bear Pascoe:  Pascoe was selected in the sixth round with the 184th pick in this year’s draft.  It was a surprise to see his name on the final roster cuts because he was selected in the NFL draft and was expected to give fellow tight end Vernon Davis some competition for the starting job.  Pascoe showed promise with his catching ability but his lack of blocking skills and failure to adjust to the speed of the game was reason enough to cut him.  There is a chance he might be signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.  The 49ers only other TE’s are Davis and Delanie Walker.

RB Kory Sheets:  After breaking out as rushing mad-man in the preseason Sheets quickly realized that sometimes the preseason means nothing when it comes to making the final roster.  Sheets was 10th in the league with 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns.  Sheets promise earned him a spot on the 49ers practice squad for 2009.

WR Dominique Zeigler:  Lost in the shuffle of Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan, Jason Hill, Arnaz Battle and Michael Spurlock, Zeigler finds himself once again cut by the 49ers but signed to the practice squad.  Zeiegler had a good training camp but with the implementation of the “Taser” formation by new offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, his version of the Wildcat, which will be lead by Spurlock who will also return kick-offs, moved Zeigler off the final roster.  Zeigler might someday get his chance to shine but will have to wait until next year or hope for a roster spot to open up at WR.  Note: Michael Crabtree does not count as part of the 53-man roster.  If and when he signs we could see one of the receivers above cut from the team.

Other players cut:

Offensive linemen Jacob Bender, Alex Boone (signed to practice squad), Joe Toledo, Kyle Howard and Matt Spanos; WR’s Dobson Collins (signed to practice squad), and Maurice Price; Defensive linemen Pannel Egboh and Khalif Mitchell (signed to practice squad);  TE Joe Jon Finley(signed to practice squad); CB’s Eric Green and Terrail Lambert; FB’s Brit Miller (signed to practice squad), and Bill Rentmeester; LB’s Jay Moore, Justin Roland and Mark Washington.

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