Less than 24 hours after the 49ers ended their third exhibition game with a win over the Broncos, Jim Harbaugh and his coaches cut 12 players from the roster to reach the NFL mandated 75-player maximum.
There are no surprises with the 12 Niner players cut, however recent sixth-round draft pick Jason Slowey was among the casualties. Slowey was trying to make the 49ers’ roster at center and was a long-shot after playing at a Division II college at Western Oregon. He was one of six players drafted in April who played at a Division II college and was the only player cut from the 49ers 2012 draft class.
The center position is anchored down by incumbent starter Jonathan Goodwin who is entering his second season with the 49ers and played well last season. Slowey was in a backup battle with Daniel Kilgore at center, who was drafted in the fifth-round last season. The 49ers were trying to convert Slowey from a guard to center which slowed his progress. Not helping the situation was Slowey dealing with an injured leg that caused him to miss practices and contributed to him not seeing much action in the preseason.
The next and final round of roster cuts before the regular season is on Friday with the 49ers having to trim down to 53 players. Here are the rest of the players cut from the 49ers’ roster: receivers Joe Hastings, Brian Tyms and Ben Hannula; defensive linemen Patrick Butrym and Matt Masifilo; cornerback Deante Purvis; tight end Joe Sawyer; linebacker Kourtnei Brown; fullback Cameron Bell and kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.
Here are the current players on the 49ers 75-man roster for Thursday’s game versus the Chargers:
Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson, Scott Tolzien
Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James, Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon, Rock Cartwright
Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn Jr., Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Nathan Palmer, Chris Owusu, Brett Swain
Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Demarcus Dobbs, Konrad Reuland, Garrett Celek, Kyle Nelson
Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Leonard Davis, Daniel Kilgore, Joe Looney, Mike Person, Al Netter, Chase Beeler, Derek Hall, Kenny Wiggins
Ray McDonald, Isaac Sopoaga, Justin Smith, Ricky Jean Francois, Will Tukuafu, Ian Williams, Tony Jerod-Eddie
Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Parys Haralson, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Eric Bakhtiari, Cam Johnson, Kenny Rowe
Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden, Joe Holland, Michael Wilhoite
Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Tramaine Brock, Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver, Anthony Mosley
Dashon Goldson, Donte Whitner, C.J. Spillman, Trenton Robinson, Colin Jones, Darcel McBath, Michael Thomas
David Akers, Andy Lee, Brian Jennings