49ers first-cut candidate No. 3: Defensive tackle Tomasi Laulile
With veteran defensive tackle Arik Armstead still on the mend with a minor injury that’ll keep him out likely until Week 1, the Niners needed to ensure their defensive line rotation was fully stocked, so going after former BYU defensive tackle Tomasi Laulile made some sense.
Laulili, who has never played a regular-season snap and has bounced around the league after originally joining it as an undrafted free agent in 2018, including a stint in the XFL, doesn’t figure to be much more than a camp body, and San Francisco certainly doesn’t have any long-term plans for him.
Case in point, Laulili cracked the stat sheet versus the Packers by registering only one tackle, and that didn’t come until beyond the halfway point of a somewhat meaningless fourth quarter.
Laulili did see 24 snaps, though, yet his performance wasn’t particularly inspiring, and being credited with a missed tackle won’t aid his hopes for sticking around yet one more week and gunning for a best-case scenario.
Despite the 49ers losing defensive tackle Maurice Hurst earlier in training camp to a torn biceps, Laulili probably winds up losing the first wave depth-chart battle to others, namely Akeem Spence, who’ll likely stick around until final cuts are made.