5 San Francisco 49ers who won’t make 53-man roster in 2024

Too bad that teams can only keep 53 players on a regular-season roster instead of the 90 they carry during the offseason and in training camp.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Cameron Latu (81)
San Francisco 49ers tight end Cameron Latu (81) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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No. 5: Cornerback Samuel Womack

Remember back when then-rookie Samuel Womack had one of the best preseason debuts any defensive back could have asked for back in 2022?

Seems like a long time ago.

Since that multi-interception exhibition bout, the former fifth-round draft choice out of Toledo has turned into quite a forgotten commodity, appearing in 16 games his rookie season but then dropping to only seven games played in 2023 where he was buried on the depth chart behind nickel cornerbacks Deommodore Lenoir and Isaiah Oliver.

Womack didn't see much of the defense last year either, appearing on only 70 defensive snaps, yet his allowed passer rating when targeted was a whopping 122.1, suggesting San Francisco will seek other options to provide depth.

Lenoir, Charvarius Ward and Isaac Yiadom are penciled in as the starting trio, while Ambry Thomas, Chase Lucas, Darrell Luter Jr. and Kemon Hall are vying for key backup spots, too.

Should the 49ers add another cornerback via the draft, the chances of Womack hanging around for a third season in the Bay Area would be slim to none.

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