The Cuts Are In . . .

  • WR           Dres Anderson
  • OL            Alex Balducci
  • WR           Devon Cajuste
  • DL            Demetrius Cherry
  • OL            Fahn Cooper
  • QB            Jeff Driskel
  • TE            Je’Ron Hamm
  • RB            DuJuan Harris
  • CB            Prince Charles Iworah
  • OL            Colin Kelly
  • LB            Corey Lemonier
  • DL            B.J. McBryde
  • OL            Norman Price
  • LB            Marcus Rush
  • LB            Shayne Skov
  • NT            Garrison Smith
  • RB            Kelvin Taylor
  • WR           Bryce Treggs
  • WR           Ryan Whalen
  • WR           DeAndrew White

The good, Lemonier. The bad, DeAndrew White, Dres Anderson, Marcus Rush, Shayne Skov. The Ugly? The rest. The surprises to me were Rush and the young WRs. I guess they werem’t getting open, but I thought Skov would stick for special teams, and Rush would fit in as a 3rd down pass rusher.

I think Driskell,  Anderson, and Rush are headed for the taxi squad. G Smith as well. Looks like Ponder makes the grade as a hedge against the rest of the generally mediocre performances of Gabby and Kappy. Let the games begin!




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120 Responses to The Cuts Are In . . .

  1. Nipper says:

    Go team!

  2. Winder says:

    Well fuck me, nothing I wanted happened today. I guess now all I can do is ride out this shit storm. Hope some of those guys make it back. I would like to see Taylor, Rush, Dres, and Driskel and a couple others make it back. Our PS is usually made up of mostly linemen with a LB/ RB/WR/QB thrown in.

  3. Flavor says:

    Well, I only know who about half those dudes are so I’ll just assume all those guys are good cuts. I’m still worried about our receivers who might be the worst collection the league has ever seen. Does it really matter who’s throwing to them at this point? What’s the over/under on number of players who boycott the anthem next game? I’ll set the line at 3.5. Who wants action!

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Kerley shouldn’t be too bad, and we traded for Rod Streater from Oak. A solid Torrey Smith will hopefully get on the field and do some shit.

    BTW, Gabbert was named the starter for Game 1 vs the Rams.

    The Niners or the league, Flav?

  5. Nipper says:

    Can’t wait for that Gabbert start. Getting to watch all those three yard passes will be a special thrill. Yea team! And perhaps if we’re really lucky we’ll get a Kap sermon about equality. Without police support that traffic around Levis will be especially wonderful. Perhaps there will be a sick-in. The cops are sensitive that way.

  6. 12th man says:

    Biggest shock, Garrison Smith, he is starting quality.

  7. Berger says:

    I’m concerned we kept only 3 OLBs. That is going to bite us in the rear. Maybe we plan on using a bunch of 4-3?

    • 12th man says:

      Lynch comes back 4 weeks and Blair can play the position in a pinch but I did expect them to keep Rush and drop Hodges making it 4 in and 4 out.

      • Berger says:

        I realize we get Lynch back after 4 games. We run a hurry up offense. I would not go 1 game with 3 OLBs. If Blair is out there we will be in a 4-3.

      • 12th man says:

        He can play DE/OLB. Same as Tank. They play both 4-3 and 3-4.Nice D line depth for it this year too.
        I know Rush couldn’t set the edge but figured he showed enough for a 3rd down specialist on the 53.
        I will be surprised if Garrison Smith clears waivers but hope he does.

  8. Lurker John says:

    They get up to 10 guys on the practice squad so hopefully those young guys clear waivers and end up there, Rush, Anderson, Taylor, Driskel, White, etc.

  9. Flavor says:

    how many of our draft picks did we cut? 4? Isn’t that a lot to cut of guys you just drafted? Or will they just go to the practice squad if nobody picks them up? Sorry for the questions.

  10. Lurker John says:

    They did keep one young wideout, Burbridge. Receiver corps now consists of:


    Not the most intimidating group out there. It’s time for Patton to put up or shut up. Losing Ellington was a killer, but even he was no lock to be serviceable. Streater & Kerley have been productive and Smith is the burner. Burbridge didn’t make much of a splash in the games, but they must like what they see because he made the squad.

    Could get ugly out there folks.

  11. Berger says:

    I’m hoping that once Driskell is available for the PS, we sign him and cut Kap.

    Kap had a clean pocket and was going against 2s, still he should have thrown 2 ints and would have if he was going against 1s.

  12. Lurker John says:

    Of the draft picks, the Niners kept:

    DeForest Buckner
    Joshua Garnett
    Ronald Blair
    Aaron Burbridge
    Rashard Robinson
    Will Redmond


    Kelvin Taylor
    Fahn Cooper
    Prince Charles Iworah
    Jeff Driskel

    So, they kept 6 of the 10, with at least a couple likely to end up on the practice squad.

    • Lurker John says:

      I missed John Theus, he also made the squad, so 7 out of 11. No bad.

      • Flavor says:

        well, it’ll be *not bad* if they contribute. Making a bad team isn’t a sign it was a good draft pick. Being productive is the sign. TB was on the hot seat with this draft. I hope for his sake and our sake that he hits the bullseye on a few of them.

      • Lurker John says:

        Sure, but it does speak to the quality of the picks that they made the team out of the gate. That’s only step one. Now the real test begins.

  13. Flavor says:

    Pfffftttttt…we’ll see how those WR’s work out. Smith is our #1 I guess? My suspicion is that starting corners shut all of our WR’s down but who knows? I loved Burbridge in college last year. It always amazes me of guys who dominate in college but can’t do shit in the NFL. The gap is wide.

    • Lurker John says:

      Yeah, Smith would be the #1, whatever that means. He’s a starter. As of right now, WR is still a question mark for the 49ers, kind of like each of the last 4 years.

  14. Lurker John says:

    Flav, if the cut guys clear waivers, the Niners will decide who’s worthy of further development and sign them to the practice squad. Another team can sign a practice squad guy but must add him to their roster. They can’t sign him to their PS.

  15. NJ49er says:

    Keep the light on in Denver.
    Sanchez cut.
    Could Kaep hold any value there over Lynch and Siemian?

    • NJ49er says:

      I also think Alex Balducci is worth a PS slot if he clears waivers too.
      He’s a conversion project from DL to OC.
      He could supplant MMartin with some additional development time perhaps?

    • Flavor says:

      Elway is a pretty patriotic dude. Bet he’d rather drop a Cleveland steamer on Kaep’s chest than trade for him. Unless he traded for him so he could do that… lulz

    • 12th man says:

      I said before the cuts, I think they keep Kap for at least the first few weeks of the season. Gabbert didn’t win the QB competition even with Kap not able to compete fully. They are not sure of him. Kap is insurance for them till they see what they have.
      Personally I wish he was gone today.

      • NJ49er says:

        Kaep has already proven to be decent enough behind a good Defense and running game.
        Don’t ask much from him in that capacity and, maybe, Denver could buy some time with him?
        Biggest issue I’ve had with Kaep all along is his desire to win.
        Not saying much when the Tomsula Staff had to bench him in favor of Gabbert.
        Then, he basically burns the remainder of his current deal, potentially, by not getting past Gabbert.
        I simply don’t think he ‘wants it’ anymore.

  16. NJ49er says:

    Philly might have cashed in on the deal for Bradford but…
    What’s the leave them with heading into the regular season?
    Not much, unless you believe Wentz and Chase Daniel scare anyone.

    • NJ49er says:

      Good chance Ponder could be a valuable piece along the way as well.
      Bradford isn’t known as an Iron Man by any stretch.

      • 12th man says:

        Who do the Niners have behind Gabbert who himself is a questionable starter? If they cut or trade Kap today they are all in with Gabbert. That is not a smart move.
        Kap is still coming back from injury and Ponder, who did pretty good in mop up, needs more time to both learn the playbook and for coaches to figure out what they have.

        Whether you think Kap wants it or whether I think he deserves it, is besides the point. He is the best insurance policy they have right now.

        He stays, probably 4 weeks, by then they know what they have in Gabbert, Kap and Ponder.

      • NJ49er says:

        Agree 12th.
        Ponder isn’t the answer over Kaep at this point but, he was the smarter move over Driskel.
        Kaep still isn’t close to being the pocket equivalent to Gabbert.
        Gabbert has shown to ‘want it’ more than Kaep, if we’re open to what Romanowski was reporting last year.
        It’s all about trying to hold some leverage in these situations.
        MN was desperate and Philly cashed in.
        Perhaps we’ll find another option to moving Kaep if a similar situation occurs before the Trade Deadline?

      • 12th man says:

        I don’t see them as needing 3 mediocre QB’s, problem is figuring out which 2 to keep, need more time, especially game time.

        LoCo Sr has something to say and so does Ira Miller.

      • NJ49er says:

        Can’t disagree with the opinions via your link 12th.
        He’s a total distraction in terms of football unity.
        However, he’s also a commodity that, (I’d assume), is what they’re trying to protect for some potential gain.
        Take a Cap hit or, bide their time, in hopes of moving his Contract off the books?
        We’ll see how it plays out in due time.

        That has been my position with him since this protest began.
        Don’t use the NFL as your soapbox.
        Do it on your own time, without bringing it to the ‘office’.

  17. NJ49er says:

    Reports suggest Jerruh might have tampered with Sanchez.
    How much fun would that be?

  18. snarkk says:

    I’m not sure I’m caring much about the Niners anymore. Anyway, with their brutal schedule, I can’t see them doing better than 5-11. I don’t understand the Baalke congenital disability whereby he is wholly incapable of cobbling together a few, decent receivers. How he can expect to score points continually without a couple of decent wideouts is amazing to me…

    • Winder says:

      The organization is making it very hard to really care much about this season and the immediate future. Sooner or later the dysfunction must stop. Hope I’m still alive to see it

      • NJ49er says:

        We have to hang around long enough to drive Jed out Winder.
        Sad, but true.
        This pip-squeak needs to have planes, maybe drones, chasing him everywhere he goes.
        He and Dr Daddy have no clue what they’re doing.

      • 12th man says:

        Jed is not going anywhere. The only thing to drive change is money.

        The Cardinals owners, the Tidwell family, were infamous for how cheap they were. They finally changed when gate receipts and ticket prices were seriously low. Then hey presto a new stadium, new open checkbook for expensive contracts, hiring real professionals to run the team and success.

        The Yorks have the stadium now but are still cheap on the players contracts, the real numbers not the reported ones. They went cheap on a coach, Tomsula, and are taking a risk on Kelly.

        This year will be make or break for Baalke. I read on here that keeping 7 of 11 draft picks was OK. Actually its very poor, losing more than a third of this years draft picks is a huge number. Almost all draft picks make it to the 53, only a few get cut. Cutting over a 3rd is crazy. The Browns had 14 picks and they all made it.

  19. Flavor says:

    Not a big Cohn fan but he summed up what I think is happening nicely in the article posted from above:
    “It means two camps are forming — have formed already. These are not casual camps. These are not camps debating how to tie shoelaces or discussing the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. These camps feel passionately about the anthem and police actions toward African-Americans. Players are on one side or the other, no middle ground, no easy compromises. This is the San Andreas Fault running down the middle of the team.”

    • 12th man says:

      Not a big fan either, even less of his son, but agree with him here and Ira Miller too. Pretending it isn’t affecting the team, which is what Kelly is doing, does nothing to fix it and from an org standpoint, allowing your employee this kind of latitude while on the job is shortsighted IMO.

      We are all free to express personal opinions, but can you do it at work, especially if it causes negative reactions amongst your co-workers?

      I highly doubt it.

      • NJ49er says:

        And guys like Florio are fanning the flames for all the ‘clicks’ they can get –

      • 12th man says:

        Bingo, it is exactly the point I was making below, “a fading football star” is center of attention again. The Niners and the league have let the horse out of the stable by not cutting this off quickly. Now individual players will be using this or similar tactics to further whatever personal cause or agenda they want to push.


  20. 12th man says:

    The argument goes: If we are all talking about it then it is an effective protest.

    Using this blog as an example, show me where us bloggers are debating the police injustice Kap is protesting.

    We are all blogging about Kap, almost nothing about his cause.

    Factually, his protest is ineffective, even in the media. Other than a byline or paragraph that serves to explain a little bit about why he is doing it. The focus is all on him.

    It is a “look at me” protest. a spotlight grab wrapped in a “cause”.

    • NJ49er says:

      Last great act of defiance IMO 12th.
      He’s trying to see how much attention he can garner from the bench.
      Granted, there’s injustice in this Country. Lot’s of it.
      Go talk to your local PD. Write your Congressman/woman. Start a charity, etc.
      Don’t bring it to the ‘Office’.

      • 12th man says:

        Disgraceful, its like answering the door and finding Jehovah’s witness preaching at you, who invited you to?

      • NJ49er says:

        I believe Warrick Dunn lost his Mom in the line of duty.
        He’s quietly been doing charitable work in her name for years.
        Giving away HOMES to needy underprivileged people.
        It’s called putting your money where your mouth is.
        If your cause means that much to you. Share your good fortunes with those who could honestly use your financial assistance, in a real and meaningful way.
        In the meantime, focus your energy on the job that pays you the handsome living your employer is providing for your services.

      • Lurker John says:

        Warrick Dunn has character, which was evident from the beginning. Kap’s character is still in serious doubt.

    • Berger says:

      Sounds about right.

  21. 12th man says:

    I just want to watch my football team play football, I don’t need some jock shoving his political or social agenda down my throat as a price to pay to watch my team play.

  22. NJ49er says:

    Has to verify my last post – Yes, indeed Mr Dunn is doing it like I wish Kaep could have learned to –

  23. Nipper says:

    Yeah stick to the football issues. This Kap thing will fade away as his downward football career careens off the road into a deep ditch. So far his play on the field is not inspiring anyone.

  24. NJ49er says:

    Rates right up there with a neighbor walking his dog and watching the pooch drop a deuce on your lawn.
    It’s not the dog’s fault. The Owner let him do it.
    Now, you don’t like to see either of them near your property without wanting to punch him in the face.

    • 12th man says:

      Nice analogy. I know some don’t care about this form of protest and are tired of reading about it. It’s fine, not everyone has to feel the same. I know I feel offended. It can be trivialized down to, “its just a song” or whatever, but the truth is, it is a symbol of pride in America and a way to pay tribute to those that protect us.

      I feel that sense of pride deeply and am disgusted that some boneheaded jock feels his sense of entitlement to use the anthem as a form of protest trumps peoples right to feel proud of our country.

      This soapbox moment was brought to you by, Fuck That Guy!

  25. Nipper says:

    A whole lot of shit here! …..ouch!

  26. 12th man says:

    Practise squad is being put together today. First to make it:
    Bryce Treggs WR.

  27. 12th man says:


    • NJ49er says:

      Yep, the Poker Game continues.
      Drop’em pick’em up again.

      Reading that GB OG Josh Sitton is already scheduled to visit with Division rival Da Bears.
      The old ‘Eff me? Eff U!’ routine being played against the team who dropped him.
      AKA The Revenge Contract Tour.

  28. 12th man says:

    I read that Garrison Smiths agent was shocked and really angry the Niners cut him. I hope they get the chance to sign him to the PS. That guy has a good chance to be a quality starter. He was as effective as Purcell.
    Smith was the highest graded DT in the NFL during pre-season. Head shaker.

  29. 12th man says:

    Driskel to the Bengals

  30. Winder says:

    Already, I am pissed at Kelly. There goes Baalky’s QB try this year.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Driskell was a 6th round flier. He ain’t doing diddly.

    • Winder says:

      chuck- I thought he deserved a chance, a real chance but now we will never know and their are no QB’s waiting in the wing. There is little to no hope for either Gabby or Kappy, ponder is well we shall see. This is really a fucked up position to be in.

  32. NJ49er says:

    Lemonier to Browns –
    Figures…Both Clubs eating from the same bowl.

  33. Berger says:

    Looks like we are going to sign Dres Anderson and Marcus Rush.

  34. NJ49er says:

    Scratch Treggs – Looks like Philly got him –

  35. Lurker John says:

    Seattle has done this to us time and again. Fuck, Baalke, when are you going to stop giving them the opportunity to grab a guy and either play him or milk him for info? Stupid shit. It’s almost like they are scanning our cuts waiting to see who they can grab.

  36. Lurker John says:

    12th, from what I can find, it looks like the percentage of first draft picks who make the roster in year one is 99.7%. 5th round players make it 81.1% of the time. The Niners kept all of their 1-5 round guys, above the league average. So my comment of ‘pretty good’ was off, but in the wrong direction. Can’t beat 100%. As of right now, it appears to be a solid draft, but, like Flav said yesterday, in the long run it only matters if they produce. The real test starts a week from Monday.

    This is just one source:

    • 12th says:

      John, I didn’t try to break it down by round, just a general statement that not retaining more than 30% of this year’s draft isn’t ok.

      Worse is losing Garrison Smith IMO. That comes back to bite them.

      Smelter was another ACL warrior that didn’t work out too.

      To be fair Baalke’s early picks look good so far.

    • 12th man says:

      They cut their 5th round OL Fahn Cooper BTW, he signed to the PS, so not quite 100% but in line with averages rounds 1-5 anyway.

  37. NJ49er says:

    Cajuste to GB –
    We have 8 onboard at this point –

    Maximum of 10 players
    –ILB Shayne Skov
    –OLB Marcus Rush
    –TE Je’Ron Hamm
    –WR Dres Anderson
    –OL Fahn Cooper
    –RB Kelvin Taylor
    –WR Chris Harper
    –OL Norman Price

    • NJ49er says:

      Cajuste likely has a better shot there anyway – I liked what I saw of the limited snaps from Hamm, who obviously got the attention and re-upped.

  38. Lurker John says:

    Kelvin Taylor, Je’Ron Hamm, Shane Skov, Dres Anderson, Norman Price and Fahn Cooper have all been signed to the Niner’s PS. Former Patriot’s UFA WR Chris Harper has been signed to the 49er PS. Devon Cajuste has signed with the Packer’s PS, and the aforementioned Garrison Smith, Jeff Driskel and Bryce Treggs have also signed elsewhere.

    I know you guys liked Treggs, but the Niner’s seem incapable of making sound decisions regarding these young guys, at least IMO. I’m glad Taylor was signed, given the fragility of some of our backs.

  39. Lurker John says:

    NJ49er is quick on the draw.

  40. Lurker John says:

    And given the team’s lack of depth at WR, Treggs and Cajuste would have been nice to have. I know we can play this game all day, but there’s only 53 spots and that’s the reality of it. I hope all of those guys end up having successful careers.

  41. NJ49er says:

    Now Maiocco is scratching Chris Harper from the PS as he could be added to the 53 –
    Might be another PS slot open?

  42. Nipper says:

    In Baalke we trust. Go team!

  43. rob says:

    Dexter Mcluster and Manny Lawson are available too

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Skov, Rush, and Hamm were no-brainers. As far as Treggs goes I wouldn’t shed tears just yet.

  45. Lurker John says:

    That was one thing that struck me about Kelvin Taylor the other night, he looked comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield, pretty much a must in today’s NFL. Runs well between the tackles, a la Frank “The Tank” Gore. Good football lineage too.

  46. Berger says:

    Here’s a pretty darn good Harper! Roy Harper! He did the lead vocal on the only song by the band Pink Floyd that wasn’t sung by a band member. Here is the song, Have a Cigar.

  47. NJ49er says:

    MMartin might not be too comfortable, Balducci re-upped.
    Again, conversion project from DL to OC but, I liked the little I’ve seen of him thus far.
    Looks much more stout at the POA than Martin did in his first taste of NFL action.
    See what/who develops.
    Always a crapshoot in this game.
    Gotta put in the work if you expect to succeed.
    Something Kaep continues to be challenged with apparently.

  48. NJ49er says:

    Don’t look now but….Kaepernicking ’16 is gaining support – SMDH.

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Well, for all the dissing of Kappy he hasn’t been relegated to the netherworld just yet.

    He still may be our last best chance at anything resembling good football. Gabby has had all the snaps and most of the reps and hasn’t blown the doors off anyone.

  50. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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