Final 49ers 53-man roster projection: Which veterans miss the cut?


Final 49ers 53-man roster projection: Which veterans miss the cut?

Approximately 39 hours after the 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi's Stadium, the club must trim its roster from 87 players to the regular-season limit of 53.

The deadline to get to the roster limit is Saturday at 1 p.m. (PT). The following day, all teams are allowed to begin signing players to their 10-man practice squads.

Here's the final 49ers roster projection, along with candidates for trades and injured reserve:

Brian Hoyer
C.J. Beathard
Note: Hoyer is the No. 1, obviously. And Beathard appears to be secure in the No. 2 spot. Hoyer has experienced injury issues during his career, so beginning the season with two QBs is a bit of a risk. But if the 49ers need to add another signal-caller later in the season, it’s a safe bet Matt Barkley will be available. Undrafted rookie Nick Mullens could be back on the practice squad.

Carlos Hyde
FB Kyle Juszczyk
Matt Breida
Raheem Mostert
Joe Williams
Note: Veteran Tim Hightower was the No. 2 back for most of camp. But the emergence of Breida and Mostert prompt the 49ers to go with the young players ahead of veterans Hightower and Kapri Bibbs. Mostert also figures to be a huge presence on special teams.

Pierre Garçon
Marquise Goodwin
Aldrick Robinson
Trent Taylor
Victor Bolden
Aaron Burbridge
Note: Jeremy Kerley becomes a trade candidate with Taylor and Bolden showing plenty with which to get excited. Taylor has looked very good from the opening day of the offseason program as a slot receiver. Bolden has return skills. Those two have made Kerley expendable. Burbridge gets a spot based on his play on special teams. Kendrick Bourne should be back on the practice squad.

George Kittle
Logan Paulsen
Garrett Celek
Note: The trade of Vance McDonald opens the way for Celek to stick on the roster, along with Kittle and Paulsen. The 49ers are likely to ticket Cole Hikutini for the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.

LT Joe Staley
LG Zane Beadles
C Daniel Kilgore
RG Brandon Fusco
RT Trent Brown
John Theus
Erik Magnuson
Joshua Garnett
Note: The 49ers could swap out Garnett for a player they add after the cuts to 53 players. Garnett (knee) is a candidate for injured reserve or IR/designated for return. In order for be eligible to return, Garnett must be on the team’s original 53-man roster. Magnuson has played his way onto the roster. Veterans Tim Barnes and Garry Gilliam get bumped for younger players.

LE Solomon Thomas
NT Earl Mitchell
DT DeForest Buckner
RE Arik Armstead
Tank Carradine
Elvis Dumervil
Aaron Lynch
D.J. Jones
Quinton Dial
Note: Dial could be dangled in trade talks. If there is no trade, he’s just too good not to make onto the 53-man roster over Chris Jones and Sen’Derrick Marks. Ronald Blair has made a late push, but he simply gets caught up in the numbers game.

SLB Eli Harold
MLB NaVorro Bowman
WLB Reuben Foster
Ray-Ray Armstrong
Dekoda Watson
Brock Coyle
Pita Taumoepenu
Note: Taumoepenu is definitely on the bubble. But the 49ers should make an investment in the future by keeping him on the 53-man roster. His skillset is perfect for a 3-4 defense, and one of those teams could claim him to prevent him from landing back with the 49ers on the practice squad.

Rashard Robinson
Dontae Johnson
K’Waun Williams
Asa Jackson
Ahkello Witherspoon
Note: Will Redmond has been battling an ankle injury for a couple of weeks, and is a candidate for injured reserve. Keith Reaser did not have a strong exhibition season, so it’s a tough call whether to go with him or Jackson, who can also play nickel back.

Eric Reid
Jimmie Ward
Jaquiski Tartt
Lorenzo Jerome
Vinnie Sunseri
Note: Jerome had a strong camp to earn his spot onto the team. The 49ers want to see more out of him on special teams. And that phase of the game just happens to be where Sunseri excels. Adrian Colbert returns to the practice squad.

K Robbie Gould
P Bradley Pinion
LS Kyle Nelson
Note: Nick Rose put himself on the radar for teams who might need a kicker later with the 55-yard field goal he nailed Sunday night against the Vikings.

Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists


Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former 49ers running back Roger Craig, in his final year on the modern-era ballot, is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the 10th consecutive year.

Craig is among 27 semifinalists announced for the Class of 2018. The list includes six first-year eligible candidates and four other players who have been eligible previously but are semifinalists for the first time.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens and safety John Lynch, currently 49ers general manager, are among the return semifinalists. Lynch was among the final 10 players last year, while Owens made it to the top 15.

The list of first-year eligible semifinalists includes wide receiver Randy Moss, defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

The four previously-eligible players who are semifinalists for the first time are safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon Rice, and cornerback Everson Walls.

In January, the list of modern-era candidates will be trimmed to 15 individuals. There will be a total of 18 finalists, including contributor finalist Bobby Beathard and seniors finalists Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer. Hall of Fame rules stipulate from four to eight new members will be selected every year.

Beathard, Brazile and Kramer will be voted on separately and, like all other finalists, must receive 80-percent approval from the full selection committee at the annual selection meeting on Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Craig's teams made it to the playoffs in each of his 11 NFL seasons, including his first eight years with the 49ers. In 1985, he became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

Owens, who played his first eight seasons with the 49ers, was a first-team All-Pro performer six times. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Lynch, a hard-hitting safety with Tampa Bay and Denver, was selected to nine Pro Bowls in his 15-year career. He recorded 26 interceptions, forced 16 fumbles and recovered nine in his career.

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2005, 2010-18)
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2009-18)
Brian Dawkins, S – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)
Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2005, 2008, 2013-18)
Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2014-18)
Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Ray Lewis, LB – 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2013-18)
Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Randy Moss, WR – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Leslie O'Neal, DE – 1986, 1988-1995 San Diego Chargers, 1996-1997 St. Louis Rams, 1998-1999 Kansas City Chiefs | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Terrell Owens, WR – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Simeon Rice, DE – 1996-2000 Arizona Cardinals, 2001-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007 Denver Broncos, 2007 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Brian Urlacher, LB – 2000-2012 Chicago Bears | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Everson Walls, CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area is one of 48 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'


John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch came close Tuesday to announcing which quarterback will start for the 49ers this week.

But the official announcement that rookie C.J. Beathard will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will have to come from coach Kyle Shanahan, he said.

“C.J. (Beathard) played extremely well against the Giants, and that’s likely,” Lynch told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “But I’ll let Kyle speak to that.”

Lynch reiterated that they want to give newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the best chance to succeed. Garoppolo spent part of the 49ers' bye week learning the basics of the offensive system in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. Garoppolo also met one-on-one with Shanahan.

Beathard had his best game as a pro on Nov. 12, before the bye week, as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Lynch said he feels Garoppolo “is going to be our guy,” so the organization does not feel any urgency to rush him onto the field. In fact, Lynch sounded as if the 49ers are not placing a high priority on spending big on the quarterback position with Garoppolo and Beathard on the team.

"You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is,” Lynch said.