Nose tackle Mike Purcell, who recently re-signed as an exclusive-rights free agent, was among the 49ers’ cuts announced Tuesday as the team prepares for its class of undrafted rookies.
Purcell, former Stanford star Shayne Skov and former CFL standout Eric Rogers topped the list of 13 cuts the 49ers made to coincide with the additions of first-year players and veteran additions for the offensive line, Tim Barnes and Brandon Fusco.
Purcell started the first five games of the season a year ago before losing his starting job. The 49ers picked up veteran nose tackle Earl Mitchell in free agency and added Mississippi nose tackle D.J. Jones in the sixth round of the draft.
Skov spent his rookie season of 2014 on the 49ers' practice squad before appearing in 24 games the past two seasons. Rogers was a star in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders, catching 87 passes for a league-high 1,448 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. After signing a two-year contract, Rogers sustained a torn ACL early in training camp last summer.
The 49ers have reached contract agreements with 16 known undrafted rookies. The 49ers have not announced the official signings of any of those players.
Here's a list of the players the 49ers waived on Tuesday:
Alex Balducci OL
Marcus Ball S
Carl Bradford LB
Jayson DiManche LB
Je’Ron Hamm TE
Chris Harper WR
Wynton McManis LB
Brock Miller P
Zach Moore DL
Mike Purcell NT
Eric Rogers WR
JaCorey Shepherd CB
Shayne Skov LB
Running back Carlos Hyde has proven to be a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.
And the man in charge of stocking the 49ers roster has taken notice of what Hyde has done on and off the field.
General manager John Lynch entered the playing field more than two weeks ago to greet Hyde with enthusiasm after Hyde was ejected for his tussle with Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.
Hyde got involved during the scuffle that ensued after Cardinals safety Antoine Beathea delivered an illegal hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard as he was sliding.
“I was proud of Carlos because he fought for his teammate. He had his teammate’s back,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.
Sticking up for teammates was a lesson Steve Young and Jerry Rice imparted on the current team when they spoke to the team during training camp in August, Lynch said.
“That’s what I saw from Carlos,” Lynch said. “He got sick and tired of the refs not doing anything about our quarterback getting hit in the head. He finally had enough. I think at some point – particularly when you’re trying to build something – someone’s got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not having it. We’re not going to pushed around any more.’
“And did my emotions get the best of me? Maybe. But I was proud of Carlos, and not because he was kicked out of a game, because of the reason why. Because he had his teammate’s back. And I wanted to let him know that. I appreciated that.”
Hyde, whose contract is set to expire after the season, ranks 11th in the NFL with 592 yards rushing while averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. He is sixth among running backs in the leauge with a 49ers-leading 42 receptions for 274 yards.
“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things -- the way (running backs coach) Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you're going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”
The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.
The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve.
Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season.
Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.
San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.