The 49ers have built the depth at the bottom end of their roster to the point that some good players will receive bad news this weekend.
The roster cut looms. Following the 49ers’ final preseason game on Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium, the club’s initial 53-man roster must be formed.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier this summer he prefers a two-game preseason, so it’s clear that the players who will see the bulk of the playing time this week will be ticketed for release. Perhaps, only a handful of roster spots remain in question.
Here is NBC Sports Bay Area's projection of the 53 men who will be able to call themselves “49ers” when the regular season begins.
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Monday activated veteran tight end Garrett Celek from the physically unable to perform list in order to be available just hours later to face the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium.
The 49ers released cornerback Dontae Johnson to make room on the 53-man roster for Celek.
The 49ers do not expect Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle to be available due to knee and ankle issues. Kittle has not practiced since sustaining his injuries on Oct. 31 against Arizona. The 49ers listed Kittle as doubtful for Monday's game.
Celek, 31, underwent back surgery in June and was on the team's physically unable to perform list through the first nine weeks of the season. He began practice last week. Celek joins Ross Dwelley and Levine Toilolo as the team's healthy tight ends for Monday's game.
Celek has made 30 starts in his NFL career. He has 82 receptions for 1,104 yards and 12 touchdowns since coming to the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Michigan State.
Kittle leads the 49ers with 46 receptions for 541 yards and two touchdowns.
You haven't made it until E-40 composes a song for you. Those are the unwritten rules.
The Bay Area native rapper recently released a song dedicated to the undefeated 49ers' streak titled "Niner Gang," and it's very catchy.
To start things off, you hear "Bang bang Niner gang," a few times over, then the love for the team shines through.
Not only does the song highlight the history of the 49ers, but gives major props to the "the liveliest fans in the NFL:"
"I tried to told 'em we back & we never left and we got a heart, Levi's Stadium starting to feel like Candlestick Park ... "
The 49ers' Instagram account commented along with NFL veteran running back Reggie Bush -- both in favor of it.
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Yes, we have it stuck in our heads, too.
E-40 also came out with a Warriors' version of his "Choices" song when the Warriors were -- well, being the phenomenal team. It's quite the jam also.