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San Francisco 49ers' projected roster

8/29/2014

Examining the San Francisco 49ers' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)

Did Josh Johnson give the 49ers something to think about, especially with another uneven performance by Gabbert, who also took a hard hit Thursday night?

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Rumblings abound that the Niners could go with just four backs, but Smith's versatility and work on special teams should give him the nod.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

While Patton appears to have locked up the the No. 3 wideout spot ... for now, Osgood and his special teams play seemingly put an end to Brandon Lloyd's comeback.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Asante Cleveland could make a push if Carrier's hamstring is an issue.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8)

This, of course, is assuming Alex Boone's holdout continues and Marcus Martin is shut down for the season.

DEFENSIVE LINE (8)

This is made with the thought that Dorsey goes on Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list on Tuesday.

LINEBACKERS (8)

Another projection with a caveat: Aldon Smith's suspension coming down before the season begins and he's not on the roster to begin the year.

CORNERBACKS (6)

Cook is a gamble, given he is a veteran and does not add much to special teams. But his two preseason interceptions might be enough to stabilize a rebuilt secondary.

SAFETIES (4)

Tempted to put Craig Dahl or Bubba Ventrone over Spillman.

SPECIALISTS (3):

Done. Done. And done.