The NFL audience on Saturday got its last good preview of the 2018 49ers before their Week 1 contest in Minnesota. The third preseason game, which is largely a dress rehearsal for the year, provided more clarity as to how the starting lineup and even final roster may shake out.
With the information they have in hand, head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch need to be prepared to trim the roster down to 53 men by 1:00 p.m. PT on September 1. Lynch on more than one occasion mentioned that it will be tough this year, citing that some of the players they release will play for other teams this season.
Given what's taken place over the first three preseason games, here's what the 49ers' final roster could look like once final cuts are made:
QB (2): Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard
RB (4): Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, Alfred Morris, Raheem Mostert
FB (1): Kyle Juszczyk
WR (6): Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James
TE (3): George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Cole Hikutini
OT (3): Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, Garry Gilliam
OG (4): Joshua Garnett, Laken Tomlinson, Jonathan Cooper, Mike Person
C (1): Weston Richburg
DL/EDGE (11): DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Earl Mitchell, Arik Armstead, Cassius Marsh, D.J. Jones, Sheldon Day, Ronald Blair, Jeremiah Attaochu, Jullian Taylor, Dekoda Watson
LB (5): Fred Warner, Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle, Pita Taumoepenu, Mark Nzeocha
CB (6): Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, K'Waun Williams, Tarvarius Moore, Jimmie Ward, Greg Mabin
S (4): Jaquiski Tartt, Adrian Colbert, Chanceller James, D.J. Reed
K (1): Robbie Gould
P (1): Bradley Pinion
LS (1): Kyle Nelson
Suspended: LB Reuben Foster (2 games)
Non-football injury: DL Kentavius Street (knee)
Injured reserve: OL Erik Magnuson (hamstring), S Marcell Harris (hamstring)
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