Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Our suggested 49ers roster matched the actual 49ers roster with a couple of exceptions.
I had the team keeping Ashley Lelie as the sixth receiver. The team cut Lelie, keeping only five at the position.
I also saved a roster spot for linebacker Larry Grant, pending news about Parys Haralson's shoulder injury. That injury apparently wasn't serious enough to necessitate a roster move at this time. Haralson stays. Grant projects to the practice squad, most likely.
Cutting a receiver allowed the 49ers to keep an extra defensive back. I had them cutting Marcus Hudson in favor of Keith Lewis. The 49ers kept both.
The numbers at defensive back do not include return specialist Allen Rossum. The NFL lists him as a cornerback. Rossum could help at that position in a pinch, but return specialist is his primary role. He is also listed at cornerback in our updated roided-out rosters (I'll update these throughout the day as cuts come in).
Full position-by-position look at the roster below:
Missed cut (0) -- None
Key issue --Is O'Sullivan more than a stopgap starter to open the season? Is Smith finished in San Francisco?
Key issue -- Offensive coordinator Mike Martz likes to throw the ball. Gore averaged better than 4 yards a carry in 2007 despite playing for one of the worst offenses in league history. Will Gore remain the focal point?
Key issue -- Keeping six instead of five makes sense given injuries and what Martz's system demands from receivers.
Missed cut (1) -- J.J. Finley
Key issue -- Walker's 101-yard return Friday night demonstrated what the 49ers already knew: Walker is more than your typical backup tight end. Davis has the first-round pedigree, but Walker is highly valued.
Key issue -- Jennings' injury history makes him a potential liabilty at right tackle. I won't be surprised if Barry Sims starts more games this season. Wragge, a fighter, has probably won the job at right guard after Baas suffered a pectoral injury. I wonder if the 49ers will miss Justin Smiley as a candidate to play left guard.
Key issue -- The numbers are low at this position because Justin Smith projects at weak outside linebacker. Fields and Franklin suffered injuries Friday night. Neither injury appeared serious, but we don't know for certain yet.
Key issue -- Lawson's return from reconstructive knee surgery is a key variable. Watch to see if he gains confidence and becomes a difference-maker by October.
Key issue --The 49ers like their depth here. Lewis or Hudson? Hudson could stick around, but adding Reggie Smith in the draft might not help his chances. Lewis is more of an in-the-box safety.