The San Francisco 49ers announced they had reduced their roster to 75 players on Monday, a day before the NFL's deadline. Ten players were waived while four others were added to reserve lists to get the team down to the maximum allowed.
Most significant move(s): Trey Millard, a seventh-round pick in 2014 who spent all of last season on the non-football injury list, being waived leaves the Niners with just one true fullback on the roster. Sure, Bruce Miller is more than solid, but there remains the possibility he could face discipline from the NFL after pleading no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace after being arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse this offseason. Also, this seemed to be a make-or-break third preseason for project defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, a converted Olympic discus thrower who spent his first season on injured reserve and last year on the Niners' practice squad. Both players, though, are eligible to be signed to the team's practice squad.
See you soon? Place-kicker Corey Acosta acquitted himself well in the preseason, converting all four of his field goal attempts and especially impressing with his 50-yarder Saturday night in Denver. And with Phil Dawson now 40 years old, making more than $3.1 million and carrying a salary-cap number of more than $4.1 million this season and in the final year of his contract, Acosta might be a reasonable, and much cheaper, alternative next season. Unless, of course, rookie punter Bradley Pinion can handle all kicking duties next season.
What's next?: The 49ers have to get the roster down to 53 players by Saturday's 1 p.m. PT deadline.
49ers cuts: PK Corey Acosta, LB Steve Beauharnais, CB Mylan Hicks, OT Sean Hooey, WR Mario Hull, WR Chuck Jacobs, WR Nigel King, LB Shawn Lemon, FB Trey Millard and DL Lawrence Okoye. Also, C Daniel Kilgore (physically unable to perform), WR DeAndre Smelter (non-football injury), WR Dres Anderson (injured reserve) and LB Desmond Bishop (injured reserve) were placed on reserve lists.