The San Francisco 49ers cut down their roster quite a bit on Monday, shrinking their current roster to 75 players. The team must have the roster cut down to 53 players by the start of the regular season.
Of the seven players the 49ers waived was local punter Colton Schmidt. Schmidt grew up in Bakersfield, but was a standout in his 4 years at UC Davis, breaking school records for both longest single punt and highest average yards-per-punt in a season. The 49ers still have 4-time All-Pro punter Andy Lee on their roster though, so Schmidt’s role on the squad was more to provide relief for their established kicker.
Additionally, the 49ers placed 4 players on the reserve/non-football injury list, and 3 players on the Unable to Perform list. Because the team’s 3rd Tight End, Garrett Celek, is injured, Christian Brothers High School and University of Miami alum Asante Cleveland got plenty of reps last week against the San Diego Chargers. Cleveland is still a long shot to make the 53-man-roster, but now has a better shot at making the team’s practice squad.
The 49ers will be announcing their trimmed down roster by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Their first regular season game is on September 7th at 1:25 p.m. and will be aired on FOX40.