49ers’ sixth-round pick Jason Slowey among cuts
Rookie center Jason Slowey was among the 12 players cut Monday
by the San Francisco 49ers as they trimmed their roster to 75.
Slowey, a sixth-round draft pick out of Western Oregon,
struggled to make an impact during training camp for the reigning
NFC West champions and was waived. In addition, San Francisco
placed running back Jewel Hampton on the non-football Injury list
and linebacker Darius Fleming on the physically unable to perform
list. Neither is eligible to return to practice until at least the
Tuesday after the completion of Week 6 games.
Also cut Monday were fullback Cameron Bell, outside linebacker
Kourtnei Brown, defensive tackles Patrick Butrym and Matthew
Masifilo, wide receivers Ben Hannula, Joe Hastings and Brian Tyms,
cornerbacks Cory Nelms and Deante’ Purvis, tight end Joe Sawyer and
kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the 49ers would consider
some of the players released for this year’s practice squad.
”Obviously at this time of the camp you have to let some guys
go,” Fangio said. ”Sometimes we don’t want to, we think they’re
young guys who have some potential. We’ll look into some of them
potentially as practice squad players or maybe to bring back next
offseason when you start signing players in February or guys to
keep on in case you have some injuries.”
On Friday, the Niners (No. 4 in the AP Pro32) must make another
round of cuts to finalize their 53-man roster ahead of the season
opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay. San Francisco’s last preseason game is
Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers at Candlestick
Everybody is eager to start the season – with high expectations
of reaching the Super Bowl after last season’s near miss.
”The guys are ready to go, that’s for sure … ,” Fangio said.
”This is still a great time to learn, perfect your craft, excel in
your technique. We have to be able to do that, and we weren’t
perfect on that the other night by any means.”
Cornerback Tramaine Brock is among those players considered on
the bubble to make the team after he struggled to defend the
Broncos in the Niners’ 29-24 exhibition win at Denver on Sunday
night. San Francisco has depth in the secondary, with starting
cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown and capable backups in
Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver.
”He’s got a little hand injury that he’s fighting through but
nothing that should affect him a great deal,” Fangio said of
Brock. ”He’s played better.”
The 25-year-old Hastings was active for only the final
regular-season game of 2011, a 34-27 victory at St. Louis. His
presence provided depth after Braylon Edwards was released and
wideouts Ted Ginn Jr. and Kyle Williams dealt with injuries.
The coaches will make more critical evaluations in the coming
Fangio said playing time for Thursday night for the defense
would be ”more so on an individual basis than on a unit
Yet Fangio would like to see some things cleaned up in the
preseason finale after a frustrating performance by San Francisco’s
D against Denver. The 49ers fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter
before rallying to win, outscoring the Broncos’ backups 19-0 after
While the 49ers brought all 11 defensive starters back from
2011, Fangio said it was the backups who also had problems and he
was ”particularly disappointed” with some of their
”It was just nothing special,” he said, noting his players
might not have been as well prepared as they would be game-planning
for the regular season. ”You’re still disappointed in the results
because all the defenses we played yesterday are things that we’ll
carry into each and every game.”
They also watched Peyton Manning complete 10 of 12 passes for
122 yards in less than a quarter on the field – including TD
completions of 10 and 5 yards to Eric Decker.
Linebacker Aldon Smith understands Fangio’s disappointment and
insists the defense is ready to get to the games that count.
”It is preseason and you’re figuring a lot of things out,”
Smith said. ”Every game’s not going to be the best you may hope
for. We’ve come a long way and we’ve still got a long way to go.
I’m optimistic about it and I think we’ll be fine. I think we’re
ready to go.”
Notes: Ginn moved slowly through the locker room with a walking
boot on his right foot Monday after hurting his ankle early in the
second half Sunday. He didn’t comment when asked when he might
return. … DE/TE Demarcus Dobbs was on crutches Monday with his
left leg wrapped. .
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