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San Francisco 49ers Sign Eight Players to Practice Squad: Fan’s Take

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Soon after letting go 21 players and trading away special teams contributor Colin Jones, the San Francisco 49ers were left with their 53-player roster. With the tough decisions of this preseason complete, the team then had to sign players to their practice squad. With eight slots at their disposal, the 49ers decided to go right back to those players they just waived, signing players who attended training camp with the team this year.

Out of the eight players, five defensive players were brought back for the practice squad. On defense, DT Tony Jerod-Eddie, LB Cam Johnson, DT Matthew Masifilo, S Michael Thomas, and LB Michael Wilhoite make up the majority of the practice squad. For offensive players, two offensive linemen, T Al Netter and T Kenny Wiggins, were brought back and WR Nathan Palmer rounds off the group.

The most important players brought back on the practice squad may turn out to be the offensive linemen and linebackers. While they're not necessarily the best practice squad-available players returning, both positions are low in depth on the 53-player roster.

With only eight offensive linemen, Netter and Wiggins could be added if a current active player gets injured. The same goes for the linebacker position, especially at the outside linebacker position where they only have three on the active roster. Johnson and Wilhoite were both possible candidates to make the 53-man roster initially and could be brought up if the team needs another outside linebacker.

As for some waived players the 49ers might have tried to bring back to the practice squad, OL Mike Person was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts and is a member of their 53-man roster. TE Konrad Reuland as Other former 49ers found on other teams' practice squads include WR Chris Owusu on the San Diego Chargers and Chase Beeler on the Philadelphia Eagles. All of these players might have been brought back onto the 49ers practice squad but were either not pursued by San Francisco or opted to choose better deals and opportunities elsewhere.

While these players are not safe, as any other team can sign a player off another practice squad onto the 53-man roster, having these players on the practice squad will give the 49ers a chance to further develop these young players.


Palmer, Thomas, Wiggins among those on 49ers practice squad, The Sacramento Bee

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow this contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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