Niners Clean House, Cut 5 Players From Roster as Team Gets Healthy

Kyle Shanahan

Getty Kyle Shanahan coaches during Super Bowl LIV.

The San Francisco 49ers picked the month of November to do a little spring cleaning, as they welcome back contributors from injury and do away with redundancies on their roster.

The Niners made one big trade before the November 2 deadline, moving a sixth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans in return for pass rusher Charles Omenihu, but the additions stopped there.
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Management spent the rest of the day brandishing a proverbial ax that they took to both the active roster and the practice squad, alike.

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area took to Twitter to detail a slew of moves the Niners made on Tuesday.

“The #49ers announced the acquisition of DL Charles Omenihu in a trade with the Texans for 2023 6th round pick,” Maiocco wrote. “Other moves, Cut: LB Tyrell Adams & K Joey Slye. Cut from practice squad: LB Nathan Gerry, RB Jacques Patrick & DL Eddie Yarbrough. P-squad IR: S Kai Nacua.”

Niners Make Slye Move

GettyRobbie Gould, of the San Francisco 49ers.

Some of the Niners’ moves Tuesday, such as the cutting of kicker Joey Slye, were about the elimination of redundancies.

Starting kicker and NFL stalwart Robbie Gould pulled a groin in pregame warm-ups before the Niners’ Week 4 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks, requiring a stop-gap measure on San Francisco’s part.

The team found an answer in Slye, who knocked in 7 of 8 field goal attempts during his four-game tenure with the 49ers but missed 2 of 4 of his extra point tries, per Pro Football Reference.

The Niners announced on Monday that three starters were on their way back from the injured reserve list (IR), including Gould, which rendered Slye’s presence on the roster unnecessary.

Running Down the Roster

GETTYRunning back Jeff Wilson Jr. #30, of the San Francisco 49ers, celebrates with wide receiver Kendrick Bourne #84 after scoring on a 25-yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during a game at Levi’s Stadium on November 17, 2019, in Santa Clara, California.

Also back from injury, and practicing for the first time this regular season, is running back Jeff Wilson Jr. The tailback suffered an unlikely and unfortunate knee issue while standing up from a chair in the Niners’ locker room after a leg workout prior to the official start of the year. A subsequent surgery knocked him out of active duty for the rest of the preseason and the first eight games of the 2021 campaign.

Wilson returns to a crowded running back room, despite the absence of the also injured Raheem Mostert, who was San Francisco’s projected starter before he went down with chipped knee cartilage in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions and was lost for the year.

Rookie Elijah Mitchell has already posted two games of 100-plus rushing yards, despite playing in only five of seven contests due to a shoulder stinger he sustained in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The fifth-round selection appears to have cemented his place atop the Niners’ stable of ball carriers, but Wilson may give the youngster a run for the starting job, as he led the Niners in rushing last year despite playing behind Mostert and appearing in only 12 games.

The Niners’ decision to cut Patrick from the practice squad is not directly related to Wilson’s return, as Wilson is likely to assume a spot on the active roster as soon as the coaching staff believes him able (he returns to practice Wednesday). The moves, however, are tangentially connected in that one of the active backs is almost assuredly destined for a demotion after Wilson’s return.

JaMycal Hasty is currently second on the depth chart, while rookie Trey Sermon is third.
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Mid-season addition Trenton Cannon is the fourth back on the roster and the most likely to get bumped for Wilson when he’s able to suit up, though a practice slot may now be open and allow Cannon to remain employed with the 49ers organization.

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Chris Licata
2 months ago
JaMycal Hasty is currently second on the depth chart, while rookie Trey Sermon is third." Read more »

Really hoping to see Sermon get some more reps soon — especially if playoffs are soon out of the picture for SF.

Chris Licata
2 months ago
The Niners made one big trade before the November 2 deadline, moving a sixth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans…" Read more »

Glad Omenihu gets to learn from the best in Nick Bosa!

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