The 49ers wrapped up their exhibition season with a win over the L.A. Chargers, running their record to 2-2. WR/Kick returner Victor Bolden locked up a roster spot by blowing down the field for his second kick return TD, this one a 92 yard punt return. This guy is fast.
CJ Beathard had his own heroics, zigzagging down the field on a 62 yard TD run.
The rest of the 49er scoring was mostly courtesy of the Chargers generosity — two fumbles and three interceptions.
The most important stat of the game was who played and who didn’t. The team sat 33 players, either to protect them from injury for the regular season or to protect them from injury so they can be cut today or tomorrow.
Between now and some time Saturday afternoon, the Niners must trim the roster from 90 players down to 53. A lot of blood on the tracks. They’ll need more than one Turk to handle this year’s pink slips.
Should be a fun weekend around the NFL, as 1,184 players get pushed out on the street, followed by 320 getting a reprieve by signing up for Practice Squad duty. Lots of bodies coming and going. By next Monday, we should finally get a clear picture of just who the 2017 49ers are.
Of the players cut, veterans can sign with anybody. But everyone else has to pass through waivers first. Only Cleveland has a higher dibs right to claim someone than the Niners. It won’t be a surprise to see GM John Lynch pluck a few guys from other teams and bring them to Santa Clara.