SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers trimmed their roster to the 53-player limit by maintaining the same quarterback depth chart as a year ago.Quarterback Josh Johnson, who closed the exhibition season Thursday with a strong showing against the San Diego Chargers, was among the 21 players the 49ers cut on Friday.The 49ers also announced a trade that sent special-teams ace Colin Jones, a sixth-round pick last year, to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick.The 49ers plan to open the regular season with the same depth chart at quarterback as a year ago: Starter Alex Smith, backup Colin Kaepernick and No. 3 quarterback Scott Tolzien.MAIOCCO: 49ers transaction recap
The 49ers signed Josh Johnson to a two-year, 2.115 million contract in the offseason. He will receive the 350,000 signing bonus but not the remainder of his scheduled pay. Tolzien is scheduled to make 465,000 as a second-year player.Undrafted-rookie tight end Garrett Celek was a bit of a surprise, as he wins an initial roster spot over Konrad Reuland.The 49ers have three outside linebackers on the roster, as the club waived seventh-round draft pick Cam Johnson and journeyman Eric Bakhtiari.The 49ers can establish an eight-player practice squad on Saturday. Offensive lineman Mike Person, receivers Nathan Palmer and Chris Owusu, inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite and safety Michael Thomas are among the candidates.
Here are the moves the 49ers made to get from 75 players to the 53-player limit:
S Colin Jones to Carolina Panthers for seventh-round draft pickCuts
OLB Ikaika Alama-Francis
OLB Eric Bakhtiari
RB Rock Cartwright
GT Derek Hall
ILB Joe Holland
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
OLB Cam Johnson
QB Josh Johnson
DT Matthew Masifilo
CB Anthony Mosley
TE Kyle Nelson
GT Al Netter
WR Chris Owusu
WR Nathan Palmer
T Mike Person
TE Konrad Reuland
LB Kenny Rowe
WR Brett Swain
S Michael Thomas
T Kenny Wiggins
LB Michael Wilhoite. 49ers 53-man roster
3-Scott TolzienRunning backs (7)
24-Anthony DixonWide receivers (6)
17-A.J. JenkinsTight ends (4)
48-Garrett CelekOffensive line (8)
66-Joe LooneyDefensive line (6)
95-Ricky Jean Francois
93-Ian WilliamsOutside linebackers (3)
98-Parys HaralsonInside linebackers (4)
56-Tavares GoodenCornerbacks (5)
26-Tramaine BrockSafeties (5)
32-Darcel McBathSpecialists (3)
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.
The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.
General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.
“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”
Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.
DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.
Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP.
Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.
“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”
Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”
The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential.
"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."
Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."
Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.