49ers announce cuts to 53-player limit

49ers announce cuts to 53-player limit
August 31, 2013, 3:00 pm
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During the preseason, Lavelle Hawkins led the 49ers with 104 receiving yards and 138 kickoff return yards. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will open the season with five wide receivers on their 53-man roster after veterans Lavelle Hawkins and Austin Collie did not survive the team's last round of scheduled cuts.

Wide receivers Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin will open on the 49ers' 53-man roster.

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Hawkins made a strong bid for a roster spot with explosive plays in the 49ers' final two exhibition games. He returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota, then had a remarkable 45-yard catch-and-run through the San Diego defense on Thursday.

In five NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Hawkins caught 71 passes for 771 yards and one touchdown.

Collie had the most NFL success of any receiver other than Boldin. Collie caught 173 passes for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns in four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He played just one game a year ago due to a knee injury.

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Reserve/suspended list
DL Demarcus Dobbs

Cuts
T Carter Bykowski
WR Austin Collie
CB Marcus Cooper
TE MarQueis Gray
WR Chad Hall
RB Jewel Hampton
WR Lavelle Hawkins
LB Joe Holland
WR Chuck Jacobs
LS Brian Jennings
LB Travis Johnson
CB Darryl Morris
OL Patrick Omameh
WR Kassim Osgood
NT Mike Purcell
S Trenton Robinson
FB Jason Schepler
S Michael Thomas
OL Wayne Tribue
QB Seneca Wallace
T Kenny Wiggins