Three veteran backups make 49ers' cut

Three veteran backups make 49ers' cut
August 30, 2014, 1:00 pm
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There were questions about whether Josh Johnson, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd would make the 53-man roster. (USATSI)

Programming note: For complete coverage of the 49ers roster cuts, follow Insider Matt Maiocco's cut-day tracker and tune in to SportsNet Central tonight at 5:30 p.m., 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The 49ers parted ways with some veteran backups on Saturday, but quarterback Josh Johnson, and wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are safe, multiple sources told

Josh Johnson played himself onto the roster with a strong exhibition season. On Thursday, he completed 14 of 17 pass attempts for 135 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

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Stevie Johnson and Lloyd won rosters despite the exhibition season. Johnson did not click with Colin Kaepernick, and he caught just two passes for 11 yards in four preseason games. One factor working against Johnson was his scheduled $3.65 million salary. But the 49ers were not about to give up on Johnson, who was acquired from the Buffalo Bills for a fourth-round draft pick.

Lloyd, 33, who makes a return to the NFL after a one-year hiatus, had one catch for 7 yards in the first two exhibition games before sitting out the final two games. It remains to be seen how the 49ers work Johnson and Lloyd into the mix behind starters Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.