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The final week of the 49ers preseason is here, and the pressure is on!

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August 27, 2019 - 11:58 am

By Charlieo @Charlieo1320

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The 49ers will play their final preseason game of 2019 on Thursday night when they will host the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi’s Stadium. If you are a player who is penciled in as number one or two on the depth chart for a position, this game does not mean much for you. In fact, if you are a first teamer in your position, you will not see any game action on Thursday.

What this week is all about is roster slots 46 to 53. The coaching staff must make some very tough decisions about who should fill those final positions on the team and what positions should be backed up by the players they keep.

The 49ers roster must be cut down to 53 players by Saturday. That means they will have to jettison some players that have worked very hard and the coaches like very much. This is when the decision to keep a fifth receiver may force you to cut a fourth cornerback that you really like but have no room for on the final roster.

This is a time when coaches and front office personnel really earn their money. The last thing they want to do is release a player that goes on to another team and becomes an unexpected star. They also do not want to keep a player and be asking themselves six weeks from now - why did we keep him?

Looking back to Saturday night and some players who were impressive

Jimmy Garoppolo

“Jimmy G” found his rhythm on Saturday night in Kansas City working with the first-team offense. He completed 14-of-20 passes (70.0%) for 188 yards and one TD all in the first half of the game. The second series of the game when Garoppolo completed all four of his passes and ended the drive with a 20-yard pass to Matt Breida for a touchdown made every 49ers fan have visions of what could be coming during the regular season. Niners nation got very hopeful at that moment.

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Jeff Wilson Jr.

Wilson had missed the first two preseason games because of a calf injury. On Saturday night, Wilson was the 49ers lead running back in the second half. Wilson rushed the ball 12 times for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

Damontre Moore

The defensive lineman had another impressive game in Kansas City. He led the 49ers with five tackles and two sacks. Moore is tied for the league lead in quarterback hits in the preseason.

Matt Breida

Breida continues to show that he can do it all on offense. He carried the ball seven times for 44 yards and made two receptions good for 31 yards. One of those catches was good for a 31-yard touchdown.

Richie James Jr.

James was targeted four times and made four receptions. He led the team with 66 receiving yards versus Kansas City. His longest reception of the game was a 33-yard catch of a pass from Garoppolo that set up the 49ers first touchdown.

Player updates

Players expected back to practice this week:

  • Defensive Lineman Ronald Blair III who has been out with a groin injury
  • Defensive End Dee Ford who has been dealing with knee problems
  • Tight End George Kittle has been sidelined because of calf trouble
  • Wide Receiver Jalen Hurd who has been on the injured list with back problems
  • Running back Jerick McKinnon who has been kept out because of knee issues
  • Running back Raheem Mostert has been on the sidelines because of quad problems
  • Defensive Lineman Jullian Taylor appears to have recovered from back issues

These players are not expected to play in the game on Thursday, but they are ready to be participants in practices.

Three players who are expected to return and play on Thursday are:

  • Defensive Back Adrian Colbert has overcome his hamstring problem and appears ready to play
  • Linebacker Elijah Lee who has been out because of a thumb issue should be able to play
  • Guard Joshua Garnett’s finger problem appears to have cleared up and he is ready for action

Nick Bosa update

The Niners first round draft choice did not see any preseason action and is not expected to play on Thursday night. Coach Shanahan is hopeful that Bosa will be available for the start of the regular season. Bosa has been dealing with an ankle sprain. He has been kept out of action as a precaution.

Roster moves

Defensive Back Jordan Holland has been signed to a three-year deal. In order to add him to the roster, Cornerback Tim Harris Jr. was placed on the Injured Reserve List.

Holland (5-9, 195) played in the Arena Football League for the Cleveland Gladiators in 2017. He went on to play for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 2018.

Tim Harris Jr. was the third of three sixth-round draft picks in the 2019 draft by the 49ers out of the University of Virginia.

The Chargers versus 49ers game can be heard on ESPN 1320 on Thursday night. The pregame show begins at 6:30 PM.

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