The 49ers released 13 players Sunday, most notaby quarterback Brandon Doman and wide receiver Arland Bruce.
Doman, a former fifth-round draft pick, had been locked in a battle with Cody Pickett for the third quarterback position but was outplayed by the rookie. Bruce, who spent the 2003 season on the 49ers practice squad, was slowed by a hamstring injury and did not play in any of the three preseason games.
Other players of note released Sunday were punter Andy Groom and running back Jason Wright. Groom was outkicked by rookie Andy Lee during Friday’s game in Minnesota and Wright, the only free agent running back signed by the 49ers, struggled for playing time behind Maurice Hicks and Jamal Robertson.
Rounding out the list of players cut are: S Calvin Carlyle, G Alonzo Cunningham, LB Greg Carothers, WR Kahlil Hill, FB Brian Johnson, T Matt Knutson, DT Demetrious Maxie, DT Dan Rumishek and LB Melvin Simmons.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
The 49ers swapped a pair of defensive tackles Tuesday, adding Dan Rumishek to replace Bryan Henderson. Henderson, formerly of the Arena League’s Arizona Rattlers, left camp for personal reasons.
The 6-4, 275-pound Rumishek broke into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003. His rookie season was spent on Injured Reserve after suffering an injury in a preseason contest against Detroit. In March, he signed with the Chicago Bears but was released during the second week of camp.
Rumishek played his college football at the University of Michigan where he was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time All-Big Ten performer.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Before the reserves turned the game into a wild, seesaw affair, 49ers coaches liked what they saw from Ken Dorsey in San Francisco's 33-30 home loss to Oakland in the preseason opener. Filling in for injured starter Tim Rattay, Dorsey completed 8 of 12 passes for 94 yards and guided two lengthy drives that ended in field goals. "It was a good start," Dorsey said. "It's a lot faster and more intense. It's a lot different from what I'm used to. As the game went on, I had more confidence." Terry Jackson (7-yard run), Arnaz Battle (61-yard punt return) and Gabe Crecion (21-yard catch) scored touchdowns. In a wild fourth quarter in which the teams combined for 30 points, third-string QB Cody Pickett completed 5 of 7 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown. However, the defense had trouble stopping Rich Gannon and Kerry Collins; it allowed 203 total net yards in the first half.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Not only is training camp just starting up, but there are a few questions surrounding the 49ers. The team's starting quarterback, Tim Rattay, is still getting over groin surgery from a few months ago and is listed as day-to-day. Defensive stalwart Julian Peterson has yet to be signed, as is first-round draft pick WR Rashaun Woods. San Francisco needs these players to be an integral part of the team, otherwise depth is going to be even thinner. While both of them will be signed eventually, they will need all the practice they can get in camp. Other than that, everyone is expected on time and ready to go. " Well, we are going to review a lot of the things that we did in mini camp," head coach Dennis Erickson said, "We're going to start with the basics and work our way through it on both sides of the football."