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July 8, 2010
53-man hint: special teams

Pssst. If you're looking for a solid hint as to who will make an NFL team's final roster, figure out who's playing on the special teams units. These units, especially the punt and kick teams, typically are composed of second stringers and part-time contributors on offense and defense, the guys who round out a roster. Here were the June lineups for a couple of those units:

Kick return team:
Michael Robinson
Delanie Walker
Scott McKillop
Navorro Bowman
Matt Wilhelm
Curtis Taylor
Taylor Mays
Cody Wallace
Tony Wragge
Glen Coffee
(The returners were, in order, Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams and LeRoy Vann)

Field goal team:
Joe Staley
Tony Wragge
Chilo Rachal
David Baas
Mike Iupati
Adam Snyder
Barry Sims
Moran Norris
Brian Jennings
Andy Lee
Joe Nedney

The makeup of these units can, and probably will, change by a player or two during camp. In fact, I can spot one player who probably won't be around in September. Can you?

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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