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August 30, 2010
Boone, Briggs not sure where they stand

Been pouring over the 49ers roster wondering who makes the 53-man squad and who gets cut? So have the very players you're wondering about. "Right now everything is kind of questionable," offensive tackle Alex Boone said today. "Everything's up in the air. A lot of guys are just kind of asking questions like, 'Who do you think it's going to be? What do you think it's gonna look like?' And the answer right now is, I don't know. Nobody really knows."

Boone is one of the bigger question marks. He transformed his body in the last year, going from 340-plus pounds to his current weight of 305-308 pounds. He's shown true dedication and he is becoming equally adept at right and left tackle. But the 49ers also drafted a tackle in the first round, Anthony Davis, and have a trusted veteran in Barry Sims who can fill in at both tackle spots.

Asked whether he sees Boone having a long-term future with the team, Mike Singletary today said, "I would like to think that, but I have to wait and see how it all shakes out."

Outside linebacker Diyral Briggs also is wondering where he stands. Briggs made the team last year with an impressive performance in the fourth preseason game. And although he's improved from last year, he's not secure. "I don't know what the numbers are," he said. "And honestly I don't care. I just want to play, and if it was meant for me to be here I'll be here. The only thing I can control is what I do."

Singletary, meanwhile, reiterated that specials teams considerations would have a large bearing on the final roster. "I can't challenge (Kurt Schottenheimer) and say, 'Hey, I want the best special teams in the league,' and not give him a say," Singletary said. He said Schottenheimer would have a "tremendous amount of weight" and could decide up to seven roster spots.

The 49ers play their fourth and final game of the exhibition season Thursday against San Diego. The players on the bubble noted that they weren't merely auditioning for the 49ers. "If it's not here, there's 31 other teams," Boone said. "Someone's gonna love you."

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Singletary said Vernon Davis' knee is in a "pretty good place" and that he could return to practice this week. The same goes for Michael Crabtree. ... He said he "wasn't excited about" Aubrayo Franklin playing against the Chargers but said the nose tackle could play a series or so to get comfortable with the speed of the game. ... Neither Joe Staley's knee sprain nor Brian Westbrook's hamstring injury is considered serious.

How's this for an answer? Asked whether he feels comfortable about his backup quarterbacks, Singletary paused and finally said, "When you say comfortable ... I'll put it this way. I feel good about Alex Smith. I feel very good about where he's at. I think we have to do a great job of protecting our starting quarterback. When it comes to David Carr, I think David Carr is a guy I could grow to feel comfortable with. He's a guy that's got a good command of the offense, he understands. I just think that he's still thinking a lot and he's still having to get the rhythm and all those other things. But I think David Carr - I could grow to feel comfortable with."

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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