It turns out that Samuel Womack’s train of belief is gaining traction in the Bay Area.
So much so that the San Francisco 49ers made what an NFL insider described as a “a bit of a surprise” to their roster on Monday, August 15 with a former first-round talent — and roughly 24 hours before every NFL team including the Niners would cut up their rosters. To 85 active players.
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After the second epic evening interception of the fifth Womack on Friday, August 12th Preparatory win over the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers They made their first decision on the list In the defensive back room.
And this move: The 49ers launched veteran cornerback Darqueze Dennard through the league’s transaction wire.
Many insiders covering the 49 are stunned by the move. One of them was ESPN 49ers reporter and in-house officer Nick Wagner.
“Slightly surprising considering Dennard has been working with the first team mostly at Nickel CB,” Wagner noted on his Twitter page.
But, Wagner noted, this deal “is a good sign for newbie Samuel Womack, it seems.”
Meanwhile, insider David Lombardi at Athletic at 49 believes Womack’s massive night at Levi’s Stadium helped determine the fate of 30-year-old Denard.
“Wow – 49ers released Darqueze Dennard. They were clearly stunned by Samuel Womack’s pre-season appearance” Lombardy tweeted.
On Friday after the pre-season competition, Lombardi wrote how Denard was still the number one choice at Nickelback.
“Darke’s Denard, the 49ers’ No.1 Nickelback, remains the veteran entering his ninth season in the NFL who earned the 49ers confidence with his work in a pinch against the Rams wide star Cuper Cup last season,” Lombardy books. “But the 30-year-old Denard is under contract only in 2022, and it is clear that the 49 players – who lost longtime Nickelback K’Waun Williams to free agency – want a future fixation in the position.”
Lombardi added: “Promotions like this week from Womack can accelerate the arrival of this future.”
Denard will now be seeking a third NFL hiatus since 2021. He was briefly with the New York Giants before joining the 49ers coaching side on January 4, 2022 before the regular season ended. Sign a one-year deal On March 25, 2022.
Before the 49ers and the Giants, Dennard came to the league as the 24th overall pick for the 2014 NFL Draft from Michigan State. He spent six seasons with the team that drafted him, the Cincinnati Bengals, before becoming an NFL player with pitstops in Atlanta, Arizona and Indianapolis.
Other moves in the list
Dennard was the expected initiator to be released. The 49ers, though, gave up one of their rookie Packers.
Josh Hokit, who took over full-back duties for SF, was among other transactional decisions by the 49ers on Monday.
The former Fresno State Bulldog, famous in Central Valley for being a sports star as a soccer player and wrestler, has been with 49 players since 2020 when he signed as an unpolished free agent. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound plane was among 11 49ers signed to a reserve/forward contract. On February 2, 2022.
Hockett wasn’t the only one released in Fresno. KeeSean Johnson wide receiver, Who scored in a two-point conversion attempt on Fridaywas also ceded by the 49ers.
Finally, defensive tackle Tommasi Luleli was the fourth 49er to be released. Luleli was signed to a one-year contract after Maurice Hurst sustained a torn biceps during training camp.