OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 28: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers passes against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

49ers 28, Raiders 24: Alex Smith Shines; 49ers Make Roster Moves

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2010 NFL Roster Cuts: 49ers Waive Three Players

The San Francisco 49ers took care of some housekeeping matters by cutting down their roster to the NFL’s 75-man limit. The league requires teams cut down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon, with a second cut down to 53 players by Saturday.

The 49ers reached the 75-man limit by waiving CB Patrick Stoudamire and WR Bakari Grant, and utilizing the waived/injured transaction for LB Brandon Long. By using waived/injured, the 49ers can place Long on their injured reserve list (if they so choose) if he clears waivers.


49ers Recap: Niners Get Temporary 'Battle Of The Bay' Crown

Alex Smith completed 9-of-15 passes and looked like a clear-cut starting quarterback for the 49ers on Saturday, all without his number one receiving options in wide receiver Michael Crabtree and pro bowl tight end Vernon Davis. He showed good poise and only made one or two bad passes throughout the game. It was more of the same from the Vikings game, in which he stepped up in the pocket and delivered good passes even with pressure from either side.

Frank Gore played a little while and in two runs amassed 58 yards and the 49ers saw everything they needed to see from the veteran pro bowler before pulling him in favor of rookie Anthony Dixon, who himself went for 69 yards including a touchdown, with three receptions for 15 yards as well.

Receiver Dominique Zeigler continued to make his case for the final 53-man roster with five catches and good durability after some big hits. The offensive line played well, but there were some mistakes and penalties.

Defensively, Patrick Willis confirmed that yes, football fans, he is the best linebacker in the league with some fantastic play. Bubble linebacker Travis LaBoy had the sack that ended Jason Campbell's night and showed good hustle throughout his playing time. It wasn't all perfect though, as in-between fantastic defensive stops, the 49ers gave up a pair of 70 yard touchdowns.

A couple 49ers defensive starters didn't play, including nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin and cornerback Shawntae Spencer, and this is definitely a factor, but you don't like to see those things - unless you're a Raiders fan. Free agent signing Brian Westbrook had two runs for 17 yards and left the game with a minor injury.

There were an awful lot of penalties in this sloppy game, and one of the main complaints among 49ers fans was Jimmy Raye's playcalling - but one has to wonder if it's more due to the fact that it's preseason.

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