On Sunday, the 49ers added seven players to their practice squad with one more space remaining.
Players are not eligible if they have served more than three season on previous practice squads. If a player was on an active 46-man roster in a season for nine or more games, he also loses his practice squad eligibility. The 49ers could keep only seven players if they want to cut one player and place him on the practice squad when Demarcus Dobbs returns from his one-game suspension. That player must clear the waivers before being re-added.
Here are the current practice squad members of the 49ers:
RB Jewel Hampton: Hampton spent most of the 2012 season on the Non-Football-injury list with a hurt foot. He was placed on the 53-man roster and remained inactive for the rest of the season. Throughout the preseason, Hampton showed promise against the Vikings and Chargers in the open field. He doesn't have the greatest speed, but is adequate in vision.
WR Chuck Jacobs: Jacobs from Utah State worked well with B.J. Daniels in the preseason when he caught two touchdown passes. In practice, Jacobs was able to make the tough catches and it proved to be an even battle when facing the second-team secondary.
OT Carter Bykowski: Bykowski was a seventh-round draft pick last April from Iowa State. His frame and size (6-7, 306 pounds) is perfect at the NFL level, but he will need to practice technique. In preseason, he was the best offensive tackle while on the third-team offensive line. While he didn't excel, he didn't make any costly mistakes.
OL Patrick Omameh: The 49ers need two offensive linemen on the scout team to complement the eight offensive linemen on the 53-man roster. Omameh had a poor game in the preseason opener against the Broncos, but improved in the following weeks in pass protection. He will mostly eat up the snaps for other linemen in practice.
NT Mike Purcell: Purcell played well throughout the preseason to earn this spot on the practice squad. He specifically shined in stopping the run against opposing scout team offenses.
S Michael Thomas: Thomas was a member of the 2012 practice squad and this will be his second consecutive year on that unit. The second-year safety out of Stanford has provided solid play as a nickel cornerback to go along with his safety abilities. He could also contribute on special teams.
CB Darryl Morris: Morris was a player who struggled in the early days of training camp, but picked up the defensive system well in coverage. He is mostly known for his speed, but his height (5 ft, 9 in) has been the liability. Morris played a low number of snaps in order for no team to find tape on the rookie CB out of Texas State. His chances of making the practice squad benefited from CB Marcus Cooper signing a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.