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SANTA CLARA -- On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh described Kassim Osgood as the 49ers’ best special-teams player.
On Wednesday, the club released him to make room on the 53-man roster for Bubba Ventrone, a special-teams player who was cut after the final exhibition game.
“Kassim Osgood, again, he’s our best player on special teams, especially on the coverage units he’s doing a great job,” Harbaugh said on Monday, one day after the 49ers’ 22-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
But Harbaugh acknowledged the 49ers had room for improvement on special teams. Kansas City’s De’Anthony Thomas had a 28-yard punt return. A week earlier, Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles scored on an 82-yard punt return.
“We’ve got to do a better job,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got to do a better job of covering those punts. Need a little more hang time. And, that’s always been our best unit.”
The 49ers released Ventrone on Aug. 30 on the initial cuts to 53 players. Ventrone sustained a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ third exhibition game. Osgood was also among the team's final cuts. He was re-signed on Sept. 2, but cut again on Sept. 6 before getting signed again two days later.
General manager Trent Baalke has control over determining the team's 53-man roster.