On Monday, the 49ers released defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye.
The former Olympian recently worked out for the Patriots, according to an ESPN report.
On Tuesday, 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula explained why the 49ers parted ways with Okoye in the first round of cuts.
“Just to be frank, Lawrence hasn’t played a lot of football,” Tomsula said. “So for somebody to give him an opportunity in fairness to him, they’re going to want to (see him before the cut to 53 players).
“So, when you have a guy in that situation, was my thought, that it gives him a better opportunity ... What he’s done in three years or two-and-a-half years is remarkable.”
Okoye represented Great Britain in the finals of the Olympics discus competition in 2012. The next year, he signed with the 49ers in an effort to build a career in the NFL.
He spent his first season with the 49ers on injured reserve. Okoye was on the practice squad last year.
It's still possible that he ends up on the practice squad again this year.
Early in training camp, Okoye let it be known that he thinks he's NFL-ready.
“I definitely feel like I’m good enough to play,” Okoye said. “I haven’t been (good enough) in previous years. I feel like I am now. That’s not me being arrogant. That’s just looking at the facts. I think I’m capable of lining up and playing ball.”