Sunday, April 29, 2012

List of Undrafted Rookies the 49ers Have Signed

Brian Tymes, WR, FAMU
Nathan Palmer, WR, NIU
Al Netter, OG, Northwestern
Joe Holland, OLB, Purdue
Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State
Kevin Murphy, OL, Harvard
Michael Thomas, S, Stanford
Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
Matt Masifilo, DT, Stanford
Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois
Patrick Butrym, DL, Wisconsin
Georgio Tavecchio, K, Cal

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Complete 2012 49ers Draft Class

Round 1, Pick 30 (30)                                          A.J. Jenkins WR

Round 2, Pick 29(61)                                           LaMichael James RB

Round 4, Pick 22(117)                                         Joe Looney G

Round 5, Pick 30(165)                                         Darius Fleming OLB

Round 6, Pick 10(180)                                         Trent Robinson FS

Round 6, Pick 29(199)                                         Jason Slowey C

Round 7, Pick 30(237)                                         Cam Johnson DE 

49ers' Rounds Five Through Seven Wrap-up

In the 5th round, the 49ers selected Darius Fleming a 6'2" 245LB linebacker from Notre Dame. Fleming had 55 tackles, 3½ sacks, one interception and one forced fumble for the Fighting Irish last season. Fleming is a superb rusher who has a strong burst off the line to get into a tackle. He could be a liability in coverage though.

 In the sixth round, they picked Trent Robinson and Jason Slowey. Trent Robinson is a 5'10" 195LB Free Safety out of Michigan State who had the second fastest 40 time out of the safetys. He is a versatile safety who shows outstanding instincts and awareness and displays the requisite toughness to play in the middle despite his slender frame. Jason Slowey is a 6'3" 303LB center out of Western Oregon. Slowey is a mauler/brawler with toughness.

 In the seventh round, the 49ers took Cam Johnson a 6 foot 3" 268LB defensive end out of Virginia. Johnson is a talented defender with solid overall skills. He surprisingly fell down draft boards, but is capable of emerging as a key contributor in a backup role.

49ers Select Wake Forest G Joe Looney

About an hour after they were expected to select a player in the fourth round, the 49ers did so: Guard Joe Looney out of Wake Forest.
En route to him, the 49ers made three trades, moving down twice (and acquiring five picks along the way) before moving up to Detroit’s slot at 117th overall. The 49ers gave up their original fourth-round pick (125th overall) and a sixth-round choice (No. 196) they acquired in an earlier trade with the Dolphins.
Looney is 6-foot-3, 318 pounds. He met with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at the Scouting Combine. They watched film and talked background, Looney said.
Looney said he’s trained with former 49ers center Jeremy Newberry in January in Atlanta. “I expect him to be a great mentor for me,” Looney said.
Although he lined up primarily at left guard at Wake Forest, he says he’d be comfortable moving to right guard, where the 49ers lacked depth after the departures of Adam Snyder and Chilo Rachal in free agency.
“I’ve always been a physical player,” Looney said. “I love run blocking. I’m just a hard worker. Every day I’m going to come out and work hard.”
He played center at Senior Bowl; center and left tackle at Lake Worth (Fla.) High School.

49ers begin Day 3 with two draft-pick trades

The 49ers are wheeling and dealing.
San Francisco has started the day with trades with the Dolphins and Panthers.
To review:
* On Friday, the 49ers traded their third-round pick (No. 92) to move back five spots into today’s fourth round and netted a fifth-round pick in 2013.
* Today, the 49ers traded that fourth-round pick (No. 97) to the Dolphins and moved back seven spots to No. 103. In return they received a sixth-round pick (196) and a sixth-round pick in 2013.
* Then, the 49ers dealt that fourth-round pick (No. 103) to the Panthers in return for Carolina’s sixth-round pick (No. 180) and a third-round pick in 2013.
* To summarize, they’ve turned their third-round pick (No.  92) into five picks: two sixth-rounders this year and and a third-, fifth- and sixth-round pick in 2013.
San Francisco now has 11 picks in the 2013 draft. They also have an additional seventh-rounder as a result of last year’s trade of safety Taylor Mays to the Bengals.
Here are today’s picks … for the moment:
Fourth round: No. 125
Fifth round: No. 165
Sixth round: No. 180 (from Panthers), No. 196 (from Dolphins), No. 199
Seventh round: No. 237

LaMichael James Highlights

(Sorry for the crappy music but mute is only one click away)

49ers Select LaMichael James

LaMichael James is a 5-foot-9, 185-pound runningback out of Oregon. He ran a 4.37 40 yard dash. The 49ers decided to select him with their second round pick. This is a curious pick, considering the 49ers aren't exactly hurting at running back. They have Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon, and they recently added free-agents Brandon Jacobs and Rock Cartwright. But James has the ability to vie for some playing time immediately. He's fully capable of contributing in the passing game and the return game, as well as out of the backfield.
James rushed for 5,082 yards and 53 touchdowns on 771 career carries in three seasons with the Ducks. Coach Harbaugh is well aware of his abilities, having to face him twice while Harbaugh was the coach at Stanford. He had 49 carries for 382 yards and four TDs in those two games against Jim Harbaugh's Stanford team before Harbaugh jumped to the Niners last year.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Video of A.J. Jenkins at Work

With the 30th Pick the 49ers Select...

In a twist that caught most people off guard, the 49ers take A.J. Jenkins; a wide receiver from Illinois. He's measured in at 6'0" and 192 pounds. He ran a 4.39 40 yard dash and a 38.5 inch vertical jump.
Jenkins was a two-year starter at Illinois and has the speed to take the top off NFL defenses. He creates separation from the defender and has good has in securing the catch. He  is very fluid with his routes. Jenkins is not afraid to go across the middle and always reaches out to catch the ball. Sometime he will take some plays off.
Last year he had 90 receptions for 1,276 yards and 8 touchdowns. This pick has people scratching their heads because Jenkins was rated as a second round talent. There were several wide receivers rated higher than Jenkins but Harbaugh went left field on everyone.

Spin: Just keep in mind that Aldon Smith was also an against the grain pick and look how that turned out so far. We will just have to wait and see if the 49ers pulled a fast one on the league or if they reached somewhat.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Countdown To 49ers New Stadium Groundbreaking(VIDEO)

Video of the countdown to the Santa Clara stadium groundbreaking. Left to Right: Councilmembers Kevin Moore & Patricia Mahan, Mayor Jamie Matthews, owners Denise, Jed & John York, and Councilmembers Pat Kolstead & Lisa Gillmor — at San Francisco 49ers.

Patrick Willis & Vernon Davis Speak at Groundbreaking(VIDEO)

Just a short video Willis and Davis speaking about their excitement about the new stadium at Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Randy Moss absent from 49ers' voluntary workouts

49ers general manager Trent Baalke confirmed that wide receiver Randy Moss isn't present at the 49ers' voluntary off-season conditioning program that began Monday. But Moss' absence is not a surprise to anyone. It was agreed upon and expected says Baalke.
"Randy's not in and that was something discussed with Randy when we made the arrangement and signed him," Baalke said at the end of Wednesday morning's pre-draft press conference. "That is not unexpected by any stretch.
 The first two weeks of the off-season program are restricted to strength and conditioning. Coaches are not allowed on the field for drills until the third week. Baalke guesses that that four to five players are not among the 60 players who showed up to participate in the voluntary program. Asked if Moss will be here by the time off-season training activities -- and on-field coaching begins -- in five weeks, Baalke said: "He'll be here long before that."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

49ers 2012 Schedule Released

The 49ers full 2012 regular season schedule was just released today.
Week 1 - Sun 09/09 at 4:15 PM EDT    @ Green Bay Packers
Week 2 - Sun 09/16 at 8:20 PM EDT        Detroit Lions
Week 3 - Sun 09/23 at 1:00 PM EDT    @ Minnesota Vikings
Week 4 - Sun 09/30 at 1:00 PM EDT    @ New York Jets
Week 5 - Sun 10/07 at 4:15 PM EDT        Buffalo Bills
Week 6 - Sun 10/14 at 4:15 PM EDT        New York Giants
Week 7 - Thu 10/18 at 8:20 PM EDT       Seattle Seahawks
Week 8 -Mon 10/29 at 8:30 PM EDT   @ Arizona Cardinals
Week 9 -BYE
Week 10 - Sun 11/11 at 4:15 PM EST      St. Louis Rams
Week 11 -Mon 11/19 at 8:30 PM EST      Chicago Bears
Week 12 -Sun 11/25 at 1:15 PM EST   @ New Orleans Saints
Week 13 -Sun 12/02 at 1:00 PM EST   @ St. Louis Rams
Week 14 -Sun 12/09 at 4:05 PM EST       Miami Dolphins
Week 15 -Sun 12/16 at 8:20 PM EST   @ New England Patriots
Week 16 -Sun 12/23 at 4:15 PM EST   @ Seattle Seahawks
Week 17- Sun 12/30 at 4:15 PM EST       Arizona Cardinals

Looks like a tough schedule but we expected that with their success last year. How many wins and losses do you guys see on that schedule?

49ers Re-Sign Larry Grant and Brett Swain

The 49ers announce they have signed both Larry Grant and Brett Swain to one-year deals. Larry Grant is A 26-year-old a native of Santa Rosa, CA. He was originally selected by the 49ers in 2008 in the 7th round. He joined the 49ers in 2011 after spending three years on the St. Louis Rams. He played in all 16 games, starting three games. He also played in both post season games. He had a career high 30 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble.

The 49ers signed Swain on 10/12/11, and he went on to play in five games (one start), tallying 2 receptions for 15 yards last season.

Spin: Larry Grant is a solid linebacker and looked good starting for Patrick Willis when he was injured. The 49ers have an elite linebacking core and Grant adds depth and insurance to that.
 Brett Swain, on the other hand, is probably just there for training camp purposes. I think the 49ers will draft a receiver somewhere in the draft. If you combine that with their recent free agent pick ups, I cant see Swain making the team. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Willis Wants To Be on The Cover of Madden

Patrick Willis is in the final four in the voting for the 2013 Madden cover. He will be squaring off against rookie break-out Cam Newton. It seems Willis isn't superstitious. Despite the legend of the Madden curse, he still wants make an appearance on the cover. Players who appear on the cover have been known to get injured or fall of the face of the earth the following season. Willis himself released this statement.
"Lol y'all talking about the curse. A 49er has never been on the cover of madden that I know of n look at injuries we have every yr. I wasn't on the cover last yr n look I missed games so see it has nothing to do with being on the cover n the curse curse. When u play the game hard n a lot of snaps injuries happen. Players get injuries all the time, that r not on the cover of madden. So fans of mine put that curse stuff away n let's make history. Vote for me to make this happen so! much luv to all that will vote for me. Thank you "
Garrison Hearst actually made an appearance on Madden 99. Niner fans you have a decision to make. Do we give the man what he wants and represent for our team? Or do we not vote and keep the curse far far far away from arguably the best middle linebacker in the league?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Reggie Smith Leaves 49ers

Defensive back Reggie Smith has ended his run with the 49ers by signing a deal with the Carolina Panthers. He spent 4 years with the 49ers but didn't start a game last season. This brings the Smith count down to three(Alex, Justin, and Aldon) if your scoring at home.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Audio of Saints Being Told To Hurt 49ers Players Surfaces (Audio Inside)

Audio of former Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams instructing his defense to go after and hurt several 49ers players before last season's playoff game surfaced today. Yahoo’s Mike Silver reported the audio was recorded by Sean Pamphilion. Pamphilion is a filmmaker who is making a documentary about Steve Gleason, the former Saints player who has ALS.

The audio was recorded at the team’s hotel in San Francisco before the playoff game in January. In it Williams can be heard emphasizing over and over to hurt players heads. He even suggested that all of his players make sure to go after heads while in the pile. He was aware of all the 49ers prior injuries and told his team to go after them one by one.

Quotes from audio:

On Frank Gore “Kill Frank Gore’s head." and "We need to decide on how many times we can beat Frank Gore’s head."

“Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head. ... Touch and hit the head.”

On Kendall Hunter: “Little 32, we want to knock the [expletive] out of him.”

On Kyle Williams, who has concussion history: “We need to find out in the first two series of the game, the little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to [expletive] put a lick on him right now. “

On Michael Crabtree: “We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake [expletive] prima donna, or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find it out. He becomes human when we [expletive] take out that outside ACL [sic].

 On Vernon Davis "We need to decide how many times we can bullrush and we can [expletive] put Vernon Davis’s ankles over the pile."

Ironically this audio comes to light on the same day members of the Saints organization; including head coach  Sean Payton, assistant coach Joe Vitt, and general manager Mickey Loomis, were at the NFL offices trying to appeal their suspensions. I cant imagine this is going to help their case. A case that they a no chance of winning before this smoking gun audio.

SPIN: I doubt any of their players received any cash after their performance in that game. If you didnt know better  when you saw the game you would think the 49ers got paid for big hits. The Niners hit them and hit them hard but they did it with legal hits. The werent conserned with taking players out the game. They were more concerned with tackling the ball loose and they did that all game long.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Free Agent Signings Most Likely Over

The list of NFL team cap space has been released. After all of their acquisitions the 49ers are left with about 5.5 million dollars in cap room. This leaves them with just enough money to sign of their picks in the draft beginning April 16. The spending spree could be over but the team isnt in too bad of shape wise considering 13 teams have less space than the Niners. The draft may be the last step to building a roster to bring to training camp. Finding a gem like Aldon Smith maybe a little harder with pick 30 but lets wait and see what Harbaugh has up his sleeve.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Alex Smith Lends a Hand to Help Find Young Teen

Sierra LaMar went missing in Morgan Hill, California two weeks ago after leaving for school and never making it. Among the group of 550 volunteers who showed up to search on Saturday morning was 49ers QB Alex Smith. The group covered a 20 mile radius looking for clues on the disappearance. Alex was not available for comment and the team didn't respond to statement requests.  
 "He wasn't there for attention. He was there to search," said Klaas, founder of the KlaasKids Foundation. "It was about his heart. It's certainly a touching thing, and it's a huge thing, too. By showing up, he provided a value that went well beyond his own presence as a searcher." Klaas added that this was the first time he could recall that a celebrity came forward without prompting. "For somebody of that stature to take his own initiative and do something like this to show that he cares about the family and the community, I'm just thrilled, and I imagine Sierra LaMar's family is, too, Klaas said. "It shows you the kind of person Alex Smith must be."
Alex should be commended and respected for taking the time out to help. Hopefully his celebrity will bring awareness and help find the missing teen.