Saturday, June 30, 2012

49ers Linebacker Aldon Smith Hurt In Stabbing


The San Francisco 49ers say linebacker Aldon Smith suffered minor injuries during an incident Friday night in San Jose, Calif., and that he is recovering comfortably.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Smith suffered stab wounds. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because those details had not been released.

"(We) are aware that Aldon Smith incurred minor injuries during an incident last night," the 49ers said in a statement. "We are in contact with Aldon and thankful that his injuries were not more serious and that he is recovering comfortably. The 49ers are also in communication with local authorities as they gather information regarding the incident, and will reserve further comment at this time."

According to The Sacramento Bee, deputies from the Santa Clara County sheriff's office were called to a house party at about 2 a.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of gunshots. When police arrived, they found two people shot and another stabbed.

The Bee reported that all three were taken to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

A source told the Bee the stabbing victim was Smith. A spokesman for the Santa Clara County sheriff's department, meanwhile, would not comment on the identity of the victims.

The party was so large -- more than 100 people were estimated to be there -- that deputies called for backup from the San Jose police and the California Highway Patrol, Sgt. Jose Cardoza told the Bee.
"It was a chaotic scene," Cardoza said. "There was a lot of commotion, and no one knows where the gunshots came from."

Cardoza told the newspaper there are no suspects in the case at this time.
In January, Smith was charged with driving under the influence in Miami Beach.

Smith, 22, made a franchise-rookie record 14 sacks, most among NFL rookies, last season, to go along with two forced fumbles.

The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Smith was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Missouri.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vernon Davis - "I will be the best tight end to ever play this game"

On Friday afternoon All-Pro NFL tight end Vernon Davis dropped by Coolidge High School in the district to speak with young football campers.

Davis was working the young crowd with the microphone, sharing stories of his personal struggles in high school, and his mischievous ways with the law -- he was on probation as a sixth grader.

In the final portion of Davis' motivational speech, the San Francisco 49er talked about never giving up on your aspirations. Davis even dropped some of his own.

"I will be the best tight end to ever play this game. I have a vision," echoed Davis to a thunderous applause.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Justin Smith #17 Top 100 NFL Players of 2012

Yet another San Fransisco 49ers player has made an appearance on the NFL Network's list of the top 100 players of 2012. Defensive lineman Justin Smith makes the list at the 17th spot. Smith becomes the 5th 49er to make this list.

In 2011, Justin Smith recorded 58 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and forced 3 fumbles. Smith, a 3-time Pro Bowl Selection, is a beast of a lineman with a big motor. He brings 110% on every play and I'm glad he is being recognized for all of his hard work.

Rumor is that one more 49er will make the list and i think we all know who that will be.

A.J. Jenkins Interview and Contract Signing (VIDEO)

49ers Sign A.J. Jenkins

The San Francisco 49ers today announced that they have signed WR
A.J. Jenkins, a 22-year old native of Jacksonville, FL, to a four-year deal.

Jenkins (6-0, 192), was the 49ers first round selection (30th overall) in this year’s draft out of the University of Illinois. He played in 46 games (26 starts) for the Fighting Illini and ranks third in school history with 167 career receptions for 2,432 yards and 19 touchdowns. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree also added 33 kickoff returns for 773 yards and one touchdown.

In 2011, Jenkins played in 13 games (12 starts) and tallied 90 catches for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns. He is just the second player in school history to register 90 receptions in a season, and his 1,276 receiving yards were the second-highest single-season total in school history. The First-Team All-Big Ten and honorable-mention All-America honoree led the Conference with an average of 6.92 receptions per game.

The 49ers have now signed all seven of their 2012 draft picks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Randy Moss Offseason Highlights (VIDEO)

Ted Ginn Jr Makes ESPN's "NFL's Most Versatile Players" List

ESPN release a list of the NFL's Most Versatile players this week. The list was broken down into two parts consisting of Top 10 in the AFC and Top 10 in the NFC.

49ers receiver and return man Tedd Ginn Jr was ranked number 5 on the NFC's list. Here is what ESPN had to say about his versatility:
"5. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, San Francisco 49ers The feeling by a lot of people is that Ginn has underachieved for most of his career, and while his speed is outstanding, his consistency catching the ball is poor. His 19 receptions a year ago needs to improve as well. However, the 49ers have really upgraded their receiving corps heading into 2012, which means that Ginn will likely devote most of his time as a return specialist (27.6-yard kickoff return average in 2011, 12.3-yard punt return average). He can still be dangerous as a role player in their three- and four-WR packages, especially on reverses."
Hopefully Ginn can stay healthy this season so he can be out there to field ALL the punts for the 49ers.

Monday, June 18, 2012

MossWatch: The Feel Following Minicamps


Randy Moss has backed up the positive first impression he made with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.

Even defensive players and coaches have been impressed.

"Well, just how committed and down to earth of a football player he is," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said during the 49ers' recently concluded mandatory minicamp. "He has really been as good as you can possibly ask for in terms of being totally engrossed in football. He's a throwback."

"I don't care how old he is, he's a playmaker," Vernon Davis said of new 49ers teammate Randy Moss.

We've discussed Moss' history in detail, noting that "with Moss, it's often about impressive debuts and new beginnings. Sometimes, he sticks around and produces, as the case was with New England. Other times, the initial impressions do not foreshadow future results."

This seemed like a good time for a fuller progress report. Veteran players are finished until training camp.

"It's been great watching the players interact, the quarterbacks interact, the receivers interact with him," Fangio said. "And we'll all be better because of it. And just truly impressed with everything Randy Moss represents."

49ers safety Donte Whitner played against Moss for four seasons in the AFC East. Whitner sees Moss as highly motivated and still possessing sufficient physical abilities:
"Moss still has the vertical speed. Ever since he’s been in the National Football League, it never looks like he’s running fast. He’s such a long strider. But once he gets up on you, it’s separation time. He always had the hands, he always had the want-to when he wants to go out there and play football.

"He hasn’t really said anything. He just goes out and plays football. You can see him in the weight room first thing in the morning, when no one else is here. I think he’s truly, truly motivated to go out and quiet a lot of critics.

"I think him being with [Michael] Crabtree and having an explosive group, with [Mario] Manningham and Vernon Davis, there are not going to be many people who can double cover and put a safety over the top because you have other weapons. Plus, you have a running game.

"So, I believe he’s going to see as much one-on-one coverage as he’s ever seen in his career. And I believe he’s going to be able to take advantage of it. He’s been doing it in practice. He’s a really good football player still and he’s always been a freak of nature. That’s why they call him, 'The Freak.' "

The 49ers have generally favored a second tight end over a third wide receiver in their personnel packages on early downs (and sometimes even on third down). They still will, in some cases, because second tight end Delanie Walker adds another dimension. But the 49ers also have the ability to line up with Moss, Crabtree and Manningham at wide receiver. That gives them more playmaking ability, at least on paper, than they've had previously. Defenses have to account for Davis and Frank Gore as well.

"I don’t care how old he is, he's a playmaker," Davis said. "He’s had a lot of sucesss. One thing I know about Moss is he’s going to compete. It’s in his nature. ... He might not be as fast as he was back in the day, but he still has great ball skills. His ball skills are pretty significant to what we’re trying to do."

To be continued during training camp and as long as Moss remains on the roster.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Report: 49ers 1st Rd Pick, AJ Jenkins, 5th On Depth Chart

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, A.J. Jenkins "looked like one of the worst receivers on the field" during mandatory June minicamp.

We previously heard Jenkins was having an nondescript OTA, but there now appears to be at least four receivers ahead of him on the depth chart.

The Press Democrat notes that Jenkins was rarely on the field with the second-team offense, and ''made less impressive plays'' than UDFAs Nathan Palmer and Bryan Tyms.

 Kyle Williams ''looked like the third best receiver'' behind Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Exonerated Linebacker Brian Banks Has Workout Monday with 49ers

Banks will take part in a three-day rookie minicamp, a source confirmed Friday. The Monday-Wednesday session will be the longest tryout Banks has had yet.

Brian Banks, the 26-year-old linebacker from Southern California who was wrongfully incarcerated for five years, tweeted today that he plans to take part in a Monday workout with the 49ers. That was confirmed by a league source, who said the session was likely but not yet set in stone. If it occurs as tentatively scheduled, Banks would take part in a rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Banks already has worked out for the Seahawks, Chargers and Chiefs, and he spent the last two days taking part in a Seahawks minicamp. Banks said he has not yet been offered a deal by the Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll, who recruited Banks to play at USC a decade ago.

Banks was a star linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and said he'd made a verbal commitment to USC as a junior. When he was 16, a teenage girl he'd known all his life accused him of rape and kidnapping. Banks was convicted and served more than five years in prison and spent the last five as a registered sex offender. The woman, however, later recanted her story to a private investigator who videotaped the conversation. Banks was completely exonerated in a hearing last month and has been trying to resume his life.

Banks has been training in Orange County and is working his way into football-playing condition. It's not known whether the 49ers see him as an inside or outside linebacker.


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

49ers Get Permission to Leave San Fransisco Early

New Santa Clara Stadium

Earlier this week, the powers-that-be in San Francisco officially granted the team permission to break its lease at Candlestick Park early.

They will leave after the 2013 season, and they’ll move into the new facility in Santa Clara in 2014.

The team will pay minimal rent in 2014 for the to-be-vacated premises.  The 49ers will also make a $1 million donation to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Other compromises include an agreement that the 49ers and San Francisco will organize the effort to be nominated to hold a Super Bowl at the new venue.

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49ers Deep At Quarterback (VIDEO)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It Appears 49ers' Rookie Cam Johnson Had Knee Surgery

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed Tuesday that Cam Johnson has undergone a minor "clean out" surgical procedure.

It is presumed that the procedure was on his knee because he played his senior year at Virginia with what was classified as a "deep knee bruise".

Johnson was practicing last week, but Harbaugh said his performance was hindered during the off-season workout program.
"We felt that it was better to do it now," Harbaugh said, "and I think our doctors were right to do it. So, I think this will benefit Cam, and he'll be able to put his best foot forward come training camp."
Harbaugh refused to reveal the nature or severity of the injury but did say Johnson will be back for training camp in late July.

Johnson, a seventh round pick, played DE in college. The 49ers drafted him with converting him into an OLB in mind. Depth at the position was needed considering the Niners only carried 3 OLB on the roster last year.

Johnson is the second rookie OLB to go down before the start of training camp this year. Darrius Fleming of Notre Dame tore his ACL and is potentially out for the season. 

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Source: 49ers and S Dashon Goldson Only $1M Apart

Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson and the San Francisco 49ers aren't far apart on a new deal, but they still haven't reached an agreement.

Goldson was given the 49ers' franchise tag earlier this year and is scheduled to earn $6.212 million this year if the sides can't come to an agreement by July 16.

A source told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Monday that Goldson wants a contract with an annual average of $8 million. The source also said the 49ers probably are not willing to go more than $7 million per year.

Secondary coach Ed Donatell isn't too worried though,
"This happens all over football," Donatell said. "Nobody has a complete group. We have as complete as anybody. Anytime a guy can't play, we look for the advantage to train another guy to give you a Plan B and C and so forth. But his (Goldson's) history is, when he's ready to go, he's ready to go and he plays well."
 With Goldson being a no-show and the other starting safety Donte Whitner sitting out practices, C.J. Spillman and rookie Trenton Robinson have received the majority of snaps in OTAs.