Friday, May 31, 2013

Marcus Lattimore: I want to train hard, 49ers are slowing me down

San Francisco running back Marcus Lattimore says he’s so fired up to get back on the field after the gruesome knee injury he suffered last season at South Carolina that he wants to go harder in offseason workouts than the 49ers will let him.

Lattimore told the Associated Press that the most difficult part of his first month as a member of the 49ers has been doctors and trainers slowing him down and urging him to be patient in recovery from reconstructive knee surgery so he doesn’t aggravate the injury and set himself back.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Suggs tells Crabtree to take his time with Achilles

While expecting 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree to miss the season because of last week’s torn Achilles seems the conventional wisdom, some point to Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs’ comeback a year ago from the same injury as a reason for hope.

But Suggs said it’s hard to compare injuries, and pointed out that even though he was on the field the end of last season, he was far from himself.

“I was still effective against the run because you can play the run with your legs and your arms,” Suggs told Clark Judge of “But as far as pass rushing, you need a tremendous amount of explosion, and I didn’t have that right off the bat for a large portion of the season. . . .

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nnamdi Asomugha: Adjustment to Niners hasn’t been that hard

So far, so good for cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha with the 49ers.

That’s the word from Asomugha himself while discussing his transition to the 49ers’ defensive scheme after spending the last two years on an Eagles defense that was widely believed to be a bad fit for his skills. Asomugha called defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme “more diverse than you think” and he won’t be playing the man coverage he prefers all the time, but said that his teammates have made the transition easier than it was when he moved to Philly in 2011.

Vernon Davis says chemistry with Colin Kaepernick is building

While most parts of the 49ers offense took off when Colin Kaepernick took over as quarterback last year, tight end Vernon Davis saw his production drop in the regular season.

Davis caught just six passes in the final five games of the regular season and was open about the need to build chemistry with a new quarterback who played a very different style than Alex Smith. Things seemed to trend upward in the postseason — Davis had 11 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown in the final two games of the year — and Davis said that the two men have continued to click during the offseason.

Kendall Hunter gives the 49ers some good Achilles news

Though it’s small consolation after losing wide receiver Michael Crabtree to the same injury, the 49ers at least have a template to follow in recovery from Achilles surgery.

And in the case of running back Kendall Hunter, the news is good.

Boldin making solid impression with 49ers

Regardless of whether the Ravens were or weren’t dumb in rolling the dice on the contract of quarterback Joe Flacco, they weren’t able to keep receiver Anquan Boldin for 2013.

Sure, he told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN he’d play for the Ravens or no one.  But when the Ravens wanted to cut his pay for the coming season from $6 million to $4 million, Boldin opted to continue his career in the division where it began, with the 49ers.

Frank Gore on list of sidelined 49ers

It was reported that 49ers tackle Joe Staley is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery that is keeping him off the field at 49ers OTAs.

We also shared the longish list of other 49ers who are coming off surgery or trying to make their way back from season-ending injuries in 2012. That list didn’t cover everyone on the sideline right now, however.

Joe Staley had his knee scoped

Add tackle Joe Staley to the list of 49ers who will spend the time until training camp recovering from injury and/or surgery.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Staley had arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The knee bothered Staley all of last season and, per Barrows, he could have played on it again this year but decided to miss some time now in hopes of being totally healthy come camp and the regular season. The expectation is that Staley will be ready to go when the Niners report to camp.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Goodwin deal creates $1.85 million in cap space

It was recently pointed out that 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin reduced his salary from $3.7 million to $2.5 million.  But he created even more than $1.2 million in cap space for the team.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Goodwin also gave up $665,000 in so-called “likely to be earned” incentives, which while not vested nevertheless counted against the cap.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Jim Harbaugh: Someone will emerge in Crabtree’s place

With last year’s leading receiver, Michael Crabtree, out an estimated six months with a torn Achilles tendon, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he’s confident someone will step up to fill the void.

Harbaugh isn’t totally sure who that “someone” will be, though.

Mario Manningham has started running and cutting

With wide receiver Michael Crabtree out for at least the next six months after tearing his Achilles, the 49ers are going to need the rest of their receiving corps to step up to cover for his absence.

One of the guys they’ll be looking to is Mario Manningham, who is set to start his second season with the team after signing as a free agent in 2012. Manningham’s first year with the Niners ended in December when he tore his ACL and PCL, an injury that coach Jim Harbaugh expectes to keep Manningham from starting training camp on the field with the rest of his teammates.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Jonathan Goodwin takes pay cut, increases odds

Continuity is the key to a good offensive line, and the 49ers should now have it.

But it’s costing Jonathan Goodwin a little money to make sure they stay together.
According to Matt Maiocco of, the veteran center has taken a pay cut of $1.2 million.

49ers sign second-round pick Vance McDonald

The 49ers have signed rookie tight end Vance McDonald, the club said Thursday.

McDonald, whom the 49ers selected in the second round, could compete for playing time right off the bat for San Francisco, which lost Delanie Walker in free agency. According to Pro Football Focus, Walker played 589 regular-season snaps a season ago for the 49ers, with Vernon Davis — the Niners’ top tight end — logging 942 snaps, per PFF data.

Tank Carradine signs his 49ers deal

It sure looks like a lot of NFL contract negotiators are heading to the beach this weekend, given the dizzying pace of rookie signings.

According to Adam Caplan of, the 49ers joined the parade by signing second-round defensive end Tank Carradine.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Michael Crabtree has Achilles surgery, out six months

Just hours after news broke that 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon on Tuesday, Crabtree has already had surgery.

Crabtree had his surgery today, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

49ers sign fourth-round pick Quinton Patton

Quinton Patton, the 49ers draft pick who got so excited when he was drafted that he bought his own plane ticket and showed up in San Francisco before he was allowed to under league rules, is officially under contract.

The 49ers have announced that Patton, one of their two fourth-round picks, has signed his four-year rookie contract.

Michael Crabtree suffers torn Achilles in workout

The 49ers suffered a major blow during OTAs, as wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered what could be a season-ending injury.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Crabtree tore his Achilles during a workout Tuesday, and will need surgery to repair the injury.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

49ers Begin Organized Team Activities (VIDEO)

Super Bowl returns to the Bay Area

Less than four months after the Bay Area’s football team returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in a generation, the Super Bowl is returning to the Bay Area.

The league has announced that Super Bowl L will be played at the 49ers’ to-be-opened home in Santa Clara, which will be named Levi’s Stadium.  Technically, the host city is San Francisco, since all associated events will be conducted there.  (We’ll call the location San Franciscoclara, at least until we get bored with that.  Maybe a little longer.)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Michael Crabtree: ‘I’m the No.1 receiver on the 49ers"

The San Francisco 49ers needed just five yards to win the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl, but could not complete a fade route to wide receiver Michael Crabtree on fourth-and-goal.

The results of Super Bowl XLVII still haunt Crabtree.

“I just can’t let it go,” the fifth-year pro told “It’s something that’s going to stick with me until I accomplish my goal.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Madden 25 Defensive Control Gameplay Trailer W/ Narration from Navorro Bowman

Quinton Patton got the Tavon Austin treatment

So, what does that mean exactly? If you recall, Tavon Austin said recently that since being drafted, he’s been approached by several friends and distant “relatives,” all with their hands out asking for money. Well, count 49ers rookie Quinton Patton as a member of that club.

“People come out of the woodwork when they hear something good has happened to you,” Patton told at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. “When I got drafted, there was a 30 minutes to an hour span that I couldn’t use my phone.

Sport Science: Colin Kaepernick (VIDEO)

Friday, May 17, 2013

A.J. Jenkins muscled up this offseason

The skinny on A.J. Jenkins: The former first-round wide receiver isn't as skinny anymore.

That, of course, was the one concern general manager Trent Baalke raised on draft day last year.

Circumstances -- injuries and otherwise -- prevented Jenkins from a full offseason in the weight room while at Illinois, and as a result his strength and power weren't ideal last year. Indeed the slender receiver, who is listed at 192 pounds, seemed to spend a lot of time on the ground during practices last year.

Lattimore inspired after first meeting with Gore

It remains to be seen if Marcus Lattimore is Frank Gore’s heir apparent.

In 2013, though, it appears the 49ers’ fourth-round pick will be the Pro Bowl running back’s shadow.

After meeting the eight-year veteran for the first time Monday, Lattimore hatched a plan for acing NFL 101 during his rookie season: He’ll fix his gaze on Gore, an ideal mentor who is humble, hard-working and possesses an off-the-charts football IQ.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Packers’ Datone Jones: Kaepernick can’t keep running like that

The Packers have made no secret this offseason that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s big game in a playoff-ending loss at San Francisco has forced them to re-think things on defense. Packers coach Mike McCarthy sent his defensive staff to Texas A&M to study the read-option offense, and the decision to draft defensive end Datone Jones in the first round may have been motivated by stopping Kaepernick and other quarterbacks like him.

For his part, Jones says Kaepernick can’t keep running like he did against the Packers, when he gained 181 yards on the ground, the most ever for any quarterback in any NFL game. Jones watched that 49ers-Packers playoff game, and he told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that if Kaepernick tries to do that for a whole season, he won’t last for a whole season.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

49ers rookie Quinton Patton struggling with air travel

For 49ers rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton, the rookie symposium needs to include a session with a travel agent.

The fourth-round pick from Louisiana Tech initially reached into his own pocket to fly to San Francisco after the draft, before he was allowed to report to work. They had to send him home that time, though he earned the respect of coach Jim Harbaugh.

This week, when they bought the ticket, he nearly didn’t make it, according to Matt Maiocco of

49ers Begin Rookie Minicamp (VIDEO)

Rookie Minicamp Press Conference - Eric Reid

Rookie Minicamp Press Conference - Lawrence Okoye

Rookie Minicamp Press Conference - Quinton Patton

Rookie Minicamp Press Conference - Marcus Lattimore

Rookie Minicamp Press Conference - Tank Carradine

Rookie Minicamp Press Conference - Jim Harbaugh

Friday, May 10, 2013

49ers encouraged by Marcus Lattimore’s physical

The 49ers got their first in-depth look at Marcus Lattimore’s knee since they drafted him, and they were pleased with what they saw.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the rookie running back will play this season.

The fourth-round pick went through a thorough examination upon reporting with the rest of the 49ers rookies this week, and coach Jim Harbaugh was encouraged.

49ers get four draft picks under contract

With a draft class of 11, it’s a good thing for the 49ers rookie contracts are becoming easier and easier to finish.

According to Matt Maiocco of, the 49ers have signed four picks, including fifth-rounder Quinton Dial, and seventh-rounders B.J. Daniels, Carter Bykowski and Marcus Cooper.

Dial has potential as a run-stopping defensive lineman, though he wasn’t a full-time starter at Alabama. Of course, when you have as many picks as the 49ers had, it allows you to take more chances than other teams.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

49ers strike 20-year, $220 million deal with Levi’s

We heard earlier on Wednesday that Levi’s would be buying the naming rights to the new 49ers stadium under construction in Santa Clara, but we didn’t know just how deep into their jeans pockets Levi’s would be dipping for those rights.

Now we know. On Wednesday afternoon, the 49ers and Levi’s announced a 20-year, $220 million deal to name the 49ers’ home field Levi’s Stadium. In a statement announcing the deal, 49ers CEO Jed York played up the deep San Francisco roots of Levi Strauss & Co., which was founded in 1853 and introduced blue jeans in 1873.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

49ers sign 12 undrafted free agents

We found out the name of the most intriguing member of the 49ers’ crop of undrafted free agent signings shortly after the draft when British discus thrower and football neophyte Lawrence Okoye announced that he’d signed with San Francisco.

Okoye may be the biggest name (and among the biggest players) added to the roster, but he isn’t the only one. The 49ers announced their full list of undrafted rookie additions on Tuesday, a list that included a player making a position switch from college.

Mike Iupati to miss OTAs after shoulder surgery

The 49ers won’t be at full strength for offseason OTAs, but at least in the case of All-Pro guard Mike Iupati, it doesn’t seem to be an extended absence.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Iupati had a procedure on his shoulder this offseason and isn’t expected to participate in upcoming OTAs, though he’s expected to be ready for training camp.

49ers hire Ronald Curry as assistant coach

Former Raiders receiver Ronald Curry has joined the 49ers’ coaching staff.

The 33-year-old Curry, a 2002 seventh-round draft pick of the Raiders who played in Oakland for seven seasons, will be an offensive assistant, the 49ers announced Monday.

49ers bring back Adam Snyder

One week after being released by the Cardinals, Adam Snyder is back for another stint with the 49ers. The veteran offensive lineman signed a two-year contract with the club Monday, the team said.

Snyder, 31, started 14 games for Arizona in 2012. He had spent the previous seven seasons with San Francisco and was the Niners’ starting right guard in 2011.

Monday, May 6, 2013

If Chiefs go 8-8, they owe 49ers a second round pick

The 49ers used Kansas City’s second-round pick this year to add another pick in the third round next year.

And depending on how the Chiefs play, it could net the 49ers yet another second-rounder next year.

Friday, May 3, 2013

49ers sign former Boise State running back DJ Harper to an already crowded backfield

Former Boise State running back D.J. Harper has agreed to a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted in the recently completed NFL Draft.

Harper, who rushed for 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns last season for Boise State, posted news of his signing on Twitter before later confirming it during a phone interview with the Press-Tribune.

“Obviously I would have liked to have heard my name called but once it got to the later rounds, I would rather pick my place and find the best opportunity,” Harper said. “After talking with the coaches with San Francisco, I feel good about it. It’s a great opportunity and a really good situation.”

Kaepernick racks up the endorsements

David Whitley apparently won’t be buying a Jaguar.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whom Whitley criticized last year for his extensive collection of skin art, has been piling up the endorsements.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lawrence Okoye knows he’s starting from square one

The 49ers think they have an intriguing prospect to develop in former Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye.

But before they teach him how to rush a quarterback, they need to start with the basics — putting on pants.

Okoye put on a helmet and shoulder pads for the first time during a visit with the Saints, and knows he has to take his football education one leg at a time.

Rookie WR Quinton Patton shows up too early for work, sent home

Yes, you read that correctly.

49ers rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton, eager to begin work with his new team, flew from Nashville to San Francisco at his own expense Monday to work out with the club. However, the 49ers sent home the fourth-round pick from Louisiana Tech before he arrived at the club’s facilities.