Saturday, June 29, 2013

Marcus Lattimore expects to practice by mid-season

Marcus Lattimore, the 49ers rookie running back who suffered a severe knee injury during the 2012 season at South Carolina, says he thinks he’ll be well enough to start practicing by the middle of the regular season.

Lattimore said on NFL Network that he feels good about what he was able to do during the 49ers’ Organized Team Activities, but he expects to be sidelined during training camp and start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Kaepernick trying to balance rest and readiness

Colin Kaepernick has heard coach Jim Harbaugh’s concerns that he might be getting “too jacked-up.”
At the same time, he’s finding it hard to fight his own urge to work out more.

Kaepernick said during an appearance on KNBR (via the Sacramento Bee) that he was trying to weigh how much to push and how much to rest in his month before the start of training camp.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Civil lawsuit against Perrish Cox settled

A civil lawsuit against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox stemming from an alleged sexual assault has been dismissed by a Denver judge, a formal step that implements a settlement reached between Cox and the alleged victim.

Olympian Okoye calls 49ers’ OTAs “hardest thing I’ve ever done”

Lawrence Okoye, the British Olympic discus thrower who decided to try American football and signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent, admits he didn’t know what he was getting himself into.

Okoye told England’s Shortlist magazine that the 49ers’ Organized Team Activities showed him just how tough American football is.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vernon Davis says Seattle “building a dynasty”

The battle for the NFC West crown this season is expected to be a fiercely contested duel between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks in one of the fastest growing rivalries in the league.

The head coaches don’t like each other. The players don’t like each other. The players don’t like the opposing coaches and so on and so on. It makes for a delightfully entertaining war of words this offseason and adds to the hype for a pivotal early season matchup between the two teams in Week 2 in Seattle for Sunday Night Football.

Anquan Boldin does some lobbying in D.C.

Because 49ers OTAs were going on at the same time, wide receiver Anquan Boldin skipped the visit to the White House his former Ravens teammates took to celebrate their Super Bowl title.

OTAs are over now and Boldin spent Monday in the nation’s capital, but not for a ceremony in the Rose Garden.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Golden Tate wants to give Jim Harbaugh the “Sean Lee treatment”

Soon, it’ll be easier to list the Seahawks players who don’t want to beat up 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Cornerback Brandon Browner wants to put his hands on Harbaugh’s neck.  Receiver Golden Tate has something more creative in mind.

Even though it’s something Tate already has done.

Niners say Kaepernick threw 87 mph first pitch

Colin Kaepernick threw out the first pitch at Friday night’s Giants game.  He apparently did pretty well.

According to the 49ers’ Twitter account, Kaepernick was clocked at 87 miles per hour.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Glen Coffee slated to graduate from U.S. Army Airborne School

Former 49ers running back Glen Coffee, who retired from the NFL in 2010 at age 23, is now a member of the United States Army, and he is scheduled to graduate from Airborne School on Friday, Andrew Gribble of Al.com reported.

Coffee, who went through his training at Fort Benning in Georgia, told Al.com that he had a brief interest in enlisting as he redshirted at Alabama because of injury in 2006. More recently, war-themed movies further piqued his interest in joining the armed forces, he told the publication, with the film “Tears of the Sun” influential.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Justin Smith’s new deal saves $4 million in cap

Yes, the new contract signed by 49ers defensive end Justin Smith creates $4.5 million in cap space.  But before anyone declares the contract to be a win-win, a couple of open questions remain.

First, the $1.4 million roster bonuses due and payable to Smith in 2014 and 2015 may be, we’re told, tied to Smith’s ability to suit up and play every week.  If so, that’s $87,500 per game that Smith won’t be paid if he’s on the inactive list due to injury.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Report: Niners extend Greg Roman through 2015

Wednesday appears to be the day that the 49ers are taking care of all family business.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the team has extended the contract of offensive coordinator Greg Roman for two years, which means he’s locked up through the 2015 season. The news comes on the heels of word that the 49ers have agreed to a two-year contract extension for defensive end Justin Smith as well.

Patrick Willis among 49ers with perfect attendance

There are varying degrees of voluntary when it comes to voluntary offseason workouts.

And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh even passed out perfect attendance certificates and T-shirts to the 31 of his 90 players who made every workout this spring to help underscore the difference, and recognize the people who treated them as mandatory.

Justin Smith excited for chance to go out on his “own terms”

The two-year contract extension that defensive end Justin Smith signed with the 49ers is likely to be the final contract that the 33-year-old signs in the NFL.

“Justin’s All-Pro contributions on the field, as well as his leadership on and off the field, are integral to our success as a team,” 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement from the team.

 “Justin consistently sets a standard of excellence, serving as an example for everyone within our organization. This contract allows Justin to finish his career as a 49er!”

Vernon Davis practices “exclusively” with receivers at minicamp

When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh insisted that the replacement for Michael Crabtree (Achilles) would come from the current roster, it was presumed that the replacement would be a receiver.

As it turns out, the Niners could be thinking about using tight end Vernon Davis as a wideout while Crabtree recovers.

Justin Smith gets two-year extension from 49ers

Justin Smith was hoping this wasn’t going to be his last year with the 49ers.

Consider that problem solved.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers signed Smith to a two-year contract extension today, which locks him up through the 2015 season.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

49ers waive wide receiver Brandon Carswell

The 49ers waived Brandon Carswell with an injury designation on Tuesday, the NFL disclosed in its transaction log.

The 24-year-old Carswell suffered an ACL tear last Wednesday, the day after he signed with the club.
Carswell, who played collegiately at Southern Cal, had a brief stint on the Raiders’ practice squad a season ago.

The 49ers now have 11 wide receivers on their roster, including Michael Crabtree, who figures to miss at least a portion of the 2013 campaign after tearing his Achilles in May.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pete Carroll says Jim Harbaugh has done “a marvelous job”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll may be seeking to thaw the frosty relationship between his team and the division rival 49ers.

Asked in an interview on NFL Network about the war of words that has erupted between his team and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Carroll didn’t take the bait and instead talked about how much respect he has for the defending NFC West champions.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Work at Levi’s Stadium resumes two days after death

Work resumed on the 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara Thursday, two days after a construction worker died there.

According to Mark Gomez of the San Jose Mercury News, workers gathered in the south end zone for a service to remember 63-year-old Donald White, who died on Tuesday when an elevator counterweight fell on him.

Frank Gore tries to outrun Father Time

He has overcome a wide variety of injuries, both minor and serious.  But as the most memorable birthday card I’ve ever seen says, with a picture of the Grim Reaper on the cover, “You can run, but you cannot hide.”

Frank Gore has been running for years, and he’s hiding in plain sight atop the 49ers depth chart.  Now 30, he’s even more conspicuous.

In an industry so heavily premised on confidence, Gore is embracing it.

Kaepernick, Harbaugh downplay Dahl’s claim of tipped plays

On Wednesday, 49ers safety Craig Dahl said that his old team (the Rams) went 1-0-1 against his new team last year in part because the San Fran offense was letting it be known via formations and personnel whether a run or a pass was coming.

On Thursday, the team’s quarterback and head coach predictably shrugged at the idea that poor self-scouting hurt the 49ers.

Brandon Carswell tears ACL during first practice with 49ers

Injuries are continuing to take their toll on the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver position.

With Michael Crabtree out with a torn Achilles and Mario Manningham questionable for the start of the season as he returns from a torn ACL, the 49ers signed former USC and Oakland Raiders receiver Brandon Carswell on Wednesday.

Carswell didn’t last one practice with the 49ers before suffering a serious injury of his own.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

49ers sign wide receiver Brandon Carswell

With Michael Crabtree out for the forseeable future with a torn Achilles and Mario Manningham questionable for the start of the season while recovering from a torn ACL, the San Francisco 49ers have found themselves somewhat short at the wide receiver position.

Cortland Finnegan takes shots at Craig Dahl

Former Rams safety Craig Dahl says the 49ers tipped plays on offense in 2012.  Current Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan isn’t happy about that.

Finnegan responded to the topic with this message on Twitter:  “Craig Dahl is lame and weak for that glad he with another squad we know how he play thanks for the tips we know who 2 go at.”

Craig Dahl says Niners tipped plays last year

Now we know why the 49ers hired defensive guru Eric Mangini to serve as an offensive consultant.

Safety Craig Dahl, who played last year for a Rams team that went 1-0-1 against the eventual NFC champions, said Wednesday that the Niners tipped offensive plays based on personnel and formation, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

A.J. Jenkins starting to make an impression with 49ers

Jim Harbaugh was adamant last year when criticism abounded surrounding San Francisco 49ers first round draft pick A.J. Jenkins that the Illinois rookie would eventually become “an outstanding player in the National Football League.”

It certainly didn’t happen last season as Jenkins was active for just three games and was didn’t record a single catch. In fact, he was targeted only once. But with Michael Crabtree out with a torn Achilles and Mario Manningham still working his way back from a torn ACL, Jenkins is trying to take advantage of the extra opportunities in practice.

Jim Harbaugh takes notice of Seahawks suspensions

Everyone has noticed that five Seahawks have been suspended since 2011 for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Everyone including 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

On Tuesday, Harbaugh addressed the ongoing issue in a way that necessarily will increase tensions among the NFC West rivals who also are among the best teams in the NFL.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Report: Construction worker dies at Levi’s Stadium

Work on the 49ers’ new stadium has taken a tragic turn, as a construction worker has died on the site.

According to NBCBayArea.com, an elevator subcontractor was killed when a counter-weight fell on top of him this morning.

Workers were sent home from the site of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara shortly thereafter. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the man involved.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Roger Craig: Jim Harbaugh will win multiple titles like Bill Walsh

Roger Craig won three Super Bowls as a 49ers running back in the 1980s, playing for Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh. Now Craig thinks the 49ers are heading for another golden age, with another great coach.

Craig told ESPN.com that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is a lot like Walsh, and not just because he went from Stanford to the 49ers.

Friday, June 7, 2013

T.O. could be in the H.O.F. as soon as 2016

Receiver Terrell Owens says that if he doesn’t play in 2013 he’ll retire.  If he doesn’t play in 2013, he’ll have to wait only two years for his first shot at immortality.

Joe Horrigan, the V.P. of Communications/Exhibits of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, tells PFT that the five-year waiting period begins the last time a player is on a regular-season NFL roster.  For Owens, that was 2010, with Cincinnati.

His return to the league in 2012 doesn’t matter, since he was cut by the Seahawks during the preseason.

For rookie Vance McDonald, location is everything

Vance McDonald would have probably been grateful to have been drafted anywhere.

But his girlfriend is happy he landed with the 49ers.

The tight end from Rice was planning to propose to Kendi Davis anyway, but when he was drafted by the 49ers in the second round, he knew had a perfect setting.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eric Mangini “definitely” wants to be a head coach again

Eric Mangini is officially back in the NFL, after he was formally introduced today as a consultant on the 49ers’ coaching staff. And he made clear that he wants to be a lot more than just a consultant in the future.

Mangini confirmed that he’s hoping to get another shot at being a head coach, as he has previously been with the Jets and Browns.

Niners add Kassim Osgood

The 49ers are suddenly stockpiling special-teams standouts.

A day after adding veteran safety/special-teamer Ray Ventrone, the Niners have signed receiver/special-teamer Kassim Osgood, per a source with knowledge of the transaction.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Anquan Boldin will stay in San Francisco, miss White House visit

Anquan Boldin ‏is the latest former Raven to reveal that he won’t attend the Super Bowl champions’ trip to the White House.

Boldin wrote on Twitter on Monday afternoon that he will remain in San Francisco and participate in Organized Team Activities with the 49ers, who acquired him in a trade with the Ravens.

49ers add special-teamer / safety Ray Ventrone

The 49ers, in a move that bolsters their special teams coverage, have signed veteran safety Ray Ventrone. The move was announced by the club on Monday.

Ventrone, 30, has appeared in 73 NFL games, notching 50 tackles on defense. He has also recorded 39 special teams stops, according to the Niners.

New Niners stadium really could be “Field of Jeans”

One of the more obvious, but nevertheless clever, labels that arose once word broke that Levi Strauss had acquired the naming rights to the new 49ers Stadium was this one:  Field of Jeans.

Even 49ers CEO Jed York joked about the possibility at the time the $220 million arrangement, which necessarily will require Levi’s to sell a lot of jeans, was announced.

Kaepernick thought he was going to be a Raider

So the Raiders had a brilliant plan to make a trade to get the quarterback they so desperately needed, and it didn’t quite work out.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated outlines the background of the Raiders’ attempt to maneuver in the 2011 NFL Draft for Colin Kaepernick, a move Kaepernick himself thought was going to happen.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Falling oak tree mars 49ers coaches outing

In a development that the 49ers surely hope isn’t a harbinger of things to come in 2013 and beyond, a huge oak tree spontaneously broke apart and fell during an outing for the team’s coaches and their wives.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Colin Kaepernick surprises crowd at high school graduation


Colin Kaepernick pulled off the sneak, and it might have been his best play yet.

The 49ers quarterback made a surprise appearance at his old high school’s graduation, to celebrate a former coach and teacher.

49ers hire Eric Mangini as a consultant

Eric Mangini is back in the NFL, having taken a job with the 49ers.

We noted a couple weeks ago that Mangini becoming a consultant with the 49ers was a possibility, and now Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that it’s official: Mangini is taking a job in San Francisco with a title of Senior Offensive Consultant.