Saturday, August 31, 2013

San Francisco 49ers 2013 53-Man Roster / Depth Chart

Seneca Wallace: 49ers used me to get Colt McCoy to take a pay cut

Former 49ers quarterback Seneca Wallace says the only reason San Francisco signed him this preseason was to squeeze fellow backup quarterback Colt McCoy to get a pay cut.

“I’ve been around this game long enough where I can see what’s going on,” Wallace told the Des Moines Register, “and I realized right away the reason they brought me here was to get Colt to take a pay cut.”

49ers cuts include Lavelle Hawkins, Austin Collie and Brian Jennings

Brian Jennings did the long snapping for the 49ers for more than a decade, but he won’t be doing it in 2013.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that Jennings is among the players that the 49ers are dispatching on their way to their initial 53-man roster of the 2013 season. Kevin McDermott is the only long snapper currently on the 49ers’ roster and keeping him instead of Jennings would save the team more than $500,000 in salary.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Return jobs up in the air for 49ers after James injury

If teams could just pick the best 53 players this weekend, things would almost be simple.

But the 49ers have to factor in some other things into the calculations, as injuries are causing them to shuffle some jobs around.

Seneca Wallace told 49ers Thursday that he’s retiring from football

Reports on Thursday night indicated that quarterback Seneca Wallace would not play in the 49ers’ preseason finale before being cut by the team.

Wallace will be one of the players sliced from the roster as the 49ers make their way to 53 players, but the decision wasn’t just about what the 49ers wanted to do at the position. Coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game against the Chargers that Wallace told him Thursday morning that he was calling an end to his NFL career and didn’t travel to San Diego as a result.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Andy Lee plans to unveil knuckleball punt

San Francisco punter Andy Lee says he may unveil a tactic that he hasn’t previously employed in the 49ers’ preseason finale on Thursday: A punt that moves like a knuckleball.

Lee told CSNBayArea.com that he has been practicing the punt, which will be harder for returners to catch and may result in some turnovers for the 49ers, and is ready to see how it works under live game conditions.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

49ers make several moves to get to 74 players

Tuesday was not a good day for Europeans trying to make it in the NFL.

The Lions cut kicker Havard Rugland, opting to go with David Akers over the man they call Kickalicious. And now the 49ers have announced that former British Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye has been waived/injured.

49ers trade Parys Haralson to Saints

Parys Haralson is heading from San Francisco to New Orleans.

Haralson has been traded by the 49ers to the Saints, according to the San Jose Mercury News. There’s no immediate word on what the Saints gave up to acquire Haralson.

Monday, August 26, 2013

49ers waive Scott Tolzien

The 49ers played four different quarterbacks against the Vikings on Sunday night and none of them were Scott Tolzien.

If you saw that as an indication of where Tolzien stood in the pecking order at the position, you were right. The 49ers announced Monday afternoon that they waived Tolzien as one of five moves they made to pare down their roster ahead of the Tuesday deadline to get to 75 players.

Report: Parys Haralson on the trade block

The 49ers are talented on defense, and deep.

They’re now hoping to turn some of that depth into something else.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers are shopping outside linebacker Parys Haralson in trade talks.

Colin Kaepernick Vs Russell Wilson Rivalry Madden 25 Commercial (VIDEO)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Colin Kaepernick's Full TD Drive (VIDEO)

Lavelle Hawkins 105-yard kickoff return touchdown (VIDEO)

Report: 49ers trying to trade Colt McCoy

The 49ers signed quarterback Seneca Wallace this week, a sure sign that they are less than thrilled with the options on hand to back up Colin Kaepernick this season.

It’s no big surprise, then, to hear that they’re trying to trade one of those players. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the 49ers are trying to trade Colt McCoy, who they acquired from the Browns prior to the draft for a pair of draft choices. Should their attempts at swinging a deal be unsuccessful, the 49ers are expected to release McCoy.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Marcus Lattimore will begin season on PUP

Marcus Lattimore thinks he could practice now.

The 49ers, wisely, aren’t going to let him.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said the rookie running back will begin the season on the PUP list, making him ineligible for at least the first six games.

Lattimore was as explosive a back as in the college game in recent years, until a grotesque knee injury which many feared could be career-ending. The 49ers were able to take a flier on him in the fourth round because of their stockpile of draft picks, and with a deep backfield, they (and he) can afford to wait.

All five 49ers quarterbacks will play on Sunday

This week, the 49ers expanded their roster of quarterbacks to five with the addition of Seneca Wallace.  Coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday that all five will play on Sunday night, when the 49ers host the Vikings on Sunday Night Football.

“Yeah, you split it up, you split it up five ways,” Harbaugh told reporters, via quotes distributed by the team.

Asked for clarification, Harbaugh said that, yes, Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien, B.J. Daniels, and Wallace will play on Sunday.

Anquan Boldin shining in mentor role for 49ers

The 49ers knew they were getting a proven receiver for their money, when they took Anquan Boldin’s contract off the Ravens’ books this offseason.

But they’re getting more than their money’s worth in the lessons Boldin is sharing with a young receiving corps, sharing 10 years of NFL experience every day.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

49ers place Darcel McBath on injured reserve

The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday they have placed safety Darcel McBath on injured reserve.

According to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, McBath apparently suffered a foot injury in last week’s preseason matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

49ers sign Seneca Wallace, release Ricardo Lockette

A report on Wednesday indicated that the 49ers had some interest in adding quarterback Seneca Wallace to the mix of players vying to back up Colin Kaepernick this season.

Some interest was an understatement because the 49ers announced Thursday that Wallace is the newest member of the club. They also announced that wide receiver Ricardo Lockette has been released to make room for Wallace on the roster.

Ron Jaworski: ‘Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever’ (VIDEO)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Manningham will start the season on the PUP list

The 49ers’ issues at receiver will continue into the regular season.

Veteran Mario Manningham, added via free agency after making a catch for the ages during crunch time of Super Bowl XLVI, will stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a knee injury suffered in 2012.

49ers, Chiefs swap disappointing WRs

The Chiefs were tired of waiting on Jonathan Baldwin, and the 49ers were tired of waiting on A.J. Jenkins.

So naturally, they traded their problems for one another.

The Chiefs announced the deal of former first-round wide receivers, with the 49ers getting the 26th overall pick in the 2011 Draft for the 30th overall pick in the 2012 Draft.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

C.J. Spillman, Michael Thomas scuffle in 49ers camp

Now that every team is roughly three weeks into training camps, players across the league are getting tired of seeing the same color jerseys on the opposite side of the field everyday. They’re tired of hitting their teammates in practice and look forward to the preseason games for the opportunity to let loose on someone from a different team for a change.

It leads to increased tempers and the occasional flare up on the practice field among teammates ready. One of those flare ups took place with the San Francisco 49ers.

NFLPA tells players to expect 40 HGH tests weekly

The NFL hasn’t said anything about the latest wave of reports on how close HGH testing actually is, but the NFLPA is preparing its membership.

According to the Associated Press, the NFLPA sent a memo to its members saying they had “tentatively agreed” for a plan that would include 40 players per week taking blood tests for HGH each week during the season, and that a positive result would yield a four-game suspension.

A.J. Jenkins struggles in practice, may not make 49ers’ roster

Could the 49ers really cut their 2012 first-round draft pick before the 2013 regular season? That’s a question being raised in San Francisco as receiver A.J. Jenkins continues to struggle.

Jenkins, who didn’t catch a single pass as a rookie and fumbled the only pass he caught in last week’s preseason opener, was the only receiver on the roster who didn’t catch any passes in Monday’s practice, either in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Alex Smith on facing the 49ers: It’s definitely different

The Chiefs don’t face the 49ers during the regular season, which means that quarterback Alex Smith won’t get a chance to face off with his old teammates in a meaningful game this year.

He will get the chance to play them in an exhibition game on Friday night, however, and he said Monday that there’s a different feeling around the game than there is in a typical preseason affair. While Smith stressed that he thought this was going to be a good test for the team’s offense, he didn’t try to avoid the fact that playing the team you played with during the first eight years of his career makes for some odd feelings.

Asomugha still confident in his skills

Earlier this month, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said “the jury is still out” on veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

But Asomugha himself has a different opinion, saying he doesn’t think he’s fallen off from a physical standpoint.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Alex Smith says he and Reid want to “stick it” to doubters

For quarterback Alex Smith and coach Andy Reid, 2012 started with promise.  For Reid, tragedy quickly occurred through the death of his son, Garrett.  For Smith, a concussion opened a window for Colin Kaepernick to play — and eventually slammed the door on an unlikely eight-year career in San Francisco for a No. 1 overall pick who was never quite a franchise quarterback but never quite a bust.

They’re together now, and Smith says he and Reid share a common motivation.

Niners activate Kendall Hunter

The defending NFC champions have regained the services of one of their offensive players who tore an Achilles tendon.

While it’s not receiver Michael Crabtree (yet), the return of running back Kendall Hunter beefs up a potent
depth chart at tailback.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Niners commence process of sorting out their wideouts

With Michael Crabtree out due to a torn Achilles tendon, the 49ers have only one clear-cut starting receiver.  And he was playing for the other team in Super Bowl XLVII.

Behind Anquan Boldin, it’s unclear how the depth chart will shake out.  The contenders got their first chance to jockey for position in a game setting on Thursday night against the Broncos.

A.J. Jenkins: It’s one preseason game, no reason to panic

Last year, 49ers receiver A.J. Jenkins was perhaps the NFL’s most disappointing first-round draft pick, failing to catch a single pass all season. This year, Jenkins started the preseason by catching one pass, and promptly fumbling. So is Jenkins worried that he’s running out of opportunities?

Not at all: Jenkins says it’s just the first preseason game, and there’s plenty of time to get things sorted out.

Colt McCoy to have MRI on neck/shoulder

Colt McCoy will have an MRI after leaving the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason opener against the Denver Broncos late in the first half.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, McCoy described the injury as a stinger in his right neck and shoulder. He sustained the injury when rushing for a 1-yard loss late in the second quarter. He remained in the game for three more plays before being intercepted by Mike Adams on a pass intended for A.J. Jenkins.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ricardo Lockette's Big Special Teams Hit (VIDEO)

49ers sign Eric Wright

At long last, cornerback Eric Wright has officially become a member of the 49ers.

Wright looked like he was headed to San Francisco last month when the 49ers agreed to a trade with the Buccaneers for Wright in exchange for a conditional draft pick, but the Niners failed him on his physical and Wright wound up getting cut in Tampa. Now, after Chris Culliver tore his ACL, the 49ers have circled back and signed Wright to a one-year deal. The team also announced that Wright was placed on the non-football injury list upon signing.

Colt McCoy competing for 49ers backup job

When the 49ers traded for quarterback Colt McCoy, there was a general presumption that he’d be the backup to Colin Kaepernick.

But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he’s competing for that job, and that Scott Tolzien and rookie B.J. Daniels were also in the mix.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

49ers claim they never know a player’s workout incentives

The 49ers want everyone to believe that they didn’t know that cornerback Tarell Brown had $2 million riding on his decision to participate in offseason workouts.  And they’re trying to make the implausible slightly less implausible.

As explained by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live, the 49ers contend that they don’t check the various workouts bonuses and incentives until after the conclusion of the offseason workout program.  Which means that the 49ers never know who is at risk of losing money, which keeps them from ever having to face the dilemma of warning a guy that he should think twice about not showing up for the offseason program.

NFL Says No Spinning The Football During Celebrations

The No Fun League strikes again

A few years ago the NFL took away many of the touchdown celebrations that fans came to know and love. In the case of T.O., Chad Johnson, and Steve Smith you never knew what they were going to do next. Now the NFL has struck again and will now penalize players for doing one of the most commonplace celebrations to date, the spinning of the football.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Brown’s workout clause was a throw-in for his $2 million escalator

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has said that he hopes the matter of cornerback Tarell Brown’s squandered $2 million escalator eventually will resolve itself in a way that allows everyone to laugh about it.

For now, the Niners may be laughing nervously.  (Or possibly in sinister fashion, with a “mwu” preceding the “hahaha.”)

Lost in the notion that Brown lost $2 million by not showing up for offseason workouts is the reality that, per a league source, Brown triggered the $2 million escalator by participating in more than 80 percent of the snaps in 2011 and 2012.

Report: Patrick Willis had hand surgery

49ers linebacker Patrick Willis suffered a slight fracture in his right hand last week, an injury that was not expected to force him to miss any time in the regular season.

At the time, there was no word about what kind of rehab process Willis would have to undergo in order to return to the field, but the picture got a little clearer on Monday. Mike Sando of ESPN.com reports that Willis underwent surgery on his hand to help repair the injury.

LaMichael James could return punts and kickoffs for Niners

The 49ers didn’t use running back LaMichael James all that much during his rookie year.  They’ll be making up for that in 2013.

James could be on track to becoming the team’s top return specialist, both on punts and kickoffs.

“We look at him as a trusted agent back there to field punts and kickoffs,” coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday, via Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A look the 49ers current WR depth chart

As the first week of preseason games approaches, depth charts are starting to pop up.  Though for some teams they’re minefield of misinformation, it’s the first tangible sign of how camp is shaking out.

For the 49ers, the receiver position is a far cry from last year’s quintet of "No. 1 wideouts".

Friday, August 2, 2013

Report: 49ers expected to sign WR Lavelle Hawkins

The 49ers appear ready to add yet another veteran pass catcher to their receiving corps.

The club is expected to sign former Patriots and Titans wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported Friday. The Pats released Hawkins earlier this week.

Vic Fangio: Jury still out on Nnamdi Asomugha

With Chris Culliver lost for the season to a torn ACL, there’s an opportunity for other cornerbacks to earn more playing time in San Francisco.

One of the 49ers vying for those snaps is Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed a one-year deal with no guaranteed money with the 49ers after being released by the Eagles. With no guaranteed money, Asomugha isn’t guaranteed anything else and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said that his play in training camp thus far hasn’t done anything to change that situation.

Report: Eric Wright “spent time” with Trent Baalke on Thursday

When the 49ers failed cornerback Eric Wright on his physical after acquiring him in a trade with the Buccaneers, Wright was released by the Bucs and 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said there was “always a possibility” that the team could revisit signing him down the road.

They didn’t get too far down the road before Wright’s name resurfaced. Chris Culliver’s torn ACL has left the Niners a player short at cornerback and Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that friends of Wright’s said that he spent time with Baalke on Thursday.

49ers Sign WR Austin Collie

The 49ers had a slew of veteran receivers in for workouts on Friday as they tried to find some help for a receiving corps that’s been thinned out by injury and Austin Collie was the last man standing in a group that also included Lavelle Hawkins and Laurent Robinson.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that it’s a “done deal” between the Niners and the former Colts receiver. Collie, who was working out for the Niners for a second time, is coming back from a ruptured patellar tendon that ended his 2012 season after just one game, although that’s just part of the medical baggage that he brings with him to San Francisco.

Report: 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffers torn ACL

The hits just keep coming on the injury front for the two favorites in the NFC West this season.

On the same day Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin underwent surgery to repair an injured hip, the San Francisco 49ers have apparently lost a defensive back for the season.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Austin Collie to work out for 49ers again

The 49ers said earlier that they were still interested in wide receiver Austin Collie, but wanted to see some of their younger receivers first.

They’ve apparently seen enough to have an idea, as they’re bringing Collie back for another workout.
According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Collie will have a second workout today, and will be joined by former Cowboys and Jaguars receiver Laurent Robinson.

Laurent Robinson to try out with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are still trying to solve depth issues at wide receiver with injuries to Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham rendering them unavailable for the foreseeable future.

Last year’s first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins is still struggling to find a footing and is sitting out with an injury. Kyle Williams and Kasim Osgood also missed practice on Wednesday.

49ers to rotate more this season on defensive line

The San Francisco 49ers had one of the strongest defensive units in the league a season ago.

The 49ers didn’t rotate out their key defensive players often last season as defensive ends Justin Smith and Ray McDonald and linebackers Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and others were called upon to play nearly every defensive snap.

49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffers left knee injury

49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffered a left knee injury Thursday and had to be taken off the field via cart, multiple media outlets reported.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the injury occurred during a punt drill.
Culliver was “in tears” after the injury, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Patrick Willis has fractured hand

The 49ers feared that linebacker Patrick Willis suffered a “slight fracture” of his right hand when he injured it during Wednesday’s practice.  X-rays taken on Thursday reportedly proved them correct.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that those X-rays confirmed the 49ers’ suspicions about the preliminary diagnosis. Per Mortensen, the team will “proceed with caution” when it comes to Willis’ recovery and eventual return to the field.  The linebacker is expected to be back in time to play in the season opener.