The Press Democrat believes Colin Kaepernick could be demoted to third string if he doesn’t beat out Blaine Gabbert.
Beat writer Grant Cohn says the front office is "tired" of Kaepernick and "wants Blaine Gabbert to be the starter." Kaepernick resumed throwing this week, but isn’t expected to be fully cleared until June. He’s at risk of falling behind Gabbert in Chip Kelly’s new offense and could end up in a situation similar to Robert Griffin III last year. The 49ers can save $2 million in roster bonuses if they make Kaepernick a weekly inactive.
Patriots waived RB Joey Iosefa.
Iosefa had 14 carries in a Week 15 callup last season, but finished the year on New England's practice squad. The Patriots have Donald Brown, Brandon Bolden, James White and Tyler Gaffney behind LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis.
The Falcons haven't ruled out signing free agent CB Leon Hall
Hall visited Atlanta and the Giants earlier this week, but left without a deal. With Jalen Collins suspended the first four games, he would give the Falcons a slot corner between Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Interest in Hall has been slowed due to offseason back surgery, but he looks close to signing with a team.
The 49ers are listing undrafted rookie Alex Balducci as an offensive lineman.
Balducci played nose tackle at Oregon but the 49ers are going to try him out on the offensive line. At 6'4/309, he certainly has the size to play up front. Balducci will be reunited with Ducks teammates Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner in San Francisco.
Buccaneers signed No. 183 overall pick LB Devante Bond to a four-year contract.
Bond only started eight games in his two years at Oklahoma but the Bucs like his athleticism and his ability to russ the passer. He'll start out playing primarily on special teams.
Falcons WR C.J. Goodwin is getting a look at cornerback.
Goodwin went undrafted out of California (PA) in 2014 and spent most of last year on the Falcons' practice squad. He got the attention of coach Dan Quinn when he started covering Julio Jones in practice. "Guarding Julio Jones is not the easiest job on the planet," said Quinn. "We said, ‘we might have something here.’" Goodwin has never played an NFL snap.
Cardinals signed No. 167 overall pick S Marqui Christian to a four-year contract.
He was one of three Cardinals draft picks to sign on Friday. Christian excelled in Division II but it remains to be seen whether his skills will translate to the next level. His best chance to stick may come on special teams.
Cardinals signed No. 170 overall pick OT Cole Toner to a four-year contract.
The Cardinals locked him up ahead of Friday's minicamp. Toner offers intriguing versatility but right now, he doesn't have a clear path to playing time in Arizona.