Player News - 49ers

Date: Team: Pos:

49ers DC Jim O'Neil said there will be a three-way competition at linebacker.

Gerald Hodges got the first-team reps on Wednesday, but O'Neil said Hodges, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Michael Wilhoite will see equal time with the first-team throughout OTAs. Wilhoite started the first 12 games last year, but a late-season ankle injury opened the door for Hodges, who was acquired via trade in October. Armstrong will get his shot, but the competition will likely come down to Hodges and Wilhoite.
May 26 - 12:08 PM

DeAndre Smelter (knee) has been practicing without restrictions.

Smelter is fully recovered from his 2014 torn ACL. He’s in a wide-open competition behind Torrey Smith after redshirting. Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington will likely open training camp ahead of Smelter, with rookie Aaron Burbridge, DeAndrew White, Jerome Simpson and CFLer Eric Rogers all battling for spots.
May 20 - 5:47 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward played with the first team at Tuesday's OTAs.

Ward got most of his snaps at nickel back last year but Tuesday he lined up on the outside. Tramaine Brock was the Niners' other first-team cornerback with Dontae Johnson at nickel back. Ward earned PFF's 35th-highest cornerback grade out of 111 qualifiers last season.
May 17 - 9:38 PM

49ers FB Bruce Miller has been practicing exclusively at tight end this offseason.

The Niners have gone as far as to bar Miller from running back meetings. We knew Miller had been "mixing in" at tight end, but it sounds like coach Chip Kelly wants to give a full-time switch a chance. Built like an H-back, Miller has always had soft hands, and the 49ers have one of the league's weakest tight end corps.
May 17 - 5:25 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly insists Colin Kaepernick isn't falling behind in the team's quarterback race as he rehabs his surgeries.

"He’s great in the classroom," Kelly said of Kaepernick. "He’s got a great grasp of what we’re doing. ... There’s not a race. The first day we’re able to against defenses is today. We’re not naming the starting lineup for the Rams game today." For once, something Kelly says is indisputably true. May OTAs are molehills compared to the mountains of training camp and the preseason. That's where Kap's battle with Blaine Gabbert will truly be waged.
May 17 - 2:13 PM

49ers RB/ST Jarryd Hayne announced his retirement from football.

His plan is to train for the Olympics in rugby. "We fully support Jarryd’s decision to pursue another dream - representing the Fiji Rugby Sevens team in this summer’s Olympic games," GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. "We look forward to watching him in Rio and wish him continued success." Previously a pro rugby player, 28-year-old Hayne spent one season with the 49ers, appearing in eight games and rushing 17 times for 52 yards. He also returned eight punts for 76 yards.
May 15 - 1:08 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly has been "really impressed" with Carlos Hyde.

"Carlos is a stud," Kelly said. "He’s as advertised." Hyde has been fully cleared since April and hasn’t shown any setbacks from foot surgery. He's down to 225 pounds after playing last year at 235. Hyde has durability concerns (11 missed games in two seasons), but is locked in as an every-down workhorse.
Source: 49ers.com
May 14 - 5:19 PM

Colin Kaepernick (shoulder surgery) could be cleared for mandatory minicamp in early June.

Kaepernick has resumed throwing, but isn’t doing much at voluntary workouts. He shouldn't fall too far behind in Chip Kelly's new offense if he avoids setbacks.
May 13 - 5:41 PM

In an interview with KNBR on Friday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said he's had "great interaction" with Colin Kaepernick.

"On a football level and on a day-to-day basis and how we get along, it’s been fantastic," said Kelly. "We haven’t had any ‘elephants in the room’ or anything to speak of from that standpoint." That's what we'd expect Kelly to say, though it does sound like the disgruntled Kaepernick is at least trying to get on the same page with his new head coach. Kaepernick had a few suitors earlier this offseason but his trade market has dried up since the draft. The two sides are stuck with each other and might as well make the most of it.
Source: 49ers.com
May 13 - 4:15 PM

49ers signed Cal WR Bryce Treggs.

Treggs (5'11, 185) finished out a decorated collegiate career with 195 catches (third in Cal history), 2,506 yards receiving (fourth) and 15 touchdowns (tied for ninth). He arrives in San Francisco with 4.39 wheels (would have tied for No. 2 among receivers at the Combine) and chip-and-a-chair longshot odds. Today, Treggs probably sits No. 11 or 12 on the 49ers' receiving depth chart.
May 13 - 12:44 PM

The 49ers have hired retired LB Parys Haralson as director of player engagement.

The ex-Niner and Saint was out of the league last season after getting released by New Orleans before Week 1. It's an extremely low level position, but still a foot in the door for Haralson in the Niners' front office. Haralson is only 32.
May 10 - 1:48 PM

49ers exec Paraag Marathe expects "a jump" from RB Jarryd Hayne.

A former Rugby star, Hayne has delivered a lot more column inches than yards to this point in his career, but the 49ers are obviously hoping that changes in the near future. It is possible Hayne carves out a role on special teams, but he still has a long way to go as a running back. It is unlikely he makes an offensive impact this year.
May 10 - 11:21 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch questions whether Carlos Hyde will be able to hold up as Chip Kelly's workhorse back.

Branch has a point. Hyde missed two games his rookie season despite a limited workload and was sidelined nine games last year with a stress fracture in his left foot. Kelly has traditionally given his lead backs as much work as they can handle, and that should be especially true for Hyde considering what is behind him on the depth chart. That potential workload gives Hyde massive fantasy upside, but that upside will go unrealized if he cannot stay on the field.
May 10 - 9:46 AM

NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan hears "retired" RT Anthony Davis is "badly out of shape."

The Giants have been a rumored trade partner for Davis, who wants out of San Francisco if he unretires, so it makes sense that one of their beat writers would do some digging. It seemed like a formality Davis would rejoin the league earlier this offseason, but the closer we get to training camp the less likely it becomes. Davis might rather sit out another year than play for 49ers GM Trent Baalke.
May 10 - 8:55 AM

49ers fourth-round CB Rashard Robinson has put on 10 pounds since February.

That puts him at 181 pounds. Strength has been an issue for Robinson, who managed just five bench press reps at LSU's Pro Day. Even with the extra weight, Robinson still looks "rail thin," according to beat writer Matt Barrows. A project, the 49ers shouldn't be counting on year-one impact from Robinson.
May 8 - 11:47 AM


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