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49ers ILB Navorro Bowman avoided active/PUP to open training camp.

Bowman conceded during OTAs that the knee injury that cost him all of 2014 still gives him problems, but the 49ers' staff is confident in Bowman's potential to bounce back. If Bowman's health indeed holds up, he'll be an IDP monster in the middle of San Francisco's now-Patrick Willis-less defense.
Aug 1 - 8:39 PM

49ers S Eric Reid said Colin Kaepernick has displayed more touch on his throws early in training camp.

S Antoine Bethea joined in the praise, saying Kaepernick was not "telegraphing" his throws in practice. Despite gaining more yards on the ground than every quarterback not named Russell Wilson last season, Kaepernick scored less than 20 fantasy points a game and finished outside the top 20 in per-game scoring. Kaepernick only scoring one touchdown on the ground last season was something of a fluke, but he will have to improve as a passer to return value on his current QB18 ADP.
Aug 1 - 12:04 PM

49ers placed ILB Michael Wilhoite (hamstring) on the active/NFI list.

Coach Jim Tomsula doesn’t consider Wilhoite’s injury a long-term concern. Wilhoite will start opposite ILB NaVorro Bowman when healthy.
Jul 31 - 5:55 PM

49ers C Daniel Kilgore's return timetable has been "pushed back" following a fractured left leg suffered last October.

Kilgore broke his left leg in Week 7 of last season. He's had ample time to recover, but recently needed surgery on his ankle. Coach Jim Tomsula indicated Kilgore isn't expected back until "after the middle of camp." This is yet another blow to a 49ers offensive line that will lack continuity in 2015.
Jul 31 - 3:25 PM

The 49ers have moved Alex Boone from right guard to left guard.

He'll be counted on to replace Mike Iupati, who signed a monster deal with Arizona in free agency. The 49ers' left side is set, with Joe Staley at left tackle and Boone at left guard. Center, right guard, and right tackle are all question marks as the 49ers deal with the losses of Iupati and Anthony Davis.
Jul 31 - 3:21 PM

Vernon Davis said he feels "faster, more explosive" than he did last season.

"Right now, I feel like a rookie," Davis said, "been taking care of myself." Davis blames his struggles on a number of factors, including coaching and the players. He's since fired a financial advisor who talked him into holding out for more money last offseason. Now 31 and coming off the worst season of his career, Davis has a chance to bounce back as a seam-stretcher and red-zone threat.
Jul 31 - 12:58 PM

Carlos Hyde (calf) has been cleared for training camp.

Hyde spent one day on the active/NFI list. He won't miss any training camp time. Hyde remains the favorite for early down work in a committee with Reggie Bush.
Jul 29 - 6:15 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco expects the 49ers to replace Frank Gore with "more than one person."

In other words, the 49ers would use a running back committee. Maiocco states Carlos Hyde "is best-suited to be the back on base downs and short-yardage situations," but he is going to lose passing-game work to Reggie Bush and/or Kendall Hunter. Soft-handed FB Bruce Miller will also siphon some receptions. As a likely two-down back on a team with a 6.5-game Vegas Win Total, Hyde is best viewed as a low-end RB2 pick in re-draft leagues. Hyde opened camp on the active/PUP list with "what is believed to be a minor calf strain."
Jul 29 - 1:07 PM

49ers DB Jimmie Ward (foot surgery) has been cleared for training camp.

Ward went down last Week 10, and missed the 49ers' entire offseason program. The No. 30 overall pick of last year's draft, Ward flashed upside as a rookie, but was continually slowed by injury. The versatile defensive back will begin the year with nickel duties, provided he's healthy.
Jul 28 - 6:38 PM

49ers DE Darnell Dockett (ACL) has been cleared for training camp.

Dockett tore his ACL last August. Headed into his age-34 campaign, Dockett figures to be brought along slowly even though he's avoided the PUP list. Not the pass rusher he once was, Dockett is unlikely to come close to the 890 snaps he played for Arizona in 2013.
Jul 28 - 6:34 PM

49ers placed RB Carlos Hyde on the active/NFI list.

It's believed to be a day-to-day issue, but still unideal for a player who is supposed to take control of the 49ers' backfield this season. Hyde missed time earlier this offseason with a leg issue. He should be good to go for San Francisco's first preseason game.
Jul 28 - 5:12 PM

The 49ers lost an NFL-high 37 percent of their player snaps from 2014.

Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith, Bubba Ventrone and Anthony Davis all retired. They also lost Mike Iupati, Frank Gore and Chris Culliver among others in free agency. Furthermore, the Niners have just seven of the 22 starters remaining from the team that got beat by the Ravens in the Super Bowl three seasons ago. Their 2015 win total has sunk as low as 6.5 at some offshore sportsbooks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 9:10 AM

49ers RB Kendall Hunter (ACL surgery) reportedly had a "fantastic" offseason program.

Hunter missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL on the first day of training camp. Now fully cleared, Hunter "showcased his quick feet and ability to catch the ball" at spring practices. Going on age 27, Hunter projects as the primary backup to 49ers pass-catching back Reggie Bush, while fourth-round pick Mike Davis serves as the backup to early-down RB Carlos Hyde.
Source: sf49ers.com
Jul 15 - 1:08 PM

The 49ers reportedly believe fourth-round WR DeAndre Smelter (ACL surgery) could be medically cleared before Week 1.

Smelter has been widely presumed a "redshirt" pick by the 49ers, but the team must feel good about his recovery. He underwent ACL surgery in December. Smelter is 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds, and averaged 18.9 YPR with 11 TDs on 56 career catches at Georgia Tech. While a rookie-season impact is unlikely for Smelter, the 23-year-old could emerge as Anquan Boldin's heir apparent.
Jul 10 - 2:07 PM

Retired RB Marcus Lattimore admitted in an interview with SB Nation that he was "shocked" GM Trent Baalke drafted him in 2013.

Baalke blew a fourth-round pick on Lattimore, who never came close to playing a snap for the Niners. "I went out there and put a smile a smile on my face like everything was alright," Lattimore said about his time with the 49ers. "But it was hell. Every day." Lattimore suffered two devastating knee/leg injuries at South Carolina. "My running backs coach was like, ‘Good job! Good job!’" Lattimore said. "My offensive coordinator — I was catching balls out of the backfield — was like, 'Man you look good!' I was like, 'You have no clue.'" Lattimore is currently working as a student ambassador at the University of South Carolina.
Jul 8 - 8:22 PM


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