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49ers rookie WR Dres Anderson is practicing without a knee brace after tearing his MCL last October.

A potential mid-round pick before the injury, Anderson's health concerns caused him to fall all the way out of the draft. A tall receiver with good straight-line speed, Anderson struggled with drops in college and lacks the short-area quickness to consistently create separation underneath. He will likely top out as a situational deep threat in the NFL.
Source: 49ers.com
May 23 - 12:44 PM

Quinton Patton believes he's playing with more confidence this offseason.

"Totally different," Patton said. "I'm not going to say it's my time, but I'm coming." Patton spent several weeks training with Colin Kaepernick in Arizona and has reportedly stood out during OTAs. With Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith locked in on the outside, Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Jerome Simpson are competing for the 49ers’ No. 3 receiver job.
May 22 - 8:02 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick hears Reggie Bush is "looking very good" at 49ers OTAs.

Riddick is a former NFL personnel man and presumably still has strong ties around the league. He adds that second-round S Jacquiski Tartt is looking good as well at early-offseason practices. Although many have written off Bush following an injury-plagued 2014, Bush did flash in the rare instances he was healthy. He should have a consistent role in the 49ers' 2015 offense.
May 22 - 3:14 PM

Carlos Hyde has been missing time at OTAs with an "undisclosed leg injury."

"Trust in God's timing," Hyde tweeted Thursday as he missed practice. It's unclear the nature of Hyde's injury, but we'd have to assume he's day-to-day until we learn more. Any missed time is a concern for Hyde; the 49ers are looking to replace Frank Gore and the competition appears to at least be mostly open with Hyde considered the heavy early favorite. But with the additions of Reggie Bush and Mike Davis, along with the return of Kendall Hunter, it's a battle to watch.
May 22 - 8:55 AM

49ers TE Derek Carrier is dealing with a right foot injury in OTAs, and is donning a protective boot.

Testing revealed no fractures, but it's still notable for a player who missed the final five games last season with a foot injury. Carrier signed a two-year extension in March. He caught nine passes across 11 games in 2014.
May 21 - 7:33 PM

New 49ers RB Reggie Bush wants to return punts this season.

Bush hasn't returned a punt since 2011 in Miami. "(The coaches) were excited about it," Bush said. "We’re still working at it, still chipping away. And we look forward to being an all-around great special teams." Now 30, Bush is going to take a back seat to Carlos Hyde on early downs, leaving the passing game and special teams as the areas where he can make the biggest contributions. Bush has averaged a solid 7.8 yards per punt for his career.
May 21 - 7:25 PM

Glenn Dorsey is expected to take over as the 49ers' starting right end in base packages following RE Justin Smith's retirement.

Dorsey was the 49ers' starting nose tackle in 2013 before missing all of last season with a torn bicep. Prior to joining the 49ers, Dorsey was the Chiefs' starting right end in their 3-4 scheme. It's a familiar position for the former No. 5 overall pick. On passing downs, Tank Carradine will likely replace run-stuffing Dorsey.
May 19 - 8:20 PM

49ers DE Justin Smith announced his retirement from football.

Profootballtalk.com and NBC's Alex Flanagan both previously reported Smith would join Patrick Willis and Chris Borland in retirement, but Smith didn't make it official until Monday. Nicknamed "Cowboy," Smith earned five Pro Bowl berths and one first-team All-Pro selection across 14 seasons, opening his career with the Bengals and spending his final seven years as a 49er. Although Smith was not a prolific pass rusher -- he never did reach double-digit sacks in a season -- he was an unmovable run-stopping force and highly disruptive end-tackle who made players around him better. Smith played with incredible "country" strength. We suspect Smith will not go into the Hall of Fame, but he should get some consideration. Expect another step back from the 49ers' defense this season.
May 18 - 4:09 PM

Justin Smith will announce his 2015 playing status on Monday.

Smith has been agonizing over a potential 15th year in the league. The 49ers seemed in the dark about his status as recently as Friday. The fact that it's May and Smith has yet to hang up his cleats suggests he'll return, but perhaps he was just making certain he's ready to retire. We'll know in the next few hours.
May 18 - 2:35 PM

49ers seventh-round G/T Trent Brown believes his conditioning will improve in San Francisco.

A towering 6-foot-8, Brown has ballooned as high as 387 pounds in the past, but was down to 355 at the Combine. He expects to keep improving in San Francisco. "As soon as I got here off the plane, we immediately started getting a nutrition plan together for me to continue to eat healthy," Brown said. "And the workout plan is great. ... "It’s so easy to eat healthy here." Brown should see snaps at both guard and tackle this offseason. He's a project.
May 18 - 2:13 PM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he did not talk with Justin Smith on Friday and does not have any meetings scheduled with the potential retiree.

The 49ers expected to have "more of a feel" about Smith's future after Friday, but Tomsula made it sound like he was still in the dark. That uncertainty could be frustrating the rookie coach, who said, "It's getting to the time where you're going to have to know something." If Smith really wanted to retire, he likely would have already made it official. There is a decent chance he returns for one more run.
May 16 - 11:10 AM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula singled out ILB Nick Moody as a standout at minicamp.

"A guy that’s really moving around and feeling the defense the right way is Nick Moody," Tomsula said. "I’ve been pulling for Nick. He’s been working really hard." A 2013 sixth-round pick, Moody has mostly been a special teams player, but did see two spot starts to close out last season. He could land a rotational role in the 49ers' depleted linebacking corps with a good offseason.
May 16 - 11:01 AM

49ers signed No. 17 overall pick DE Arik Armstead to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year option. A 19-game starter at Oregon, Armstead (6'7/292) has prototype size for a 3-4 end, but offers little as a pass rusher at this stage. He's a raw project for first-year 49ers DC Eric Mangini. Armstead could be forced into significant rookie-year snaps if RE Justin Smith retires.
May 15 - 7:43 PM

The 49ers expect to have "more of a feel" on Justin Smith's future by Friday.

GM Trent Baalke appeared poised to meet with Smith on Wednesday, but it didn't happen. The sides are inching along toward a resolution on Smith's 2015 status. The fact that Smith hasn't hung up his cleats yet suggests he can be talked into returning.
May 14 - 1:53 PM

GM Trent Baalke said Colin Kaepernick is "developing a real rapport" with Reggie Bush coming out of the backfield.

The offseason narrative says Kaepernick's notoriously poor touch has been improved by working with Kurt Warner. Bush needs that to be true as he'll do most of his work as a receiver while Carlos Hyde and Mike Davis handle rushing duties. Bush has a shot at sneaky PPR value with the 49ers projecting to be trailing in games much more often than we're used to this season.
May 14 - 8:16 AM


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