Player News - 49ers

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49ers third-round sophomore CB Will Redmond will compete for the nickel cornerback job.

Redmond sat out his entire rookie season recovering from a torn ACL, but he is healthy now. K'Waun Williams looks like the favorite for the nickel job, but Redmond should get his shot in training camp. Rashard Robinson, Dontae Johnson, and third-round rookie Ahkello Witherspoon are expected to compete for starting jobs on the outside.
Jul 20 - 11:51 AM

CSN Bay Area believes Carlos Hyde will have to compete for the 49ers' starting job.

Longtime beat writer Matt Maiocco has seen what everybody else has, reasoning Hyde's injury history, contract status and unfamiliarity with new coach Kyle Shanahan's system has him on the defensive. Maiocco also believes it's noteworthy how hard Shanahan went after fourth-rounder Joe Williams in the draft. Maiocco expects a committee to develop even if Hyde is christened "starter." Tim Hightower is in the mix with Hyde and Williams.
Jul 11 - 3:33 PM

Brian Hoyer is hosting a passing camp for his 49ers teammates this week in Dallas.

Players from many teams hold these kinds of events between minicamp and training camp, but it is notable for a team trying to learn new coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, especially since Hoyer has played for Shanahan in the past and can help along the transition. No. 1 receiver Pierre Garcon is not attending, but every other notable pass catcher is participating.
Jul 11 - 9:27 AM

49ers GM John Lynch said fifth-round TE George Kittle "exceeded our expectations" at spring practices.

Kittle will open camp with a legit chance to start as a rookie. "He’s really flashed," Lynch said. "He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well. George gives us something we don’t have as a playmaker down in the red zone. He is that guy who can win 1-on-1. He can impose his will and out-athlete people." Kittle showed field-stretching ability with a 15.4 yards-per-reception average at Iowa and excelled as both a run and pass blocker.
Source: 49ers.com
Jul 10 - 4:15 PM

49ers.com's Joe Fann expects Aldrick Robinson to be a "situational player" this season.

Robinson appears to be entering camp behind Marquise Goodwin, a similarly small, speed-oriented wideout currently penciled in as the starter across from Pierre Garcon. Robinson has been a better NFL player when given opportunities than Goodwin, however, and will be a player to monitor in deep leagues this August. Garcon remains likely to be the 49ers' target dominator.
Source: sf49ers.com
Jul 10 - 4:09 PM

49ers.com considers fifth-round TE George Kittle a player who flashed in the offseason program, and hinted he could even compete for the starting job.

Per in-house reporter Joe Fann, Kittle was "one of the standouts of minicamp." Fann is careful not to make any predictions about the No. 1 job, but writes he's "eager to see how the competition at tight end unfolds in August." Kittle was getting first-team reps in minicamp, and the Sacramento Bee considers his 53-man roster spot safest amongst the Niners' tight ends. Kittle is a nice stash in Dynasty leagues.
Source: 49ers.com
Jun 27 - 5:16 PM

Ahmad Brooks is playing strong-side linebacker in the 49ers' new scheme.

An outside linebacker in the departing 3-4, Brooks looks to be playing a role similar to the one Vic Beasley occupies in Atlanta, playing off the ball in base and as a defensive end in nickel. 2015 third-rounder Eli Harold made the same switch this offseason and should push Brooks for the job in camp.
Jun 27 - 9:47 AM

The Sacramento Bee considers fifth-round TE George Kittle the likeliest tight end to make the 49ers' roster.

In other words, all of the other 49ers tight ends are on the bubble with 3-4 roster spots open. Trent Baalke draft picks Blake Bell and Vance McDonald are in especially big danger of getting cut. Kittle gobbled up first-team reps at minicamp, and beat writers think he's a legitimate candidate to start.
Jun 21 - 8:56 PM

Eric Reid is happy to be playing strong safety in the 49ers' new defensive scheme.

Reid has played primarily in schemes with interchangeable safeties throughout his career, but new DC Robert Saleh's defense gives defined roles to each safety. "I’ve been used to the interchangeability type of role, so it is new," Reid said. "I feel like I’m just using what God has blessed me with more, which is my size, being in the box, in the run game." Reid's play has tailed off in recent years, but perhaps the new role will help him bounce back in his contract season. The Niners plan to use Reid like Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 8:59 AM

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat questions whether RE Arik Armstead will play on passing downs this season.

Beat writer Grant Cohn suggests Armstead could get subbed out in passing situations for Ahmad Brooks and/or Elvis Dumervil, effectively limiting Armstead to an early-down, run-stuffer role. DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas are expected to be San Francisco's defensive tackles in sub-packages. Under the Trent Baalke regime, Armstead was picked 17th overall in the 2015 draft.
Jun 19 - 4:24 PM

49ers LE DeForest Buckner said he was "dead tired" at times as a rookie.

Buckner played 1,006 snaps, a number only topped by Olivier Vernon among defensive linemen, but he should get more rest this season. "When you look at a guy like Buckner last year having played almost 1,000 snaps -- in my mind, that's criminal," new DC Robert Saleh said. "Ideally, all of them are working about 500, 600 snaps and trying to utilize everything they've got every snap." Buckner said there were times he felt he was "hurting" the team because he was so drained, so the snaps off should be a welcome sight.
Jun 19 - 12:39 PM

49ers rookie WR Trent Taylor stood out at OTAs/minicamp.

Taylor has reportedly been "very good at separating" from defenders. Jeremy Kerley is ahead of Taylor for slot duties, but doesn’t have any guaranteed money beyond this season. Taylor should open 2017 on punt returns.
Jun 16 - 8:20 PM

According to the Sacramento Bee, undrafted rookie RB Matt Breida "had more highlights" than fourth-round pick Joe Williams at spring practices.

Williams' 4.41 long speed has been evident in practices, but Breida's speed is also "apparent," and Breida "was especially adept at catching short passes and turning up field quickly." Pass catching was not a part of Williams' game at Utah. Breida is a name to keep in mind this preseason. Among all running backs eligible for the 2017 draft -- drafted or not -- Breida posted the highest SPARQ score with 4.39 wheels and an otherworldly 42-inch vertical at 5-foot-9, 195.
Jun 15 - 2:39 PM

Carlos Hyde has handled first-team reps throughout OTAs and minicamp.

Beat writers have been noncommittal on the security of Hyde's starting job, but it's unrealistic to think he would be immediately unseated by fourth-round pick Joe Williams, journeyman Tim Hightower, or hyped UDFA Matt Breida. The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows does caution Hyde "will have to fend off" his competitors, but Hyde remains the heavy favorite to start in Week 1. If Hyde indeed keeps the starting position, he'll offer low-end RB1 upside in the final year of his rookie contract.
Jun 14 - 8:37 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expects first-round LB Reuben Foster (shoulder) to be "more than ready" for training camp.

Foster has been a limited participant in offseason practices. There were concerns his shoulder would need a second surgery, but he's progressed on schedule. Foster will compete with WLB Malcolm Smith for a starting job in camp.
Jun 14 - 4:21 PM


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