Player News - 49ers

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Carlos Hyde said new coach Chip Kelly's system "will help showcase all my abilities."

"Not just as a ball carrier, but also as a threat in the passing game," Hyde continued. "I think it's going to be an exciting year." Hyde has never been a consistent threat in the passing game in the NFL and never had more than 16 catches in a season while at Ohio State. Still, the buzz all offseason has been he will be more involved as a receiver under Kelly. We will believe that when we see it, but Hyde still has RB1 upside if he can stay healthy -- something he has struggled to do to this point in his career.
Jun 24 - 10:34 AM

49ers signed third-round CB Will Redmond to a four-year contract.

Redmond is the 49ers' annual medical redshirt. He tore his ACL last October. GM Trent Baalke has claimed Redmond will be ready for training camp, but he's a strong candidate to begin the year on the reserve/PUP list.
Jun 23 - 6:11 PM

49ers re-signed RB Kendall Gaskins.

The 49ers waived Gaskins in May, but may have not loved what they saw from Mike Davis and rookie Kelvin Taylor at OTAs/minicamp. 25-year-old Gaskins managed 38 yards on 16 carries last season. He shouldn't make the final 53.
Jun 20 - 4:53 PM

ESPN 49ers reporter Michael Wagaman foresees "plenty of playing time" for Shaun Draughn in San Francisco's passing-back role.

Although there has been a push for Carlos Hyde to become more of a pass catcher in some fantasy circles, he has never played in such a role even dating back to Ohio State. New 49ers coach Chip Kelly was willing to utilize role-specific backs both at Oregon and last year in Philadelphia. Despite getting no buzz, Draughn offers legitimate sleeper potential in PPR leagues. Draughn made six starts last season and averaged 4.2 receptions per game.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 3:49 PM

ESPN 49ers reporter Michael Wagaman left sophomore WR DeAndre Smelter (knee) off his 53-man roster projection.

There is no mention of Smelter in the write-up, so it is unclear if he was left off for injury or performance reasons. Coming off a 2014 ACL tear which caused him to redshirt last year, Smelter was declared healthy in April, but he was reportedly limited throughout the offseason program. He will need to prove healthy if he plans to climb a nondescript depth chart.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 12:36 PM

ESPN 49ers reporter Michael Wagaman left sophomore RB Mike Davis off his 53-man roster projection.

A fourth-round pick last year, Davis spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve with a broken hand. He was not good even when on the field, managing just 58 yards on 35 carries (1.66 YPC). With new coach Chip Kelly in town, Davis is not guaranteed anything. He will battle DuJuan Harris for a roster spot.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 12:33 PM

Coach Chip Kelly said the 49ers are "impressed" by sixth-round QB Jeff Driskel, who's been a quick study through rookie camp and OTAs.

A five-star high school recruit, Driskel's college career flamed out at Florida before he landed at Louisiana Tech and turned things around. "I think he's done a really nice job," said Kelly. "He's really intelligent. (He) picked things up conceptually very quickly. He's already been exposed to multiple systems at the college level, so we've been impressed with him. He's very athletic. I think he was the fastest quarterback at the Combine. He's big. He's got a good arm." With only Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick ahead of him on the depth chart, Driskel is a Dynasty prospect with monitoring in Kelly's up-tempo offense.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 9:21 PM

"Retired" 49ers RT Anthony Davis tweeted late Saturday that "I will play ball."

He has since deleted the tweet. According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, "those around the 49ers" believe Davis "would have filed for reinstatement off the reserve/retired list long ago" if he were "serious about attempting an NFL comeback this season." If Davis does decide to move forward with coming back, the 49ers will control his rights at a $2.65 million base salary in 2016.
Jun 12 - 6:55 PM

The 49ers are considering using sixth-round QB Jeff Driskel on special teams.

You don't see too many quarterbacks on special teams but Driskel has enough size (6'4/234) and speed (4.56 forty) to work as a personal punt protector. ST coordinator Derius Swinton II suggested the team could run standard offensive plays in punt formation with Driskel lined up in front of punter Bradley Pinion. Driskel has been working as the third team quarterback at OTAs but won't see snaps this year unless Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick both suffer injuries.
Jun 12 - 11:34 AM

Colin Kaepernick (various surgeries) said he plans to keep running.

"My style of play is my style of play," Kaepernick said. "I have to be able to continue with that and be able to do those things and do what this offense requires of me." Despite undergoing surgery on his shoulder, knee and thumb after landing on injured reserve, Kaepernick deciding to run less would be a mistake, especially considering he is finally playing for an offense which could unleash his potential on the ground. Kaep was able to participate on a limited basis at minicamp, and he should be ready for training camp.
Jun 11 - 1:05 PM

Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) put an emphasis on flexibility this offseason.

Kaepernick is tweaking his routine after a dismal 2015 that ended with a season-ending shoulder injury. Kap also confirmed he lost a "substantial" amount of weight following three offseason surgeries. Though Kaepernick plans on gaining back most of that mass, his goal is to become more "limber" this year. Kaepernick worked on loosening his back during his rehab and has experimented with wearing a tinted visor to improve his vision. Kaepernick still has to beat out Blaine Gabbert to get on the field this season.
Jun 10 - 1:57 PM

49ers third-year CB Chris Davis has been working as the "top" nickel corner throughout OTAs and minicamp.

Davis played 115 snaps as a rookie UDFA for the Chargers in 2014 before playing just nine with the 49ers all of last season. At 5'10/202, he has good size and was a three-year starter in college at Auburn. Tramaine Brock, Jimmie Ward, and Davis have been coach Chip Kelly's top three corners this spring.
Jun 10 - 10:35 AM

Colin Kaepernick said he is "very excited" to still be with the 49ers.

That might be true right now, but he made a concerted effort to escape San Francisco this offseason. "Organizations at the end of the season go through and evaluate personnel and opportunities," Kaepernick said. "I sat down with my team and did the same thing." While he said he is happy working with coach Chip Kelly, Kaepernick also said he has yet to have a conversation with GM Trent Baalke. Both sides can talk about sunshine and rainbows all offseason, but this is still a marriage on the rocks.
Jun 9 - 5:22 PM

Carlos Hyde said he plans to keep his bruising running style despite a lengthy injury history.

"There’s going to be some times in a game where maybe you don’t need to truck this guy, so alright you can just go out of bounds right here," Hyde said. "But, to me, that’s not really dictating the game to that person." Hyde is in a good position to be the workhorse on a team which would like to lean on the run, but his ability to stay healthy is a major concern, one which Hyde does not appear willing to adjust his game to address. Considering he has already missed 11 games in two years, it would not be surprising if he spent some time on the sideline this season.
Jun 9 - 12:37 PM

According to the Sacramento Bee, 49ers second-year WR DeAndre Smelter (ACL) still isn't practicing at full tilt at minicamp.

Smelter tore his ACL in 2014 at Georgia Tech before redshirting as an NFL rookie. Per the Bee's Matt Barrows, Smelter "does not appear to be going full speed" at practices and "often requires maintenance from trainers." Coach Chip Kelly told reporters Smith's apparent ailment isn't related to the ACL. "He has just been nagging a little bit, but I wouldn't call it an injury," Kelly said. Smelter's body is likely adjusting after a year-plus off from football.
Jun 8 - 8:49 PM


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