Player News - 49ers

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According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the "sense" is the 49ers want to keep retired RT Anthony Davis after he applied for reinstatement Monday.

That would be smart of GM Trent Baalke. Last year's right tackle, Erik Pears, was one of the worst in the sport, and Davis has proven to be one of the top right tackles when on the field. It's anybody's guess what kind of shape Davis is in at the moment -- he was reportedly "badly out of shape" earlier this offseason -- but he's still just 27 (in October). He'd be a big upgrade to the 49ers' line.
Jul 25 - 8:25 PM

Retired 49ers RT Anthony Davis says he has officially applied for reinstatement.

Davis first started talking about returning in February, but delayed for months, conveniently missing the entire offseason program. It's unclear if the 49ers plan to welcome him back or relinquish his rights. Davis is still only 27 (in October), but his play was on a bit of a downward trajectory before injuries limited him to seven games in 2014. The Niners do have an opening at Davis' old right tackle position, however. He should be welcomed back if the team thinks he's serious about playing at a high level.
Jul 25 - 1:02 PM

49ers RT Erik Pears isn't a lock to keep his starting job.

Pears repped with the first team at OTAs, but his role is far from secure despite starting all 16 games last year. Trent Brown will push Pears in training camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 8:40 PM

Blaine Gabbert "has a good grasp" of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Gabbert is the favorite to start after getting most of the first-team reps this offseason. "Many in the organization" see him as a better fit than Colin Kaepernick, who missed OTAs and was limited at minicamp. Even with Kaepernick ready for training camp, it sounds like the starting job is Gabbert’s to lose. The 49ers can potentially save $2 million in roster bonuses from benching Kaepernick.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 8:20 PM

A rep for "retired" 49ers RT Anthony Davis had "no comment" when asked about his client's future.

Davis has repeatedly claimed he plans to play this season, but he has yet to apply for reinstatement. Davis did post videos on Instagram showing him working out earlier this week, but it is not clear if he is attempting to get into football shape. At this point, it would be surprising if he played this season.
Jul 21 - 12:29 PM

NFL suspended 49ers OLB Aaron Lynch four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Lynch was the 49ers' best pass rusher last year, tying Ahmad Brooks for the team lead in sacks while amassing more QB pressures (62) than all of San Francisco's other outside linebackers combined (57), per PFF's Jeff Deeney. "We are confident that he will learn from this matter and that he understands what is expected of him moving forward," GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. Brooks struggled with off-field issues throughout his college career. The third-year linebacker is eligible to return against the Cardinals in Week 5.
Jul 15 - 4:10 PM

49ers sophomore WR DeAndre Smelter (knee) said he "feels great."

A fourth-round pick last year, Smelter spent his rookie season on the sidelines rehabbing a torn ACL. A "nagging" injury kept him from participating in full for the entire offseason program, but it sounds like he plans to be ready for training camp. Smelter needs a strong showing to earn a roster spot, let alone a role.
Source: 49ers.com
Jul 14 - 10:35 AM

49ers OLB Ahmad Brooks isn’t a lock to make final roster.

Brooks was one worst pass rushers in the league last year, grading near the bottom of PFF’s ratings. He's at risk of losing his starting role to 2015 third-rounder Eli Harold. The 49ers can save $4.8 million from cutting Brooks.
Jul 6 - 4:30 PM

49ers WR Quinton Patton sees "opportunity" in coach Chip Kelly's offense.

"There’s a lot of opportunity out there with coach Kelly coming in with his offense, and the offense slinging the ball around," Patton said. "It’s more uptempo." A Rascal-bound octogenarian is more uptempo than the 49ers offense of recent memory, so Kelly's system represents a dramatic change for the skill players. The increase in tempo matched with what should be negative game scripts will create more opportunities for the passing game, but it is unlikely those go to Patton. The underwhelming 2013 fourth-rounder has 472 yards total through three seasons.
Jun 29 - 9:57 PM

"Retired" 49ers RT Anthony Davis has yet to apply for reinstatement.

Davis keeps claiming he's going to play, but the 49ers aren't planning on it. If Davis is actually serious about returning, he shouldn't waste another day.
Jun 27 - 3:33 PM

CSN Bay Area believes 49ers WR Eric Rogers is "clearly ahead" of 2015 fourth-rounder DeAndre Smelter on the depth chart.

A 2013 undrafted free agent, Rogers starred in Canada the past two seasons. Despite his "clearly ahead" proclamation, reporter Matt Maiocco cautions "the real competition begins once the pads go on during training camp." Rogers is a player to monitor in a fairly wide-open receiver battle in San Francisco.
Jun 27 - 3:19 PM

CSN Bay Area believes second-year 49ers WR DeAndre Smelter is "clearly (behind)" Eric Rogers on the depth chart.

Rogers is a 2013 undrafted free agent who spent the past two years playing in Canada. A former baseball player who was a "medical redshirt" as a rookie, Smelter is evidently still quite raw after playing in Georgia Tech's triple option in college. Smelter Dynasty league owners could have an answer on his future by the end of training camp. Reporter Matt Maiocco does expect Smelter to crack the 53-man roster.
Jun 27 - 3:12 PM

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/NFI 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


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