Player News - 49ers

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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 has zero career appearances, but is getting a second chance after starring 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."
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

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


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