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Carlos Hyde (calf) has been cleared for training camp.

Hyde spent one day on the active/NFI list. He won't miss any training camp time. Hyde remains the favorite for early down work in a committee with Reggie Bush.
Jul 29 - 6:15 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco expects the 49ers to replace Frank Gore with "more than one person."

In other words, the 49ers would use a running back committee. Maiocco states Carlos Hyde "is best-suited to be the back on base downs and short-yardage situations," but he is going to lose passing-game work to Reggie Bush and/or Kendall Hunter. Soft-handed FB Bruce Miller will also siphon some receptions. As a likely two-down back on a team with a 6.5-game Vegas Win Total, Hyde is best viewed as a low-end RB2 pick in re-draft leagues. Hyde opened camp on the active/PUP list with "what is believed to be a minor calf strain."
Jul 29 - 1:07 PM

49ers DB Jimmie Ward (foot surgery) has been cleared for training camp.

Ward went down last Week 10, and missed the 49ers' entire offseason program. The No. 30 overall pick of last year's draft, Ward flashed upside as a rookie, but was continually slowed by injury. The versatile defensive back will begin the year with nickel duties, provided he's healthy.
Jul 28 - 6:38 PM

49ers DE Darnell Dockett (ACL) has been cleared for training camp.

Dockett tore his ACL last August. Headed into his age-34 campaign, Dockett figures to be brought along slowly even though he's avoided the PUP list. Not the pass rusher he once was, Dockett is unlikely to come close to the 890 snaps he played for Arizona in 2013.
Jul 28 - 6:34 PM

49ers placed RB Carlos Hyde on the active/NFI list.

It's believed to be a day-to-day issue, but still unideal for a player who is supposed to take control of the 49ers' backfield this season. Hyde missed time earlier this offseason with a leg issue. He should be good to go for San Francisco's first preseason game.
Jul 28 - 5:12 PM

The 49ers lost an NFL-high 37 percent of their player snaps from 2014.

Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith, Bubba Ventrone and Anthony Davis all retired. They also lost Mike Iupati, Frank Gore and Chris Culliver among others in free agency. Furthermore, the Niners have just seven of the 22 starters remaining from the team that got beat by the Ravens in the Super Bowl three seasons ago. Their 2015 win total has sunk as low as 6.5 at some offshore sportsbooks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 9:10 AM

49ers RB Kendall Hunter (ACL surgery) reportedly had a "fantastic" offseason program.

Hunter missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL on the first day of training camp. Now fully cleared, Hunter "showcased his quick feet and ability to catch the ball" at spring practices. Going on age 27, Hunter projects as the primary backup to 49ers pass-catching back Reggie Bush, while fourth-round pick Mike Davis serves as the backup to early-down RB Carlos Hyde.
Source: sf49ers.com
Jul 15 - 1:08 PM

The 49ers reportedly believe fourth-round WR DeAndre Smelter (ACL surgery) could be medically cleared before Week 1.

Smelter has been widely presumed a "redshirt" pick by the 49ers, but the team must feel good about his recovery. He underwent ACL surgery in December. Smelter is 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds, and averaged 18.9 YPR with 11 TDs on 56 career catches at Georgia Tech. While a rookie-season impact is unlikely for Smelter, the 23-year-old could emerge as Anquan Boldin's heir apparent.
Jul 10 - 2:07 PM

Retired RB Marcus Lattimore admitted in an interview with SB Nation that he was "shocked" GM Trent Baalke drafted him in 2013.

Baalke blew a fourth-round pick on Lattimore, who never came close to playing a snap for the Niners. "I went out there and put a smile a smile on my face like everything was alright," Lattimore said about his time with the 49ers. "But it was hell. Every day." Lattimore suffered two devastating knee/leg injuries at South Carolina. "My running backs coach was like, ‘Good job! Good job!’" Lattimore said. "My offensive coordinator — I was catching balls out of the backfield — was like, 'Man you look good!' I was like, 'You have no clue.'" Lattimore is currently working as a student ambassador at the University of South Carolina.
Jul 8 - 8:22 PM

Retired ILB Chris Borland said he is at peace with his decision to retire at age 24.

Borland left three-fourths of his rookie contract on the table as well as the upside to eventually earn millions. He's not worried about the money. "A lot of data that is out there regarding long-term health effects of head injuries," he said. "And I play a position and a style of play where I was susceptible to the worst of it. ... I played a physical brand of football and played through some things where it makes sense for me." Borland isn't in a rush to start a new career and has a trip to Europe on tap as NFL training camps get set to open.
Jul 6 - 8:46 AM

49ers second-year OLB Aaron Lynch missed most of the offseason program with a hamstring injury.

Lynch also battled a hamstring issue last spring before ultimately coming on and notching six sacks as a sub-package pass rusher. Ahmad Brooks reportedly looked good during the spring, showed up in shape, and is expected to compete with Lynch for the starting job opposite Aldon Smith.
Jul 2 - 11:31 AM

49ers second-year CB Keith Reaser is a candidate for a starting role.

Reaser missed his entire rookie year to ACL surgery. With Shareece Wright and Jimmie Ward sidelined, Reaser got the majority of first-team OTA reps. Reaser will be in the mix to start opposite Tramaine Brock if he carries his strong offseason into training camp.
Source: 49ers.com
Jun 27 - 6:05 PM

49ers UDFA DeAndrew White had a "standout" offseason.

White was one of the highlights of OTAs/minicamp. The 49ers like the combination of speed and route running he's shown while working with the second team. White earned sporadic playing time at Alabama after tearing his ACL as a sophomore, but ran 4.44 at the Combine and is a former top high school recruit. White needs to prove his value on special teams to avoid the practice squad.
Source: 49ers.com
Jun 27 - 5:49 PM

Anquan Boldin says the 49ers plan to run a faster-tempo offense under new OC Geep Chryst.

The 49ers played "slow" under outgoing OC Greg Roman, annually ranking among the NFL's bottom teams in offensive plays. "It’s definitely a fast tempo," said Boldin of Chryst's offense. "We’re trying to get a lot faster than last year as far as getting to the line." Boldin said the "system" has not changed, but the 49ers want to run more plays. This would be good news for the fantasy values of all San Francisco skill players. Boldin, in particular, is a great value at his current mid-11th-round ADP. He's been a top-30 fantasy receiver in each of the last three seasons.
Source: 49ers.com
Jun 25 - 1:11 AM

The 49ers will incorporate more zone blocking into their 2015 running game.

Outgoing OC Greg Roman ran a gap-based power running game, but the 49ers have lost power blockers LG Mike Iupati and RT Anthony Davis. Per beat writer Matt Barrows, Hyde shed ten pounds in the offseason in an effort to become lighter on his feet for outside-zone plays. "We'll implement some of that stuff, like the stretch zone more so than we have in the past," LT Joe Staley confirmed. "But we're still going to do what we've done well here. What's worked for us has been power running. It's what we know."
Jun 24 - 1:29 PM


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