Player News - 49ers

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49ers.com reports ILB Navorro Bowman (Achilles') has been "full-speed" during the offseason program.

There were similar reports during April minicamp. Bowman went down last Week 4. Reuben Foster, Malcolm Smith and Brock Coyle have all been added to the 49ers' linebacker corps since the end of last season, but as long as his health cooperates, 29-year-old Bowman should be something resembling a starter.
Source: 49ers.com
May 25 - 7:24 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said DE Aaron Lynch is "going in the right direction."

Lynch reported to the offseason program 20 pounds overweight, but Shanahan said he is getting "more in shape each day." Lynch recognizes he did not do "the best I could" during the offseason, but is now "trying to do everything they want me to do." A holdover from the previous regime coming off a disappointing season shortened by suspension and injury, Lynch is not guaranteed a roster spot, but getting into shape will help his chances.
May 25 - 8:52 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch writes "it wouldn’t be a surprise" if 49ers TE Vance McDonald does not make the final roster.

The 49ers openly attempted to trade McDonald during the draft, but cutting him for nothing is another story, one which would cost the 49ers cap space this year or leave dead money in 2018 depending on how the move is designated. It is still unclear why outgoing-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December, and it looks like the 49ers will have to eat some money to reverse that poor decision.
May 22 - 11:59 AM

The 49ers expect a second-year leap from RG Josh Garnett.

Garnett started 11-of-15 games as a rookie. He graded as a bottom-three guard at PFF, but came on late in the season. The 49ers should return the same line as they had last year with the exception of C Jeremy Zuttah, but the scheme will focus on outside-zone running under new coach Kyle Shanahan.
Source: 49ers.com
May 18 - 7:11 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes fourth-round rookie Joe Williams has a "legitimate chance" to "immediately unseat" Carlos Hyde as the starter.

Williams has so many things working in his favor. He was handpicked by coach Kyle Shanahan, who banged the table for him in the 49ers' draft room, even when GM John Lynch left Williams off the team's draft board. RBs coach Bobby Turner also personally stayed in touch with Williams throughout the draft process and also campaigned for him. Hyde is entering the final year of his contract for a regime that has zero ties to him and has proven injury-prone. This could be a two-headed backfield for 2017 before Williams takes over as the lead back in 2018.
May 17 - 1:34 PM

49ers signed third round CB Ahkello Witherspoon to a four-year contract.

The first of San Francisco's two third-round picks, Witherspoon is a 92nd-percentile SPARQ athlete -- running a 4.45 forty with a 40 ½-inch vertical at the Combine. He fills a huge need at corner after Tramaine Brock's release. Witherspoon has a chance to be a Week 1 starter.
May 12 - 5:15 PM

In a joint statement, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch have vehemently denied they're shopping ILB Navorro Bowman.

The duo labeled Mike Lombardi's report "completely false," and called Bowman a "consummate professional." The new guys are clearly sensitive to anything that might upset a team leader in Bowman. Even were the 49ers attempting to trade Bowman, they'd have zero takers on a soon-to-be 29 year old who is coming off a torn Achilles' after completely shredding his knee in early 2014. Bowman is also due $7.5 million in salary and bonuses this year.
May 11 - 1:16 PM

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi reports the 49ers have "made it known" ILB Navorro Bowman is available for trade.

He may be "available," but no team is going to trade for Bowman's contract. He signed a seven-year, $77 million deal last August and promptly tore his Achilles' in October. The 49ers have let it be known that Bowman is on track in his recovery, but he's suffered two major leg injuries in three years. Bowman turns 29 this month, and San Fran is switching to a 4-3 front.
May 11 - 11:05 AM

49ers GM John Lynch said first-round LB Reuben Foster (shoulder surgery) is expected to be ready for training camp.

"Come training camp we anticipate him being full-go," Lynch said. Foster's shoulder has earned quite a bit of ink since the draft, but the 49ers have remained mostly positive. If healthy, Foster should be given every opportunity to earn a starting job in camp.
May 9 - 12:52 PM

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Grant Cohn, 49ers pass rusher Aaron Lynch reported to the team "a cool 20 pounds overweight."

Cohn named Lynch as the likeliest Trent Baalke-era holdover to get cut this offseason, just ahead of Vance McDonald, whom the new regime is known to have dangled in draft-weekend trade talks. Lynch missed four games to a substance abuse suspension last season, then battled a high ankle sprain for most of the year. Lynch has been an enigmatic underachiever since college.
May 5 - 7:12 PM

49ers first-round DE Solomon Thomas is unlikely to participate in OTAs.

Classes at Stanford run through June, so Thomas may not be available until the team's final minicamp on June 15. Thomas will be a little behind his teammates, but ultimately the lost time shouldn't be a big factor in his development. The 21-year-old was selected third overall in last week's draft after earning the 2016 Morris Trophy as the Pac 12's top defensive lineman.
May 5 - 3:59 PM

49ers signed Oregon State WR Victor Bolden.

Bolden (5’8/178) made 30 starts at wideout for the Beavers, leading the team in receptions in each of his final three years and compiling a career 167-1,849-7 (11.1 YPR) receiving line in addition to 93-731-3 (7.9 YPC) rushing. A true all-purpose dynamo, Bolden returned three career kickoffs for touchdowns and scored once on a punt. While his versatility is an obvious plus, Bolden is undersized even by NFL slot-receiver standards and ran a disappointing 4.54 at the Combine. Bolden will have to make his mark on special teams.
May 4 - 7:03 PM

49ers signed fifth-round TE George Kittle, fifth-round WR Trent Taylor, sixth-round DT D.J. Jones, sixth-round DE Pita Taumoepenu and seventh-round S Adrian Colbert to four-year contracts.

The rebuilding 49ers now have six of their 10 draft picks under contract. A strong blocker at Iowa, Kittle didn't catch many passes, but tested as an elite athlete at the Combine. He's worth a late-round flier in Dynasty rookie drafts.
May 4 - 6:57 PM

The Miami Herald reports new 49ers ILB Reuben Foster had concussion issues at Alabama, and that his "recovery time was a concern."

Foster's shoulder issues are well documented, but his concussions didn't draw much attention during the pre-draft process. They weren't entirely unknown, and were believed to have happened "early" in his SEC career. What's clear is that Foster's injury history is long and concerning. He didn't fall to No. 31 in a vacuum.
May 4 - 2:44 PM

In an interview with KNBR, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said "our doctors felt good about" first-round ILB Reuben Foster's shoulder.

Seemingly nothing but negative opinions on Foster's shoulder have emerged since the draft, with Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reporting the linebacker was "medically rejected" by some teams and ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting some believe the shoulder could give out at any moment. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero adds Foster suffered concussions in college and "his recovery time was a concern." "You never know who is going to end up being right," Shanahan said of the reports. "The worst-case scenario is he wouldn’t be able to play for us right away." Foster is unquestionably talented, but he also comes with medical and off-field questions marks. Trading up to pick him at the back-end of the first round was a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
May 4 - 11:56 AM


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