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49ers GM Trent Baalke said Aldon Smith was "hungry" after a disappointing and suspension-shortened 2014 campaign.

"He’s got a great look in his eye. He’s doing well," Baalke said. "For anybody that’s been in a situation like Aldon’s been in, every day is a process. But he’s doing exceptionally well and he’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in a long time." With Patrick Willis and Chris Borland already retired and Justin Smith strongly considering it, the 49ers will need a big season from Smith to remain among the league's elite defensive units. Smith registered 19.5 sacks in 2012, his last full season in the league.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 11:15 AM

49ers FB Bruce Miller is not attending offseason workouts.

Miller's absence is due to his March arrest for suspicion of spousal abuse. 49ers GM Trent Baalke said he'll revisit Miller's status once the situation is resolved.
Apr 17 - 4:50 PM

The 49ers see 2014 third-round pick Brandon Thomas as Mike Iupati's successor at left guard.

Thomas missed his rookie season after tearing his ACL during a pre-draft team workout. He was drafted last year with Iupati's impending departure in mind. "He looks very good at this point," Baalke said of Thomas. "He's come off the knee injury very well. He's strong. He's moving well." Thomas will have to hold off Marcus Martin and Joe Looney in training camp.
Apr 17 - 4:20 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said Friday the team is working to extend ILB Michael Wilhoite's contract.

The Sacramento Bee reported the 49ers were trying to trade Wilhoite in early March. Following the surprise retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, the team has done a full 180. Wilhoite is currently an unsigned exclusive rights free agent. If the 49ers are cap savvy, they'll let him play 2015 on a minimum tender and work to extend Wilhoite if he plays well this season.
Apr 17 - 3:52 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke revealed that Carlos Hyde has dropped his weight into the "mid-220s."

Baalke added that Hyde looks "extremely good." Hyde measured 6-foot, 230 at the 2014 Combine. Weight loss has had positive recent effects on Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy (pre-2014), and Marshawn Lynch early in his Seattle career. If the 49ers decline to draft a running back who poses significant competition to Hyde, he'll only have Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter to beat out for touches. Hyde has high-end RB2 upside for 2015.
Apr 17 - 3:19 PM

Torrey Smith dropped 18.33 percent of his catchable targets last season.

Smith had the second-most drops (11) among receivers despite ranking 50th in targets (89). He was only outdone by Mohamed Sanu, who dropped 14 passes on 97 targets. We like Smith's new landing spot for the 49ers' offense, but Colin Kaepernick's shoddy accuracy isn't going to benefit Smith. Anquan Boldin should remain the go-to target in the middle of the field, on third downs, and in the red zone. Smith may be more of a decoy lid-lifter just to open up the field.
Apr 16 - 10:33 AM

Vernon Davis is participating in the 49ers' offseason program.

Davis held out of OTAs last year, leading to a career-worst 26/245/2 line. He also missed two games to injury and struggled as a run blocker. 31-year-old Davis is attempting to reestablish his value in a contract year.
Apr 11 - 9:27 PM

49ers RB Kendall Hunter (torn ACL) is participating in the team's offseason workouts.

Hunter appeared to be working out with no limitations despite being just eight months removed from the torn ACL that ended his 2014 season. Hunter should be a full participant in the 49ers' offseason program, and will compete with Reggie Bush for change-of-pace touches behind starter Carlos Hyde.
Apr 11 - 11:11 AM

Colin Kaepernick "looks like a different quarterback," according to teammate Vernon Davis.

Kaepernick worked with Kurt Warner on his pocket mechanics this winter and spring. "When I saw him, I didn't even know that was Colin," Davis said. "He was working on his drop-back. He looks totally different." Kaepernick is coming off a career-worst 86.4 passer rating, including a 60.5 completion rate. The 49ers plan to ask him to run more despite his strides in the pocket. With the signings of Torrey Smith and Reggie Bush, Kaepernick is a good bet to improve in 2015.
Apr 10 - 7:50 PM

Coach Jim Tomsula said Friday he expects ILB Navorro Bowman (knee surgery) to be on the field for the 49ers' pre-draft minicamp.

The 49ers hold their first minicamp in the last week before the NFL draft. Bowman missed all of last season after tearing multiple knee ligaments, and it's unclear whether he'll return as the same All-Pro player he was pre-injury. The 49ers will certainly hope so after losing Pat Willis and Chris Borland to retirement.
Apr 10 - 3:49 PM

Several members of the 49ers are trying to convince RE Justin Smith to play again this season.

Smith, 35, has been mulling retirement for the last three months. The 49ers could certainly use the borderline Hall of Famer, especially after surprisingly losing defensive studs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to early retirements. Smith's teammates are giving him a bit of the Brett Favre treatment.
Apr 9 - 7:43 AM

During their offseason workouts, Kurt Warner encouraged Colin Kaepernick to stay confined to the pocket more than taking off and running.

This would seem to conflict with 49ers management's 2015 plans for Kap; they want him to run more. "He can’t do all the running," Warner insisted. "He’s got to become more of a pass-first guy and complement with his athleticism. And he’s never been asked to do that before. And so that’s the process that we kind of went through in the couple of months I was working with him." Warner is hinting at a transformation like what Steve Young underwent with Bill Walsh. Whether that takes hold for Kaepernick when the bullets go live remains to be seen.
Apr 6 - 4:50 PM

49ers signed ILB Nick Bellore, formerly of the Jets.

The Niners continue to grasp for straws at inside linebacker. Bellore, 26 in May, appeared in all 16 games with the Jets last season, registering 15 tackles. Ideally, he would only be a special teamer in San Francisco.
Apr 3 - 3:49 PM

49ers re-signed LB Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract.

Signed in late December, Bishop appeared in two games for the 49ers after being waived by the Cardinals. Four months shy of his 31st birthday, the former Packers starter will fight for a spot on special teams.
Mar 31 - 2:02 PM

Free agent ILB Desmond Bishop will visit the 49ers on Monday.

Bishop only saw the field twice last season, mostly playing on special teams. The Niners are desperate at linebacker after losing Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to sudden retirements, so even a backup like Bishop is worth a look. The 30-year-old signed with San Francisco late last season after getting cut by the Cardinals.
Mar 29 - 8:08 AM


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