San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke spoke about WR DeAndre Smelter on Wednesday. The receiver has been plagued by injury this offseason and limited during the team's offseason program and parts of training camp. Per multiple sources, Baalke stated that Smelter has been dealing with a soft-tissue and lower-body injury, but should be back to practicing in a week or two. "Not even thinking IR at this point," said Baalke.
He also stated that he expects Smelter to play in preseason. It would be Smelter's first live NFL action of his career. After spending his rookie season recovering from surgery to repair his torn ACL, Smelter has remained an unknown commodity for the 49ers. Early on, he drew comparisons to former 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, who is now with the Detroit Lions.
When asked if his injury was related to that of the one he was battling during the team's offseason program, Kelly stated that he was not sure what he was experiencing then and simply said, "I don't have an answer on that one."
Smelter was a fourth round selection out of Georgia Tech in 2015. In 2014, he had 35 receptions for 715 yards and seven touchdowns through 10 games at Georgia Tech. That's an impressive average of over 20 yards-per-catch. Smelter's 11-inch hands were the largest of his draft class and he has the size to be a physical threat at receiver for the team.
Baalke: WR DeAndre Smelter should be back in a week or two with lower-body injury. Expects him to play in preseason, not candidate for IR.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) August 17, 2016
DeAndre Smelter dealing with soft-tissue, lower-body injury but should play this exhibition season and IR not in discussion now, Baalke said— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 17, 2016