49ers finally activate WR DeAndre Smelter from the practice squad

Dec 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM--


The San Francisco 49ers have activated WR DeAndre Smelter from the team's practice squad, per his agents.


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 was thought to have the size to be a physical threat at receiver for the team.

Smelter spent his rookie season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and was waived by the 49ers on September 3. He was signed to the practice squad on October 18, where he has been since.

"Obviously, even through OTAs he seemed to have something," Kelly said back in October. "So, it was you'd have him for a couple days and then he'd be out for a couple days or not 100-percent for a couple of days. So, the biggest thing with DeAndre is are we going to get a healthy DeAndre and that's what we're looking for."

Kelly indicated that the injury that made him miss so much time before he was released in September was a hamstring injury. However, the injury was not tied to the torn ACL that he suffered in college. "I don't know how the hamstring happened, but the injury itself was a hamstring. It had nothing, there was no knee issue and it was a pretty, whatever the grades are, grade two or grade three, it was a legitimate torn hamstring. It wasn't one of those – you know – he's out for a week or two as an extensive, obviously, just look at when we released him, waived him injured and then brought him back, I know it was a pretty severe hamstring injury."

On Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers lost starting wide receiver Quinton Patton for the season. Torrey Smith, the team's other starting receiver, suffered a concussion the week prior against the New York Jets. Patton was just one of three players that suffered season-ending injuries against the Falcons.

Related News





Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



NFL suspends Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins for six games

By David Bonilla
May 2

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL is suspending Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for six games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Cardinals' Pro-Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins is being suspended six games for violating the NFL's Performance Enhancing Drug policy, league sources tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/hNGNX4Aegx— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 2,



First look at 49ers rookies on the practice field

By David Bonilla
May 13

The San Francisco 49ers kicked off a three-day rookie minicamp this afternoon. It's the first time players from the team's latest draft class have been able to suit up and get on the practice field, including defensive lineman Drake Jackson, running back Ty Davis-Price, and wide receiver Danny Gray. David Lombardi of The Athletic shared some videos of the rookie draft class going through their first practice in red and gold. Rookie QB Brock Purdy in a 49ers uniform for the first time pic.twitter.com/NQnawclz62— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself)



49ers rookie Danny Gray did this after dropping a deep pass during practice

By David Bonilla
May 14

Like many NFL players, rookie wide receiver Danny Gray strives for perfection. Unfortunately, no one can be perfect. For a quarterback, it's easy to dwell on that off-target throw. Maybe it's that football that slipped out of your grip for a running back. For a cornerback, that near-interception that bounced off your eager hands. For a wide receiver, it's that big-play throw that you couldn't haul in. That's what happened to Gray on Friday afternoon during the San Francisco 49ers' first practice of a three-day rookie minicamp. While others might try to push the slip-up out of their minds and focus on the next rep. Not Gray. According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, the rookie wideout fell to the ground and paid penance with 10



49ers Foundation offers fans team-branded California license plates

By Site Staff
May 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers and the 49ers Foundation today announced the creation of specialty 49ers-branded California license plates in partnership with the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). Proceeds from the plates will benefit the CNRA and their efforts to steward California's natural resources and expand access to outdoor recreational spaces for all Californians. To reserve a specialty 49ers license plate, Faithful can visit 49ersplates.com. In addition to funding targeted investments in state natural, historical and cultural resources, a portion of funds collected will also support the 49ers Foundation's mission


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone