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49ers announce several practice squad signings, open practice windows for 3 players

Nov 3, 2021 at 1:25 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers announced that the team signed the following players to the practice squad.

  • LB Tyrell Adams
  • LB Christian Elliss
  • S Will Parks
  • WR Austin Watkins Jr.

San Francisco also officially opened the practice windows for the following players.


The team also announced that defensive end Charles Omenihu passed his physical, making his trade from the Texans to the 49ers official.

The 49ers Communications staff provided the following rundown.



Adams (6-1, 228) was released by San Francisco on November 2, 2021.

Elliss (6-3, 231) originally entered the NFL after signing as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings on May 5, 2021. He was waived by Minnesota on August 23 and later spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. He was released by the team on October 18.

A 22-year-old native of Highlands Ranch, CO, Elliss attended the University of Idaho, where he appeared in 39 games and finished with 266 tackles, eight passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Parks (6-0, 200) was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (219th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Throughout his five-year career with Denver (2016-20) and the Philadelphia Eagles (2020), he has appeared in 72 games (18 starts) and registered 163 tackles, 13 passes defensed, four interceptions, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. In 2020, Parks appeared in four games with Denver and six games (three starts) with Philadelphia and finished with 29 tackles and 1.0 sack. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 5, 2021, and was later released by the team on August 23.

A 27-year-old native of Philadelphia, PA, Parks attended the University of Arizona, where he appeared in 53 games (31 starts) and finished with 197 tackles, 24 passes defensed, and four interceptions.

Watkins Jr. (6-3, 210) originally signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2021, and was later waived by the team on August 25. He appeared in 25 games (17 starts) in three years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2018-20) and registered 98 receptions for 1,642 yards and nine touchdowns. He transferred to UAB from Dodge City (KS) Community College (2016-17) where he made 19 starts and added 62 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns.

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