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  • By Chris Wilson
    May 4, 2019 at 3:38 PM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers added another young dual-threat runner to their growing list of running backs on Saturday, as the team signed rookie running back and slot receiver Austin Walker after a positive rookie minicamp tryout. The signing was first reported by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle: 49ers signed former Rice RB Austin Walter following a successful rookie minicamp tryout, per a source @RiceFootball #NFL...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 6:02 PM 0 comments
    The numbers are in on running back Tevin Coleman's new deal, and the contract details are better than expected for the San Francisco 49ers. On Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and the San Francisco 49ers came to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract on the first day of 2019 NFL free agency. Coleman, who played under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during their shared time in Atlanta, appeared to accept somewhat of a "hometown discount" -- albeit in a different city over 2,000 miles away -- in order to be reunited with his former offensive...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 4:53 PM 0 comments
    In the same official press release, the San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of inside linebacker and special-teamer David Mayo, as well as the release of inside linebacker and special-teamer Brock Coyle. Soon after the 49ers' official announcement, Coyle took to social media to thank the 49ers organization for re-signing him last offseason, and to explain that the neck injury he sustained in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season will force the veteran to leave the game: Thank you...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM 1 comment
    On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers added additional veteran talent to the team's roster when they signed former Carolina Panthers inside linebacker and special-teamer David Mayo to a two-year contract. News of the signing was first reported by Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area: The #49ers signed LB David Mayo to a 2 year deal.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 14,...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 14, 2019 at 9:45 AM 2 comments
    Former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati will remain in the NFC West in 2019, as the veteran offensive lineman signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The news was first reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network on Thursday morning: #Seahawks are signing G Mike Iupati, source says. One-year deal for the former #Cardinals and...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 19, 2019 at 9:49 PM 0 comments
    In Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft 1.0, the San Francisco 49ers select an unexpected defensive lineman with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Every January mock draft is far from perfect, but NFL.com's latest 2019 NFL mock draft is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Daniel Jeremiah's first mock draft of the year includes a number of surprising selections -- particularly as the first round progresses -- but even the top of his mock draft includes some head-scratchers. Kicking off his mock, the Arizona Cardinals select the top prospect of 2019, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa. But then Jeremiah begins to go against the grain. To date, the vast majority of mock drafts have the San Francisco 49ers selecting one of three defensive linemen with...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 19, 2019 at 2:39 PM 1 comment
    Hue Jackson is the Arizona Cardinals' latest interviewee as the San Francisco 49ers' NFC West rivals continue their search for an offensive coordinator. The Arizona Cardinals' efforts to fill the holes in their coaching staff continued on Friday, as the team interviewed former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson for their vacant offensive coordinator position: The #AZCardinals spent today interviewing former #Browns...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 18, 2019 at 2:47 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers lost another assistant coach on Friday, as the Green Bay Packers hired Adam Stenavich to be the team's new offensive line coach under head coach Matt LaFleur. For a four-win football team that owns the second overall selection in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, members of the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff continue to be surprisingly hot commodities. Two days after the Denver Broncos officially hired former 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello as their new offensive coordinator, NBC Sports Bay Area's...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 18, 2019 at 1:15 PM 0 comments
    The Professional Football Writers of America named San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle the NFL's Most Improved Player of the Year in 2018. San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle continues to receive honors and accolades after his record-breaking 2018 season. On Friday, Kittle received his latest award for the NFL's Most Improved Player of the Year in 2018 from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA): San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, who set an NFL record for most single-season receiving yards by a tight end with 1,377, was selected as the 2018 NFL Most Improved Player of the...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 17, 2019 at 3:40 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers officially hired former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who will coach the Niners' defensive backs and coordinate the team's pass defense in 2019. On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers officially announced the previously rumored hiring of former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods. Woods, who was the defensive backs coach for the Broncos prior to his two-year stint as defensive coordinator in Denver, will serve two roles for his new team. The 49ers announced Woods' official title will be "defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator." Woods will replace San Francisco's former defensive backs coach...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 17, 2019 at 10:09 AM 6 comments
    In his 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, Mel Kiper predicts the San Francisco 49ers will draft EDGE Josh Allen with the second overall selection. With draft season in full swing for the 28 NFL teams not in playoff contention, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. released the first round of his first mock draft of the year on Thursday morning. In his 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, Kiper predicts the San Francisco 49ers will use the second overall pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft to address their most glaring offseason need -- an outside pass rusher -- by drafting University of Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen. It's...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jan 12, 2019 at 12:05 PM 10 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers utilized All-Pro tight end George Kittle at an unsustainable rate in 2018. The availability of Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. provides the Niners with an opportunity to prevent an impending problem before it comes to fruition. The San Francisco 49ers had a dangerous addiction this season, and one that few offensive masterminds other than 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan would have been able to mask. While that addiction proved to be dangerous for opposing defenses in 2018, a failure to act this offseason would have dire consequences for San Francisco once the 2019 NFL season begins. Despite failing to meet preseason expectations, the 49ers' passing attack performed surprisingly well in 2018, given the storm the team's offense was...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Dec 20, 2018 at 4:20 PM 1 comment
    If you're surprised by the San Francisco 49ers' lack of takeaways in 2018, you're not alone. 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh can't believe it either. In his weekly press conference on Thursday, Saleh spoke at length about his defense's failures in the turnover department this season. "There's no reason why we shouldn't be in the middle of the pack with all of the opportunities we have had," Saleh told reporters. "We're almost snake-bitten. I should probably go to church a little more." The 49ers' turnover differential, which currently sits at a league-low -22 on the year, has been a point of concern for San Francisco over the entire 2018 season. But while the Niners have been able to protect the ball on offense in recent weeks, Saleh's defensive unit has...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Oct 20, 2018 at 2:22 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' -11 turnover differential has been a thorn in the Niners' side during the team's one-win 2018 season. Surprisingly, this ugly statistic bodes well for the 49ers' future. The San Francisco 49ers are on pace to break an NFL record in 2018, but it's not the kind of record a team wants to break. Over the first six games of the 2018 NFL season, the 49ers' three takeaways -- one interception and two fumble recoveries -- is the lowest total in the NFL. By contrast, San Francisco turned the ball over a league-high 14 times in its first six games. Thus, the 49ers' turnover differential of -11 is the worst turnover margin in the NFL. The NFL record for the worst single-season turnover differential in the post-merger era currently...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jun 25, 2018 at 3:23 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers safety Adrian Colbert was mic'd up for the second day of the team's mandatory minicamp. You can check out the video below. As expected, the Niners' starting free safety spends as much time talking as he does practicing. Colbert even gets into a little nickname discussion, which -- along with administering crushing hits on opposing wide receivers -- is one of the second-year defender's claims to...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Jun 25, 2018 at 10:57 AM 1 comment
    On Monday, members of the San Francisco 49ers' organization were on hand for the workout of defensive back Brandon Bryant. Bryant is one of the top prospects available in the upcoming 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. PT. The 49ers were one of 14 NFL teams -- including the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams -- in attendance at Bryant's workout, as reported by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com: Mississippi State DB Brandon...
  • By Chris Wilson
    May 3, 2018 at 4:19 PM 0 comments
    During Thursday's meetings between the media and the San Francisco 49ers' 2018 rookie class, the team's second-round draft pick disclosed some important information for current and future NFL rookies. Prior to 2018, rookies who had yet to graduate from college were unable to participate in their team's offseason program until they completed their final college exams -- but that rule has now changed. Rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis told reporters he will be able to participate in OTAs even though the University of Washington is on the "quarter system." 49ers Vice President of Communications Bob Lange...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Feb 26, 2018 at 10:39 AM 0 comments
    In 2017, the San Francisco 49ers may have experienced the best six-win year in team history. Although the 49ers didn't accumulate many victories during the season, the year was full of wins for the team. The 49ers began 2017 by signing the top prospective head coach on the market -- Kyle Shanahan -- to a six-year contract, thereby officially ending the team's four-year coaching merry-go-round. The Niners also signed the inexperienced, but respected, former-safety John Lynch to a similar six-year deal as the team's new general manager. Lynch quickly demonstrated that common sense can trump experience when he signed a bevy of free agents that immediately improved the 49ers' roster...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Dec 17, 2017 at 5:47 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have their franchise quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo's Week-15 performance against the Tennessee Titans demonstrated how essential it is to have...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Dec 17, 2017 at 12:07 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Akhello Witherspoon is active for today's game, while fellow cornerback Greg Mabin is inactive. Here are the 49ers' inactive players for their Week 15 matchup with the Tennessee Titans: WR Max McCaffrey DB Greg Mabin DB Antone Exum LB Pita Taumoepenu DL Leger Douzable DL D.J. Jones DL Ronald...
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