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  • By David Bonilla
    4 hrs ago
    The San Francisco 49ers reported to the team's facility this week for phase one of the offseason program, which just involves strength and conditioning work. On-field activities won't begin until phase two. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, however, is taking advantage of his teammates finally being back together. He and a small group of offensive players trekked over to San Jose State to get some work in, according to a photo by Eric Crocker of Fouth and Nine. Fans immediately started trying to figure out who was in the photo with Garoppolo, who is there with his knee brace on. Who do you see in the photo? Leave a comment...
  • By David Bonilla
    9 hrs ago
    The San Francisco 49ers recently hosted two cornerbacks from the incoming rookie class on pre-draft visits, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic. They are Justin Layne of Michigan State and Tim Harris of Virginia. Barrows writes the following about Layne: "The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranks Layne as the No. 6 cornerback in the draft, writing that the nearly 6-2 defender 'can mirror-and-match from press-coverage and has outstanding ball skills.'" Layne registered 72 combined tackles, 2.5 for a loss, half a sack, an interception, and 15 passes defensed as a junior in 2018....
  • By David Bonilla
    12 hrs ago
    First, we have to assume the Arizona Cardinals are selecting quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma. Damond Talbot of NFL Draft Diamonds recently surveyed seven NFL scouts and asked them a series of draft-related questions. Each believed that Murray would go No. 1 overall after the Cardinals hand in their draft card next week. "When I asked them how long this love has been going on, they said it was done before the Combine," wrote Talbot. With most of the media and those in NFL circles believing a Murray-to-Arizona scenario is inevitable, that leaves the 49ers with the top defensive prospects — probably the top overall prospects, too — available. What do these...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 18, 2019 at 2:52 PM
    The NFL released its full 2019 regular-season schedule on Wednesday. Fans immediately tried to look at the San Francisco 49ers schedule and predict what the team's final record might be. We've seen extremely optimistic fans jokingly (at least, I assume they were joking) predicting an undefeated season to pessimistic fans projecting an 0-9 start. And, of course, everything in between. It's April, and the NFL Draft is still a week away. Making record predictions this early seems trifling. But what else are fans to do in the days following the schedule release? What of the experts? What about the beat writers who follow the team regularly? How do they feel the 49ers will fare during the upcoming season? They know the team better than most, and some have already made...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:46 PM
    NFL fans begin making plans for their post-August Sundays (with some Mondays and Thursdays mixed in) when the league's regular-season schedule is released. They also start predicting records, which is an odd thing to do in April before the draft has even taken place. Then you have the complaining. There are several reasons at first glance not to like the San Francisco 49ers' schedule. Two straight road games to kick off the season, an early bye during Week 4, and a brutal six-game finish are just a few. Then you have reasons which are not quickly apparent at first glance. Like the 49ers being one of just six teams which are playing multiple games against opponents coming off their bye weeks. Not everyone is so down on the 49ers' schedule. One person...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:42 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers are doing a lot of work on tight ends in the incoming rookie class. They hosted pre-draft visits with Noah Fant of Iowa and Tyree Mayfield of Wyoming. The team also hosted Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. It's been a busy several weeks for #TAMU speedy TE Jace Sternberger, who has had visits with 9 teams (#Packers,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:05 AM
    The NFL released its complete 256-game regular-season schedule on Wednesday. It included the San Francisco 49ers' 16-game slate of game. At first glance, there was one curious aspect of the schedule — other than an early Week 4 bye — that is causing some confusion among fans. Why doesn't the 49ers' Week 16 game have a scheduled date or time yet? We've received that question more than any other since Wednesday's schedule unveiling. At first glance, seeing "TBA" on an official schedule may seem like an error, but it's not. The date and time for that game won't be determined until about mid-season. Week 16 of the NFL season will feature a Saturday...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:37 AM
    Joe Staley revealed on Wednesday that he played a small part in getting pass rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers. Before finalizing the trade for the former Kansas City Chiefs player, team decision-makers asked Staley about Ford. The two most recently faced each other during a Week 3 contest last season. It was a matchup that left Staley impressed with Ford. Just over five months later, they became teammates. "He's one of the most explosive players I've played against, and he was definitely a challenge to go against last year and every time I've ever played him," Staley said when asked what he told the 49ers about Ford. It's not uncommon for team decision-makers to ask their veteran players for input on free-agent targets. It's unknown how...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:51 PM
    Running back Jerick McKinnon was among the many San Francisco 49ers players who suffered injuries last season. He figured to be a significant part of head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense in 2018 but tore his ACL during a practice before the start of the regular season. The 49ers have already said they will be careful with McKinnon as he rehabs and works his way back. Perhaps more careful than even quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. That's because it's more difficult for running backs to avoid hits and making quick movements on the practice field. It sounds like McKinnon is making progress in that area. He spoke with reporters on Wednesday and said he feels good doing work on his surgically-repaired ACL. "It feels good," McKinnon said. "I'm confident and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:22 PM
    San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is coming off of his first Pro Bowl season. The third-year player (then in his second year) cemented himself as one of the best at his position after setting a single-season NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end. Kittle finished 2018 with 88 receptions for 1,377 yards with five touchdowns. It was revealed in January that Kittle played through an injury for much of the 2018 season, which makes his accomplishment even more impressive. He suffered fractured rib cartilage during the 49ers' Week 9 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Levi's Stadium and wore rib protectors for the remainder of the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 5:02 PM
    The NFL revealed its 256-game 2019 regular-season schedule on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT. The San Francisco 49ers will kick off the season with back-to-back road games before finally hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Levi's Stadium on September 22. The team will participate in three prime-time matchups this year. The 49ers will host four East Coast teams at Levi's Stadium, including the home opener, but also travel for four road games in the Eastern time zone. Of the eight teams visiting Levi's Stadium in 2019, just two made the playoffs last season — the defending NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers will face four playoff teams, including the Rams and Seahawks, on the road. The others are the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 3:16 PM
    Joe Staley is entering the final year of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, but that doesn't mean 2019 will be the end of the road for the veteran tackle. Staley, who spoke with reporters on Wednesday, will be 35 years old when the 2019 regular season kicks off. He isn't looking toward life after the NFL just yet. Instead, he is focused on his 13th NFL season. Staley wants to play as long as he can. That includes the possibility of playing in 2020. He hasn't yet discussed with the 49ers whether or not that will be in San Francisco. "We really haven't had any discussions, but I've made it very clear, I think, to everybody that I want to play as long as I can," Staley said. "I still love the game and still feel like I can play at a high level. I still feel...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 2:57 PM
    Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner can expect a huge payday when he and the San Francisco 49ers eventually agree to terms on a contract extension. Discussions are taking place, but the budding NFL star told reporters on Wednesday that nothing is imminent. Buckner, 25, is preparing to enter his fourth NFL season. The 49ers would like to make sure he remains in red and gold for the foreseeable future. Buckner also expressed interest in staying with San Francisco. "We've had conversations here and there," Buckner said. "Honestly, it's just very early, just because I'm eligible for a new contract going into my fourth year. It's still very early in the process. I'm really just looking forward to being here with the team long-term, and I know Jed (York), and John...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 2:25 PM
    Each week leading to the draft, we'll look at a collection of mock drafts from various sources and compile the list of the top prospects projected to head to the 49ers. We surveyed 75 online mock drafts this week and tallied which prospects are the most popular choices for the San Francisco 49ers, who currently own the No. 2 overall pick in next week's draft. The mock drafts include big-name sites like ESPN and NFL.com to smaller independent sites. While a few mock drafts have changed their 49ers projections to former Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa maintains an overwhelming lead and is the favorite to become the No. 2 overall pick on April 25. Over 74 percent of mock drafts have Bosa headed to...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 2:06 PM
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been working with Health and Performance staff this offseason as he works his way back from the season-ending ACL injury suffered in September. The quarterback completed 53-of-89 attempts (59.6 percent) for 718 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions through three starts before going down with the injury against the Kansas City Chiefs. Garoppolo spoke with reporters on Wednesday and discussed his progress and what his rehab has been like. "I think initially probably was the hardest part, the acceptance of everything," Garoppolo said. "The first couple weeks, really, you can't put any weight on it with the meniscus and all that stuff. Probably the first month or two is the worst, but after that, you get running and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 10:28 AM
    The NFL will unveil the league's complete 256-game 2019 schedule on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. It is common for select week-to-week opponent matchups to leak before the official announcement, and some already have. Update: You can find the 49ers' complete 16-game regular season schedule here. The 49ers will open the regular season with two road games before the team's home opener at Levi's Stadium on September 22 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Below are the dates and times (if known) for San Francisco 49ers games during the upcoming season and who reported each matchup. Once the full schedule is released, we will post it...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 8:59 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers are holding their local pro day today at 1:00 p.m. PT on the Levi's Stadium field in Santa Clara. Attendees will have an opportunity to work out for the 49ers coaching staff, executives, and scouts. The local pro day will feature athletes from college programs in the area including Stanford, Cal, San Jose State, and other schools. Draft prospects from the Bay Area who played for college teams elsewhere are also eligible to take part. Today's attendees do not count against the 49ers' 30-player limit for pre-draft visits as teams are allowed to host an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers released a roster of the local pro day participants today. A limited number of those players will be made available to the media...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 17, 2019 at 6:58 AM
    Article updated with new information. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network initially indicated that the San Francisco 49ers are hosting Central Michigan cornerback Xavier Crawford on Wednesday. Some pre-draft visits on the final day:* Miami DE Joe Jackson is at #Raiders after recent visits to #Cardinals, #Saints,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:29 AM
    Former Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown was among several draft prospects visiting with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. He then took an opportunity to get some work in with one of the franchise's all-time greatest players. Brown posted the following photo on Twitter of himself with Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can do what others can't . Thank you for taking me to your stomping grounds .🐐 @JerryRice...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:02 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers are hosting several wide receivers on Tuesday, including Jalen Hurd of Baylor. News of the pre-draft visit comes from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. He joins wide receivers A.J. Brown of Ole Miss, Deebo Samuel of South Carolina, and Hakeem Butler of Iowa State, who all are or were already in the building. Pelissero reports that former New Mexico State linebacker Terrill Hanks and Wyoming tight end Tyree Mayfield are also visiting the 49ers. More pre-draft visits today: * Hawaii LB Jahlani Tavai visited the...
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