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  49ers | Carlos Hyde buying into offense    Fri Jun 24, 09:19 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he is excited about head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system and believes it will allow him to showcase all his abilities.

Footballguys view: Hyde hasn't ever been a back that is used heavily in the passing game, and backup Shaun Draughn is better suited for the role. Still, he should be among the highest volume backs in the league when it comes to carries, and even a modest total like 25-30 catches could have him flirting with RB1 status if he stays healthy and Chip Kelly continues to run more plays than any other offense.

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  49ers | Will Redmond signs four-year deal    Thu Jun 23, 07:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Will Redmond signed a four-year deal Thursday, June 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  49ers | SF wideout jobs are wide open    Tue Jun 21, 01:15 AM

San Francisco 49ers WRs Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton and Jerome Simpson are in the mix for the starting job opposite WR Torrey Smith. WR Dres Anderson isn't expected to be consistent enough to shoulder the load, but he is also in the battle. WR DeAndrew White has plenty of size, but he is considered closer to the roster bubble than he is to being a regular contributor.

Footballguys view: This is a spot not many fantasy owners should be looking at. Only those in the deepest of deep leagues should be thinking about a second WR from the 49ers in 2016. Even Smith is a deeper option, sitting at WR54 (11.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Quinton Patton player page
Bruce Ellington player page


  49ers | Torrey Smith ready for No. 1 role    Tue Jun 21, 01:13 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith inherits the No. 1 spot in the depth chart with WR Anquan Boldin no longer with the organization. It will be the first time in Smith's career that he is the unquestioned go-to guy. Smith wants to be more than just a deep threat and worked to develop a good rapport with QB Blaine Gabbert in the offseason.

Footballguys view: Gabbert hasn't yet secured the starting job, but he has to be considered the frontrunner as Colin Kaepernick works to come back from three separate offseason surgeries. Smith should only be considered a WR5/WR6 for fantasy owners as this 49ers passing game could be a mess in year one of the Chip Kelly offense. Right now, Smith has an ADP of WR54 (11.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Torrey Smith player page


  49ers | Two RBs looking to move up order    Tue Jun 21, 01:13 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB DuJuan Harris saw extended reps in the offseason, and he and RB Kelvin Taylor will be looking to move up the depth chart. Currently Harris and Taylor are behind RBs Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn in the pecking order.

Footballguys view: Harris is a good all-purpose back, but injuries and inconsistencies have plagued his pro career. Taylor, son of former Jaguars star RB Fred Taylor, is a tough player who is willing to run between the tackles. The rookie never fumbled in his college career at Florida but needs to show better patience and anticipation of cut-back lanes if he wants to play up to his potential as a pro.

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Carlos Hyde player page


  49ers | Shaun Draughn in line for big role    Tue Jun 21, 01:11 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn's ability to catch passes brings some versatility to the offense, and beat writer Michael Wagaman predicts Draughn will see plenty of playing time.

Footballguys view: Draughn isn't a name that screams fantasy value. The 49ers will lead the way with Carlos Hyde, and he should be the centerpiece of the rushing attack...if not the entire offense. Hyde is going off the board at RB18 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues, and Draughn is not getting drafted. Fantasy owners should keep him on the waiver-wire speed dial just in case something happens to Hyde, but we're not predicting much fantasy value for him if Hyde is healthy.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde sits atop depth chart    Tue Jun 21, 01:10 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is expected to keep the top spot in the backfield as long as he can stay healthy.

Footballguys view: Volume and number of snaps is the name of the game with Chip Kelly. Hyde is going to be the lead back in a Kelly system that is going to run as many plays as possible. The inside/outside zone-read option could be good for Hyde. A disappointing fantasy player, Hyde could put up RB2 numbers this season. His current ADP is RB18 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | Kendall Gaskins re-signs with 49ers    Mon Jun 20, 04:45 PM

Free-agent RB Kendall Gaskins re-signed to a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, June 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Richmond in 2013, Gaskins has bounced around to four different teams during his time in the NFL. He got into four games last year for the 49ers and had 16 carries for 38 yards with eight catches for 69 yards in those regular season appearances.

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  49ers | Two players may miss 49ers' final roster    Mon Jun 20, 02:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers WRs DeAndre Smelter and RB Mike Davis were left off the 53-man roster projection, according to ESPN.com's Michael Wagaman.

Footballguys view: Davis is a player we've been monitoring in dynasty leagues. Carlos Hyde is the starter with the 49ers, and veteran Shaun Draughn should be his primary backup. If Davis wants to make the team, he'll have to prove that he's more valuable than DuJuan Harris or rookie Kelvin Taylor.

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DeAndre Smelter player page


  49ers | Eugene Monroe interests Niners    Thu Jun 16, 02:47 PM

Free-agent OT Eugene Monroe (Ravens) has preliminary interest from the San Francisco 49ers, according to sources.

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  49ers | Jeff Driskel receives praise    Mon Jun 13, 08:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jeff Driskel, a sixth-round pick this year, received plenty of praise during offseason workouts. 'I think he's already been exposed to multiple systems at the college level, so we've been impressed with him. He's very athletic. I think he was the fastest quarterback at the combine. He's big. He's got a good arm,' head coach Chip Kelly said. Driskel has also participated on special teams, and his size (6-4, 234 pounds) and speed (4.56-second 40-yard dash) make him a candidate to be the personal protector on the punt return team. However, Driskel doesn't figure to be in position to compete for the starting quarterback job with QBs Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. Driskel currently is the fourth QB on the depth chart.

Footballguys view: We've heard more than a bit of praise for the rookie this offseason. Driskel is a QB we'll be adding in dynasty leagues. He's athletic, has a strong arm and can keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick will compete for the starting job in training camp, but the best QB on the roster may in fact be Driskel. He may not see the field this year, but Driskel is a player worth monitoring in dynasty leagues because of his skill set, upside and fit in the Chip Kelly offense.

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  49ers | Anthony Davis says he will play    Sun Jun 12, 11:36 PM

Retired OT Anthony Davis said on Twitter Saturday, June 11, that he will play football again. The Tweet has since been deleted.

Footballguys view: Who in the world knows if Davis is actually serious about a return to the NFL. If Davis does come back, the 49ers control his rights with $2.65 million of base salary in 2016.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick excited about offense    Fri Jun 10, 05:41 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (knee, shoulder, thumb) said he is eager to run the offense that head coach Chip Kelly has brought to the team because it is similar to the one he used in college. He said he believes the new offense will give him more chances to run the ball.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick ran the Pistol offense in college at Nevada, and there are similarities to what Kelly does on offense in the pros. He'll be utilizing the inside-zone or outside-zone reads to move the chains. On paper, Kaepernick makes a great fit for Kelly's offense....but he'll need to prove it on the field.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick looking to improve play    Fri Jun 10, 05:25 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (knee, shoulder, thumb) has tried to improve his flexibility this offseason by stretching his back because it would tighten up on him in the past. He is looking to become more limber so he can be a more elusive runner, according to a source. Kaepernick is also wearing contact lenses to help his short-area vision and has a tinted visor on his helmet to protect the contacts and reduce the sunlight in his eyes.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick is what scouts call a "pure sight" thrower....he always has been. That term basically means that Kaepernick has to see a receiver wide open before he lets the ball fly. The veteran quarterback needs to throw with better anticipation if he wants to play better as a passer. He's behind Blaine Gabbert in the 49ers QB competition at this time.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde to be key in passing game    Fri Jun 10, 02:35 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is excited that he'll be a focal point in the passing attack in 2016. 'I think it's something that's overlooked, but this year we may get to see it,' Hyde said. 'I like playing receiver. It's another opportunity to get out in space and get the ball in your hands.'

Footballguys view: We're not thrilled about the 49ers offense, but we will be interested in adding Hyde to our fantasy rosters at the right price. The rest of the offense is filled with question marks, but Hyde could take advantage of rushing lanes (and cutback lanes) in Chip Kelly's system. His current ADP of RB18 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues seems about right for what his value could be this season, and there's a chance he could finish the year just inside the top 15 for fantasy RBs.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick focused on football    Thu Jun 9, 06:52 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick doesn't anticipate any issues between him and the organization this season, even after requesting a trade earlier in the year. 'I'm here, I'm a 49er, I'm excited for this offseason, the work that I can put in this summer to get ready for training camp and to come in and compete,' Kaepernick said. Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee), who had multiple offseason surgeries, also expects to be healthier and bulkier when training camp rolls around.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick's career has fallen off, and we're not sure he can resurrect it this season with the 49ers. When healthy, Kaepernick will have to beat out Blaine Gabbert for the starting job. On paper, Kaepernick seems like a good fit for the Chip Kelly offense...but we're not overly optimistic about it.

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  49ers | Blaine Gabbert the favorite at QB?    Wed Jun 8, 02:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert is the 'heavy favorite' to enter the 2016 as the starting quarterback, according to NFL Media columnist Michael Silver. QB Colin Kaepernick is 'allegedly in competition' with Gabbert for the starting job. 'He's loved in this locker room,' Silver said of Gabbert. 'He did a lot of good things last year and I'd be shocked if he's not the starter in the opener.'

Footballguys view: We can see that. Gabbert should be the frontrunner because Kaepernick still can't practice fully as he continues to recover from three offseason surgeries. When there's no real competition (yet), Gabbert can shine. Fantasy owners are staying away from the 49ers passing game....for good reason.

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  49ers | Blaine Gabbert's athleticism surprises    Tue Jun 7, 10:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has turned heads during the offseason and he has really surprised with his athleticism. 'On the field, I know (head coach Chip Kelly) talked about his athleticism. I felt the same way. I didn't know he was as athletic as he was. Throwing the ball, too. He can make all the throws that you need. He has a really good skillset and we're excited about that,' quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said.

Footballguys view: How is that surprising? Coming out of Missouri years ago, the book on Gabbert was that he was incredibly athletic but saw 'ghosts' in the pocket. It's not a shock that Gabbert is athletic...and that ability should greatly help him in the Kelly offense. Now, if he could only shake that 'ghost' thing and didn't feel pressure when it wasn't there.

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  49ers | Vance McDonald turning heads    Tue Jun 7, 10:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald is a player garnering plenty of attention during minicamp, as QB Blaine Gabbert and tight ends coach Jeff Nixon each heaped praise on the tight end. 'He's such a great athlete. He's smart. He does a great job in the run and pass game. He's a guy that we have to utilize. He's a mismatch nightmare on linebackers,' Gabbert said. Nixon said the team is looking for McDonald to pick up where he left off last season and be a big-play tight end in the pass game.

Footballguys view: McDonald had a few games last year when he was fantasy relevant. Perhaps he can carry over a bit of that momentum to this season. He's at the top of the depth chart, and fantasy owners need to realize how much Chip Kelly uses the TE position in his offense. Last year, Eagles TE Zach Ertz caught 75 passes for 853 yards and two TDs and he finished the year as TE10 in standard-scoring leagues. McDonald may reach those numbers, but he's a player who isn't getting drafted in 12-team PPR leagues right now...so make sure he's on your waiver-wire speed dial--especially in TE-premium leagues.

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  49ers | Niners pleased with Jeff Driskel    Tue Jun 7, 10:11 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jeff Driskel is making the coaching staff very happy in the early days of practice. Quarterbacks coach Ryan Day likes what he sees from Driskel so far. 'He's dynamic with his feet, for sure. He can make a lot of the throws, too. There are a few things that we're working on technically in terms of throwing the football. But he's got a great skillset we look forward to develop,' Day said.

Footballguys view: We'll be watching Driskel closely in deep dynasty leagues. He was supposed to be the next great Gators QB at Florida, but he ended up playing his best football after he transferred to Louisiana Tech. Driskel is athletic and can keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. He has a strong arm and can fit the ball into tight windows. The 49ers QB situation isn't chock full of great talent with Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick at the top of the depth chart. Driskel is worth keeping an eye on.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick to do individual drills    Tue Jun 7, 01:45 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) isn't cleared to take part in the minicamp, but head coach Chip Kelly said that Kaepernick will do individual drills on the side.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick is recovering from three offseason surgeries, and he has to be falling behind in this QB competition with Blaine Gabbert. If he continues to miss valuable team practice time, then Gabbert may win the starting job for Week 1. If that happens, we're not expecting Gabbert to stay in that spot if (when?) he struggles.

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  49ers | Niners QBs similar says Chip Kelly    Mon Jun 6, 01:53 PM

San Francisco 49ers QBs Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are on similar ground, according to head coach Chip Kelly. 'I think they're similar,' Kelly told KGMZ-FM. 'They have a similar skill set. They're both 6-foot-4-plus. They both can really run, which will help keep plays alive. Obviously we're not a quarterback-run offense, but if the quarterback can run, you can use a little of that to your advantage. And they both have extremely strong arms. So, from a skill set standpoint, the two of them are kind of cut out of the same mold.'

Footballguys view: They're similar because they've both struggled in the pros too. Gabbert is the frontrunner at this time as Kaepernick recovers from three offseason surgeries. We're not excited by most of this 49ers offense, and neither QB makes for an enticing fantasy option.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick out for minicamp    Mon Jun 6, 10:54 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) won't be cleared for minicamp this week, but the team is hoping he receives clearance closer to training camp.

Footballguys view: He's recovering from three offseason surgeries and is falling behind in the QB competition with Blaine Gabbert. On paper, we like his fit in the Chip Kelly offense but we are extremely cautious when considering Kaepernick's fantasy prospects this season--if he wins the starting job.

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  49ers | Bruce Miller playing some receiver    Sun Jun 5, 11:51 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Bruce Miller has been lining up at tight end and receiver at times, head coach Chip Kelly said. Miller said he has lost some weight for his new role and has been studying Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten to improve his route running.

Footballguys view: There are very few things about this Kelly/49ers marriage that get us excited for fantasy owners. Miller playing TE or WR certainly doesn't get the juices flowing either.

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Bruce Miller player page


  49ers | Jimmie Ward to work at cornerback    Fri Jun 3, 10:10 PM

San Francisco 49ers SS Jimmie Ward is considered one of the top 11 best players by defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil, and the team feels Ward's best way to get onto the field as an every-down player is at cornerback.

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  49ers | Jaquiski Tartt competing for job    Fri Jun 3, 10:10 PM

San Francisco 49ers SS Jaquiski Tartt started eight games as a rookie last season once SS Antoine Bethea (pectoral) went down to a season-ending injury. Now, the two are competing for a starting job in organized team activities (OTAs), with the competition likely to spill over to training camp and the preseason.

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  49ers | Antoine Bethea back to health    Fri Jun 3, 10:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers SS Antoine Bethea (pectoral) is healthy and appears ready to pick up where he left off before suffering a season-ending torn pectoral muscle last season. He is trying to hold off SS Jaquiski Tartt for the starting strong safety job.

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  49ers | Josh Garnett could join team soon    Fri Jun 3, 10:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Josh Garnett has yet to step on the practice field with the rest of the team, as Stanford is on the quarters system and NFL rules prohibit an undergraduate rookie from joining the team until after his college has held final examinations. He can join the team after his last exam, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8.

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  49ers | Daniel Kilgore works with first team    Fri Jun 3, 10:05 PM

San Francisco 49ers C Daniel Kilgore started the final three games last season at center, and he has been a fixture with the first-team offense during the offseason program.

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  49ers | Zane Beadles has big shoes to fill    Fri Jun 3, 10:05 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Zane Beadles has been building good chemistry with OT Joe Staley on the left side in the offseason program. He is working at left guard trying to fill the spot of the departed OG Alex Boone, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason.

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  49ers | Joe Staley could work at left tackle    Fri Jun 3, 10:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Joe Staley might be used on the left side at tackle this season. 'There's a pretty good chance Joe is going to be out at left tackle,' offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said. 'But other than that, everything else is kind of, 'Let's see'.' He has been building good chemistry with OG Zane Beadles, the left guard.

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  49ers | San Fran's starting receivers    Fri Jun 3, 11:48 AM

San Francisco 49ers WRs Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington would be the team's starting receivers if the season started today. Patton struggled with some dropped passes during practice Thursday, June 2.

Footballguys view: We're shocked by Patton's drops (sarcasm). This isn't an exciting trio for the 49ers, and fantasy owners should have much better options out there. Smith is the highest-rated fantasy WR out of the three, and he has a current ADP of WR56 (13.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | Several injured defenders    Fri Jun 3, 11:45 AM

San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks (undisclosed) and DEs Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey (knee) remain out of organized team activities. Brooks is dealing with a minor injury and is working out on a side field.

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  49ers | Quinton Patton in line to start    Thu Jun 2, 09:20 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton has been working as a starter across from WR Torrey Smith during OTAs.

Footballguys view: Patton has also been dropping too many passes (like he always does) according to camp reports.

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  49ers | Bruce Ellington starting in the slot    Thu Jun 2, 09:11 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington has been working as the starting slot receiver during OTAs.

Footballguys view: Ellington has the ability to be a "speed slot" for the 49ers. We're not over the moon about the Chip Kelly offense ran by Blaine Gabbert, but we will be monitoring this situation closely to see if any fantasy value can be mined from within.

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  49ers | No timetable for Colin Kaepernick    Thu Jun 2, 05:49 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) does not have a timetable for when he will be cleared for football activities, according to offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins. Modkins said it's important that Kaepernick is cleared when he's healthy.

Footballguys view: It's allegedly an open competition so missing time will put Kaepernick behind Blaine Gabbert. However, this offense is a bit of a mess so we'd avoid any quarterback here until we see Chip Kelly's system actually work for the 49ers.

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  49ers | James Jones likes San Francisco     Wed Jun 1, 05:47 PM

Free-agent WR James Jones (Packers) said he would love to play for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Jones, who played for San Jose State in college, would like to remain in the Bay Area. While his preference is to stay in the Bay Area, Jones added that he's just ready to play and will play wherever.

Footballguys view: The 49ers have a big need at #2 wide receiver. They could still bring back Anquan Boldin or look for a winner among the current lackluster wide receiver depth chart. The eventual #2 receiver is unlikely to have fantasy relevance, but they could hurt #1 wide receiver Torrey Smith's upside.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick still not ready    Wed Jun 1, 08:40 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, knee, thumb) has still not been cleared to participate in practice but he has reported for every organized team activity this offseason. Kaepernick has been taking mental reps during practice. He is scheduled to receive a $400,000 bonus if he participates in at least 90% of the offseason workouts. Kaepernick may not receive clearance for full participation for the mandatory minicamp in a few weeks.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick is recovering from three surgeries this offseason, and it's no surprise that he's still not ready. This recovery time has given Blaine Gabbert a headstart in the competition to be the team's starting QB. We'll see if Kaepernick can make up ground quickly and win the job when he's finally healthy later this year.

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  49ers | Bruce Ellington could thrive in slot    Mon May 30, 06:27 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington will have a chance to play in the slot in 2016, and Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews caught 16 touchdowns working mainly from the slot in the two seasons with Chip Kelly as his head coach.

Footballguys view: We should see Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton on the outside for the 49ers. Ellington is more of a "speed slot" receiver who can get by the defense in a hurry. With only 19 catches in two seasons as a pro, it's not a stretch to think that Ellington could post career-best numbers in 2016--but he's only fantasy relevant in deep dynasty leagues at this time.

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Jordan Matthews player page


  49ers | DeAndre Smelter not limited    Wed May 18, 06:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR DeAndre Smelter (knee) has been practicing without restrictions this offseason.

Footballguys view: Good news as Smelter is coming off a December ACL tear. Smelter is a big-bodied receiver with good physicality who will give the Niners quarterback - whoever it ends up being - a big target to throw to on shorter routes.

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  49ers | Anquan Boldin not contacted by 49ers    Wed May 18, 06:17 PM

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) has not been contacted by head coach Chip Kelly since early February.

Footballguys view: The Niners could use a veteran presence but Boldin is past his prime and may not hold up well in the high-tempo offense Kelly wants to run. He still might land elsewhere though.

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  49ers | New duties for Bruce Miller    Tue May 17, 08:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers FB Bruce Miller has switched exclusively to tight end this offseason after running backs coach Tom Rathman informed Miller that he longer had room for another back.

Footballguys view: There's not really a place for a fullback in Chip Kelly's offense. We'll see how Miller makes the transition to the TE position. As a tight end, Miller will compete with guys like Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell (a deep dynasty favorite of ours).

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick not falling behind    Tue May 17, 03:35 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) is not falling behind QB Blaine Gabbert despite still rehabilitating his injuries, according to head coach Chip Kelly. '[Kaepernick] has a great grasp of what we're doing,' Kelly said. 'I'm really impressed by both [Gabbert] and him and their intelligence and being able to pick up what we're trying to do.'

Footballguys view: We're not so sure about that. The Kelly offense isn't overly complex, but getting into a rhythm within the system is a must...and Kaepernick isn't healthy enough to do that just yet. We see Gabbert as the uninspiring front-runner in this competition. Kelly said he hasn't set a timetable for when the starter will be announced.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick working hard    Tue May 17, 01:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) has made a good first impression with his work ethic to the new coaching staff, despite asking for a trade earlier in the offseason. He could wind up starting in Week 1. 'Works his butt off in rehab, great with the coaches, learning the offense quickly, I like him a lot,' one coach said.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick is recovering from three offseason surgeries, and he's lost some weight in the process. He needs to bulk back up and win the starting job in the new Chip Kelly system. His main competition is veteran Blaine Gabbert. Like Kaepernick, Gabbert has the athleticism to fit in the Kelly offense but he needs to improve his play under pressure. No matter how this shakes out, the 49ers have one of the worst QB situations in the league.

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  49ers | Chip Kelly impressed with Blaine Gabbert    Mon May 16, 01:38 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has impressed new head coach Chip Kelly with his athleticism in offseason workouts. 'He's extremely athletic,' Kelly began. 'It's interesting, the three of them, if you look at Driskel, Blaine and Kap, they're all 6-4 plus, and all can run. All of them are at 4.6 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) or under 4.6, which is kind of rare to have three guys that can do the same thing. It's beneficial to you.'

Footballguys view: Weep for the 49ers football fans. A rich history at QB which includes all-time greats like Joe Montana and Steve Young is now entrusted to....Blaine Gabbert. Perhaps Gabbert can fit in the Kelly system, but we are doubtful about his ability to be a quality starter. When healthy, Colin Kaepernick will be able to push Gabbert for the starting job.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde praised by head coach    Mon May 16, 01:36 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde was praised by new head coach Chip Kelly recently. 'Carlos is a stud. He's been full-go since we started in the beginning of April,' Kelly said. 'Participated in everything. And he's as advertised. To have someone that size that is that agile, has that vision, it's really impressive to see him work every day. There have been no restrictions on him at all. He's full clear, 100 percent, and he's going. He's really good, we're really excited about him.'

Footballguys view: Hyde is a one-cut back who should work nicely in the inside-zone, outside-zone option offense that Kelly implements. From a fantasy perspective, we see Hyde as a low-end RB2. His current ADP is RB18 (4.07) in 12-team PPR/flex leagues.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick to compete when healthy    Sat May 14, 08:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) will compete with QB Blaine Gabbert for the starting quarterback job once training camp begins and Kaepernick is closer to full strength, head coach Chip Kelly said.

Footballguys view: Gabbert has a good head start on Kaepernick, and it may be difficult for him to catch up. Not only does Kaepernick have to get healthy after three offseason surgeries, he also needs to put more weight on. Recent pictures of Kaeperncik show that he's really thin right now compared to his previous physique. Add in the fact that some think Kaepernick doesn't want to be there and we think this is looking more and more like Gabbert's job.

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  49ers | Anquan Boldin still an option for 49ers    Fri May 13, 06:01 PM

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) is still an option for the San Francisco 49ers, but the team likes their younger receivers, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

Footballguys view: Boldin may have to wait until we get closer to training camp to find a new home. The veteran should be able to latch on with some team later in the year.

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  49ers | San Francisco not ready to name QB    Fri May 13, 04:39 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) and QB Blaine Gabbert are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during training camp, and head coach Chip Kelly said he has no idea who the starting quarterback will be in 2016.

Footballguys view: Gabbert has to be considered the frontrunner as of right now. Kaepernick is recovering from three surgeries, and he may not be near full strength until training camp. There's also the question of whether or not Kaepernick even wants to be in San Francisco after nearly getting traded to the Broncos earlier this year.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick not cleared yet    Fri May 13, 04:17 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) has not been cleared to fully participate in offseason workouts at this point but may be able to participate during the mandatory minicamp in June.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick is recovering from three surgeries, and he may not be at full strength until training camp hits. Some thought he would get traded before the draft, but now it looks like he's going to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job with the 49ers.

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