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  49ers | George Kittle poised to produce?    Sun Jul 15, 11:14 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle should have 'no shortage of opportunities' in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, and Wagoner believes Kittle will benefit from having QB Jimmy Garoppolo throwing him the ball for the entire season.

Footballguys view: A hot sleeper in fantasy circles is Kittle entering the 2018 season, and he's currently going off the board at TE11 (10.03) in 12-team PPR leagues. Kittle snared 43 passes last year as a rookie, and projecting him for around 45 catches in 2018 is fair. The no.20 fantasy tight end (standard-scoring leagues) last year, Kittle will have to score more touchdowns than he did in 2017 (2) if he wants to be more than a TE2 for fantasy owners.

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  49ers | Dante Pettis the No. 3 WR?    Sat Jul 14, 12:16 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis could 'make an impact quicker than most expect,' according to Nick Shook of NFL.com, and Shook believes Pettis could beat out WR Aldrick Robinson for the No. 3 receiver job.

Footballguys view: The team drafted him because he is versatile enough to line up at every receiving position. There's a lot of opportunity there for him to be on the field. Right now his ADP is 222nd overall and the 72nd receiver coming off the board, but we think there's a chance he can outproduce that, which might make him a value.

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  49ers | Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas to change positions    Sat Jul 7, 11:28 AM

San Francisco 49ers DEs Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas will switch positions, with Thomas moving to the 'Leo' end spot reserved for the team's best outside pass rusher in their 4-3 defensive scheme. However, both Armstead and Thomas could shift inside at times to join DT DeForest Buckner on sub-packages.

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  49ers | Reuben Foster suspended    Tue Jul 3, 03:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster has been suspended for the first two games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct and substance-abuse policies.

Footballguys view: It appeared Foster was facing a much longer suspension, if not a release after a domestic violence incident and drug possession arrest this offseason. The domestic violence charges were recanted, so Foster got a relatively light punishment from the league. He'll miss games against Minnesota and Detroit. Third-round pick Fred Warner is a strong candidate to fill in for Foster.

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  49ers | Jimmie Ward's position uncertain    Wed Jun 27, 02:41 PM

San Francisco 49ers S Jimmie Ward worked at cornerback during offseason workouts, but defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley said the team will use training camp to decide where to use Ward this season.

Footballguys view: Ward has experience at nickel back and safety, but the team wanted to see how he performed at cornerback this offseason. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has previously stated that Ward could be a quality backup at any position in the secondary if he doesn't win a starting job.

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  49ers | Two 49ers CBs working out together    Wed Jun 27, 02:10 PM

San Francisco 49ers CBs Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon are working out together at Stanford as part of an academy that Sherman is holding for some of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib, Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay and Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes are among the players participating in the workouts.

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  49ers | George Kittle added more muscle    Tue Jun 26, 05:57 AM

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle took steps to add more muscle mass during the offseason in hopes that it will prevent some of the injuries that bothered him throughout last season. He's also been practicing catching the ball away from his body during informal throwing sessions with QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard.

Footballguys view: Kittle is an exciting TE2 with upside for fantasy owners in 2018. A fifth-round pick out of Iowa in 2017, Kittle should be a security blanket for QB Jimmy Garropolo.

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  49ers | Kendrick Bourne opened eyes during spring    Mon Jun 25, 10:39 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne may be a potential 'difference maker' after flashing at nearly every practice that was open to the media, according to 49ers.com's Joe Fann.

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  49ers | Fred Warner a leader on defense    Sat Jun 23, 11:25 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Fred Warner has been leading the second-team defense as the mike linebacker during practices, and head coach Kyle Shanahan praised Warner for his decisiveness and confidence.

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  49ers | Jonathan Cooper could start at RG    Fri Jun 22, 09:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Jonathan Cooper is the favorite to start at right guard, in the opinion of Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

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  49ers | Laken Tomlinson, San Fran agree to extension    Fri Jun 22, 02:34 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Laken Tomlinson agreed to a three-year contract extension worth a maximum of $18 million with $10 million in guarantees on Friday, June 22, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Footballguys view: The 49ers had a bit of a jumble at guard this offseason with the addition of Jonathan Cooper and Mike Person. The team is clearly happy with Tomlinson, who is a stronger run blocker than pass blocker and improved with Jimmy Garoppolo. He'll line up at left guard with Cooper, Person, and 2016 first-round pick Joshua Garnett vying to start at right guard.

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  49ers | Pierre Garcon building chemistry with QB    Thu Jun 21, 10:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon has been building chemistry with QB Jimmy Garoppolo, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. 'It's been a good process for them to get here, spend some time together,' Shanahan said.

Footballguys view: Garcon was once a prodigious target hog in a Kyle Shanahan offense, and the 49ers promptly signed Garcon to a long-term deal after Shanahan took over last year. He's a prime candidate to provide value at ADP as long as he's healthy.

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  49ers | Dante Pettis brings versatility    Thu Jun 21, 09:52 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis can be used in 'a bunch of different spots' in the offense, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Footballguys view: Trent Taylor is banged up, so Pettis got some extra time in the slot, and he can spell Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon outside. The growth in the San Francisco offense with a full offseason for Jimmy Garoppolo to prepare should make the threshold for 49ers wide receivers to be fantasy relevant a lot lower than it was in 2017. Pettis is a viable late round target to see how involved he is early in the season.

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  49ers | SF attend Adonis Alexander's workout    Thu Jun 21, 03:07 PM

The San Francisco 49ers were one of 26 teams that attended Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander's Pro Day Thursday, June 21.

Footballguys view: Alexander also has seven workout meetings with NFL teams, as well asa visit scheduled, according to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo. He's got size but is very raw and the reason he's in the supplemental draft is because he was declared academically ineligible for the fall. He has other red flags too. Some team could roll the dice though, and he has intriguing upside.

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  49ers | Raheem Mostert may be in line for No. 3 RB job    Wed Jun 20, 05:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 3 running back job entering training camp because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as his special teams play, in the opinion of the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Purdue a few years ago, Mostert is a preseason All-Pro who has averaged about 2.5 yards per carry on only seven rushes in the regular season. The 49ers have Jerrick McKinnon as their starter with Matt Breida as his likely backup. That leaves Mostert to compete with Joe Williams for the third-string job.

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  49ers | Tarvarus McFadden may be practice squad option    Wed Jun 20, 05:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Tarvarus McFadden likely will be a candidate for the practice squad if he does not make the 53-man roster.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Florida State in 2018, McFadden has the size (6'2" 208 pounds) to play corner or safety. He likes to play with a physical style and can be disruptive on incoming passes at the highest point. McFadden is not a speedy player and takes too many chances for a player who lacks recovery speed.

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  49ers | Cole Hikutini on track to make roster    Wed Jun 20, 05:26 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Cole Hikutini appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 3 tight end job entering training camp and likely will make the roster if he wins the job.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Louisville in 2017, Hikutini can create mismatches as a receiver when matched up against linebackers. He's got the ball tracking ability to attack the seam vertically and measures in at 6'4" 247 pounds with natural hands. Hikutini is not much of a blocker and needs to continue working on his play strength.

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  49ers | Two split time at right guard    Mon Jun 18, 12:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers OGs Josh Garnett and Mike Person split snaps at right guard with the first-team offense during offseason workouts. OG Jonathan Cooper is also expected to compete for the starting job if he is healthy for training camp.

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  49ers | Richard Sherman should be ready for camp    Sun Jun 17, 09:25 AM

San Francisco 49ers CB Richard Sherman (Achilles') is expected to resume taking part in 11-on-11 drills at the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: That was the plan for Sherman and it looks like things are on track. At 30-years old, Sherman has made a quick recovery from the Achilles' injury that knocked him out in Week 10 of 2017. He'll be a key piece for an exciting 49ers team in 2018.

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  49ers | Dekoda Watson has strained calf    Sun Jun 17, 09:05 AM

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Dekoda Watson (calf) sustained a strained calf muscle during practice last week but should be ready for the start of training camp.

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  49ers | Kendrick Bourne could push for expanded role    Fri Jun 15, 12:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne has been one of the most consistent pass-catchers in the offseason program and could potentially push for an expanded role in 2018 behind Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Eastern Washington in 2017, Bourne is a super deep dynasty prospect we're monitoring. He's a possession receiver who can track the ball well on deeper passes if need be. Bourne is an interesting player, but we still love the idea of Dante Pettis (the rookie second-round pick from Washington) emerging as the best young wide receiver in San Francisco.

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  49ers | Marquise Goodwin has back issue    Wed Jun 13, 11:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (back) is not practicing because of a sore back, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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  49ers | Fred Warner signs contract    Wed Jun 13, 03:23 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Fred Warner signed his four-year rookie deal Wednesday, June 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  49ers | Dekoda Watson suffers calf injury    Tue Jun 12, 10:41 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Dekoda Watson (calf) left practice early with a calf injury Tuesday, June 12.

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  49ers | Jimmie Ward nursing ankle injury    Tue Jun 12, 09:00 PM

San Francisco 49ers DB Jimmie Ward (ankle) did not participate in mandatory minicamp due to an ankle injury Tuesday, June 12.

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  49ers | Trent Taylor had surgery    Tue Jun 12, 03:28 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor (back) underwent a minor procedure on his back this offseason.

Footballguys view: A minor back injury is still a bit of a concern as back injuries are tricky to deal with. Taylor is expected to be ready for the beginning of training camp, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. He's competing to be the 49ers no.3 WR behind Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.

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  49ers | Richard Sherman to participate some    Tue Jun 12, 03:22 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Richard Sherman (Achilles') will participate in individual drills during minicamp Tuesday, June 12, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries aren't as severe as they used to be, so Sherman should stay on track in his recovery. The team doesn't need to see much from the veteran at this time of year. They want him ready for the start of the regular season if at all possible.

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  49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo delivering in red zone    Fri Jun 8, 10:51 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw touchdowns on all four of his pass attempts from inside the 9-yard in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, June 5.

Footballguys view: It would be fantastic if he can carry that over to the regular season in 2018. Fantasy owners are excited by what he could do in his first full season as a starter. He's getting selected as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB8) right now in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | Dante Pettis prepping for big role    Thu Jun 7, 10:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is currently learning all three receiver positions and is being taught more than a typical rookie, according to wide receivers coach Mike LaFleur.

Footballguys view: Pettis is more than just a great return man. In college at Washington, Pettis showed great desire on the field and will fight for any pass in his direction. He's a good route runner and knows how to create space after making his break. He's a dynasty prospect we're excited about. In 2018, Pettis should be the fourth receiver on the depth chart behind Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor.

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  49ers | Antone Exum re-signed by 49ers    Wed Jun 6, 01:49 PM

Free-agent CB Antone Exum (49ers) was re-signed to a one-year deal by the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, June 6. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  49ers | J.J. Wilcox backs out of 49ers' deal    Tue Jun 5, 05:08 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent FS J.J. Wilcox (Steelers) chose not to sign a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, June 5, as previously reported. Instead, Wilcox will sign an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets.

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  49ers | J.J. Wilcox signing with Niners    Tue Jun 5, 08:08 AM

Free-agent FS J.J. Wilcox (Steelers) will sign a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, June 5. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  49ers | Trovon Reed waived    Mon Jun 4, 05:15 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Trovon Reed was waived Monday, June 4.

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  49ers | Mike McGlinchey working at RT    Mon Jun 4, 12:56 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Mike McGlinchey has been working at right tackle with the first-team offense during offseason workouts and likely will be starting at the position in Week 1.

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  49ers | Jerick McKinnon suffers minor injury    Fri Jun 1, 07:17 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, May 30, because of an ankle injury.

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  49ers | Back issue for Trent Taylor     Thu May 31, 11:58 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor (back) did not practice Wednesday, May 30, because of a back injury.

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  49ers | Dez Bryant to 49ers unlikely    Tue May 29, 05:13 PM

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is not expected to be pursued by the San Francisco 49ers.

Footballguys view: The 49ers have a strong group of wide receivers, although there are some unproven players on the depth chart. Pierre Garcon is healthy and should be the favorite target of QB Jimmy Garropolo this year. Marquise Goodwin can stretch the field to take the top off the defense while Trent Taylor can work the slot and underneath routes. There's not a lot of room for Bryant in San Francisco. Bryant apparently had interest in joining the 49ers, but the interest is not mutual at this time.

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  49ers | Josh Garnett works with starters    Sat May 26, 02:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Josh Garnett worked at right guard during organized team activities this week because OG Jonathan Cooper (knee) is recovering from offseason surgery. Garnett and Cooper are expected to compete for the starting job during training camp.

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  49ers | Reuben Foster at workouts    Thu May 24, 06:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster reported for organized team activities Thursday, May 24.

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  49ers | Charges against Reuben Foster dropped    Wed May 23, 08:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster had two felony domestic violence charges against him dropped on Wednesday, May 23, for insufficient evidence.

Footballguys view: General manager John Lynch said he is cleared to return to the team as early as Thursday, May 24.

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  49ers | Jerick McKinnon settling in nicely    Tue May 22, 08:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon caught several passes out of the backfield from Jimmy Garoppolo and looked 'very comfortable,' according to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

Footballguys view: McKinnon in a Kyle Shanahan offense could mean great things for fantasy owners. We could see him getting over 1,000 yards on the ground, and it's not outlandish to think he could catch 50-plus catches for the 49ers offense. His current ADP is RB14 (2.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | Eli Harold may start again    Fri May 18, 08:14 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Eli Harold appears to be the leading candidate for the starting strongside linebacker job, in the opinion of the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

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  49ers | Arik Armstead had surgery    Fri May 18, 09:47 AM

San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead (foot) recently had a minor cleanup procedure on his foot, but he'll be fine for most, if not all, of the spring workouts.

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  49ers | Reuben Foster's accuser says she lied    Thu May 17, 07:39 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster's ex-girlfriend told a court on Thursday, May 17, that she lied about an alleged domestic violence incident in order to get Foster in trouble because she was upset with him. Additionally, she also confessed to trying to get domestic violence charges against a different boyfriend in 2011 when he tried to end the relationship.

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  49ers | Richard Sherman to be ready for camp    Thu May 17, 02:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Richard Sherman (Achilles') jogged on to the field Wednesday, May 16, for the first time since rupturing his Achilles' tendon last season.

Footballguys view: Great news for the 49ers here...and something we all were expecting. Sherman said he'll be ready for training camp but will approach the offseason with caution.

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  49ers | Blaine Woodson inks deal with San Fran    Tue May 15, 11:26 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed undrafted free-agent DL Blaine Woodson to an undisclosed contract Tuesday, May 15.

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  49ers | DeAndre Carter waived    Tue May 15, 05:52 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR DeAndre Carter was waived Tuesday, May 15.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015, Carter has bounced around to four different teams and has yet to make a reception in a regular season game. He was signed to a futures contract in early January by the 49ers and is running out of chances to make it in the pros.

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  49ers | San Francisco claims C.J. Goodwin    Tue May 15, 05:04 PM

The San Francisco 49ers claimed CB C.J. Goodwin off waivers from the New York Giants Tuesday, May 15.

Footballguys view: Goodwin transitioned from wide receiver to cornerback during his time with the Falcons...when Kyle Shanahan was there. He's been with three teams already in 2018 (Cardinals, Giants and now 49ers) but might have a chance at making the 53-man roster in San Francisco.

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  49ers | Marcell Harris signed    Mon May 14, 06:10 PM

San Fransisco 49ers S Marcell Harris signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, May 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  49ers | D.J. Reed in the fold in San Fran    Fri May 11, 02:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers fifth-round DB D.J. Reed signed a four-year undisclosed contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, May 11.

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