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  49ers | Offense going to be faster    Sat Jun 27, 04:46 PM

Joe Fann, from 49ers.com, notes the 49ers offense is going to use a faster tempo in 2015. "It's definitely a fast tempo. We're trying to get a lot faster than last year as far as getting to the line. ... As far as the system, it's very similar to what we've run in past years. Some of the terminology is a bit different but there's still familiarity with past years." - wide receiver Anquan Boldin on the 49ers new-look, uptempo offense.

Footballguys view: The 49ers played 1009 snaps last year, a mark that ranked 20th in the NFL in 2014. The league average last year was 1,024, and the league high was 1,127 snaps by (not surprisingly) the Philadelphia Eagles. We have serious questions about the 49ers this year...on both sides of the ball. We'll see if QB Colin Kaepernick can perform better as a passer in 2015. His play will feed the energy for the rest of the offense.

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Anquan Boldin player page
Colin Kaepernick player page


  49ers | Carlos Hyde sheds weight    Thu Jun 25, 02:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has shed about 10 pounds from last year's playing weight, which should add to his deceptively light feet and cutting ability. The team is installing zone-blocking concepts, which worked well for Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris when offensive line coach Chris Foerster was in Washington.

Footballguys view: Getting rid of bad weight is good for Hyde. He's a powerful runner who can be tough to bring down with a head of steam. We'll see if he works well in the zone-blocking scheme which requires RBs to be decisive with the rock. He's got a current ADP of RB22 (4.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | Quinton Patton will have opportunity    Sat Jun 20, 01:32 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton has been flashy this offseason and will have a real opportunity to prove himself this year, according to wide receivers coach Ronald Curry.

Footballguys view: He's had a disappointing career up to this point with only six catches in two years. Patton had been buried on the depth chart and has only appeared in 10 games. He's a fine route-runner with the ability to gain separation after the break. Patton will compete with Bruce Ellington and Jerome Simpson for the team's WR3 job.

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  49ers | Jarryd Hayne had surgery    Fri Jun 19, 07:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne (foot) recently underwent minor surgery on his left foot to remove a cyst. Hayne said his foot would remain bandaged for 12 days.

Footballguys view: Hayne is the Australian rugby star who is trying to make it in the NFL. He's been criticized on offense as he doesn't run with proper pad level. If Hayne wants to make the team, he'll have to do it with his special teams ability.

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  49ers | Darius Davis waived    Tue Jun 16, 05:01 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Darius Davis was waived Tuesday, June 16.

Footballguys view: Davis was added as an undrafted free agent earlier this year. The Henderson State product might have a difficult time latching on with another team. He's got good run-after-the-catch ability and is tough to bring down with the ball in his hands. His speed, quickness and route-running ability need a lot of work if he's going to stick i the pros.

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  49ers | Sign three players    Tue Jun 16, 02:51 PM

Undrafted free-agents WR Mario Hull (Rice) and PK Corey Acosta (Southern Mississippi) and free-agent C Ben Gottschalk (Buccaneers) signed undisclosed deals with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, June 16.

Footballguys view: Hull is the guy to watch here in super deep dynasty leagues. He was undrafted out of Rice, but his career seems to be trending in the right direction. In 2014, Hull set career highs in 32 catches for 621 yards and eight touchdowns.

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  49ers | Jimmie Ward expects to be ready    Sun Jun 14, 09:50 AM

San Francisco 49ers SS Jimmie Ward (foot) said he should be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Ward has missed all of OTAs recovering from foot surgery. A first-round pick in 2014, Ward has upside but he's got to stay healthy. He showed improvement as the season went on last year before this foot surgery knocked him out in Week 10. We'll see if he can get healthy and start to build on the experience he gained last year.

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  49ers | Darnell Dockett to be ready for opener    Tue Jun 9, 03:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers DT Darnell Dockett (knee) said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery and will be ready for the regular season opener. Dockett is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Dockett could be a nice starter for the 49ers defense if healthy. He continues to recover in mandatory minicamp and may even begin training camp on the PUP list.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde returns     Sat Jun 6, 02:25 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (leg) returned to organized team activities Friday, June 5, after nursing a minor leg injury.

Footballguys view: Hyde is going to be the lead back for the 49ers this year as they move forward in a new era. The team should be run-heavy on offense to keep things simpler for Colin Kaepernick and the passing game. Hyde is going to be a focal point of the offense. His ADP of RB17 (4.02) in 12-team PPR leagues sounds a bit too high (we like him around RB20) given the uncertain nature of the 49ers.

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  49ers | Andy Lee traded    Sat Jun 6, 01:26 PM

San Francisco 49ers P Andy Lee was traded to the Cleveland Browns Saturday, June 6, in exchange for a 2017 seventh-round draft pick, according to sources.

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  49ers | Anthony Davis retires    Fri Jun 5, 05:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis announced his retirement from professional football Friday, June 5.

Footballguys view: Another unexpected retirement for the 49ers here. Davis saw his 2014 season cut short by injury, and he only played in seven games. A first-round pick in 2010, Davis still had five years remaining on his contract. Part of his $7.5 million signing bonus may be asked to be returned. Davis is going to take 2015 (and perhaps longer) away from football, but there's a chance he could one day return.

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  49ers | Kendall Hunter looking good     Thu Jun 4, 02:29 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) has looked good during organized team activities, but the team has limited his reps during practice, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. 'I think we all have strong feelings for Kendall. He is, you see him out there moving. He's moving around great. But we definitely have a rep count on him. There's a rep count on all of those guys. You've got to keep him corralled. But he's moving around really quick,' Tomsula said.

Footballguys view: Hunter's knee seems to be in great shape, which is important as he is one of several backs who could take over the heavy lifting left behind by Frank Gore. Carlos Hyde looks like he will get first crack at the role, and is currently at an ADP of 4.01, with Reggie Bush behind him with an ADP of 8.07. Hunter could crack the rotation if he's healthy though, and is worth a late-round flier at this point.

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  49ers | Reggie Bush likes the offense    Sun May 31, 11:22 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush said he has been used in a variety of ways on offense, and he added that he likes what he has seen out of offensive coordinator Geep Chryst.

Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see how the 49ers look this season after a somewhat tumultuous offseason. Bush is going to play as a change-of-pace back behind Carlos Hyde now that Frank Gore is with the Colts. Hyde will be the banger between the tackles, while Bush is going to be the back used in space. We could see the 49ers also put him in the slot as a receiver from time to time. Bush has a current ADP of RB39 (8.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | Tramaine Brock limited    Sun May 31, 09:46 AM

San Francisco 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring) has been limited during organized team activities because of what is believed to be a hamstring injury. Brock is expected to be one of the starting cornerbacks this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not given enough time to heal. The 49ers will be careful with him as he works back from this injury.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman taking part in OTAs    Sat May 30, 10:19 AM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has been participating in organized team activities but said his knee does not feel like it did before the injury at this point. Bowman has been wearing a brace on his knee but said it limits his quickness and mobility.

Footballguys view: Bowman has no doubt he will return to his pre-injury form, and he acknowledged that the mental side of his rehab has been as tough as the physical side. We'll see if can be a much-needed impact player for the 49ers this season.

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  49ers | Quinton Patton primed for breakout year?    Tue May 26, 06:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton is feeling much better this offseason than he has in previous seasons, largely because of working out with QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason. 'It's benefitted me knowing we're throwing the ball together and he's telling me what he's seeing and I'm telling him what I'm seeing, and just knowing where to be and when I need to be there,' Patton said.

Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick in 2013, we've been waiting for Patton to do something of note on the football field. He's got six catches for 78 yards with one fumble lost as a pro. Patton is going to compete with Jerome Simpson and Bruce Ellington for the 49ers WR3 job. Unless Kaepernick takes huge strides as a passer, we can't see Patton having much fantasy value--even if he wins the WR3 spot.

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Quinton Patton player page


  49ers | Big role for Torrey Smith?    Sat May 23, 10:56 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith was a featured part of the offense during practice Thursday, May 21, connecting with QB Colin Kaepernick on several plays and catching a touchdown from QB Blaine Gabbert in the red zone.

Footballguys view: The 49ers made the move to add Smith so they could upgrade the receiver position. Smith has the speed to stretch the field, and he can still get on top of a defense in a hurry. We'll see if he can establish chemistry with Colin Kaepernick this offseason, training camp and preseason. Right now, fantasy owners look at Smith as a low-end WR3 (WR37, 8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Colin Kaepernick player page
Torrey Smith player page


  49ers | Vernon Davis ready to rebound?    Sat May 23, 10:45 PM

San Fancisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis caught a pair of red-zone touchdowns from QB Colin Kaepernick during practice Thursday, May 21, and he added a 25-yard reception on a deep crossing route.

Footballguys view: The pair of touchdowns matches what Davis was able to put up all of last year. In the final year of his contract, Davis needs to get things back on track after a disappointing 2014. Fantasy owners who selected Davis last year were certainly expecting more than 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns. We'll see if Davis can get back to his TE1 status, but right now Davis is being drafted as a low-end TE2 (TE18, 13.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Colin Kaepernick player page


  49ers | Colin Kaepernick looking good    Sat May 23, 10:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was accurate on his throws with his new throwing motion in practice Thursday, May 21. His passes still had their usual zip, and he was able to remain accurate while throwing on the run when plays broke down.

Footballguys view: Kaepernick needs to play better as a passer if he wants to continue developing as a pro quarterback. When pressured in 2014, Kaepernick only completed 43.4 percent of his passes. For the season, Kaepernick ranked 24th in the league with a completion percentage of 60.5 percent. Accuracy is a huge problem for him.

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  49ers | Dres Anderson recovering nicely    Sat May 23, 01:26 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Dres Anderson (knee) is not wearing a knee brace for his surgically repaired knee. Anderson was a full participant in organized team activities Thursday, May 21.

Footballguys view: Anderson is an interesting player to watch in super deep dynasty leagues. He has a good second gear to create separation on downfield routes. Anderson plays bigger than his size because of his ability to high-point passes and play "above the rim" on jump passes. He originally hurt his knee last October, so it's a good sign that he's fully participating and working without a brace.

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  49ers | Kendall Hunter moving well    Thu May 21, 11:43 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) made several quick bursts during practice Thursday, May 21.

Footballguys view: Hunter is on the roster bubble this year, and he needs to prove he can stay healthy if he wants to stay with the 49ers. He's a talented back, and we feel Hunter could be a nice change-of-pace back. However, the 49ers went out and added Reggie Bush this offseason to play that role behind starter Carlos Hyde. Hunter's best bet is to make the roster as a reserve player and wait for his opportunity.

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  49ers | Reggie Bush wants to return punts    Thu May 21, 07:29 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush has expressed his desire to the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff to return punts this season. 'I told the coaches I wanted to return punts again. And they were excited about it,' Bush said. 'We're still working at it, still chipping away. And we're looking forward to being and all-around great special teams.'

Footballguys view: Bush will be playing a part-time role behind starter Carlos Hyde, so there's no great concern about wearing him down. He's quick and dangerous in the open field, and Bush can provide the 49ers special teams with some punch as a return man. In return-yardage leagues this could bump his current ADP of RB43 (9.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman had scheduled day off    Thu May 21, 07:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman didn't practice Thursday, May 21, as he had a scheduled day off. Bowman is still working his way back from last season's knee injury.

Footballguys view: We'll see Bowman with more of these days off in the future. The team doesn't need to rush him back at the cost of re-aggravating his injury.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde nursing injury    Thu May 21, 07:00 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (leg) is nursing a leg injury and did not practice Thursday, May 21. A timetable for his return was not disclosed.

Footballguys view: There's no word about what specifically this mysterious leg injury is. We'll know more if Hyde continues to miss time as offseason workouts continue. With Frank Gore moving on to the Colts, Hyde is set to be the bellcow back for the 49ers in 2015.

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Carlos Hyde player page


  49ers | Arik Armstead signs deal    Fri May 15, 07:52 PM

San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead signed a four-year deal with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Armstead is considered to have as high, if not a higher ceiling than #6 overall pick Leonard Williams, but he also showed inconsistency in effort and effecitiveness at Oregon. He's more of a project than a typical first-round pick.

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  49ers | No plans to sign Lance Briggs    Fri May 15, 07:19 PM

Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, but the 49ers have no immediate plans to sign the veteran with LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) looking great in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman looking great    Fri May 15, 07:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has made a strong return to the practice field in early workouts after missing all of last year with a knee injury. Bowman has been able to take part in all workouts from the team's first offseason practice. 'Bowman's looking great,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'Bow looks great. I'd say we're more treating Bow like a vet than we're treating Bow like a post-injury guy right now.' Bowman and LB Michael Wilhoite are projected to be the starting inside linebackers.

Footballguys view: Bowman is one of the last holdovers from the defense that went to the Super Bowl, and the 49ers are going to need him to play like his old self to avoid the cellar in the NFC West. He's a boom/bust IDP LB right now in both redraft and dynasty, but lots of tackle opportunity should be there.

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Navorro Bowman player page
Michael Wilhoite player page


  49ers | Torrey Smith should free up Vernon Davis    Thu May 14, 08:17 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith's arrival should free up TE Vernon Davis to stretch the field, according to general manager Trent Baalke. 'The one thing that really shows up is the way the field's opened up more with the speed or Torrey being able to stretch the outside,' Baalke said. 'And it really helps Vernon's game because now Vernon's game is (to) stretch the field a little bit, as well.'

Footballguys view: The team needs to get Davis back on track after a hugely disappointing 2014 season where he only caught 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Smith has the speed to stretch the field and open up routes underneath. We'll see if his presence can help spring Davis free.

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Torrey Smith player page


  49ers | Carlos Hyde expected to start    Thu May 14, 01:49 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is the expected starter heading into the regular season while RBs Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter and rookie Mike Davis all compete for touches as well.

Footballguys view: This is what fantasy owners have been expecting. With Frank Gore (Colts) gone, Hyde gets to take over as the lead back. Bush should be the primary change-of-pace player behind him on the depth chart. We like the upside of rookie Mike Davis in dynasty leagues, but his impact may be minimal this year. Hyde has a current ADP of RB17 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Reggie Bush player page
Kendall Hunter player page
Carlos Hyde player page


  49ers | Colin Kaepernick helped by Reggie Bush    Wed May 13, 04:25 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush has been an asset to QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason, according to general manager Trent Baalke. Baalke said Bush and Kaepernick have developed a rapport and that Bush's downfield speed gives Kaepernick more room to work with.

Footballguys view: The 49ers need as many weapons around Kaepernick as they can possibly get. Bush will play as a change-of-pace back behind Carlos Hyde this season. Hyde is going off the board at RB17 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues while Bush's ADP is at RB43 (9.08).

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Reggie Bush player page
Colin Kaepernick player page


  49ers | DeAndre Smelter agrees to terms    Mon May 11, 10:27 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed WR DeAndre Smelter to a contract Monday, May 11. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Smelter was a fourth-round pick by the 49ers in the 2015 NFL draft. He's a big, physical wide receiver who plays with a high football intelligence. Smelter suffered an ACL injury late last year, and his playing status for 2015 is up in the air. He's a developmental prospect worth keeping an eye on in dynasty leagues.

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  49ers | Mike Davis signs on dotted line    Mon May 11, 10:25 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed RB Mike Davis to a contract Monday, May 11. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: We like Davis and his natural skill set for running the rock. He's got some power to his game, and Davis is tough to bring down with his low center of gravity. Davis fell to the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft as he was coming off a down season. In 2013, Davis looked much better. Conditioning and motivation seemed to be problems for him last season.

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  49ers | Blake Bell signs rookie deal    Mon May 11, 10:25 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed TE Blake Bell to a contract Monday, May 11. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: This wasn't a great class of tight ends, but we love Bell's upside. At 6'6" 260 pounds, Bell can fly down the field and create mismatches against linebackers or safeties. Bell only played tight end one season for the Sooners, and he's still somewhat raw at the position. If he can develop, Bell has high upside and potential.

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  49ers | SF interested in Lance Briggs    Mon May 11, 10:16 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are interested in free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears), a source said Monday, May 11. Any player signed after May 12 does not count against the NFL's formula for awarding compensatory picks.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are in need of linebacker help in any way possible. NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite should be the 49ers' starting inside linebackers this season. They didn't select a linebacker in the draft, but they did add Nick Bellore and Philip Wheeler in free agency.

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  49ers | Eight sign with Niners    Mon May 4, 11:16 AM

South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson, Utah WR Dres Anderson, Duke WR Issac Blakeney, Henderson State WR Darius Davis, Washington WR DiAndre Campbell, Alabama WR DeAndrew White, Michigan State LB Marcus Rush and Auburn OT Patrick Miller to undrafted free-agent contracts Sunday, May 3.

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  49ers | Mike Davis selected    Sat May 2, 01:19 PM

South Carolina RB Mike Davis was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 126th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: With Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter around already, this was a luxury pick but a nice one. Davis does a lot of things well, but didn't look as good in 2014 as he did in 2013. There isn't much room for him in San Francisco though, so even long term his fantasy value is negligible.


  49ers | Arik Armstead selected 17th overall    Thu Apr 30, 10:00 PM

Oregon DE Arik Armstead was selected 17th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: The Niners have lost a lot of guys defensively this offseason, so Armstead makes all the sense in the world. A former basketball player, Armstead is a little raw, but once he gets his feet wet, he should be a solid pass rushing force.


  49ers | Three players let go    Thu Apr 30, 03:22 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Trindon Holliday was released Thursday, April 30, while OG Fou Fonoti and WR Lance Lewis were waived.

Footballguys view: Just clearing space for rookies and undrafted free agents. Holliday made a few splashes, but overall isn't worth them hanging onto him.

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Lance Lewis player page


  49ers | Philip Wheeler signed    Thu Apr 30, 03:15 PM

Free-agent LB Philip Wheeler (Dolphins) signed with the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, April 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Just a depth addition for a front seven which took a few hits this off season.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman back at practice    Wed Apr 29, 04:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) participated in voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 28. It was Bowman's first practice since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the 2014 NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Bowman's injury has been one that forces us to ask if he'll ever be the same. The retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland have been devastating for a 49ers LB corps that needs a healthy Bowman.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde in shape    Mon Apr 20, 04:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has reportedly dropped his weight near 220 pounds. It's the lightest he's been since his days at Ohio State University.

Footballguys view: With Frank Gore playing for the Colts this year, Hyde is going to be the lead back for the 49ers. He could be the centerpiece of their offense as QB Colin Kaepernick continues to develop as a passer. Fantasy owners should consider Hyde a low-end RB2 with upside. We'll see free agent addition Reggie Bush chip in as a runner and receiver out of the backfield in 2015.

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  49ers | Working on new deal with Michael Wilhoite    Fri Apr 17, 04:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers exclusive rights free-agent LB Michael Wilhoite is working with the team on a new contract, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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  49ers | Dorial Green-Beckham meets with SF    Fri Apr 17, 04:29 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham recently met with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The 49ers need help at wide receiver, and Green-Beckham is a top-10 talent who could be available later in the draft because of off-field concerns. Green-Beckham is big, fast and physical at the point of the catch. Think of him in the same way you do Josh Gordon (Browns) both on and off the field.

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  49ers | Devin Funchess to visit    Wed Apr 15, 07:18 AM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess will visit the San Francisco 49ers in the coming days.

Footballguys view: Funchess could be a wide receiver or tight end in the pros. He's a big target who can catch passes at the highest point, and Funchess can use his frame to box out smaller defenders. Catching the ball is sometimes a problem as Funchess has had 20 drops over the last three seasons. With his raw skill set, we could see Funchess come off the board in the third round of the draft.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde to receive more time    Mon Apr 13, 06:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde likely will see a lot more playing time next season, according to QB Colin Kaepernick.

Footballguys view: Hyde is going to be the lead back with Frank Gore moving on to the Colts this offseason. Behind him, we'll see Reggie Bush as the primary backup. The 49ers are going to need Hyde to prove that he can grind down the defense and keep opponents honest to help open things up for their struggling passing game.

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Carlos Hyde player page


  49ers | Kendall Hunter taking part in workouts    Sun Apr 12, 10:01 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) has been participating in some drills with his teammates during offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: If healthy (a problem for Hunter during his pro career), Hunter will compete for the team's primary backup behind Carlos Hyde with veteran Reggie Bush. Hunter can be a good change-of-pace running back because of his speed and quickness, but staying durable has certainly been problematic. Don't be shocked to see the 49ers add another back via the 2015 NFL draft because of need and because this is a really strong group of backs.

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  49ers | Jalen Collins to visit    Sat Apr 11, 10:07 AM

Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers next week.

Footballguys view: Collins has the upside to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. He's got ideal height, weight, speed but his technique needs work after only 10 games started during his collegiate career.

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  49ers | Vernon Davis at workouts    Sat Apr 11, 07:28 AM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is attending voluntary workouts this season after skipping them the year before, saying 'I'm here this year because I want to get better.'

Footballguys view: Davis needs to get better after an atrocious 2014 season that saw him gather in only 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He's in the final year of his contract and has a $6.9 million cap number in 2015.

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  49ers | Will meet with Devin Smith    Sat Apr 11, 07:22 AM

Ohio State WR Devin X. Smith has a visit lined up next week with the San Francisco 49ers.

Footballguys view: Smith was held back in his college career by Braxton Miller's inability to throw the rock. However, when Cardale Jones took over as the starter last season we saw Smith break out. He's a burner who can take the top off the defense in the blink of an eye. He should be a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  49ers | Teammate impressed with Colin Kaepernick    Fri Apr 10, 04:34 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been impressive this offseason and looks like a different quarterback, according to TE Vernon Davis.

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