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|SF - Two to compete for top OLB backup job -|
San Francisco 49ers LBs Parys Haralson and Corey Lemonier are expected to compete to be the primary backup at outside linebacker. Haralson is better suited for the base 3-4 defensive alignment while Lemonier likely will be used in pass-rush situations.
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|SF - Cornellius Carradine expected to be ready for camp -|
San Francisco 49ers DE Cornellius Carradine (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered his last year in college.
Footballguys view: 'Tank' Carradine can be an impact rusher at the next level. He recorded 31 total pressures (hurries & knockdowns) last season, tied with teammate Bjoern Werner (Colts) for the most in the ACC. He is more than just a pass rusher and is known as a strong run defender as well.
|SF - Would like to use rotation at DL -|
The San Francisco 49ers would like to rotate players along the defensive line this season to make sure DEs Justin Smith and Ray McDonald do not wear down during games.
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|SF - Colt McCoy favorite for No. 2 QB job -|
San Francisco 49ers QB Colt McCoy is the clear favorite to win the No. 2 quarterback job during training camp.
Footballguys view: McCoy is not the greatest QB under the sun but should be able to hold off Scott Tolzien and rookie B.J. Daniels for the backup job.
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|SF - A.J. Jenkins looks to have bulked up -|
San Francisco 49ers WR A.J. Jenkins has worked hard in the weight room this offseason and appears to have added more muscle than last season. Jenkins is expected to be one of the candidates for the No. 3 wide receiver job this season.
Footballguys view: Jenkins was a surprise first-round pick last year and failed to record a catch as a rookie. The WR3 job in San Francisco is wide open this year and Jenkins could win that spot if he impresses in training camp. He'll compete with Kyle Williams, Mario Manningham, and rookie Quinton Patton for that spot.
|SF - Talking to Eric Mangini -|
The San Francisco 49ers are talking to former head coach Eric Mangini about a consulting position.
|SF - Team 'big believers' in three headed RBBC -|
Matt Maiocco, from CSNBayArea.com, reports 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke says "I'm a big believer -- we are big believers -- in a three-headed approach" at the RB position.
Footballguys view: Will Frank Gore yield to this approach in 2013? He's still performing at a high level and finished 2012 as the 11th best RB in fantasy football. If healthy, we should see more from Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James this season.
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|SF - Marqueis Gray trying to move to TE -|
San Francisco 49ers TE MarQueis Gray has had difficulties trying to transition from a quarterback in college to a tight end in the NFL. He is trying to learn a new system and a new position but is ready to work on making the transition as smooth as possible.
Footballguys view: Our Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom watched Gray during the week of practice for the Texas Vs The Nation Game earlier this year in Allen, TX. That week was rough for Gray as he had difficulty running routes and catching passes. He's big, athletic, and has the strength to run over people. Gray lacks the natural receiving ability to make an impact as a pass catcher.
|SF - B.J. Daniels worked as returner -|
San Francisco 49ers QB B.J. Daniels worked as a kick and punt returner during practice Friday, May 10. He said he prepared to be a punt returner before the draft and is willing to help out however he can.
Footballguys view: Daniels is a developmental quarterback because of his extreme athletic ability. He's fast and elusive in the open field. Helping out as a return man can only help his chances of latching on with the team.
|SF - Vance McDonald could see significant playing time -|
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald could receive a significant amount of playing time this season as the team's No. 2 tight end.
Footballguys view: The 49ers used multiple tight ends on 57 percent of their plays in 2012, the 2nd-highest rate in the NFL. Former 49ers TE Delanie Walker signed with the Titans in the offseason leaving the door open for McDonald to be a bigger piece of the offense than some think.
|SF - Eric Reid expected to start -|
San Francisco 49ers S Eric Reid is expected to start at one of the team's safety positions this season.
Footballguys view: No surprise here. Reid is an enforcer who loves to make the big hit. He often played as an extra linebacker in the box for the Bayou Bengals. Reid could be asked to play a similar role for the 49ers.
|SF - WR Patton 'nowhere close' to being ready -|
San Francisco 49ers rookie WR Quinton Patton is 'nowhere close' to being ready to contribute in 2013 according to CSN Bay Area. Patton has a lot of work to do as a route runner and has not been able to create the separation needed at the pro level.
Footballguys view: No surprise here. Patton was known for his downfield speed but not for his route running in college. He was hyper productive last year at Louisiana Tech catching 104 passes for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns. Patton is known as a hard worker and should be able to improve his game under the guidance of the 49ers staff.
|SF - Luke Marquardt in walking boot -|
San Francisco 49ers OT Luke Marquardt (foot) is in a walking boot and using crutches because he is recovering from a broken foot.
|SF - Marcus Lattimore would be fine with not playing in 2013 -|
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) said he would be fine with sitting out the entire 2013 season if that is what the team thinks is best. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Lattimore's anterior cruciate ligament looks good, but the team wants him to slow down on his cutting drills.
Footballguys view: San Francisco was the perfect landing spot for Lattimore. He'll be able to recover without any urgency to get him back on the field before he's ready. He could start the season on the PUP list which would force him to miss the first six weeks of the year.
|SF - Terms on four -|
The San Francisco 49ers DE Quinton Dial signed a four-year, $2.341 million deal that includes a $181,652 signing bonus. QB B.J. Daniels signed a four-year, $2.206 million deal with a $46,512 bonus. OT Carter Bykowski signed a four-year, $2.205 million deal with a $45,896 bonus. CB Marcus Cooper signed a four-year deal worth $2.205 million and included a $45,896 bonus.
|SF - Four picks signed -|
The San Francisco 49ers signed fifth-round pick DE Quinton Dial, and seventh-round picks QB B.J. Daniels, OT Carter Bykowski and CB Marcus Cooper to undisclosed deals.
|SF - Charles Woodson not hopeful about joining team -|
Free-agent DB Charles Woodson (Packers) said he is not optimistic about signing with the San Francisco 49ers because the team has added FS Craig Dahl and FS Eric Reid this offseason.
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|SF - Ronald Curry hired as assistant coach -|
The San Francisco 49ers have hired former NFL WR Ronald Curry as an offensive assistant.
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|SF - Adam Snyder contract update -|
Updating a previous report, the San Francisco 49ers signed OT Adam Snyder to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|SF - Adam Snyder signed -|
The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent OL Adam Snyder (Cardinals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Footballguys view: Synder goes back to the 49ers after one season with the Cardinals. He won't be a starter in San Francisco, but gives the team quality depth on the line as he can play multiple positions.
|SF - Nnamdi Asomugha will have to compete for roster spot -|
San Francisco 49ers CB Nnamdi Asomugha likely will have to win a role over CB Carlos Rogers, CB Tarell Brown or CB Chris Culliver during training camp to win a roster spot since he does not play on special teams. The team did not give Asomugha any guaranteed money in his deal, which means he has to compete for a roster spot.
Footballguys view: Asomugha is hoping a change of scenery will do him some good. He lost his confidence during his time with the Eagles but gets a fresh start with the 49ers. Playing behind that dominant front seven should bring his confidence back.
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|SF - Mario Manningham may be leader for No. 3 WR job -|
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) is expected to be the leading candidate to win the No. 3 wide receiver job if he is healthy during training camp.
Footballguys view: We believe Manningham is the leader in this race. So long as he can get and stay healthy he should be able to keep guys like A.J. Jenkins, Kyle Williams, and rookie Quinton Patton behind him on the depth chart. Long-term we like Patton the best out of this group of wide receivers.
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|SF - Anthony Dixon could make team with special teams -|
San Francisco 49ers RB Anthony Dixon likely will make the roster this season if he shows that he is one of the team's best special teams players.
Footballguys view: Dixon has failed to live up to his potential as a pro but does a good job on teams. That reason could keep his roster spot safe for now. The 49ers have one of the deepest backfields in the league with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore, Jewel Hampton and Dixon competing for jobs.
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|SF - Marcus Lattimore expected to go on NFI list -|
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the Non-Football Injury list.
Footballguys view: The fit with the 49ers was perfect for Lattimore. With a deep backfield the team will feel no rush to get Lattimore back in action before he's ready. If healthy, Lattimore would have been a top 15 pick in this draft class and the only running back worthy of a first-round grade. Dynasty owners need to pounce on Lattimore if he falls in your rookie draft.
|SF - B.J. Daniels may have lead for No. 3 QB job -|
San Francisco 49ers QB B.J. Daniels may have an advantage over Scott Tolzien for the No. 3 quarterback job because he would have game-day versatility.
Footballguys view: Daniels is an athletic quarterback with the mobility to run the spread option offense. His arm is stronger than Tolzien's and the two will fight for the QB3 job in training camp.
|SF - Expected to receive a high compensatory pick in 2014 -|
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to receive a compensatory pick in the third or four round of the 2014 NFL Draft for losing SS Dashon Goldson (Buccaneers) this offseason.
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|SF - Could have another second rounder -|
The San Francisco 49ers would receive the Kansas City Chiefs' second-round pick in 2014 if the Chiefs go 8-8 as part of the deal for QB Alex Smith.
Footballguys view: The Chiefs were 2-14 last year but have made several improvements during the offseason. Andy Reid should make the Chiefs relevant immediately and it wouldn't be a shock to see them finish around .500 in 2013.
|SF - Familiar name invited to minicamp -|
West Virginia Wesleyan QB Nate Montana, better known as the son of Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana, has accepted an invitation from the San Francisco 49ers to attend their rookie minicamp from May 10-12.
Footballguys view: Nate Montana bounced around in college after initially attending Notre Dame. He's not the same player his dad was, but it's nice to see a 'Montana' back in a 49ers jersey.
|SF - Luke Marquardt might not be ready -|
The San Francisco 49ers signed undrafted free-agent OT Luke Marquardt (foot), a behemoth out of Azusa Pacific. He took part in his pro day against medical advice, as he was recovering from a broken foot about a week before the 2012 season opener. He had a setback when another fracture in the same foot was discovered on a CT scan at the NFL Scouting Combine. He waited until after his pro day to have a second procedure. He has to stay off his foot for about six weeks, and might not be ready for training camp.
|SF - Kyle Williams might be ready for camp -|
San Francisco 49ers WR Kyle Williams (knee), who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November, is likely to be ready for the start of training camp. Williams was the team's slot receiver until sustaining the injury.
Footballguys view: Williams will have to fight for a roster spot after the 49ers added another WR (Quinton Patton) in the 2013 NFL draft. Those two will battle with second-year WR A.J. Jenkins for playing time behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.
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|SF - Mario Manningham not expected to be ready -|
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) is not expected to be ready for training camp. He continues to recover after suffering tears to the anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee in a late-season game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Footballguys view: There's a chance Manningham will begin the season on the PUP list. This would give the team an additional six weeks to see how Manningham recovers.
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|SF - Quinton Patton impresses coach early -|
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton, selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, is in the mix for the No. 3 wide receiver job, and he has already stood out to head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'The way he competes for the football, I would say stands out to me in my mind. The way he competes throughout the entire route. And then when the ball's up in the air, he goes up with the mindset that he's competing for the ball and that's his ball.'
Footballguys view: There's a lot to like about Patton's game. He had 104 catches last year and carried the Louisiana Tech offense. Patton has good acceleration and can eat up cushions quickly. He'll get open frequently, has strong hands, and good ball tracking ability when following deep passes.
|SF - No. 3 WR job is wide open -|
San Francisco 49ers WRs Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are considered the unquestioned starters, but after that the depth chart battles are wide open. WR Mario Manningham (knee) will be trying to hold off challenges from WR A.J. Jenkins, rookie WR Quinton Patton and WR Kyle Williams (knee). WRs Ricardo Lockette, Chad Hall, Joseph Hastings, Marlon Moore, Chuck Jacobs and B.J. Daniels are also in the mix for roster spots, as the team is rather deep at the position.
Footballguys view: We're expecting the rookie Patton to win this job. He was ultra-productive in college and can fly down the field. Patton can take the top off the defense which will allow more room for underneath receivers like Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
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|SF - Quinton Dial no lock for roster -|
San Francisco 49ers DL Quinton Dial, the team's fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, is no lock to make the roster out of training camp. The team has DE Cornellius Carradine, DL Glenn Dorsey, DL Ray McDonald and DL Justin Smith as locks to make the roster, and DL Ian Williams looking good for a backup job since the team gave him a $1 million contract extension. That leaves Dial, DL Demarcus Dobbs and DL Will Tukuafu battling for jobs.
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|SF - Quinton Patton to return kicks -|
San Francisco 49ers fourth-round pick WR Quinton Patton is expected to receive a chance to return kickoffs and punts.
Footballguys view: Patton is an explosive player with good downfield speed and moves in the open field. Offensively, the rookie will help take the top off the defense with his speed. This will help open up space for underneath WRs like Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
|SF - B.J. Daniels could be used at several positions -|
San Francisco 49ers QB B.J. Daniels could receive practice reps at running back, wide receiver and punt returner during the team's upcoming rookie minicamp.
Footballguys view: Daniels might have been drafted as a multi-dimensional threat instead of a quarterback, but he does have the athleticism to function well in the read option running game. He could steal a roster spot from Scott Tolzien.
|SF - Nate Montana will take part in minicamp -|
Undrafted free-agent QB Nate Montana (West Virginia Wesleyan) will participate in the San Francisco 49ers' upcoming rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
|SF - Lawrence Okoye added -|
The San Francisco 49ers signed undrafted free agent DE Lawrence Okoye Saturday, April 27. He is the British discus record holder, and a 2012 Olympian who has never played football before.
Footballguys view: Head coach Jim Harbaugh said about Okoye "Our Creator created a beautiful man". Okoye won't make an impact this year, but his development is worth tracking as a truly freakish athlete. Okoye ran a 4.78 and put up a 35" vertical in workout - at 6'6" 304.
|SF - MarQueis Gray agrees -|
The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms with undrafted free agent QB MarQueis Gray (Minnesota) Saturday, April 27.
Footballguys view: Gray has a lot of physical potential, but he doesn't seem like a natural running routes or catching the ball. The best he can hope for is ending up on the 49ers practice squad.
|SF - Two UDFAs signed -|
The San Francisco 49ers signed undrafted free agents LS Kevin McDermott (UCLA) and G Patrick Omameh (Michigan) Saturday, April 27.
|SF - Marcus Lattimore thinks he can be in pads in a few months -|
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) said he believes he can get in pads in three to four months but understands that the 49ers may want to take his recovery slow to make sure he is fully healthy before his plays.
Footballguys view: It's good to see that Lattimore is progressing so well but the coaching staff has already said they won't rush him onto the field until they know he is 100%. No need to rush him with Frank Gore healthy and efficient, so look for an impact later in the season, perhaps even in 2014. Patience is key with Lattimore.
|SF - Marcus Lattimore selected -|
The San Francisco 49ers have selected South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore with the 131st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Footballguys view: The 49ers keep on getting richer. Falling into the perfect position, Lattimore will have time to heal and get right behind Frank Gore who battled his own leg injuries. When healthy, Lattimore has the potential to be the best back in this draft. Patient fantasy owners could have a great back down the road.
|SF - Move up in third round -|
The San Francisco 49ers moved up to the 26th pick in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft to select Auburn DE Corey Lemonier. They gave up their third-round selection (No. 93 overall) and their seventh-round pick (No. 216 overall).
Footballguys view: Lemonier is fast off the edge but is still working on technique and his overall skillset. He won't need to step right into this defense so will have a great chance to fully develop.
|SF - Vance McDonald selected 55th overall -|
The San Francisco 49ers traded up and selected Rice TE Vance McDonald with the 55th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Footballguys view: Primarily a pass catcher who will block if you want him to (though he struggles to hold up), McDonald might be someone to fill in or replace Vernon Davis down the line though he's not in Davis' class.
|SF - Cornellius Carradine not expected to start -|
San Francisco 49ers DE Cornellius Carradine likely will not have a starting job next season but probably will be used as a situational pass rusher.
|SF - Cornellius Carradine selected 40th overall -|
The San Francisco 49ers selected Florida State DE Cornellius Carradine with the 40th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Footballguys view: "Tank" Carradine makes an already frightening defense more horrifying. Carradine has deadly closing speed and is a scary prospect with Justin Smith.
|SF - Could target Zach Ertz -|
The San Francisco 49ers really like Stanford TE Zach Ertz, and could target him with the 34th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
|SF - Patrick Willis restructures deal -|
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis restructured his contract Friday, April 26, and will save the team $1.2 million of salary-cap space.
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|SF - Eric Reid selected 18th overall -|
The San Francisco 49ers selected Louisiana State S Eric Reid with the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Footballguys view: Reid is a fantastically aggressive safety which can be a good and bad thing - because sometimes he gets carried away. However with the departure of Dashon Goldson, this is a team who needs safety help and gets a guy who can still come away with a contested ball.
|SF - Like Sheldon Richardson -|
The San Francisco 49ers would like to trade up to draft a defensive lineman like Missouri DL Sheldon Richardson.