Sat, 06 Jun 2015 18:15:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Andy Lee Traded to Browns Sat, 06 Jun 2015 18:15:53 +0000 The 49ers have traded pro bowl punter Andy Lee to the Cleveland Browns

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Just when you think the offseason cant get any worse, news breaks that the 49ers traded pro bowler Andy Lee to the Cleveland Browns for a 7th round draft pick.

I don’t know what else to say anymore.

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Anthony Davis to Retire Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:18:09 +0000 Another 49er has decided to hang it up. News is breaking that RT Tackle Anthony Davis is retiring.

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Well, this sucks.

News has broke that 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis is retiring. Davis is following in the footsteps of Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith. All who have retired this offseason.

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Justin Smith Retires Mon, 18 May 2015 21:49:02 +0000 Justin Smith officially announced his retirement today.

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Well, it’s official. I know most fans were hoping that Justin would stick it out one more year, but we all knew it was going to happen. So after seven years with the 49ers, Justin Smith officially retires.

Why walk away with a year remaining on your contract?:

“Where I play on the right side, all my contact comes on my left shoulder and left side. And it doesn’t respond the way I want it to respond anymore. If you don’t have the tools, you can’t do the job. So it’s just time to go.”

How different the past couple years with that injury?

“It’s no fun. Obviously ou want everything to work the way you want it. But you crap in one hand and wish in another, and see what fills up first. It ain’t always going to be how you want it. That was definitely my case the past couple years. I’ve had conversations with Trent, Jimmy T, even (Jim) Harbaugh and Vic (Fangio). They all want you to keep playing, and I want to keep playing as well, but when you get on the bald tires, you’re on the bald tires.”

Any thoughts on moving to the left side?

“I actually talked to (former 49ers running back and current assistant coach Tom) Rathman a little bit, and you know when it’s time. There’s a certain emotional … you have to go into games with the right mindset. It’s a young man’s game, and you’ve got to be full of piss and vinegar when you step on the field. As you get older, it’s harder to get that same intensity going, week in and week out. It’s just time to go. It was just time for me to move on.”

Do you know what your plan is for your future?

“Not yet. I’m sure I’ll be doing something football related down the road. That’s all we know. I don’t think I’ll be getting into whatever else other guys do all the time. I don’t know if that’s coaching. Maybe Jed wants me to give advice on the 49ers. No, I’m just kidding. What up Jed!”


Will you stay here or move back to Missouri?

“I’ll go back to Missouri.”

What did that mean to close your career with a shot at the Super Bowl the last few years?

“Oh it was great. There’s a lot of going into training camp this year and everybody is going to show up wanting to win a Super Bowl. I was no different. Every year there’s less than a 10 percent chance you’ll really win it. Deep down you know if you’re team has a shot to do it.

“For four years there, to walk into camp thinking you can win a Super Bowl was pretty cool.”

Was this a hard decision?

“There’s always been open talk between me, Jimmy, Trent every season. When I signed my extension I did with Trent and Paraag, we went into it knowing more than likely I wouldn’t play it out. It was rolling cap money over my 13th year so we could get a piece or two here or there to make a Super Bowl run. They did that with a lot of guys, Bo and Pat.

“We were gearing up for a Super Bowl run. I probably gave it a 20-percent chance I’d play a 15th year anyway, and after that I tore my triceps and shoulder up.”

How long did you play with that shoulder injury?

“I want to say at least two. I did it in training camp against Mike (Iupati) and it just never bounced back. It’s just one of those things. I’m just lucky and fortunate it happened Year 13 and 14, not Year 2. I’m not going to complain about it.”

Did the triceps/elbow issue crop up after 2012?

“All of a sudden my elbow through my shoulders. Some guys get ankles, some get knees. You’re going to get hurt. Nobody is going to bitch or moan about playing football. It’s about how long you are going to keep going after the injury. Everybody is different, I guess.”

Do you have a favorite play?

“Oh, there’s like three or four years there. The thing that really sticks out to me – on the football field, everything runs together, everything happens so fast because you’re doing– but what sticks out in my mind were the plane rides back after big wins. We just had fun. I played a lot of football here and other places, where it felt like a job, because you’re losing or this and that and something wasn’t right.

“Everything was just rolling together and we were having fun. That’s what sticks out in my mind.”

Would you consider a career in the media?

“You know how much I love this. (Laughter.) Would be something if I went on talk shows after this, wouldn’t it? No, I don’t see that happening.”

Does that forced fumble on Jeremy Maclin in 2011 hold a special memory because it showed your motor?

“The thing about that was we just got a big win on the road and we just got on a roll after there. We kind of went on a three-year roll. We had a hell of a team and we had a hell of a lot of fun playing together. That’s what it’s all about. Professional football is cut throat, a business with guys fighting for jobs. To come together and have fun winning, you start feeling like you own part of the team when you’re having so much fun and winning like that. That’s unique and doesn’t happen very often. I was around a long time. That’s what is so cool to me.”

What happened to your shoulder in camp?

“There was a piece of bone that detached and lodged in the back of it. I didn’t know until they went in and did surgery. But I just knew it hurt like hell. It’s just one of those things, arthritis build up, wear and tear, yada yada yada, it’s time.”

Any thought for a formal retirement press conference in a suit and tie?

“No not at all. You come in, you go out, everything moves on. It’s just no different.

“It was a good ride. You guys ain’t going to get me in a room to make me cry. It was a pretty cut-and-dry decision the whole time.”

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Video: Eli Harold Draft Day Experience Thu, 07 May 2015 16:20:29 +0000 Virginia Sports TV presents to us Virginia Linebacker Eli Harold's Draft Day Experience.

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Virginia Sports TV presents to us Virginia Linebacker Eli Harold’s Draft Day Experience.

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49ers Sign 9 UDFA’s Tue, 05 May 2015 19:16:43 +0000 The 49ers added nine UDFA's to the roster following the draft...

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The 49ers have officially announced the signing of 9 UDFA’s. After the draft the 49ers added 9 more players to their roster. A quarterback, two lineman, a safety and five wide receivers. Here are the players bios from

WR Dres Anderson
6-2, 190
Finished his career ranked fifth in school history with 2,077 rec. yds. In 2014, earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac 12 honors. Started all seven games in which he appeared and recorded 22 recepts. for 355 yds. and 4 TDs. As a junior, named honorable mention All-Pac-12 and Academic All-Pac-12. Played in 12 games and registered 53 recepts. for 1,002 yds. and 7 TDs. In 2012, earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac 12 honors. Played 12 games and led the Utes with 36 recepts. for 365 yds. As a freshman, named honorable mention Academic All-Pac 12. Appeared in all 13 games, finishing second on the team in recepts. (23), receiving yds. (355) and TDs (3). Attended John W. North (Riverside, CA) HS, where he help lead his team to the CIF Division II football championship, as a junior. Born 7/20/92 in Riverside, CA.

WR Issac Blakeney
6-6, 225

Played in 40 career games (18 starts) and registered 98 recepts. for 1,093 yds. and 12 TDs. In 2014, started all 13 games and notched 47 recepts. for 559 yds. and 7 TDs. As a junior, played in all 14 games and recorded 19 recepts. for 244 yds. and 4 TDs. In 2012, appeared in all 13 games and tallied 32 recepts. for 290 yds. and 1 TD. Was a member of Duke’s Track and Field team in the spring of 2014. Lettered two seasons in football at Monroe (NC) HS, helping the team to two state playoff appearances. Earned all-conference and all-county honors, as a senior. Also lettered in track and basketball. In 2010, helped his school win the Division 1A state Basketball championship. Also claimed first place in triple jump and long jump at the 2010 1-A state championship track meet. Born 11/18/92 in Monroe, NC.

WR DiAndre Campbell
6-2, 206

Appeared in 52 career games as a member of the Huskies and registered 45 recepts. for 440 yds. and 3 TDs. In 2014, played in 14 games (12 starts) and notched a career-high 24 recepts. for 231 yds. and 1 TD. As a junior, played in all 13 games and recorded 3 recepts. for 34 yds. In 2012, appeared in 13 games and recorded 16 recepts. for 167 yds. and 2 TDs. As a freshman, played in 13 games, mainly on special teams. Redshirted in 2010. Earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 honors in back to back years at Washington (2012-13). Earned All-Oakland Athletic League first-team honors at Oakland Tech (CA) HS. Led the Oakland Athletic League in receiving with 28 recepts. for 490 yds. and 10 TDs, as a senior. Played on the East Bay All-Star team in the Holiday Classic All-Star game in Sacramento. Also lettered in track & field and basketball. Born 12/19/91 in Oakland, CA.

WR Darius Davis
5-11, 212
Henderson State

Registered over 1,000 rec. yds. in consecutive seasons (2013-14) where he finished his career as the HSU and Great American Conference record holder for career rec. yds. (3,686) and rec. TDs (47). In 2014, registered 56 recepts. for 1,261 yds. and 18 TDs, while also adding a rushing TD. Reached 100-or-more rec. yds. in six of the team’s 11 games. As a junior, set the HSU and GAC single-season record for rec. yds. with 1,597 and earned First-Team All-American honors. Also earned Beyond College Sports All-American Second-Team and First-Team All-GAC honors. In 2012, earned honorable mention All-GAC honors and led the team in average yds. per catch (19.3). Redshirted in 2011. Played in all 11 games (1 start) as a freshman and recorded 20 recepts. for 306 yds. (27.8 avg.) and 4 TDs. Attended Frisco Wakeland (Frisco, TX) HS where he also lettered in track. Born 4/14/90 in Frisco, TX.

OL Patrick Miller
6-7, 289

Played in 8 games (6 starts) at right tackle for the Tigers as a junior, in 2014. Helped Auburn rush for 255.5 yds. per game, ranking second in the SEC. Was the returning starter at right tackle in 2013 where he started the first five games. Made nine starts as a true freshman in 2012. Enrolled at Auburn in January of 2012 and participated in spring drills. Attended William T. Dwyer (Palm Beach, FL) HS. Born 3/30/93 in Palm Beach, FL.

DL Marcus Rush
6-3, 251
Michigan State

A four-year letter winner at Michigan State, started a school-record 53 games at defensive end where he registered 163 tackles, including 37.5 TFL 16 passes defensed, 18.5 sacks and added two blocked kicks on special teams. Was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection in each of his four seasons at MSU. In 2014, started all 13 games at defensive end and registered 37 tackles and a career-high 7.5 sacks. As a junior, 14 games (13 starts) and ranked third on the team with 5.0 sacks. In 2012, registered 38 tackles and 2.0 sacks. As a freshman, was named Big Ten Freshman Defensive MVP by, as he ranked first among Big Ten freshmen in sacks (4.0) and TFL (12). Redshirted in 2010. Received his bachelor’s degree in advertising in December of 2014. Attended Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) HS where he was selected Great Catholic League South Co-Athlete of the Year after leading the conference in sacks (11), as a senior. Also finished second on the team in tackles (70) and added two interceptions. Born 6/19/91 in Cincinnati, OH.

QB Dylan Thompson
6-3, 218
South Carolina

A team captain for the Gamecocks, set a South Carolina school record and led the SEC with 3,564 passing yds. (274.2 yds. per game avg.), in 2014. Ranked third in the SEC with 26 TD passes, which was the second-highest single-season mark in school history. Also led the conference and set the school record with 270 completions and 451 pass attempts in a season. Was the 2014 Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award winner. In 2013, played in 10 games (1 start) and threw for 783 yds. and 3 TDs on 52 atts. Also rushed 16 times for 27 yds. and 3 TDs. As a sophomore, played in 11 games (2 starts) and completed 66 passes for 1,027 yds. and 10 TDs. As a freshman, saw action in four games. Redshirted in 2010. Attended Boiling Springs (SC) HS where he was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Threw for 1,300 yds. and rushed for another 500, accounting for 21 TDs in only six games, as a junior. A two-sport athlete, also played basketball where he averaged 17 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. Born 10/25/91 in Boiling Springs, SC.

WR DeAndrew White
6-0, 192

Appeared in 42 games (25 starts), and finished his career with 94 recepts. for 1,294 yds. and 12 TDs. As a senior, registered 40 recepts. for 504 yds. and 4 TDs. In 2013, averaged 16.7 yds. per catch, which ranked first on the team among receivers with at least 15 recepts. As a sophomore, started all 5 games in which he appeared and tallied 8 recepts. for 105 yds. and 2 TDs. In 2011, played in 12 games (2 starts) and notched 14 recepts. for 151 yds. and 2 TDs. Redshirted in 2010. Attended North Shore (Houston, TX) HS and was earned U.S. Army All-America and SuperPrep All-America honors. Recorded 32 recepts. for 473 yds. and 9 TDs, as a senior. Hauled in 34 recepts. for 801 yds. (23.6 avg.) and 10 TDs, in 2008. Also ran track and was the Texas Class 5A 200-meter dash champion, in 2008. Born 10/16/91 in Houston, TX.

S Jermaine Whitehead
5-11, 193

Appeared in 48 games (33 starts) for the Tigers and he finished his career with 218 tackles, 21 passes defensed, 9 INTs, 2 FRs and 1.0 sack. In 2014, played in 9 games and registered a career-high 6 INTs. As a junior, started all 14 games and helped lead the Tigers to an SEC Championship and a trip to the 2013 BCS Championship Game. In 2012, ranked 13th in the SEC in tackles per game (7.17) as he set a career high for tackles (86). As a freshman, played in all 13 games (1 start) and registered 29 tackles. Returned his first career INT 25 yds. for a TD. Attended Amanda Elzy (Greenwood, MS) HS, where he was selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. As a senior, recorded 61 tackles and 4 INTs, returning 2 for TDs. Also played on offense, rushing for 805 yds. and 6 TDs on 60 carries. Was named the 2009 District 3 (4A) Player of the Year. Born 3/12/93 in Greenwood, MS.

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Bruce Miller Charged with Vandalism not Spousal Abuse Mon, 04 May 2015 18:20:19 +0000 49ers Bruce Miller will not be charged for domestic assault from incident back in March, but instead for misdameanor vandalism.

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Back in March news broke that Bruce Miller was arrested on the charge of spousal battery and we had to wait to see what the outcome was.

News is out today, that the Santa Clara DA is charging Miller with misdemeanor vandalism and not spousal abuse. Miller will be arraigned today and if convicted could face up to a year in jail.

So no domestic assault charges just vandalism for throwing a phone against a wall.

The DA says reports that Bruce Miller had pulled girlfriend from his car were inconclusive.

Full Release from the DA

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49ers select TE Rory ‘Busta’ Anderson with the 254 pick. Sat, 02 May 2015 22:40:33 +0000 The 49ers close out their 2015 NFL Draft by selecting TE Rory Anderson with the 254th pick...

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The 49ers closed out their 2015 draft by selecting South Carolina tight end Rory ‘Busta’ Anderson with the 254th pick in the 7th round.

School: South Carolina Experience: Senior
Height: 6-5 Weight: 244
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OverviewStrengthsWeaknessesCompares toBottom Line
Started in 19 games for South Carolina over the last four years. In 2014, suffered torn triceps muscle in spring in one arm, and then in October in the other arm. Missed season opener in 2013 with a hamstring injury. Finished career with 61 catches for 954 yards, 15.6 ypc and 9 touchdowns. Prefers to be called “Busta” rather than Rory. Played football and basketball in high school.
Impressive athlete. Outstanding play speed as tight end. Can get over top of middle linebackers for big, vertical plays. Can generate a level of uncertainty from defender with his route running. Linebackers with middling athleticism have no shot of sticking with him. Has feel for sinking into safe spots of zone. Has juice out of his breaks to generate throwing window for quarterback. Pure athleticism to be yardage collector after the catch. High-point catcher with up-and-over hops to create mismatches in red zone. Can line up anywhere on the field. Has footwork, hand placement and technique as a run blocker and is above average as a second- and third-level stalk-blocker in space.
Allows throws to get into his body and struggled with consistency of his hands as a pass-catcher. Needs to put himself between defender and the throw more regularly. Shows some concentration lapses near the sideline. Needs to add more bulk to be able to handle in-line blocking responsibilities. Tore his right triceps in spring drills, missed two regular-season games in 2014 due to strained left triceps and then suffered another tear of the triceps that forced him to miss bowl game and required surgery. Also missed season opener in 2013 due to a hamstring injury.
Ladarius Green
Anderson’s athleticism and play speed is what NFL teams dream of when looking for tight ends to threaten vertically and create matchup problems underneath. While he needs to add more weight to his frame, Anderson shows the blocking fundamentals to be considered a legitimate combination tight end in the NFL. Anderson’s biggest concern on draft day and beyond looks like it could be his recurring triceps injuries.

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49ers select G Trenton Brown at 244 Sat, 02 May 2015 22:23:59 +0000 The 49ers select Florida guard Trenton Brown at pick 244 in the 7th round...

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The 49ers selected mammoth Florida guard Trenton Brown with the 244th pick in the 7th round. Brown comes in at 6-8 and 355 pounds.

School: Florida Experience: Senior
Height: 6-8 Weight: 355
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OverviewStrengthsWeaknessesBottom Line
2014: Played in 11 games with six starts, mostly at guard. 2013: Played in all 12 games, starting the final five games at RT. 2012 (at Georgia Military College): Named a second-team NJCAA Football All-American. Started all 11 games and did not allow a sack. 2011 (at Georgia Military College): Did not qualify academically to play Division I football and was forced to attend GMC. Started all 10 games.
High School: Graduated from Westover High School in 2011. Did not begin playing football until his junior season.
Has very long arms and meat hooks for hands. Can jar defender with the power in his hands and has very good upper-body strength. Uses his length and power to redirect when beaten. Despite his height and lack of bend, still finds a way to get under opponents’ pads and root them off their spot. Potent drive-blocker who finishes. Generally stays engaged with his target. Uses his frame effectively and can play with toughness. Good feet for a man his size and conditioning has improved since he stepped foot on campus two years ago. Finds targets and mashes in short-pull game.
Has stiff knees and butt rides high pre-snap in stance. Will take poor angles when teams try him in the gaps. If beaten, doesn’t have the athleticism to recover. Power-only player and limits what an offense can do. Scouts call him an “inconsistent worker.” Needs players to be squared up and will struggle when they get to his edge. Played just 43 percent of the snaps during 2014 season due to injury and conditioning issues.
Brown has the pure size to block out the sun, and unlike some players with his bulk, he knows how to use it. He can plow holes as a run blocker, but can only play right guard in a power scheme. His lack of playing experience and conditioning concerns could hurt his draft stock.

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49ers select OT Ian Silberman at 191 Sat, 02 May 2015 20:08:55 +0000 The 49ers select Boston College offensive tackle Ian Silberman with the 190th pick of the 6th round.

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The 49ers select Boston College offensive tackle Ian Silberman with the 190th pick of the 6th round.

The 49ers finally add a wide receiver to their 2015 draft class, this time by selecting Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter. One thing of note on Smelter he will join Baalke’s All-ACL team. He suffered an ACL tear late in the 2014 season.

School: Boston College Experience: Senior
Height: 6-5 Weight: 294
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StrengthsWeaknessesCompares toBottom Line
Plays much stronger than his weight would lead you to believe. Keeps a wide base and stays balanced throughout contact. Well-built and well-proportioned frame. Naturally powerful and has the strength to withstand bull rushers. Played tackle at Boston College. Has flashed power in his hands and doesn’t get caught over-setting in pass protection.
His feet seem to move at half speed. Doesn’t sustain blocks. Has problems changing direction and struggles badly when trying to hit moving targets on the second level. Must do better job of working feet to improve positioning as run blocker. Carries hands too low when setting up in pass pro. Played for run-heavy, play-action based team, so he has limited experience in pass protection. Full-time starter for only one year.
Paul Fanaika
Played right tackle at Boston College, but is better suited to be a guard due to his power and lack of foot quickness. Silberman has some physical limitations, but he has the balance and natural power that should intrigue NFL teams.

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49ers Select Punter Brad Pinion at 165 Sat, 02 May 2015 19:11:21 +0000 The 49ers select Clemson punter Brad Pinion with pick 165 in the 5th round...

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The 49ers traded the 151st pick to the Colts to move down 14 spots and select punter Brad Pinion out of Clemson. The 49ers got pick 244 in the 7th in the trade back.

Apparently Baalke forgot that Andy Lee is on the team.

The 49ers finally add a wide receiver to their 2015 draft class, this time by selecting Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter. One thing of note on Smelter he will join Baalke’s All-ACL team. He suffered an ACL tear late in the 2014 season.

The 49ers add another running back to their roster by drafting South Carolina running back Mike Davis with the 126th of the 4th round. 49ers now head into camp with Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter, Jarrod Hayne, Reggie Bush and now Davis.

The 49ers first pick in the 4th round is used on Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell.

School: Clemson Experience: Junior
Height: 6-5 Weight: 229
40 yard dash:
OverviewStrengthsWeaknessesBottom Line
A three-sport star in high school, Smelter earned all-state honors in baseball, basketball and football, but decided his future was in baseball as a pitcher and didn’t play football his senior season in high school.
He was drafted in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and would have gone much earlier but teams knew of his commitment to playing collegiately at Georgia Tech. After multiple seasons of shoulder discomfort, Smelter realized his baseball career was over and returned to football in 2013, earning his way onto the field and flourishing.

It is tough to fully evaluate him considering the quarterback play and offense at Georgia Tech, but his natural athleticism and impressive skill-set makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in this class – the late-season ACL tear will knock him down draft boards, but he is still deserving of a draftable grade.

Has NFL-desired ratio of punting distance to hang time with a 42.6-yard average and a 4.1-second hang time. Forced opponents to fair catch his punts 44 percent of the time. Only 2.6 percent of his punts went for touchbacks (75 total punts in 2014).
Had timing issues on a few of his rugby punts, which affected distance. Despite hang time and lack of touchbacks, landed just 10.7 percent of his punts inside the 10-yard line. Not weather-tested.
Was able to keep punts from finding the end zone, but was inconsistent in the way he struck the ball as well as in his directional punting..

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