Player News - 49ers

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NFL suspended 49ers MLB Reuben Foster two games for violating the league’s conduct and substance abuse policies.

Foster avoided major legal trouble following multiple offseason incidents, but he was always expected to draw a suspension from the league. "I accept the League’s decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team," Foster said in a statement. He will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games and will be eligible to return to the field Week 3 against the Chiefs.
Source: 49ers.com
Jul 3 - 2:59 PM

The 49ers plan to decide Jimmie Ward's position at training camp.

Ward repped at corner during offseason workouts, but his 2018 position is up in the air. He was a free safety last season, but graded out near the bottom of PFF's ratings. Ward may back up at multiple spots if he doesn't win a starting role.
Jul 1 - 9:34 AM

49ers RG Jonathan Cooper is the favorite to start Week 1.

He's ahead of Josh Garnett and Mike Person. Cooper had a rough 2017 in Dallas, but his contract ($2M guaranteed) suggests the 49ers expect him to start. With Weston Richburg and rookie Mike McGlinchey added this offseason, right guard is the only weak spot on the 49ers' offensive line.
Jun 22 - 5:44 PM

49ers signed OG Laken Tomlinson to a three-year extension through 2021.

Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the deal carries a maximum value of $18 million with $10 million guaranteed. Without a new deal, Tomlinson's contract would have expired after this year. The 26-year-old impressed as a run-blocker last season but struggled in pass protection. He should open 2018 as the Niners' starting left guard.
Jun 22 - 2:46 PM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes 2016 first-round OG Josh Garnett is the "most prominent player in danger of being cut" by the 49ers.

He was the 28th overall pick in the 2016 draft and sat out all of last year following a knee scope and conditioning issues. The new regime doesn't seem to be a huge fan of Garnett, who was ex-coach Chip Kelly's final first-round selection in San Fran. Garnett is competing with veteran Mike Person and fellow former first-round bust Jonathan Cooper for spots on the Niners' offensive line.
Jun 20 - 11:30 AM

ESPN 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner singled out WR Kendrick Bourne as the surprise of Niners minicamp, suggesting he could "potentially push for an expanded role."

The second-year UDFA caught 16 balls for 257 yards (16.1 YPR) as a rookie. He stands 6'1/203 and ran 4.68 with a 34-inch vertical at last year's Combine, resulting in his undrafted status. But Jimmy Garoppolo said Bourne looks faster this year and "has some wiggle." Bourne has a lot of work to pass second-rounder Dante Pettis before cracking the rotation at receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 9:29 AM

The Mercury News' Cam Inman writes 49ers DB Adrian Colbert is "entrenched" at free safety.

Colbert's play last season is one of the main reasons Jimmy Ward was moved back to cornerback. "I’m not going to make any guarantees, but if anyone watches the level he played at last year was very good and he got better the more he played," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "We were very happy with him as our middle-third player." Colbert and SS Jaquiski Tartt give the 49ers a solid safety duo.
Jun 14 - 12:54 PM

49ers signed third-round LB Fred Warner to a four-year contract.

A versatile linebacker-safety at BYU with high-end athleticism, Warner has been practicing at middle linebacker during 49ers minicamp and OTAs. There, Warner would back up Reuben Foster while contributing on special teams.
Jun 13 - 2:58 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been impressed with RB Joe Williams' offseason after he spent his rookie year on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

"I think he has a different mindset — understands a little bit more the standard of the NFL and difference," Shanahan said Tuesday. "I think his body looks a lot better than it did last year. He put on a lot of muscle mass and he took advantage of the year of not playing." Reporter Matt Maiocco — who said Williams "did not create an overall favorable impression" last summer — posited in April that Williams could have a tough time making the 53-man roster. He needs to carve out a role behind Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida.
Jun 12 - 4:13 PM

Richard Sherman (Achilles') has been cleared for individual work in minicamp and is expected to be "full speed" for training camp.

Speaking last month, Sherman said he expected to be ready for camp. That would be a swift recovery after Sherman went down last Week 10, but all signs have suggested he will indeed be ready. Sherman turned 30 in March.
Jun 12 - 3:16 PM

49ers WR Trent Taylor is recovering from "minor" back surgery and could be sidelined into training camp.

Taylor "should" be ready for camp, but coach Kyle Shanahan allowed for the possibility his recovery extends a few days into practice. Taylor posted a 43/430/2 line as a fifth-round rookie last season but will be dealing with a more crowded receiver corps as a sophomore. He'll vie for snaps in the slot once he's back to full health.
Jun 12 - 3:06 PM

49ers.com's Joe Fann reports second-round WR Dante Pettis is learning all three receiver spots.

"We're throwing a lot at him," WRs coach Mike LaFleur said. "Just challenging him and seeing what he can grasp this offseason." A player the team traded up to draft in the second round, coach Kyle Shanahan talked up Pettis' versatility and flexibility after the draft, so it is not a surprise they are using him all over the field. It is not clear how big an offensive role Pettis will have right out of the gate, but he should at worst help the return game as a rookie.
Jun 7 - 10:00 AM

49ers re-signed S Antone Exum.

S Eric Reid remains a free agent. Exum appeared in a couple games down the stretch last season and is a former 2014 sixth-rounder of the Vikings.
Jun 6 - 1:45 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL is "mulling" a multi-game suspension for 49ers MLB Reuben Foster.

As expected. Even though Foster avoided a litany of charges stemming from multiple offseason incidents, he's still not out of the clear in the league's eyes. The NFL has suspended players on a number of occasions even if they've been cleared in court. Odds are good Foster is suspended in 2018.
Jun 6 - 1:28 PM

49ers MLB Reuben Foster pleaded no contest to his misdemeanor assault rifle possession charge from February.

Foster will do 232 hours of community service, serve two years probation, and is forbidden from possessing guns or ammunition. It wraps up Foster's laundry list of legal issues this offseason. The whole thing is now in the NFL's hands as to whether it wants to hand down any punishment for Foster. We'd have to think he's suspended multiple games for the upcoming season.
Jun 6 - 12:45 PM


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