Dozens meet at NFL HQ to protest Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment

Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. EST, roughly 50 people met outside NFL headquarters in New York City to protest the league’s supposed blackball of Colin Kaepernick. The protest was organized by Kevin Livingston, the president of a non-profit organization called “100 suits for a 100 men,” which gives suits to parolees who need them for job interviews. Kaepernick recently donated 50 suits to this organization. Among the people who attended…

May 25, 2017
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Shanahan on leading practices: “I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.”

1 SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   What was your overall assessment of how everything went today? “It was alright. It was day two of OTAs. We put in a few more things as you do each day. So, a few more busts than I would have like, but it’s part of the process. Each day you…

May 24, 2017
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Why is Aaron Lynch overweight? “Going out places, taking my wife out, things like that.”

SANTA CLARA Aaron Lynch spoke with Bay Area Reporters after OTAs Tuesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript. Q: How has the offseason been going for you, learning the new scheme and where you fit into it? LYNCH: It’s fun. Got my hand in the dirt a lot more now. Get to be a defensive end, not much dropping. It’s a lot of fun. Play fast. Q: Are you solely playing that…

May 24, 2017
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The good and not so good from 49ers OTAs: Week 1

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me Tuesday. THE GOOD 1. QB Brian Hoyer. I haven’t seen a 49ers quarterback play this well during practice since Alex Smith was on the team. Hoyer was in total command of the offense, made quick decisions in the pocket and completed 13-of-15 passes during team drills. Both of his incomplete passes were long throws intended for Marquise Goodwin, who stopped running…

May 23, 2017
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Peter King gives Colin Kaepernick bad advice

1 Sports Illustrated’s Peter King interviewed Colin Kaepernick’s trainer, Richard Hidalgo, last week, and asked the trainer if Kaepernick still wants to play football. “Colin has been there since January, training with me five days a week,” Hidalgo said. “We have been getting ready for football as if he was a starting quarterback for an NFL team. When I read that people don’t know if Colin wants to play football…

May 22, 2017
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Idle Colin Kaepernick taking smart approach to offseason

1 Colin Kaepernick is unemployed because he’s channeling Donald Trump. The NFL isn’t blackballing him. Don’t even go there. Before I get to what I mean about Kaepernick and Trump, let me address this supposed black ball. Some members of the media would have you believe all 32 NFL franchises are whispering to each other not to sign Kaepernick because he didn’t stand for the National Anthem. Seems highly unlikely….

May 18, 2017
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Does Carlos Hyde fit Kyle Shanahan’s offense?

1 No, Carlos Hyde does NOT fit Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Here’s why: Reason No. 1: Hyde’s career rushing average is 3.1 yards per carry when the quarterback is under center, which is where is he is most of the time in Shanahan’s offense. Reason No. 2: Hyde lacks the vision the vision to find running lanes in Shanahan’s outside-zone running scheme and is more suited to run through predetermined holes. Reason…

May 16, 2017
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Visual proof that Aaron Lynch is overweight

On May 5, I made national news when I broke the story that 49ers outside linebacker Aaron Lynch is “a cool 20 pounds overweight.” Now, you can see for yourself. The 49ers just released a slow-motion video of Lynch reporting to this week’s offseason workout program, and he looks like an offensive lineman. Check him out below at the three-second mark. 😀 it’s Monday and another week of the offseason program starts…

May 15, 2017
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Is Josh Allen the next 49ers franchise quarterback?

I predict the 49ers will win nine games next season, but ESPN’s Todd McShay predicts they will win far fewer and pick second in the 2018 draft. With the second pick, McShay believes the 49ers will take Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Here’s what McShay writes about Allen: “Allen is very physically gifted, but he needs to improve his decision-making and be a little more consistent with his footwork. He has…

May 15, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan: “I’d rather risk getting the lesser guy to have more guys.”

The 49ers recently invited Peter King to spend draft day with them and eavesdrop on their conversations. I have no idea why. On Thursday, King published his article chronicling his day with the 49ers. This article contained an interesting exchange between G.M. John Lynch, Vice President of Player Personnel Adam Peters and head coach Kyle Shanahan. A few hours before the draft, Peters asked Shanahan if he would consider drafting Washington…

May 12, 2017
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Report: 49ers want to trade NaVorro Bowman

According to Mike Lombardi, the 49ers are trying to trade former All Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. I’ve transcribed Lombardi’s report below. To hear it, fast forward to the 20-minute mark in the podcast at the bottom this post. When you’re done, answer the following questions: Do you think the 49ers will find a trade partner for Bowman? Do you think the 49ers will cut Bowman if they don’t find a trade…

May 11, 2017
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49ers quiz of the day

Here’s your quiz question of the day: Where will the 49ers make their biggest improvement from last season’s 2-14 team? Show all work and explain your answer. I will post mine later this week.

May 10, 2017
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Warriors need an answer on Steve Kerr soon

The Warriors just dismissed another playoff opponent four games to zero Monday night and everything seems to be going well for them. But one issue looms over the postseason. Steve Kerr. He is the eight-hundred-pound gorilla in the room. Or not in the room. He is out of the room. His issue is his absence. Kerr has missed the past six games due to complications from a back surgery he…

May 9, 2017
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49ers early 53-man roster projection

As we wait for OTAs to start, here are the players I think will make the 49ers 53-man roster. OFFENSE Wide receiver Pierre Garcon Marquise Goodwin Jeremy Kerley Aldrick Robinson Trent Taylor DeAndre Carter Analysis: Garcon and Kerley will be the possession receivers. Goodwin and Robinson will be the deep threats. And Taylor and Carter will be the backups. I think the Niners will keep Carter as the sixth receiver instead…

May 8, 2017
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The good and not so good from 49ers rookie minicamp

SANTA CLARA Here are the highlights from the 49ers rookie minicamp. SHANAHAN WATCH Last week, Kyle Shanahan spent most of the voluntary minicamp working with wide receivers and tight ends on route-running. He looked like the passing game coordinator. Today, he looked like the quarterback coach. More specifically, he looked like C.J. Beathard’s personal tutor. Shanahan watched Beathard during every drill. When the rest of the team practiced special teams,…

May 5, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan on Reuben Foster: “Worst-case scenario, he wouldn’t be able to play for us right away.”

Kyle Shanahan spoke on KNBR Thursday morning. Here’s what he said about Reuben Foster’s  shoulder. Does Shanahan’s statement reassure you? Q: ESPN reported that Reuben Foster’s shoulder surgery was ineffective and it didn’t take and his shoulder could give out at any time. Is this a case of other teams covering their rear ends fir not drafting him? SHANAHAN: I think it’s a little bit of both. There are 32 teams…

May 4, 2017
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Joe Williams: “I was the best running back in the draft.”

SANTA CLARA Running back Joe Williams spoke with Bay Area reporters in the 49ers media room Thursday afternoon. Here are select quotes. Q: John Lynch said when he first started researching you and learned you had sat out those four games, he didn’t want you on his list. Slowly but surely, you got back on that list. Did you get the sense from the attention they gave you that that…

May 4, 2017
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49ers release RB Mike Davis

The San Francisco 49ers have released former fourth-round draft pick Mike Davis, according to Ian Rapoport. The #49ers have released RB Mike Davis, source said. He was the subject of trade talks during the draft, so he’ll draw real interest. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 4, 2017 This move shouldn’t come as a surprise. Davis had no chance to make the final roster after the 49ers spent a fourth-round pick…

May 4, 2017
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Analyzing the 49ers undrafted free agents

The San Francisco 49ers haven’t yet officially released the names of their undrafted free agents, so here’s an unofficial list. Victor Bolden, WR, Oregon State. Analysis: A slot receiver whose best chance to make the 49ers final roster will come as a kick returner. Ran back 108 kickoffs for 2,420 yards and 3 touchdowns in college. Outlook: Practice squad. Kendrick Bourne, WR, Eastern Washington. Analysis: Slow possession receiver with good hands…

May 4, 2017
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