The 49ers offense dekes Reuben Foster during his first practice with the starters

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Monday morning. THE NOT SO GOOD 1. LB Reuben Foster. Last week, NaVorro Bowman described rookie Reuben Foster as an aggressive “downhill” linebacker. In this context, “downhill” means Foster wants to explode into the backfield and tackle the running back behind the line of scrimmage. This is a good quality for a linebacker to have, but also one the offense…

August 7, 2017
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49ers training camp report: Malcolm Smith is out for the season

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice at Levi’s Stadium Saturday morning. THE TERRIBLE 1. LB Malcolm Smith. Smith is out for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle during a collision with NaVorro Bowman and Matt Breida. This is a significant loss for the 49ers, who were counting on Smith to be a starter — he is the team’s best linebacker when it comes to pass coverage. Smith’s…

August 5, 2017
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49ers training camp report: The defense punishes Carlos Hyde

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Friday morning. THE GOOD 1. RB Joe Williams. Yesterday, Williams gained 32 yards on four carries. Today, he gained 58 yards on six carries and had his two best runs of the offseason. Both runs came when the quarterback was under center and Williams was in an I-formation. The first run was an inside-zone play. In one fluid motion,…

August 4, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan: “Aaron (Lynch) had a baby in the middle of last night. Not him, his wife.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   We saw that LB Aaron Lynch wasn’t out there today. What’s going on there? “Aaron had a baby in the middle of last night. Not him, his wife. It sounds good. I talked to him through text in the middle of the night, but everything seems like it checked out fine…

August 4, 2017
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49ers training camp report: Joe Williams has a big day

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Thursday morning. THE GOOD 1. Violent payback for the defense. Carlos Hyde made the defense seem soft on Wednesday when he ran as hard as he could through rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who seemed to think Hyde would go easy on a teammate and run around him. On Thursday, the defense got revenge, both against Hyde and the rest…

August 3, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan explains why the 49ers released Bruce Ellington

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Can you address the three transactions you made? You brought in two receivers and then today the decision to release WR Bruce Ellington? I’m assuming those are all interconnected? “Yeah, you know the first day when we actually lost [WR] BJ [Johnson III], he went down, we still hadn’t decided how…

August 3, 2017
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49ers practice participation: Eric Reid returns from ankle injury

SANTA CLARA Here is the 49ers’ anticipated Thursday practice participation report, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department ILB  NaVorro Bowman: veteran’s day off. DT DeForest Buckner: ankle, day to day. OL J.P. Flynn: knee, out. CB Zach Franklin: ankle, out. WR Pierre Garcon: veteran’s day off. LB Eli Harold: concussion, out. TE George Kittle: hamstring, individual drills. CB Keith Reaser: knee, individual drills. OT Joe Staley: veteran’s day off. S…

August 3, 2017
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49ers training camp report: DeForest Buckner injures his ankle

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Wednesday morning. THE GOOD 1. RB Tim Hightower. Hightower split time on the first-team offense with Carlos Hyde – those two have shared reps evenly with the starters all of training camp. And while it’s clear Hyde has more raw talent than Hightower, Hightower still is more comfortable and productive than Hyde in Kyle Shanahan’s system. The offense functions better…

August 2, 2017
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49ers practice participation report: Keith Reaser out with a knee injury

Here is the 49ers anticipated Wednesday practice participation report, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department. OL J.P. Flynn: knee, out. OLB Eli Harold: head, out, day-to-day. TE George Kittle: hamstring, individual drills. CB Keith Reaser: knee, out, day-to-day. S Eric Reid: ankle, individual drills. S Jaquiski Tartt: rib, out day-to-day. Good news: Eric Reid and George Kittle seems close to returning to practice. Not so good news: Cornerback Keith Reaser,…

August 2, 2017
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49ers training camp report: Tim Hightower — not Carlos Hyde — on field for first play of practice

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Monday morning. THE GOOD 1. DE Aaron Lynch. Lynch has lost more than 20 pounds since the beginning of OTAs when he says he weighed between 295 lbs. and 300 lbs. According to Lynch, he currently weighs 273 lbs. Good for him. I thought he would gain weight during the five weeks between minicamp and training camp when he didn’t…

July 31, 2017
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49ers training camp report: Joshua Garnett upsets Charles Haley

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Sunday morning. THE GOOD 1. DT DeForest Buckner. Today was the first day the 49ers wore pads, so I focused mainly on the players who hit each other, particularly the linemen – both on offense and defense. And the best lineman on the team clearly is second-year defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. None of the interior offensive linemen could block him…

July 30, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan says Carlos Hyde “has given himself a chance to have a good season.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Sunday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Is Training Camp more calm when there’s no quarterback competition? “I don’t think so. I think, from an outside perspective it is, because that’s usually the easiest thing, I think always people want to hear about the quarterbacks the most and so when there’s a quarterback battle it usually dominates camp….

July 30, 2017
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Brian Hoyer has a perfect practice at 49ers training camp

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Saturday morning. THE GOOD 1. QB Brian Hoyer. As far as what Hoyer could control, he was perfect. Of his six incompletions, one was a drop by Pierre Garcon, two were throw-aways and three were pass breakups by cornerbacks. Hoyer threw zero bad passes. Overall, he completed 13 of 19 (68 percent), and he wasn’t just dinking and dunking….

July 29, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan explains the drawbacks of having mobile QBs, plus more

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Saturday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Getting DL Solomon Thomas out there, I don’t know if you were focused in on him at all, but what was your takeaway? “It was just good to get him out there. We wanted him to go a little yesterday and he came but he missed stretch and individuals, so we…

July 29, 2017
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49ers training camp report: George Kittle is Brian Hoyer’s favorite target

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Friday morning. THE GOOD 1. TE George Kittle. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer threw more passes (five) to Kittle than to any other player. Kittle seems to be Hoyer’s favorite target, probably because none of the Niners linebackers can cover the rookie tight end. During seven-on-seven drills, Kittle easily beat starting middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman with an out route. Kittle…

July 28, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan on Solomon Thomas: “He’s a guy I believe is in shape.”

SANTA CLARA Here’s a transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Friday post-practice press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What happened with DB Jimmie Ward, to sustain that injury? “He did it in our conditioning test, which was unfortunate for him and for us obviously. He tweaked it halfway through it. I don’t, we don’t think it was a full pull or anything, but we want to be smart and…

July 28, 2017
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49ers place Jimmie Ward on Physically-Unable-to-Perform List

The 49ers just announced they have placed free safety Jimmie Ward on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform List. Ward strained his hamstring yesterday during the team’s conditioning test and his status is week to week, according to a team official. The Niners can activate Ward at any time during training camp. Stay tuned for more news.

July 28, 2017
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Brian Hoyer: “This is my team. This is my offense.”

1 SANTA CLARA Quarterback Brian Hoyer answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Take us through the three days you were in Dallas, what was accomplished there? “It was great, first and foremost just to get back around the guys. You get so much time off and you spend so much time with the guys while you’re here and…

July 27, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan explains why the 49ers did not sign Colin Kaepernick, plus more

SANTA CLARA Head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   First off, is everybody here? What is DL Solomon Thomas’ contract situation? John Lynch: “Yeah, we’re still working on that. There’s been a lot of productive conversations here in the last couple of days. Just left some of those, and we’re hopeful…

July 27, 2017
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Joe Staley says he prefers to play with players who are “are all about football all the time.”

SANTA CLARA Offensive tackle Joe Staley answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: How big is the challenge of learning a new system this year now that Kyle Shanahan is your coach? STALEY: His playbook is known as being very intricate and it has a lot of moving pieces and a lot of different things that he throws at you and he expects a lot…

July 27, 2017
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