49ers vs. Chargers preseason live blog

SANTA CLARA This is the live blog for the 49ers preseason game against the Chargers. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box. 6:56 Here is the list of 49ers who will not play tonight, in alphabetical order: DE Arik Armstead OL Zane Beadles DE Ronald Blair LB NaVorro Bowman OT Trent Brown DT DeForest Buckner WR Aaron Burbridge DE Tank Carradine DE Elvis Dumervil…

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It’s make-or-break time for ‘bubble’ players on 49ers’ preseason roster

First order of business for the 49ers during tonight’s preseason game against the Chargers: Don’t play important players. The season starts a week from Sunday. Keep the starters healthy. Second order of business: Make a list of the 45 best players on the roster, the players who definitely will make the team. These are the players the 49ers do not need to scrutinize in this game. Third order of business:…

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49ers trade for Laken Tomlinson

The 49ers have agreed to trade a fifth-round pick in 2019 for former Detroit Lions guard Laken Tomlinson, according to Ian Rapoport. Terms: The #Lions trade guard Laken Tomlinson to the #49ers for a 5th rounder in 2019, sources tell @MikeGarafolo and me. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2017 Tomlinson was a first-round pick in 2015. He has started 24 games at left guard during his career, but this…

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49ers trade TE Vance McDonald to Steelers

The San Francisco 49ers have traded tight end Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in return for a fourth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter. Here’s a statement from G.M. John Lynch: “We would like to thank Vance for his contributions to this organization on the field and in the community over the last four seasons. Although I have only known Vance for a short time, I…

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Kyle Shanahan: “Playing QB in this league is about going through progression, having to manipulate zones.”

Here is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Monday conference call, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Do you have any update on T Joe Staley’s knee? “Yeah, it was like we thought, came back good. He’s obviously got some tendonitis and things like that in his knee, some wear and tear. But, we feel good about it and we think he’ll be good by Week 1.”   What else jumped…

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49ers 31, Vikings 32: Grades

Here are the grades for the 49ers’ 32-31 preseason loss to the Vikings. QUARTERBACKS: B-plus. Brian Hoyer played very well against a defense that ranked third out of 32 teams last season. He threw a perfect 46-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field to a wide open Marquise Goodwin, and threw another perfect touchdown pass over the middle to Carlos Hyde. The throw to Hyde was even more…

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49ers @ Vikings live blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers’ “dress rehearsal” preseason road game against Vikings. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room. 4:48 DT DeForest Buckner and DE Aaron Lynch are wearing uniforms and probably will play tonight. FS Jimmie Ward and CB Will Redmond are wearing street clothes and will not play tonight. 5:05 Jaquiski Tartt is starting at free safety instead of…

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49ers will show a lot of their cards in third preseason game

SANTA CLARA Sunday afternoon, the 49ers will play their third preseason game, which football coaches call “the dress rehearsal.” It’s a dry run for the regular season opener. The 49ers will treat this exhibition as if it’s a real game. Coaches will game plan for the Minnesota Vikings, starters will play the entire first half and substitutes will enter the game for specific plays in specific situations just like during…

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Kyle Shanahan on Ahmad Brooks: “We know there’s a lot of teams that will be interested in him.”

SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What went into the decision to release LB Ahmad Brooks right now? “Doing it right now is more just in the best interest for Ahmad. It’s a real tough decision. [General Manager] John [Lynch] and I had gone back and forth with it the last few days. Once we really came to…

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49ers release Ahmad Brooks

The 49ers just announced they have released veteran outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Here’s a statement from general manager John Lynch: “We would like to thank Ahmad for his nine years of service and contributions to the 49ers. In that time, he played a significant role on some formidable defensive units that helped this team achieve great success. We feel good about the depth and competition along our defensive front and…

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Jimmie Ward on his new position: “Psshhh, I can play sideline to sideline. It’s fantastic.”

SANTA CLARA Jimmie Ward spoke to a group of reporters in the 49ers locker room Thursday afternoon. Here’s a transcript. Q: Do you feel like your hamstring is 100-percent healthy? WARD: Just about. Just gotta keep going out there and pushing it to see how far I can get by the time the end of the week comes. Q: What was it like for you being out and having to…

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Robert Saleh on NaVorro Bowman: “He has no deficiencies.”

SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Robert Saleh’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department   How was DB Jimmie Ward’s first day back on the practice field? “It was good. Get him out there working. It was good to see him. He moves around just like he was moving around just like he did in OTAs.”   What was his workload? “It was individual. Going through, just…

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Hoyer: ‘Teams don’t really know necessarily how we’re going to play.’

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Brian Hoyer’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What did you do for those three days that you’re not out on the field practicing? “Yeah, well we came in, what did I do?”   Yeah, what did you do? “This was kind of unique because we wanted to get on our normal week schedule. So, instead of having our…

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Shanahan: ‘I’ve been happy with Carlos (Hyde)’s reps in the preseason. I definitely want to do better.’

SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department   You guys signed a veteran defensive lineman today. What was the thought process behind adding DL Sen’Derrick Marks? “We just wanted more competition inside. I’ve played against Sen’Derrick a number of times over the years. He’s been a good player for a while. We wanted to see where he was at now,…

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49ers sign DT Sen’Derrick Marks

The San Francisco 49ers just announced they’ve signed veteran defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks. Marks (30) is a former second-round pick of the Tennessee Titans. The past four seasons he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked with current 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Marks has started 61 games during his NFL career, but has started just three games the past two seasons. Why do you think the 49ers are…

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