Jim Harbaugh on Aldon Smith: “He’s showing up. He’s working hard. He’s listening.”

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh was interviewed by Bay Area reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript. Q: What do you think of the rookies and undrafted guys so far? HARBAUGH: So far so good. They’ve done a great job studying. Coaches have done a great job bringing them up to speed in the last two weeks. Excited to see then competing out here today. Q: What is the status…

May 23, 2014

An encouraging stat for Kory Faulkner

I bet you didn’t know that the 49ers’ newest undrafted free agent QB, Kory Faulkner, led Southern Illinois’ offense to a 46.4 third-down-conversion percentage last season, 14th-best in FCS football. Eastern Illinois’ offense —  which was led by  QB Jimmy Garoppolo whom the Patriots just drafted in the second round — converted third downs 44.3 percent of the time last season, 21st-best in the FCS.

May 19, 2014

49ers’ QB depth a puzzle for the preseason

This is my Saturday column on the 49ers’ five quarterbacks. SANTA CLARA – Five 49ers quarterbacks. Only three can make the team. Which three will it be? We know Colin Kaepernick will make the team and start unless he breaks his leg or starts missing receivers by 30 yards and sailing passes into the stands. That leaves two spots for four quarterbacks – 24-year-old former first round pick Blaine Gabbert,…

May 17, 2014

49ers wrap up draft stocking up on defense

This is my Sunday news story on Day 3 of the 49ers’ draft. SANTA CLARA — The 49ers waited until the final day of the draft to address almost all of their biggest needs. First, a speed receiver. The 49ers used the sixth pick of the fourth round to take Bruce Ellington from the University of South Carolina. Ellington immediately becomes the 49ers’ fastest receiver, and their shortest receiver, too….

May 11, 2014