The San Francisco 49ers are eager to move forward from a forgettable offseason. They made nearly as much news off the field as in free agency and the draft, although they accomplished their top priority by re-signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of the franchise. Distractions were everywhere in the days, weeks and months after San Francisco’s season ended in the NFC championship game against biggest rival Seattle, the eventual Super Bowl champion. On the defensive side, linebacker Aldon Smith and cornerback Chris Culliver each dealt with offseason arrests and court appearances. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
In a story July 17, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the San Francisco 49ers, reported that Levi’s Stadium is the first LEED Gold certified stadium in the NFL for its environmentally friendly design. The U.S. Green Building Council says Levi’s Stadium is seeking to become the first stadium in the NFL to be LEED Gold certified as a new building. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
It’s unclear the amount of a salary raise Boone is seeking. What is clear is one serious holdup in the team and player getting a deal done is related to where the two sides believe Boone should be rated among starting guards in the league. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges. The sentence came after Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya reduced three felony counts of possessing illegal assault rifles to misdemeanors. The judge noted that Smith has no criminal record involving violence, but warned the 24-year-old football star that if he violates any of terms of his probation, he will be sent to jail for 11 days. Smith was also told to serve 235 hours of community service and pay nearly $4,000 in fines. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
The San Francisco 49ers announced that nose tackle Ian Williams, who was the team’s starter at the beginning of last season, was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list Friday. Williams has been out since the second game of last season when a cut block by Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy caused extensive ligament and bone damage to his ankle. By starting on the PUP list, Williams counts currently against the 90-man roster limit. At the time of the cutdown to 53 players, Williams will either remain on the roster or be placed on reserve/PUP, at which point he is ineligible to practice until after the sixth week of the season. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
San José (United States) (AFP) – San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and three years’ probation on weapons and drink driving charges. A US judge also ordered Smith to pay $2,000 in fines, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The court on Friday reduced three felony counts of possessing illegal assault rifles against Smith to misdemeanors. Under the terms of his probation, the 24-year-old Smith is barred from drinking alcohol for three years. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will not spend time in jail but on a work crew after his sentencing Friday on several charges. Smith was sentenced to 12 days in jail, but Judge Daniel Nishigaya of Santa Clara County Superior Court reduced his time to 11 days that could be served on a work detail on Mondays for 11 weeks starting July 28. The judge also sentenced Smith to three years’ court probation and ordered Smith to perform 235 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 fine. Smith also is forbidden to own a gun or ammunition. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
The San Francisco 49ers secured the services of offensive tackle Joe Staley through the 2019 season after signing him to a two-year contract extension Thursday. No financial details were announced by the 49ers, but the 29-year-old Staley previously was signed through the 2017 season and scheduled to make $2.7 million in 2014. The 49ers also announced that wide receiver Bruce Ellington, running back Marcus Lattimore, center Marcus Martin, fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser and guard Brandon Thomas were placed on the active/non-football injury list. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got a little teary on his drive to Levi’s Stadium on Thursday. Others had a different reaction upon walking into the building: Wow! With confetti streaming down under a blue sky, the 49ers officially opened the $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara with a ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with all the opulence of their new home. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, linebacker Patrick Willis and left tackle Joe Staley joined York and others on stage to cut the ribbons. The stadium’s opening put one of the NFL’s flagship franchises on firm footing and planted the country’s most popular sports league in technology-rich Silicon Valley for the first time. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News
Saw a great statistic this morning from ESPN’s Bill Williamson: The San Francisco 49ers’ third-leading receiver the past three seasons have caught 25, 41 and 20 passes.
And those were by fullback Bruce Miller, tight end Vernon Davis and a receiver/kick returner (Kyle Williams) who is no longer in the NFL.
For perspective, the Denver Broncos had five players with more than 60 receptions last season. The Atlanta Falcons had seven players in 2013 with more than Miller’s 25 catches.
Naturally, a lot of that was by design — the 49ers ranked third in the NFL in rushing attempts and dead last in passes thrown — but it also was because of personnel. The team was badly shorthanded at wide receiver with Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham coming off major injuries and unavailable until later in the season, often using 1-WR formations with Anquan Boldin as the main (and only) threat. Davis also acted as a wide receiver essentially (no, this isn’t a contract discussion) out of necessity.
So what happens this season?
The Niners have Boldin back. They have a self-proclaimed healthy Crabtree. They still have Davis, and he’s eager to prove his financial worth. The team also traded for Stevie Johnson. That’s four legit receivers, and we haven’t even mentioned former 1,400-yard receiver Brandon Lloyd, former first-round reclamation project Jonathan Baldwin, former second-round tight end Vance McDonald or fourth-rounders Quinton Patton (2013) or Bruce Ellington (2014).
From paper thin to rather loaded, right?
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