Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco 49ers’

Colin Kaepernick’s jersey, gear donated to Smithsonian

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Colin Kaepernick’s football career remains very much a question mark, but he’s already left an impression on American culture, as his jersey and other gear from his protests in 2016 are now in the hands of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continuously collects items of historic significance from African Americans involved in all phases of American life, and the sociologist and author Harry Edwards encouraged the museum to take a close look at Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback drew nationwide attention last year when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality in America.

U2 played too long? Bay Area’s proud curfew-busting history

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Sad that the world-famous band, event organizers and San Francisco 49ers which operate the stadium did nothing to stop the music at the 10 p.m. cutoff. In fact, violating curfews is practically a time-honored tradition here in Northern California, where warm climes beget loud outdoor rock concerts which in turn beget all manner of kerfuffles. As Santa Clara resident Robert Sherman wrote this week on a local news blog, “I live less than a half-mile from the Stadium as the crow flies, and on numerous occasions (Grateful Dead, Beyonce, One Direction and Taylor Swift concerts, notably) the concerts were clearly audible from my home, and in a couple of cases (Beyonce and One Direction) audible INSIDE our home with the doors and windows closed.

Reports: 49ers work out defensive linemen

Friday, May 19th, 2017

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Matt Barkley has lived a suspenseful NFL life since the conclusion of his storied USC career. Considered a certain first-round pick a year earlier, Barkley had to wait until the fourth round to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL draft. After spending time with Philadelphia, Arizona and Chicago in his first four seasons, it could have been expected that Barkley would remain a free agent for a while this offseason. Instead, he found a spot with the 49ers on the first day of free agency. New coach Kyle Shanahan targeted Brian Hoyer to be his quarterback. When Matt Schaub decided to remain as Atlanta’s backup, Barkley became Shanahan’s choice among all other free-agent

Devonta Freeman getting comfortable with Steve Sarkisian

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is already beginning to feel a level of comfort with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian takes over for Kyle Shanahan after his departure in February to become head coach of the San Francisco

Alex Smith thinks Chiefs committed to him only through this season

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In his first public comments since the Chiefs traded up in the first round to select Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II, Alex Smith acknowledged Wednesday that his time as Kansas City's starting quarterback might soon be finished. The Chiefs view Mahomes as the eventual replacement for Smith, who has two seasons left on his contract. "I think [the Chiefs are] committed to me [only] through this year,'' Smith said. "That's just the nature of it. If you don't go out there and perform, I mean, coach [Andy] Reid and [quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy] are very honest. You've got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to. "Whether or not we drafted Patrick, it doesn't change that,

Solomon Thomas among 49ers rookies absent from offseason program

Monday, May 15th, 2017

For the second spring in a row, the 49ers will have a first-round draft pick from Stanford absent from most of the team’s offseason program and playing catch up with nearly everyone else on the 90-man roster. Former Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, wide receiver Trent Taylor, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, and undrafted wide receiver Kendrick Bourne of Eastern Washington are the only 49ers players who are currently ineligible to take part in the team's offseason program. NFL rules stipulate that rookies who have not completed their undergraduate degrees are ineligible to join a team’s offseason program on a full-time basis until after

49ers rookie cornerback Witherspoon tackles critiques of his style

Monday, May 15th, 2017

After the 49ers maneuvered in the first round to pick up two of the top three players on their draft board, the club had to wait until the second pick of the third round to make another selection. The addition of Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, was not viewed with the same widespread applause as the 49ers’ first-round picks of Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. In sizing up Witherspoon, one AFC scout told NBC Sports Bay Area, “He won’t hit anyone.” That’s a critique Witherspoon heard repeatedly in the run-up to the NFL draft. Even the man who drafted him – a former hard-hitting safety who was a finalist for the Pro Football

10 Biggest Mistakes of the 2017 NFL Draft

Monday, May 15th, 2017

After months of speculation and countless rumors, the 2017 NFL Draft is now officially in the books. To move up one spot (from No. 3 overall to No. 2), Chicago General Manager Ryan Pace gave up the No. 3, No. 67, and No. 111 picks in 2017, as well as their third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jay Gruden shoots down report that 49ers offered draft day trade for 17th pick

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

The Redskins held their rookie camp today in the practice bubble in Ashburn. Here are some observations from the short session that, according to Jay Gruden, was ended early because they didn’t have enough healthy defensive linemen to proceed. —The only draft picks not participating today were injured DB’s Fabian Moreau (torn pectoral muscle) and Montae Nicholson (torn labrum). They did some stretching and observed practice from the side. —Samaje Perine did some good things that you will read about in a minute here but in the early going he had a swing pass go through his hands. He mentioned after practice that receiving is something he has to work on. —First impression of fifth-round TE Jeremy

Kaepernick Still Hoping To Play In 2017

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Not only are starting quarterbacks in demand, but so are reserves, making the fate of Colin Kaepernick all the more intriguing. Kaepernick, who guided the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, thrust himself into the spotlight in 2016 when he refused to stand for the national anthem. In March, Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract amid reports that he would resume standing for the anthem.