Quinton Patton - WRPosted 5/26/15 10:30pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton is feeling much better this offseason than he has in previous seasons, largely because of working out with QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason. 'It's benefitted me knowing we're throwing the ball together and he's telling me what he's seeing and I'm telling him what I'm seeing, and just knowing where to be and when I need to be there,' Patton said.
Huddle Up: Patton, who's caught only six passes for 78 yards in 10 games his first two seasons, has a clearer path to playing time this season with only vets Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith ahead of him on the depth chart heading into the summer. See if he's able to hold the spot in camp.
Torrey Smith - WRPosted 5/24/15 1:18pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith was a featured part of the offense during practice last week, connecting with QB Colin Kaepernick on several plays and catching a touchdown from QB Blaine Gabbert in the red zone.
Huddle Up: With his speed and Kaepernick's big arm, Smith has plenty of fantasy potential -- especially given that the Niners are in need of reliable offensive weapons after parting ways with mainstays Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree earlier this offseason.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 5/22/15 2:27pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is nursing a leg injury and did not practice Thursday, May 21. A timetable for his return was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The season remains more than 3 months away, but Hyde's durability will certainly be under extra scrutiny this offseason as he's now the man in San Fran.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 5/14/15 2:13pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush has been an asset to QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason, according to general manager Trent Baalke. The GM said Bush and Kaepernick have developed a rapport and that Bush's downfield speed gives Kaepernick more room to work with.
Huddle Up: Bush will be attempting to bounce back from an injury-riddled disappointing second season in Detroit but has averaged 51.8 catches a season during his nine NFL campaigns and will give Kaepernick an out-of-the-backfield weapon that he's lacked.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 5/14/15 11:12pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith's arrival should free up TE Vernon Davis to stretch the field, according to general manager Trent Baalke. 'The one thing that really shows up is the way the field's opened up more with the speed or Torrey being able to stretch the outside,' Baalke said. 'And it really helps Vernon's game because now Vernon's game is (to) stretch the field a little bit, as well.'
Huddle Up: Whether it's Smith's downfield threat, better play by Kaepernick, the acquisition of pass-catching RB Reggie Bush or simply a return to health, something has rejuvenate Davis, who shockingly plummeted off the fantasy map last season with only 26 catches for 245 yards and two scores. It only goes up from there.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 4/21/15 5:03pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has reportedly dropped his weight near 220 pounds. It's the lightest he's been since his days at Ohio State University.
Huddle Up: Hyde rushed for 333 yards and four TDs as a rookie last season backing up Frank Gore, but he's now the man in San Fran -- teaming with complementary FA signee Reggie Bush -- with Gore gone to Indy, and he'll be a popular RB2 selection in drafts this summer.
Carlos Hyde - RBPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde likely will see a lot more playing time next season, according to QB Colin Kaepernick.
Huddle Up: Pretty obvious, with Frank Gore gone, that Hyde's workload will increase. Still, it's nice to hear the starting quarterback confirm the expectation.
Kendall Hunter - RBPosted 4/12/15 4:01pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) has been participating in some drills with his teammates during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Hunter averaged 96.3 touches and 490 yards from scrimmage per season from 2011-13 as the primary backup to Frank Gore before missing last season with a knee ailment, but Hunter now finds himself as the No. 3 back on the depth chart behind Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush and his 2015 fantasy prospects are slim at best.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 4/11/15 12:15pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is attending voluntary workouts this season after skipping them the year before, saying 'I'm here this year because I want to get better.'
Huddle Up: Davis was a bust last season, so it's nice to see him doing something about it. There will be opportunities in the San Francisco passing game this season with Michael Crabtree gone, so a motivated Davis might place himself back on the fantasy radar.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 4/10/15 7:29pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is expected to be on the field for offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Tomsula.
Huddle Up: Bowman, who wound up missing the entire 2014 season after his knee injury in the previous season's NFC Championship Game, is being counted on heavily in San Fran with the surprising off-season retirements of fellow LBs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 4/10/15 10:41pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been impressive this offseason and looks like a different quarterback, according to TE Vernon Davis.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick posted career-low numbers in yards-per-attempt (7.0) and QBR (55.86) while finishing 16th among all QBs with 314 fantasy points, so it actually won't take much for him to improve. Re-establishing his lost connection with Davis -- who somehow only had 26 catches for 245 yards and two TDs -- will go a long way toward turning things around.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 4/7/15 1:38pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick continues to work with former NFL MVP Kurt Warner this offseason, and Warner's goal is trying to get Kaepernick to wait longer in the pocket as a passer before using his athleticism as a crutch. Warner said in a satellite radio interview Monday, April 6, that Kaepernick has relied on his running ability so long that it's a difficult transition to become the type of pocket passer necessary for success in the NFL.
Huddle Up: True to Warner's assessment, Kaepernick's rushing attempts have gone up in each of his four seasons -- reaching 104 this past year while his passer rating has dropped in each of the last three campaigns.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 4/2/15 12:25pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's $10.4 million base salary for the 2015 season has become fully guaranteed since he was on the roster Wednesday, April 1.
Huddle Up: Let's see what a new coach and offensive coordinator (Geep Chryst) can do with Kaepernick following his deeply disappointing 2014 season. Besides, the only other roster option is Blaine Gabbert.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/29/15 2:53pm ET
Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is not a target for the Minnesota Vikings at this time.
Huddle Up: After coming back from his 2013 offseason Achilles' rupture, Crabtree has had a so-so 87 catches for 982 yards and five TDs in 21 games and his best option may end up being re-signing with the Niners.
Brandon Lloyd - WRPosted 3/29/15 8:27pm ET
Free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (49ers) has had no conversations with his former team about a new contract.
Huddle Up: The 33-year-old Lloyd had 14 catches for 294 yards and a TD last season but the Niners seem intent on building a new WR corps around holdover veteran starter Anquan Boldin, adding Torrey Smith while not making a move to retrain (as of yet) Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson or Lloyd.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 3/26/15 5:07pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush still has the ability to be an every-down back, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said Bush is not a gadget player but does have the skill set to help on third downs.
Huddle Up: Bush isn't going to be the Niners' main rushing back with second-year RB Carlos Hyde topping the depth chart, and look for him to still see roughly a third of his touches via receptions.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 3/23/15 8:28pm ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has a backer in new head coach Jim Tomsula. 'Statistically and all that kind of stuff, people throw those out there -- Colin had his best year, OK. Colin is working down in Arizona. He's a great dude. He's a real good dude. He's a good teammate. He's a neat cat. Colin's going to do real well. Colin's a great football player and even better person. We're really excited about Colin,' Tomsula said.
Huddle Up: Good for the head coach to have your back, especially since the 49ers have spent the offseason watching Kaepernick's weapons leave town. Expect the Niners' offense to revolve around Kaepernick this season, with an uptick in running that should boost his fantasy productivity.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 3/17/15 2:43pm ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Stevie Johnson (49ers) officially signed with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, March 17, on a three-year deal. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Johnson had three 1,000-yard seasons, averaging 79 catches and nearly eight TDs per year, in Buffalo from 2010-12 but had only 87 receptions for 1,032 yards and six scores over the last two seasons, including a disappointing 35-435-3 season a year ago after landing in San Fran via trade. The Patriots were also interested, but the situation in S.D. presents a clearer path to playing time as the Bolts are looking to replace starter Eddie Royal, who signed with the Bears.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 3/15/15 5:04pm ET
Free-agent WR Stevie Johnson (49ers) will visit the New England Patriots on Monday, March 16.
Huddle Up: The Pats recently signed former Dolphin Brandon Gibson and restructured Danny Amendola's deal, but they're seemingly always searching for bargain talent to stock their skill-position depth chart -- particularly talent they're familiar with in the ex-Bill Johnson, who also recently visited with the Chargers.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 3/10/15 2:12pm ET
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent RB Frank Gore is planning to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a source. His deal is expected to be for three years and $12 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: "Planning to sign" is still an operative term here as a few days ago it appeared the veteran RB was set to replace LeSean McCoy in Philly. Stylistically, though, it would appear to be a better fit for Gore in Indy though, taking hand-offs from Andrew Luck.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 3/10/15 6:51pm ET
Free-agent RB Frank Gore (49ers) officially agreed to terms on a deal Tuesday, March 10, that will guarantee him $8.5 million.
Huddle Up: This looks to be official after the RB changed course over the last few days after he initially appeared headed to Philly. Indy's pound-it-up-the-middle approach, though, appears to be a better fit for the veteran Gore, who will give Andrew Luck and the Colts' offense the inside running presence they lacked with the trade bust known as Trent Richardson.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 3/8/15 3:27pm ET
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent RB Frank Gore is receiving interest from the Indianapolis Colts, and Gore is believed to have interest in the Colts, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Getting to take hand-offs from Andrew Luck, the Indy RB situation is one of the league's most alluring, but if reports and rumors are correct, the Colts will face competition from Philly in acquiring the services of the soon-to-be 32-year-old RB who hit four-year lows with 255 carries, 1,106 yards and four TDs last season in San Fran.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 3/8/15 8:36pm ET
Free-agent RB Frank Gore (49ers) reportedly has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and will be paid $7.5 million in guaranteed money in his first two years of a three-year deal.
Huddle Up: Gore's strong 10-year run has ended in San Fran, and the soon-to-be 32-year old has landed in a good spot. He'll replace LeSean McCoy as the Eagles' lead back and pair with Darren Sproles but will come at roughly half the cost of McCoy, leaving the Eagles cap space to upgrade elsewhere.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 2/28/15 9:41pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson is expected to be released this offseason, according to sources. The 49ers would save $5.5 million in salary cap space.
Huddle Up: If Johnson departs and the Niners are unable to re-sign Michael Crabtree, it's all but assured they'll use their mid-first round selection to address the wide receiver position. Either that or they're fully committing to Colin Kaepernick running the option and not throwing much at all.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis will return to the team next season, according to general manager Trent Baalke. Davis will make $4.95 million in the final year of his deal, but he's coming off a season in which he had just 26 catches for a measly 245 yards and two touchdowns (both in the season opener). Davis is expected to take part in the team's offseason program after skipping the mandatory minicamp last offseason.
Huddle Up: Perhaps playing for a contract will return Davis to his previous level of success; it also won't hurt that Michael Crabtree likely won't be back with the team, freeing up some looks for Davis in the run-heavy San Francisco offense.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 2/18/15 9:25am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson might be a clear starting candidate for the 2015 season if impending free-agents WR Anquan Boldin and/or WR Michael Crabtree are not brought back. Johnson stands to count a little more than $6 million against the salary cap. It is unknown if the team feels that cost is too steep.
Huddle Up: Johnson starting makes sense if Crabtree leaves via free agency, but with the coaching changes primarily in-house it's not as if the 49ers will suddenly become a pass-heavy offense. Starter or not, Johnson's fantasy impact will be held in check by the San Francisco game plan.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 2/18/15 9:25am ET
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent WR Michael Crabtree was frustrated with his role at the end of last season, and he recently removed any mention of the 49ers from his Twitter bio. Some interpret that as a signal he is ready to move on to a new organization.
Huddle Up: Crabtree will likely be one of the more sought-after receivers on the open market, and with San Francisco still a run-heavy offense don't look for them to pony up the kind of money it will take to keep him around.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 2/16/15 2:42pm ET
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent RB Frank Gore wants to land in a situation where he can have another 1,000-yard season and a chance to win the Super Bowl, according to sources.
Huddle Up: As a free agent Gore should be able to pick a team that can contend for the Super Bowl; whether he can find one that will use him extensively enough to reach the thousand yard plateau is another matter entirely.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 2/4/15 12:15am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and the team are expected to return to more of a read-option offense in 2015 under head coach Jim Tomsula in order to take advantage of Kaepernick's running ability. There was a sense in the front offense that SF's offense had become too clunky with too many moving parts. The Niners' new offense will be intended to be simpler and get to the line of scrimmage quickly to put pressure on the defense.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick did hit career highs with 104 rushing attempts and 639 yards this past season to finish with the second-most ground yards by a QB. Meanwhile, though, his rushing TDs and passer rating took dips, but maybe a return to more read-option will re-invigorate his numbers across the board.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 1/22/15 10:56pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had just two touchdowns in 2014, and they both came in Week 1. He also wasn't targeted at all in the red zone after the opening weekend of the regular season after catching 13 TDs in 2013. The Niners and Davis hope that the hiring of Tony Sparano as the new tight ends coach can fix that heading into 2015. San Fran tight ends combined for just 39 catches for 423 yards (10.9 yards per catch) in 2014.
Huddle Up: Davis completely fell off the fantasy map in 2014. Some nagging injuries didn't help, but no red zone targets after Week 1? That's hard to explain on an offense that was searching for points and production for most of the season. Davis will be better in 2015, almost basically by default.
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