• Reggie Bush - RB
    Posted 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 - QB
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - TE
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - QB
    Posted 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 - TE
    Posted 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.

  • Jim Tomsula - HC
    Posted 1/14/15 6:48pm ET

    The San Francisco 49ers are set to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach. The two sides are ironing out the details.

    Huddle Up: Tomsula was the team's interim head coach for one game prior to Jim Harbaugh being hired. His players love him, and he gets along with the current San Francisco front office unlike their recently deposed coach. Whether that will result in the team returning to the NFC championship game remains to be seen.

  • Vernon Davis - TE
    Posted 1/9/15 4:30pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis' roster spot for 2015 could be in jeopardy, because he is scheduled to make $4.95 million next season.

    Huddle Up: Davis' 2014 decline was one of the true head-scratchers of the season as he basically finished with career-low numbers -- 50 targets, 26 receptions, 245 yards and 2 TDs -- across the board outside of his rookie season of 2006 when he played only 10 games. Definitely a player to keep an eye on as a new locale could reinvigorate the TE, who turns 31 at the end of this month.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 1/9/15 4:30pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has enlisted the help of former QB Kurt Warner this offseason in order to help him develop as a pocket passer. "He's gotten by on athleticism, and he's made some great plays and had some great games. But I think the goal is in the time that I'm going to have with him is just to see where he's at and what he knows about the position and how far we can push the envelope as far as helping him develop as a pocket passer,' Warner said. Kaepernick ranked 20th in the league with a career-low 86.4 passer rating this season.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick only had one 300-yard game and five multi-TD-pass outings this season and also topped 60 rushing yards in only three games while showing clear signs of regression. Some top-level tutoring combined with a fresh coaching voice certainly can't hurt.

  • Michael Crabtree - WR
    Posted 12/25/14 11:48pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) was a full participant in practice for the second day in a row Thursday, Dec. 25.

    Huddle Up: Looks like a Sunday green light is ahead for Crabtree, who matched third-highest reception total (7) of the season last week against the Chargers.

  • Michael Crabtree - WR
    Posted 12/23/14 4:10pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (back) is expected to be ready for Week 17, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

    Huddle Up: Even if he plays, Crabtree can hardly be trusted after catching all of four passes for 24 yards over the last two games.

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 12/20/14 4:27pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) will play Saturday, Dec. 20, against the San Diego Chargers.

    Huddle Up: Carlos Hyde has been ruled out, so Gore sets up to be a RB2 for Week 16.

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 12/19/14 4:02pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, knows that these next two games with the team are likely to be his last. "I've been here 10 years and it could be last two games here this year," Gore said. "It's weird knowing that I won't be under contract any more. But I've been in the league long enough to understand it's a business." Gore could post his eighth 1,000-yard season if he gains 196 yards in the final two games.

    Huddle Up: Will Gore end one of the last decade's great fantasy runs with a blaze of glory in his final two games or will his touches continued to be limited as he's had no more than 13 carries over the last four games? With rookie backup Carlos Hyde expected to miss Saturday's contest, the door certainly appears open for a big Gore workload, but then again, hardly anything has gone as anticipated for the Niners all season.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/19/14 6:44pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not practice Friday, Dec. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

    Huddle Up: Starter Frank Gore is questionable but should be cleared to play. Otherwise it'll be a Bruce Miller/Alfonso Smith combo Saturday night.

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 12/18/14 9:09pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore continues through the concussion protocol this week, but head coach Jim Harbaugh anticipates Gore suiting up in Week 16 against the San Diego Chargers Saturday, Dec. 20. Gore was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after sitting out Wednesday, Dec. 17.

    Huddle Up: Gore looks like he may buck the odds and play on a short week following a concussion. Meanwhile, Carlos Hyde remained out of practice Thursday with his ankle issues.

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 12/17/14 4:38pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) visited with a doctor at the team's facility Tuesday, Dec. 16, as part of the NFL's concussion protocol. Gore did not participate in practice, and must pass the designated steps to be cleared for Week 16.

    Huddle Up: The short week is working against him with the Niners playing Saturday, but see what develops over the next two days.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/17/14 6:44pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee, back) received good news from his MRI results, but he said it would take a miracle for him to play in Week 16 against the San Diego Chargers.

    Huddle Up: The Niners are out of the playoff hunt so there's no urgency to push borderline-health players into action. So if Frank Gore isn't cleared to play following his Week 15 concussion, it would be the Bruce Miller and Alfonso Smith show Saturday night. Surely you're not that desperate.

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 12/17/14 9:08pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RBs Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

    Huddle Up: Hyde said he doesn't think he'll be able to go in Saturday's game against San Diego. Gore doesn't sound like he'll be cleared by then either, which leaves Alfonso Smith and Phillip Tanner to fight for carries. Neither is a very appealing fantasy option at this point in the season.

  • Chris Borland - LB
    Posted 12/16/14 7:25pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland (ankle) may not play again this season, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio said Borland being able to play before the season ended 'would be a stretch right now.'

    Huddle Up: Tough break for the third-round pick who is leading the Niners with 107 total tackles, including 84 solo stops.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 12/15/14 1:32pm ET

    Updating an earlier report, San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee, back) said he was surprised he wasn't injured more severely on an awkward tackle Sunday, Dec. 14. He had X-rays on his back.

    Huddle Up: Hyde's injury looked bad but it sounds like he'll be good to go against San Diego. Frank Gore is dealing with a concussion and if he's out this week, Hyde will be a RB2/Flex.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 12/12/14 12:15am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has struggled so far in his career against the Seattle Seahawks, who the team faces this week. Kaepernick has thrown two touchdowns and seven interceptions in four games played against the Seahawks.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick has struggled enough on his own of late -- 6 TDs and 6 interceptions while averaging 208 passing yards per game over the last 7 outings -- without having to face his old nemesis, on the road no less. Steer clear of all Niners this week.

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