• Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 7/29/15 4:05pm ET

    Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is not believed to be injured and shouldn't be on the non-football injury list for long. Hyde suffered a calf injury during spring drills, but it's not expected to be an issue.

    Huddle Up: Seeing the second-year player get back on the practice field will be a welcome sight to more than a few fantasy owners as Hyde has been the 11th RB off the board on average so far in standard-league fantasy drafts with an ADP of 38.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 7/28/15 9:35pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, July 28.

    Huddle Up: Hyde's inclusion on the list along with three teammates is a bit of a surprising development out in the Bay Area. He also missed time during OTAs this spring with an unpsecified leg injury -- believed at the time to be some sort of muscle strain -- but new head coach Jim Tomsula downplayed the absence, saying it was "nothing serious" and that the team was just being cautious. However, if the cryptic issue lingers much into camp, Hyde's current ADP of 40.69 -- which ranks 14th among RBs -- will have no choice but to slide.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 7/13/15 12:06am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said he is excited about the upcoming season and believes all the changes this offseason have been for the better. 'I feel very confident in our team,' Kaepernick said. 'I feel people are writing us off, but for us, that's all right.'

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick slipped to 16th in the final 2014 fantasy QB rankings, but re-establishing his formerly strong connection with TE Vernon Davis and quickly getting on the same page with new free-agent WR acquisition Torrey Smith will go a long way toward climbing back into QB1 territory.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 7/10/15 4:46pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde forced missed tackles on 30.1 percent of his 83 carries last season, putting him just below Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch's rate of 31.4 percent.

    Huddle Up: As a second-round pick last season, Hyde also rushed for four TDs on only 83 attempts backing up veteran Frank Gore but now he's a solid RB2 candidate as he moves into the No. 1 role.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 6/26/15 3:45pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has shed about 10 pounds from last year's playing weight, which should add to his deceptively light feet and cutting ability. The team is installing zone-blocking concepts, which worked well for Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris when offensive line coach Chris Foerster was in Washington.

    Huddle Up: With longtime Niner vet Frank Gore now in Indy, the second-year back becomes the team's bellcow and he has the look of a solid RB2 with his No. 18 spot in The Huddle's current RB rankings.

  • Quinton Patton - WR
    Posted 6/21/15 4:32pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton has been flashy this offseason and will have a real opportunity to prove himself this year, according to wide receivers coach Ronald Curry.

    Huddle Up: There's a clearer path to more targets for Patton with the Niners parting with wideouts Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd this offseason, but Colin Kaepernick is going to have to show more strides as a passer in order for the lesser lights in the team's aerial game to have a chance to shine.

  • Reggie Bush - RB
    Posted 6/1/15 9:47am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush said he has been used in a variety of ways on offense, and he added that he likes what he has seen out of offensive coordinator Geep Chryst.

    Huddle Up: Bush isn't going to be a feature back, but if the Niners can find a way to take advantage of his skill set and complement the running of Colin Kaepernick and Carlos Hyde the Niners should have an interesting attack this season.

  • Navorro Bowman - LB
    Posted 5/31/15 4:24pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) said last week that there is 'no doubt' he will return to his pre-injury form, and he acknowledged that the mental side of his rehab has been as tough as the physical side. Bowman has been participating in organized team activities but said his knee does not feel like it did before the injury at this point. Bowman has been wearing a brace on his knee but said it limits his quickness and mobility.

    Huddle Up: Bomwan averaged 145.3 total tackles while not missing a start or a first-team All-Pro designation from 2011-13 but missed all of last season after his memorable knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship Game. The Niners, meanwhile, need Bowman more than ever with the shocking retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland this offseason.

  • Quinton Patton - WR
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - TE
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - RB
    Posted 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 - TE
    Posted 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 - LB
    Posted 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 - QB
    Posted 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 - QB
    Posted 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 - QB
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - WR
    Posted 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 - 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.

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