• Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 7/21/16 12:43pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick head into training camp battling for the starting job under center. Many in the organization feel Gabbert is a better fit in head coach Chip Kelly's offense, and he has a good grasp of the offseason.

    Huddle Up: It's a battle that's more intriguing to NFL Nation in general than the fantasy realm, and neither is viewed as much as a QB2 given the uncertainty and the myriad offensive question marks with the San Fran offense. Even though Gabbert is the slight favorite to win the job, Kaepernick has more upside simply because he's done it before.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 6/24/16 10:07pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde said he is excited about head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system and believes it will allow him to showcase all his abilities.

    Huddle Up: Kelly's Eagles ranked in the league's top 14 in rushing yards and the top 11 in attempts in all three of his seasons in Philly, so Hyde -- if he shows he's past his 2015 foot injury -- should have ample opportunity to shine as the team's unquestioned bellcow back.

  • Reggie Bush - RB
    Posted 6/23/16 11:33pm ET

    Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) has received calls from two teams, but he hasn't made a decision on where he'll play in 2016.

    Huddle Up: Hard to believe Bush already has logged an NFL decade, and he's relatively fresh having logged only 84 carries over 16 games since the start of the 2014 season. On the flip side, he has plenty of free-agent RB company at the moment.

  • Jerome Simpson - WR
    Posted 6/21/16 2:13pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WRs Jerome Simpson, Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton are in the mix for the starting job opposite WR Torrey Smith. WR Dres Anderson isn't expected to be consistent enough to shoulder the load, but he is also in the battle. WR DeAndrew White has plenty of size, but he is considered closer to the roster bubble than he is to being a regular contributor.

    Huddle Up: While Smith is underrated as the team's clear No. 1 target, it's at least a three-way quaqmire right now involving Simpson, Ellington and Patton for the No. 2 gig.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 6/10/16 11:24am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick doesn't anticipate any issues between him and the organization this season, even after requesting a trade earlier in the year. 'I'm here, I'm a 49er, I'm excited for this offseason, the work that I can put in this summer to get ready for training camp and to come in and compete,' Kaepernick said. Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee), who had multiple offseason surgeries, also expects to be healthier and bulkier when training camp rolls around.

    Huddle Up: The S.F. QB derby between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert looks to be a dead heat right now, and the former's health will go a long way in determining the opening-week starter.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 6/10/16 3:56pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is excited that he'll be a focal point in the passing attack in 2016. 'I think it's something that's overlooked, but this year we may get to see it,' Hyde said. 'I like playing receiver. It's another opportunity to get out in space and get the ball in your hands.'

    Huddle Up: If he can stay healthy, Hyde could be a true three-down workhorse in Chip Kelly's offense, and his current No. 11 ranking among RBs from the Huddle reflects that.

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 6/8/16 11:09am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has turned heads during the offseason and he has really surprised with his athleticism. 'On the field, I know (head coach Chip Kelly) talked about his athleticism. I felt the same way. I didn't know he was as athletic as he was. Throwing the ball, too. He can make all the throws that you need. He has a really good skillset and we're excited about that,' quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said.

    Huddle Up: Gabbert has demonstrated athleticism in the past--not Colin Kaepernick athleticism, but more than enough to move in the pocket and provide the occasional running threat as well. He's a good fit for Kelly's offense, and if he demonstrates he's a better passer than Kaepernick--or at least is healthy, something Kaepernick has yet to prove--he'll get first crack at running the 49ers' attack.

  • Vance McDonald - TE
    Posted 6/8/16 11:09am ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald is a player garnering plenty of attention during minicamp, as QB Blaine Gabbert and tight ends coach Jeff Nixon each heaped praise on the tight end. 'He's such a great athlete. He's smart. He does a great job in the run and pass game. He's a guy that we have to utilize. He's a mismatch nightmare on linebackers,' Gabbert said. Nixon said the team is looking for McDonald to pick up where he left off last season and be a big-play tight end in the pass game.

    Huddle Up: Chip Kelly offenses love to exploit size matchups and often times that means using the tight end. McDonald flashed late last season with Gabbert at quarterback, and the combination of Kelly's scheme and Gabbert under center bodes extremely well for McDonald's fantasy upside this year.

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QBs Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are on similar ground, according to head coach Chip Kelly. 'I think they're similar,' Kelly told KGMZ-FM. 'They have a similar skill set. They're both 6-foot-4-plus. They both can really run, which will help keep plays alive. Obviously we're not a quarterback-run offense, but if the quarterback can run, you can use a little of that to your advantage. And they both have extremely strong arms. So, from a skill set standpoint, the two of them are kind of cut out of the same mold.'

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick needs to get healthy and on the field to make this any sort of quarterback competition; otherwise Gabbert gets the job by default. And Kelly QBs tend to put up solid fantasy numbers, so there's some fantasy upside to whomever wins the job.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) won't be cleared for minicamp this week, but the team is hoping he receives clearance closer to training camp.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick needs to get on the field to have any chance of wresting the starting job from Blaine Gabbert. Getting reps in Chip Kelly's offensive scheme would also be beneficial as well.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 6/7/16 4:00pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) isn't cleared to take part in the minicamp, but head coach Chip Kelly said that Kaepernick will do individual drills on the side.

    Huddle Up: It's been a slow offseason so far for Kaepernick, who looks as if he'll have some catching up to do in training camp if he's to beat out Blaine Gabbert for the starting gig.

  • Bruce Ellington - WR
    Posted 6/3/16 11:06am ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington has been working as the starting slot receiver during OTAs.

    Huddle Up: Ellington is receiving plenty of buzz as a Chip Kelly type of player, and his moving to the top of the 49ers' thin receiver depth chart is a good sign. The uptick in plays alone should generate more offense for San Francisco, and if Ellington remains the starter he could wind up as a fantasy contributor.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 6/3/16 11:06am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) does not have a timetable for when he will be cleared for football activities, according to offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins. Modkins said it's important that Kaepernick is cleared when he's healthy.

    Huddle Up: Ideally Kaepernick would be taking plenty of reps in the Niners new offensive system. If he remains out too long it will be difficult for him to unseat Blaine Gabbert as San Francisco's starter.

  • Torrey Smith - WR
    Posted 6/3/16 2:13pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WRs Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington would be the team's starting receivers if the season started today. Patton struggled with some dropped passes during practice Thursday, June 2.

    Huddle Up: Smith is the name to keep in mind here -- especially if the Niners don't re-sign Anquan Boldin -- and he could be overlooked on fantasy draft boards given the almost total lack of buzz surrounding the Niners' passing game this summer.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 6/1/16 10:29am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, knee, thumb) has still not been cleared to participate in practice but he has reported for every organized team activity this offseason. Kaepernick has been taking mental reps during practice. He is scheduled to receive a $400,000 bonus if he participates in at least 90% of the offseason workouts. Kaepernick may not receive clearance for full participation for the mandatory minicamp in a few weeks.

    Huddle Up: $400K is a solid incentive to show up, and any reps mental or otherwise Kaepernick can get in the Niners' new system can only help. This still projects to be a training camp battle, with some fantasy upside for whoever is handed the keys to Chip Kelly's offense in San Francisco.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 5/18/16 9:19am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) is not falling behind QB Blaine Gabbert despite still rehabilitating his injuries, according to head coach Chip Kelly. '[Kaepernick] has a great grasp of what we're doing,' Kelly said. 'I'm really impressed by both [Gabbert] and him and their intelligence and being able to pick up what we're trying to do.' Kelly said he hasn't set a timetable for when the starter will be announced.

    Huddle Up: Expect Chip to play this battle out throughout camp, and maybe even into the season. Given the dearth of receivers in San Francisco it's tough to bank on either QB for fantasy help this year even given the productive history of quarterbacks in Kelly's offenses.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 5/17/16 1:33pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde was praised by new head coach Chip Kelly recently. 'Carlos is a stud. He's been full-go since we started in the beginning of April,' Kelly said. 'Participated in everything. And he's as advertised. To have someone that size that is that agile, has that vision, it's really impressive to see him work every day. There have been no restrictions on him at all. He's full clear, 100 percent, and he's going. He's really good, we're really excited about him.'

    Huddle Up: By most accounts, Hyde's recovery from his foot injury has gone swimmingly, and if so he'll be the unquestioned bellcow in Kelly's new offense. Think a solid RB2 in fantasy drafts.

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 5/17/16 2:12pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has impressed new head coach Chip Kelly with his athleticism in offseason workouts. 'He's extremely athletic,' Kelly began. 'It's interesting, the three of them, if you look at Driskel, Blaine and Kap, they're all 6-4 plus, and all can run. All of them are at 4.6 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) or under 4.6, which is kind of rare to have three guys that can do the same thing. It's beneficial to you.'

    Huddle Up: Tall, athletic quarterbacks... sounds like Chip is in heaven. Gabbert was surprisingly effective after taking over last season, and he has to be considered the favorite to be helming Kelly's offense when the season starts--and reaping the fantasy benefits that come with said role.

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 5/15/16 2:06pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) and QB Blaine Gabbert are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during training camp, and head coach Chip Kelly said he has no idea who the starting quarterback will be in 2016. Kaepernick has not been cleared to fully participate in offseason workouts at this point but may be able to participate during the mandatory minicamp in June.

    Huddle Up: It's truly an open competition after Gabbert replaced an injured and ineffective Kaepernick last season, and it'll certainly be one of the most-closely watched position duels in August.

  • Jarryd Hayne - RB
    Posted 5/10/16 1:05pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne is expected to produce more in his second season, according to the team. 'I think you'll see a jump from him,'' said 49ers executive Paraag Marathe, who still oversees the team's football analytics department. 'You look at elite athletes and those guys who have that willpower and desire to succeed and there's something special in them.'

    Huddle Up: The much-ballyhooed Aussie only wound up with 23 total offensive touches -- and eight punt returns -- last season as a rookie, but with the uninspiring lot of Shaun Draughn , Mike Davis, DuJuan Harris and sixth-round rookie Kelvin Taylor joining him on the back end of the Niners' RB depth chart, there's no reason why Hayne can't emerge as the backup/handcuff to Carlos Hyde.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 5/6/16 12:43pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) is doing an 'awfully good job' with his rehab, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

    Huddle Up: All signs point to Kaepernick sticking around, making a full recovery and competing to regain his starting QB gig in San Fran. We'll keep monitoring his offseason, though.

  • Anquan Boldin - WR
    Posted 4/24/16 5:21pm ET

    Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) could be sought back by the San Francisco 49ers if head coach Chip Kelly is unimpressed with the wide receivers' performances this week at minicamp.

    Huddle Up: The 35-year-old wideout, who led the Niners with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four TDs last season, hasn't drawn much interest on the open market and San Fran's wideout corps could certainly use a veteran presence with Quinton Patton, Torrey Smith and Bruce Ellington currently heading up the bunch.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/21/16 4:28pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's trade discussions with the Denver Broncos are dormant, according to Broncos president John Elway.

    Huddle Up: Unless the Niners wind up getting a QB high in the draft, Kaepernick might stay and battle it out with Blaine Gabbert for the starting role as the former would still be looking at a significant pay cut if traded to the Broncos.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/14/16 9:45am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's trade to the Denver Broncos could be done, in the opinion of ESPN analyst Mark Dominik. The deal likely hinges on the 49ers drafting a quarterback.

    Huddle Up: The Broncos have freed up cap space, so their hurdle would be coming to terms with Kaepernick on what pay cut he'd be willing to take. The Niners could wait to see what quarterback they can acquire with the seventh pick, but it's pretty obvious Kaepernick is not in their plans regardless of whether or not they select a quarterback. Not sure what QBs are available for them would

  • Blaine Gabbert - QB
    Posted 4/14/16 5:24pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert could be a reclamation project of new head coach Chip Kelly this season. Kelly is supposedly more attracted to the idea of making Gabbert better than drafting a quarterback, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

    Huddle Up: Gabbert hit career highs (min. 8 games played) last season for passer rating (86.2), yards per attempt (7.2) and rushing yards (185) while going 3-5 as a starter, and he could indeed be the Niners' No. 1 guy if the still-persistent Colin Kaepernick trade rumors prove to be true and the increasing likelihood that both of the draft's top two QB prospects will be gone before the Niners pick seventh overall in the first round.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/5/16 11:17am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will not take a pay cut in order to be acquired by the Denver Broncos, nor will the 49ers pay off part of the deal to make a trade happen.

    Huddle Up: Tough to fault a guy for hanging on to an additional $7 mil for a lower-pressure backup job on a team with lower expectations. Next year when the 49ers can unload him without the cap hit he can either build on whatever success he finds in San Francisco this season or start fresh elsewhere.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/3/16 1:52pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is owed $11.9 million in 2016, and the Denver Broncos want the 49ers to pay $4.9 million of his salary to facilitate a trade. The 49ers have been unwilling, according to a source. A high-level source says 'it would take two seconds' for the teams to finalize the proposed deal. The compensation in the trade is a non-issue, per sources familiar with deal. It will be a mid-round pick and sources from both teams said that will not be any holdup and they can 'finalize it with one phone call.'

    Huddle Up: Some contract and cap wrangling is all that stands in the way of a deal, and it sounds like it will get done sooner rather than later. Kaepernick's numbers -- particularly his key passing stats -- are trending the wrong way since he became a starter in 2012, but perhaps leaving an all-around declining organization and taking over the reins of the defending champs is just what Kaepernick needs, reduced salary or not.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 4/1/16 12:26am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was not released prior to the deadline Thursday, March 31, and Kaepernick's $11.9 million will now be fully guaranteed for 2016. Kaepernick could still be traded, however, especially as the NFL Draft nears.

    Huddle Up: Kaepernick's injury recovery kicked in the guarantee, but that doesn't mean a team that trades for the QB couldn't ask him to take a pay cut.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/31/16 3:50pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick would have to reduce his base salary to around $7 million if the Denver Broncos were to land him, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: The Kaepernick-to-Denver rumors have quieted a bit of late, partly because the Broncos are up against the cap and might be turning their focus toward drafting a QB and/or finding a cheaper veteran option.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 3/29/16 11:04am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will remain with the 49ers. The team would have to fully guarantee his 2016 base salary now if he remains on the roster past April 1.

    Huddle Up: The Niners seem willing to pay Kaepernick $13 million to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job, as opposed to releasing him and getting nothing in return but a salary cap hit. There is still time for another team to make an offer the 49ers can't refuse, but at this point that seems unlikely.

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