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.
Jim Tomsula - HCPosted 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 - TEPosted 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 - QBPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - LBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - QBPosted 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.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 12/9/14 7:57pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is still doubtful to play in Week 15 despite being activated Tuesday, Dec. 9. TE Vance McDonald (back) was subsequently placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Bowman is getting close, but more patience is required of his IDP owners.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 11/28/14 12:12am ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (ribs) left the team's game with a rib injury Thursday, Nov. 27, but he was able to return after being examined by trainers.
Huddle Up: Crabtree finished with only 3 catches for 10 years on a brutal offensive night for the Niners (164 total yards) and hopefully you didn't start him against a surging Seattle D that's starting to resemble last season's dominant unit following back-to-back 19-3 division wins.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 11/26/14 6:56pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 26, and is probable for Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: The veteran RB isn't going to miss this one, and he's topped 100 rushing yards in each of his last two home games against the 'Hawks to boot.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 11/24/14 3:06pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had three catches for just 21 yards in the team's Week 12 win over the Washington Redskins, and that came after he had two catches or less in four straight games. Davis stopped his routes too soon on two of his catches and also dropped what would have been a 20-yard pass. Davis has played in six straight games after missing two games earlier this year with injuries.
Huddle Up: Davis has been a disaster this season after a two-touchdown performance in the opener against Dallas. He's not a starting option and barely worth hanging onto in a majority of fantasy leagues. There are plenty of other tight ends that can catch two passes a game.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 11/18/14 11:35pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has a 21-day practice/evaluation window during which the team will decide whether to activate him or place him on Reserve/Injured. The same window applies to TE Garrett Celek (back), OT Brandon Thomas (knee) and CB Keith Reaser (knee). Head coach Jim Harbaugh did not indicate either way whether Bowman would practice this week.
Huddle Up: Bowman's knee reportedly is still bothering him, but see if he can get on the practice field this week.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 11/14/14 11:52am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has a real possibility of missing the entire 2014 season with the torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament suffered last season.
Huddle Up: It's been a tough season for the 49ers and not having one of the NFL's best linebackers is just the latest bad news. Fellow Pro Bowler Patrick Willis was already placed on IR and it appears Bowman could be next.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 11/13/14 4:23pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was praised by head coach Jim Harbaugh, who said he has no issues with him. Harbaugh said he does not think Crabtree has any issue with how he is used in the team's offense. "I don't think so," Harbaugh said when asked if he thought Crabtree was unhappy in the offense. "Seems to be doing a fantastic job and getting the ball a lot."
Huddle Up: True to Harbaugh's word, Crabtree has been targeted 32 times -- second most on the squad -- over the last five games but has caught only 15 of those targets (47 percent) for 178 yards and one TD.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 11/12/14 9:56am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman is still having pain in his surgically repaired knee, and he's unsure when he'll be cleared to practice.
Huddle Up: The prospects for returning soon don't sound overly promising for the LB who was injured in the NFC Championship Game.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 11/11/14 4:10pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is out for the year and is expected to undergo surgery on his injured toe. Willis was placed on Reserve/Injured earlier Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Huddle Up: Tough blow the Niners' D as they were hoping to get Willis back for the stretch run. Still, third-round rookie Chris Borland is proving to be more than an adequate fill-in, recording 43 total tackles and a sack in three starts.
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