49ers' 355-pound tight end heads list of 'hard workers'

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49ers' 355-pound tight end heads list of 'hard workers'

DENVER -- It does not appear as if Leonard Davis is going to be a starter on the 49ers' offensive line.But there is no way he's going to complain. He is eager to please. And he likes his new role, which was unveiled on Sunday when he was used throughout game at tight end as an extra blocker. And he also knows if he voiced any dissatisfaction about his role as Alex Boone's backup, he might as well pack his bags."It's not a situation where it's all about me," Davis said Sunday, following the 49ers' 29-24 victory over the Denver Broncos in an exhibition game."It's the team. If they feel like I don't need to be a starter, then I don't need to be a starter. I'm not going to whine or cry about it. That's what it is. I think if I was whining, I'd probably be out of here."Davis, an 11-year veteran, entered at right guard in the second half with the 49ers' second-team offense. But he also saw extensive action at tight end, where the 355-pounder was required to report for six consecutive plays at one point the third quarter."I've never been part of a game plan like that. It's fun," Davis said. "I'm just trying to get on the field. Not only that but be able to go out and play and execute like you're supposed to."Davis thought he played better Sunday than he did in his first two exhibition games. Coach Jim Harbaugh saw the same thing."Coming off the ball, his pad level, he had some physical plays," Harbaugh said. "I think he got into rhythm and was in sync today."Harbaugh talked about a "hard-working game." Here are some of the players who fit that description:--Anthony Dixon, battling for a roster spot, gained 58 yards on 13 carries, including his touchdown run. He left the game briefly in the second half with an elbow injury. He said he is fine."It was tough," he said. "I think I did OK. I have to look at the film and see the details that I can sharpen up."--Defensive lineman Will Tukuafu also saw his first extensive action on offense at fullback. He made a key block on Anthony Dixon's 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.--Kyle Williams averaged 10.0 yards on three punt returns. He was a gunner on punt coverage for one play and was involved in the action. He also had a 46-yard reception from Colin Kaepernick."The cornerback broke on it early, Kaep put it in the absolute perfect spot where he couldn't get to it, and I could," Williams. "I got to turn that into six. That's got to be a touchdown."--David Akers showed to be in midseason form with five field goals. He made kicks of 33, 45, 21, 32 and 44 yards.--Quarterback Alex Smith and tight end Vernon Davis combined for the 49ers' biggest play of the game, which came immediately following a failed Broncos onside kick attempt.Smith found Broncos linebacker Von Miller trying to keep up with Davis in single coverage on a wheel route along the left sideline."It was a good matchup," Smith said. "Got him matched up on a linebacker, corner bit, and the rest was pretty easy."--Cornerback Perrish Cox might have earned more consideration -- or at least a move ahead of Tramaine Brock on the depth chart -- with a four-tackle, one-interception performance.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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