49ers' exhibition schedule features Raiders at home

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49ers' exhibition schedule features Raiders at home

April 12, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO

The San Francisco 49ers today announced the teams 2011 preseason opponents.

The 49ers open the preseason on the road in week one against the New Orleans Saints before returning home to host the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans. The team then travels south to face the San Diego Chargers in the preseason finale.

Times and dates of the 49ers games are yet to be determined and will be released as they become available.

Week 1 (Aug. 11-15) at New Orleans CBS-5Week 2 vs. Oakland CBS-5Week 3 vs. Houston CBS-5Week 4 at San Diego CBS-5

NOTABLES - 49ERS 2011 PRESEASON OPPONENTS
SAINTS
It marks the first time the 49ers will play a preseason game in New Orleans.

The 49ers and Saints have met only twice during preseason play. In 1967, the Saints defeated the 49ers, 24-10, in a game played in Portland, OR. San Francisco evened up the preseason series with a 27-12 victory in 2003 at Candlestick Park.

RAIDERS
The 49ers and Raiders all-time preseason series is tied at 19.
It marks the 11th consecutive year in which the two teams have met in the preseason.
The 49ers defeated the Raiders, 28-24, in Oakland in 2010.
The 49ers hold an 11-8 preseason series lead over the Raiders when playing at Candlestick Park.

TEXANS
It marks the first preseason game between the 49ers and Texans.

CHARGERS
San Diego leads the all-time preseason series 20-19.

It marks the 24th preseason matchup in San Diego, with the Chargers holding a 16-7 series lead at home.
Courtesy San Francisco 49ers media services.

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

PHOENIX – Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was the first of the 49ers’ 30 pre-draft visits to the team’s Santa Clara facility.

Team general manager John Lynch said the club has already met with Foster, an expected first-round draft pick and the likely top inside linebacker available in the draft.

“We brought in Reuben Foster,” Lynch said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “He came in, and we had a nice visit with him.”

Foster (6 foot, 229 pounds) was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. Foster had a controversial trip to the NFL scouting combine. He was sent home after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”