49ers fill all but one spot on practice squad

49ers fill all but one spot on practice squad
September 1, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Jewel Hampton led the 49ers in rushing during the exhibition season with 113 yards and a touchdown on 37 attempts. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

 

The 49ers on Sunday filled seven of their eight spots on the practice squad.

The 49ers return to practice on Tuesday, as they begin preparations to face the Green Bay Packers in the season opener next Sunday. They are expected to sign their eighth and final member of the practice squad on Monday.

Any player who suited up on the active 46-player roster for nine games or more in any one season is ineligible for the practice squad. A player cannot serve on the practice squad for more than three seasons. Practice squad players are paid $6,000 a week.

This is the group the 49ers signed Sunday:

Running back Jewel Hampton: As a rookie, he spent most of the season on the non-football injury list (foot) before moving onto the 53-man roster for the final five weeks of the regular season. Hampton sat out the first exhibition game this summer with a hamstring strain, but played well in the final three games. Hampton will handle all of the scout-team duties with LaMichael James out for the first month of the season with a knee injury. Hampton led the 49ers in rushing during the exhibition season with 113 yards and a touchdown on 37 rushing attempts.

Wide receiver Chuck Jacobs: The undrafted rookie from Utah State had a nice connection going with rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels in the exhibition season. Jacobs caught six passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns -- both from Daniels.

Offensive tackle Carter Bykowski: A seventh-round pick from Iowa State, Bykowski can play both tackle spots on the offensive line. Bykowski (6 foot 7, 306 pounds) got off to a slow start in training camp but continued to progress to the point where he will be given the opportunity to develop through the course of the season.

Offensive guard Patrick Omameh: The rookie from Michigan struggled mightily in the 49ers' first exhibition game. But he made dramatic improvements as he got more comfortable in the 49ers' offense. The 49ers kept eight linemen on the 53-man roster, and they needed two lineman on the practice squad for work on the scout team.

Nose tackle Mike Purcell: The 49ers are carrying six defensive linemen on the 53-man roster and Demarcus Dobbs will be available Week 2 after serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on substances of abuse. Purcell proved to be a stout defender against the run during the exhibition season.

Cornerback Darryl Morris: The speedster from Texas State was the 49ers' most-coveted undrafted free agent. The only thing that kept him from getting drafted or claimed off waivers is his 5-foo-9 1/2 height. With a veteran corps of cornerbacks and draft pick Marcus Cooper getting claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs, Morris has a chance to stick around and eventually make it to the 53-man roster.

Safety Michael Thomas: The 49ers are bringing back the Stanford product for a second year on the practice squad. The 49ers kept five safeties on the 53-man roster, including special-teamer Bubba Ventrone. Both Thomas and Trenton Robinson were among the final cuts. Robinson was a sixth-round draft pick last year, while Thomas was undrafted. Yet, Thomas sticks around on the practice squad. Robinson agreed to terms to join the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, a source told CSNBayArea.com.