49ers' first-half report

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49ers' first-half report

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HOUSTON -- Quarterback Alex Smith was under pressure throughout his 21-play stint Saturday night in the 49ers' exhibition game against the Houston Texans.Smith managed to escape the game without injury. However, the 49ers were not as fortunate with running Brandon Jacobs, who went down in the first quarter with a left knee injury.The extent of Jacobs' injury was not immediately known. Coach Jim Harbaugh and athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson assisted Jacobs off the field. He was then taken from the sideline to the locker room on a cart.With Jacobs unavailable the 49ers gave the ball to Anthony Dixon on two fourth-and-1 situations. He converted one try, but was stopped on the other at the Houston 20-yard line.The Texans led the 49ers 10-6 at halftime, as the Texans' first team put together the half's only touchdown drive against the 49ers' second-stringers.Smith played the first two possessions of the game, completing five of nine passes for 49 yards. He was sacked twice under pressure throughout his 21-play stint.Smith completed a 24-yard pass to Ted Ginn on a deep out to put the 49ers in field-goal range. Running back Frank Gore started, played two snaps and touched the ball once. He tore off a 14-yard run, and was promptly replaced by Kendall Hunter.Randy Moss got his first reception of the exhibition season when he caught a 5-yard pass on the opening drive. Moss had three receptions for 24 yards in the first half.Colin Kaepernick entered the game for the 49ers' third possession and prompted took off on a 12-yard run. The drive stalled after Moss dropped a back-shoulder throw. David Akers kicked a 36-yard field goal.Here's a look at the 49ers' offensive play time in the first half:QB: Alex Smith 21, Colin Kaepernick 8
RB: Frank Gore 4, Kendall Hunter 17, Bruce Miller 10, Anthony Dixon 3, Brandon Jacobs 1, LaMichael James 5.
WR: Michael Crabtree 14, Mario Manningham 13, Randy Moss 14, Ted Ginn 9, Kyle Williams 12, A.J. Jenkins 2, Brett Swain 2.
TE: Vernon Davis 21, Demarcus Dobbs 1, Konrad Reuland 13, Garrett Celek 2.
LT: Joe Staley 27, Mike Person 2.
LG: Mike Iupati 27, Joe Looney 2.
C: Jonathan Goodwin 27, Daniel Kilgore 2.
RG: Alex Boone 27, Leonard Davis 2.
RT: Anthony Davis 27, Kenny Wiggins 2.

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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