49ers-Giants: Friday checklist

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49ers-Giants: Friday checklist

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will get another opportunity Friday to practice in weather conditions similar to what they can expect to see Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park.

According to an NFL spokesman, the league has representatives from the football operations department at Candlestick Park. They have daily meetings with the 49ers and review specific field maintenance plans.All natural turf fields, such as Candlestick Park, must be covered if precipitation is expected during the week preceding each game.
Here are some other checklist items for Friday, as the 49ers prepare to face the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.--Coach Jim Harbaugh, quarterback Alex Smith, receiver Michael Crabtree and safety Donte Whitner are scheduled to speak to the media on Friday.RELATED: Watch today's 49ers press conference here at 1:55pm
Whitner recently won the Garry Niver Award, as presented by the San Francisco Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America, for his professionalism and cooperation in dealing with the media. He'll certainly be asked about comments from Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.Whitner delivered a game-changing hit last week on which New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas sustained a concussion. Thomas fumbled on the play, ending the Saints' first possession of the game."To get knocked out, that means they hit you on the head," Jacobs said. "I wish like hell one of them would try to hit me in my head. . . . I want one of those. That means they're staying high, they're not digging into the ground, trying to make tackles at the shoestring."--On Thursday, cornerback Tarell Brown (thigh), receiver Ted Ginn (knee), center Jonathan Goodwin (calf) and linebacker Patrick Willis (knee) did not practice. Ginn's availability for Sunday's game appears to be the most in doubt. Tight end Delanie Walker (jaw) and safety Dashon Goldson (ankle) saw limited work on Thursday. The team's training and medical staff will see how those players feel Friday to determine how much they'll participate in Friday's practice.

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day workout in College Station, Texas.

"I thought it was impressive," Lynch told Wilson in a video posted on social media. "Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

"He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are."

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”