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49ers notes: Goodwin atop depth chart at center

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49ers notes: Goodwin atop depth chart at center

Aug. 30, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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SANTA CLARA -- Veteran center Jonathan Goodwin has moved ahead of Adam Snyder on the 49ers' depth chart.Goodwin, the former New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl player whom the 49ers awarded a three-year, 10.9 million deal in free agency, had been listed as Snyder's backup through the first three exhibition games.But in an official team release in advance of the 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday at San Diego, Goodwin has overtaken Snyder to be listed as the team's starting center. Goodwin and Snyder shared time with the first-team offense in the first three exhibition games.Another noticeable change was apparent at cornerback, where Tarell Brown is listed as the starter on the right side. Shawntae Spencer had been listed as the starter. But Spencer's name was enclosed in parenthesis to denote the hamstring injury, which kept him out of the first three preseason games.Spencer was in pads for the first time in several weeks at practice Monday, but his work appeared to be confined to rehabilitation on a side field.
The 49ers waived seven players Tuesday morning to get to the league-mandated roster limit of 80 players before the 1 p.m. deadline.The most notable of the cuts was linebacker Scott McKillop, whom the 49ers selected in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. McKillop was a key special-teams contributor as a rookie, but he sustained a devastating season-ending knee injury in training camp last year.Why would the 49ers cut McKillop now? McKillop did not play in the first two exhibition games because of his knee. He played Saturday night against the Texans, and recorded seven tackles. The 49ers were concerned that he could re-injure his knee Thursday in the exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers, and they would've been on the hook for another year of salary.McKillop is not eligible for the practice squad because he played in 16 games as a rookie. To maintain practice-squad eligibility, a player must suit up for no more than eight regular-season games in any one season.Former San Jose State receiver Kevin Jurovich, who distinguished himself during the player-led workouts, was also among the cuts. Jurovich spent last season on the 49ers' practice squad, but he never captured the attention of the new coaching staff.The 49ers have plenty of other practice-squad eligible receivers to consider ahead of Jurovich, including recent draft picks Kyle Williams and Ronald Johnson, as well as Lance Long. Also, undrafted rookies Chris Hogan (Monmouth) and Joe Hastings (Washburn) remain on the 80-man roster.The 49ers parted ways with punter Sam Paulescu, which is good news for 49ers fans. That means Andy Lee has recovered from his right hip injury that kept him out of action for one game.The other 49ers cuts were offense linemen Donovan Edwards (Cal) and Nick Howell (USC), as well as receiver Tyler Beiler (Bridgewater), running back Seth Smith (New Mexico State).

Instant Analysis: Turnovers cost 49ers in preseason loss to Broncos

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Instant Analysis: Turnovers cost 49ers in preseason loss to Broncos

BOX SCORE

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers don’t have to worry about peaking too soon, that’s for sure.

The 49ers first-team offense was plagued by turnovers and penalties against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in the second exhibition game for both teams. And things did not get much better when the backups entered the action.

After two days during which the 49ers more than held their own against Denver in joint practices, there was no debate about which team was better when it was time for a game.

The 49ers put together an all-around sloppy performance -- low-lighted by 11 penalties and five turnovers -- in a 33-14 loss to the Broncos on Saturday night.

While the starters were in the game, the 49ers were outscored 10-0. The 49ers committed six penalties for 53 yards and committed four turnovers in the first half, as the 49ers fell behind 20-0 through two quarters.

“I thought the D did a solid job,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during his halftime interview on KPIX. “We put them in a bad situation four times, so I was happy that they just held it to what it was.”

Jaquiski Tartt was responsible for one of the giveaways when it was ruled he inadvertently touched the ball on a punt in the first quarter. The Broncos recovered the muffed punt to retain possession.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer lost a fumble when the ball slipped out of his hand as he was throwing. Hoyer was also tagged with an interception. Denver defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris ripped the ball away from Marquise Goodwin as he juggled a Hoyer pass that was thrown behind him.

Running back Tim Hightower lost a fumble in the second quarter.

The Broncos capitalized on those four turnovers for all 20 of their points while shutting out the 49ers through halftime.

The 49ers’ offense showed some signs of life with Hoyer at the controls. The team gained 111 yards on their 22 plays. Hoyer completed 8 of 11 passes for 89 yards before rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard replaced him late in the first half.

Beathard continued to make a strong case to win the backup job. Beathard is in competition with Matt Barkley as the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback.

Beathard teamed up with his former Iowa teammate, tight end George Kittle, on a 29-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Kittle caught the short pass from Beathard, turned up the left sideline, ran through an attempted tackle by Lewis-Harris, then stiff-armed safety Orion Stewart en route to the end zone.

Beathard completed 7 of his 12 pass attempts for 110 yards. His passer rating was 116.7.

FOSTER, BOWMAN START
Linebackers Reuben Foster and NaVorro Bowman, who were limited in the 49ers’ final joint practice with Denver with shoulder ailments, started played 20 snaps apiece.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense. Bowman had two tackles, while Foster added one before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

Foster underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder in February. Some NFL teams reportedly did not believe he would be available to play this season. He was cleared for full-contact drills on the eve of training camp.

The 49ers said Foster’s mild AC joint sprain in his right shoulder was not related to his previous injury. He was held out of contact drills on Thursday. Bowman was pulled out of practice Thursday with a similar condition.

SITTING IT OUT
Players who did not see action due to injuries were: Defensive linemen Aaron Lynch, DeForest Buckner and Ronald Blair, linebacker Sean Porter, defensive backs Will Redmond and Prince Charles Iworah, wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, and guard Joshua Garnett.

Jimmie Ward remains on physical unable to perform due to a hamstring injury. Ward could be activated when the 49ers return to practice.

THIS ‘N’ THAT
--Undrafted rookie Victor Bolden supplied one of the lone highlights for the 49ers with a 104-yard kickoff return late in the fourth quarter.

--Eli Harold started at the strongside linebacker in place of Ahmad Brooks, who entered the game in the second quarter with the second-team defense.

--Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian connected with Jordan Taylor on a 19-yard touchdown pass against the coverage of newly signed 49ers cornerback Asa Jackson in the second quarter.

--Undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome started at free safety for the second game in a row. Jerome recorded two tackles and broke up a pass.

--Goodwin caught three passes for 44 yards. His first two receptions accounted for the first first downs from the 49ers’ No. 1 offense in the exhibition season.

--Rookie pass-rusher Pita Taumoepenu recorded a sack in the fourth quarter.

--The 49ers did not get much going from their top three running backs. Carlos Hyde gained 26 on eight carries. Kapri Bibbs had 6 yards on four carries. And Hightower had minus-1 yard on three attempts.

--Rookie running back Joe Williams entered the game with less than seven minutes to play. Guard Norman Price got blown back into the backfield on Williams second attempt, allowing Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris to, in essence, intercept the handoff from Barkley to Willliams.

Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos

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Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, who was limited in Thursday’s practice due to a shoulder sprain, started the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday night against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium.

Foster played 20 snaps and recorded one tackle before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

There were some concerns when Foster was included on the 49ers’ pre-practice injury report Thursday with an injury to his surgically repaired shoulder. But the 49ers said the injury was not related to the torn rotator cuff he sustained for Alabama in the national semifinal game against Washington.

NaVorro Bowman, who was removed from practice Thursday with a similar shoulder condition, also started and played every snap alongside Foster. Bowman was credited with two tackles.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense.