49ers notes: Peru-bound Harbaugh pleased with minicamp

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49ers notes: Peru-bound Harbaugh pleased with minicamp

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' official offseason program concluded Thursday with some 30 players achieving perfect attendance throughout the nine weeks.The 49ers' mandatory minicamp wrapped up Thursday. During the three-day camp there were only two excused absences, one unsigned franchise player and a rookie with a late graduation date among players on the 90-man roster.
"I think a lot of teams in this situation, the last day of minicamp, would have been in a sprinter's stance, ready to catch flights and knowing it's the last day and ready to get out of here," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said."But that was not the case with our guys today. It was a heck of a good practice and feel real good about where we are right now. And we still got a ways to go, but feel like were right on track."All-Pro inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were excused from the practices. Willis was informed early in Tuesday's practice of an illness in his family, prompting him to return to Tennessee. Bowman remained in the Washington area for the birth of his twins.Safety Dashon Goldson did not attend the workouts. He is unsigned as the 49ers' franchise player. The sides are believed to 1 million apart annually on terms of a long-term contract. A league source said the 49ers have an offer on the table for 7 million annually, while Goldson is seeking a deal equal to the 8 million average that the San Diego Chargers awarded safety Eric Weddle last year.
Second-round draft pick LaMichael James was the only rookie ineligible to take part in the minicamp due to Oregon's late graduation. James is expected to attend the 49ers' rookie minicamp next week.Harbaugh, however, will not be there for the rookie minicamp. He is scheduled to leave Friday to spend seven days working to build houses in Peru as part of a church program, he said.Here are some other notes from the final day of 49ers' minicamp:--Linebacker Brian Banks announced on Twitter that he will take part in the 49ers' rookie minicamp after a tryout this week with the Seattle Seahawks. Banks is a former USC football recruit from Los Angeles who spent five years in prison on rape and kidnapping charges only to be exonerated 10 years later after the alleged victim recanted.--Tight end Delanie Walker did not practice this week. He was spotted leaving the facility Thursday on crutches with an undisclosed injury. Harbaugh said Walker's condition will not prevent him from taking part in the opening of training camp in late-July. "He'll be fine for camp," Harbaugh said.--Rookie guard Joe Looney, whom the 49ers selected in the fourth round of the draft, is progressing in his rehabilitation from a Lisfranc foot fracture he sustained during Senior Bowl practice in January. Looney continues to work out individually on the practice field. "All the reports are that he's on track and the hope when this all started was that he'd be there at some point in training camp," Harbaugh said.--Receiver Ted Ginn (right knee), and linebackers Darius Fleming (torn ACL in left knee), Cam Johnson (minor knee surgery) and Joe Holland (right foot) did not practice Thursday.--The 49ers again plan to spend a week during the regular-season in Youngstown, Ohio, between road games, Harbaugh confirmed. After the 49ers play at Minnesota on Sept. 23, the team will practice mostly at Youngstown State in preparation for their Sept. 30 game at the New York Jets. The 49ers will replicate the schedule from last season when they stayed in Ohio between Week 3 and 4 games at Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Youngstown is the hometown of the DeBartolos and Yorks.
--Kyle Williams and Perrish Cox looked the most comfortable of the players fielding punts early in practice. Rookie receivers A.J. Jenkins and Nathan Palmer, neither of whom handled punts in college, had difficulty judging the wind on the 49ers' practice field.--Cornerback Carlos Rogers, returning from a calf strain, took part in the full practice. He intercepted an Alex Smith pass in a 7-on-7 passing drill.--Second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Jenkins hooked up for a beautiful touchdown with Jenkins latching onto the ball in the back of the end zone and managing to tap both feet inbounds.--Quarterback Scott Tolzien made a perfect throw between two defenders on a pass to undrafted rookie receiver Brian Tyms. However, Tolzien tried a similar throw on the next play to Jenkins, who was covered by Chris Culliver. Safety C.J. Spillman broke on the ball and dropped a potential interception.--On a last-play-of-the-game situation from the 20, Kaepernick drilled a touchdown pass to Kyle Williams against the coverage of safety Donte Whitner.--Kaepernick enjoyed his best day of practice during the minicamp. He and Tyms teamed up for a nice pitch-and-catch for a 30-yard gain against the coverage of defensive backs Anthony Mosley and Mark LeGree. Kaepernick zipped a 1-yard pass into tight end Konrad Reuland in a tight spot. And Kaepernick also hooked up for a touchdown with tight end Vernon Davis, who made the grab against Tavares Gooden's coverage.

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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