ST. LOUIS -- The 49ers on Saturday promoted undrafted rookie wide receiver Joe Hastings to the club's 53-man roster to make him eligible to play Sunday in the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams.
Hastings, 24, takes the roster spot that opened when the 49ers cut ties with under-performing veteran Braylon Edwards this week.Hastings is likely to be in uniform against the Rams, joining Michael Crabtree and Brett Swain. Hastings wears No. 13.It remains uncertain whether Ted Ginn (ankle) or Kyle Williams (concussion) will be available for action. A decision must be made 90 minutes prior to kickoff when the 46 players in uniform must be designated.Hastings originally signed with the 49ers on July 27 after the lockout. He was among five rookie receivers in 49ers camp. He distinguished himself to the coaches, and eventually earned a spot on the 49ers' practice squad over sixth-round draft pick Ronald Johnson of USC.Hastings did not catch a pass for the 49ers during their four exhibition games."We get a sense, day-in and day-out, out here," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said of practices. "When you go out and play in the game, now is when it's got to show up. From what we've seen on the practice field, he's done everything we've asked him to do at a high level."Hastings starred collegiately at Washburn University, an NCAA Division II school, where he played in 35 games (14 starts), and hauled in 119 receptions for 2,033 yards and 17 TDs during his career.
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.
The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.
General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.
“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”
Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.
DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.
Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP.
Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.
“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”
Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”
The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential.
"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."
Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."
Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.