49ers review: Offensive player-by-player


49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

Here is the entire offensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:Quarterbacks
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Completed 20 of 38 passes for 267 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating was 81.8. He also rushed seven times for 17 yards, including three kneeldowns at the end of the game for minus-1 yard. . . .He was on the sideline for one play in the first quarter for a "wildcat" play that never happened. With Kendall Hunter ready to receive the direct snap, the 49ers were called for a false start . . . While Smith was not always on target with his throws, his receivers got their hands on seven of his first eight incomplete throws. . . Missed wide-open receiver Michael Crabtree in second quarter for what would've been a 16-yard touchdown in second quarter. . . He got away from pressure on first play of fourth quarter but threw his second career interception in the red zone as linebacker Daryl Washington picked him off.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started at halfback and played 56 of the 49ers' 87 snaps in the game. He gained 88 yards on 24 carries. He caught one pass for 6 yards. With a secure lead, he was able to rest for the final four offensive possessions of the game.
24-Anthony Dixon: Saw his most extensive play time of the season with 10 snaps on offense. Eight of his snaps came on the 49ers' final drive of the game. . . He gained 32 yards on seven rushes. . . . Ran hard and broke tackles at the line of scrimmage on an 8-yard run in late fourth quarter to help run out the clock. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: He played 20 saps in the game, and carried 11 times for 27 yards, and also caught one pass for 15 yards. . . . Was a bit slow in recognizing one pass-rusher to pick up, but typically did an acceptable job in pass protection.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive (coaches' decision). He is healthy, but he has not suited up since sustaining a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Cowboys. . . . He is likely to be active for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
49-Bruce Miller: Started at fullback and played 13 snaps before leaving with a concussion. He caught one pass for 5 yards, but sustained a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. . . Called for false start on first drive. . . . Made block of Daryl Washington in the hole to help spring Gore for a 14-yard gain. . . He sustained a concussion when Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson delivered a left shoulder to Miller's head at the end of a 5-yard reception late in the first quarter. . . . He entered for two more plays over the next couple of drives before leaving the game for good. . . . His status is questionable for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Played just one snap of offense as an extra blocker.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played a season-high 32 snaps. Caught a career-high five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. . . He was targeted five times, and he and Alex Smith hooked up every time. . . . Exploited mismatch against outside linebacker Sam Acho to pick up 13 yards on crossing route. . . . Kept chains moving with 11-yard reception on a fourth-and-2 play in the second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started at flanker and played 62 snaps. He caught seven passes for 120 yards, mostly against rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson . . . . Ran a stop-and-go to beat Peterson for a 38-yard gain on third down in first quarter. . . Picked up a third-and-7 with a 13-yard catch on Peterson. . . Made a big play to open the third quarter with a 29-yard reception in which he picked up 23 yards after the catch and made four Cardinals defenders miss. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Started at split end and played 32 snaps. He did not catch a pass. . . Had first pass of the game in his hands but Cardinals cornerback Richard Marshall jarred it out of his grasp. . . . Had a high pass in end zone from Smith go through his hands for an incompletion at end of the first quarter. . . He leveled safety Rashad Johnson on a run play in which Gore gained 8 yards. . . . Coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game that Edwards is still not 100 percent after missing four games earlier this season with torn knee cartilage. The 49ers gave Edwards a rest for the final four possessions of the game with the quick turnaround looming Thursday against the Ravens. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: Inactive (coaches' decision).
19-Ted Ginn: He played 16 snaps in the game. He did not catch a pass. He averaged just 4.0 yards on four punt returns. He averaged 21 yards on two kickoff returns.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: He played a season-high 66 snaps, as he saw an increase in action due to Miller's injury. . . . He had five passes thrown his way, but Walker did not catch a pass in the game. . . . Good block on outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield to open lane for Gore's 14-yard gain. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: He played a season-high 37 snaps, most of which came at fullback after Miller was knocked from the game. He received coaching from running backs coach Tom Rathman on the sideline to make the transition as seamless as possible. . . Made block on outside linebacker Clark Haggans to allow Gore to get to the outside and pick up 9 yards in second quarter.. . Gore followed him into the hole to pick up 2 yards on a fourth-and-1 play in the third quarter.
85-Vernon Davis: He started and played 83 snaps. He caught five passes for 67 yards. . . Dropped third-down pass on quick slant when he unnecessarily left his feet. . . . On third and 7, he made cornerback Michael Adams miss to pick up 8 yards and a first down. . . . Made 27-yard catch against safety Adrian Wilson in first quarter. Got shaken up on that play when he fell facemask first onto the ground and left the game for three plays. . . Would've had 20-yard pass gain but didn't get both feet inbounds along right sideline after running a wheel route out of the backfield. . . . Beat Johnson in coverage on corner route for 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter. That was Davis' 34th career score, a franchise record for touchdowns from a tight end. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center and played every snap with another solid game. . . Alex Smith followed behind him to pick up 2 yards on a third-and-1 quarterback sneak in second quarter. . . . On special teams, he lines up as a wing and allowed Patrick Peterson to get around the edge and block a second-quarter field goal. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: He saw some action at right guard when Adam Snyder reported as an eligible receiver.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive (coaches' decison).
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard. . . Pulled and made big bock on inside linebacker Paris Lenon to open hole for Gore on 14-yard gain. . . . Pulled around corner to take out Johnson to clear path for Gore to pick up 8 yards in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle and had another solid all-around game. . . . Good block on Vonnie Holliday to allow Gore to pick up 12 yards in second quarter. . . . Gave up penetration of Calais Campbell on Cardinals first blocked field goal. . . . (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: He entered the game at right tackle after Anthony Davis left the game in the third quarter, and played well in both run-blocking and pass-protection.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle and continued to be a strength on the offensive line until he left the game in the third quarter with a right ankle sprain. . . . His status is questionable for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard. . . . Completely moved rookie nose tackle David Carter off the ball to open lane for Gore on 14-yard gain. . . . Good block on Washington on play in which Gore gained 8 yards. . . Was blocking 10 yards down the field on Washington on Gore's 12-yard run. . . . Dixon followed his block downfield for 9-yard gain in fourth quarter.
78-Mike Person: Inactive (coaches' decision).

How 49ers' additions during draft fit into the big picture

How 49ers' additions during draft fit into the big picture

During the course of the three-day NFL draft, 49ers general manager John Lynch made six trades to finish the weekend with 10 draft picks and one veteran player.

There is a specific plan for each of those players, Lynch said.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Parcells sent 49ers CEO Jed York a text and asked him to pass along some words of advice for the first-time general manager.

“He talked about making sure if you’re going to draft someone that everybody from personnel to coaching staff has a clear vision for what this player’s going to be for us,” Lynch said of the text from Parcells. “And we’ve tried to, with each player, challenge coaches to say, ‘How are you going to play this guy?’

“And if there’s any (vagueness) or it’s not crystal clear how they anticipate playing him, then we’ve either challenged them, ‘You better get there or I can’t feel comfortable taking him,’ and move on.”

Here is a look at the 11 players acquired and how they fit into what the 49ers are trying to build:

First round, No. 3: DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford
Thomas has the versatility to play – or at least be given a chance – at every position along the 49ers’ four-man line with the exception of nose tackle. The defensive end position on the strong side is his natural position. He is also a nice fit at the defensive tackle spot next to the team’s pass-rusher position on the weak side. Thomas could also get a look at that pass-rusher position, where Arik Armstead will get a look when he gets healthy from shoulder surgery.

First round, No. 31: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
The 49ers signed veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith to a five-year, $26.5 million contract with $11.5 million fully guaranteed on the first day of free agency. But the 49ers traded up to grab Foster at the end of the first round with the thought of playing him in the same position. Foster will immediately learn the “Will” linebacker position. “That’s where he’ll lineup, but he’s going to be sideline to sideline,” Lynch said. Eventually, Foster could replace Bowman at middle linebacker. In Foster, the 49ers envision a player who can make also contributions on special teams, in pass coverage and as a pass-rusher.

Third round, No. 66: CB Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado
Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerback positions during the voluntary veteran minicamp last week. Witherspoon is a talented player who is relatively new to the game. He admitted his tackling needs a lot of work. If he can play with a physicality and an attitude, he could win a starting job as a rookie over some of the other unproven cornerbacks on the roster.

Third round, No. 104: QB C.J. Beathard, Iowa
Coach Kyle Shanahan hand-picked Beathard to develop for future seasons. There is no pressure. Beathard comes to the 49ers as the clear No. 3 quarterback behind starter Brian Hoyer and backup Matt Barkley. “He’s extremely intelligent,” Shanahan said. “Football means the world to him. He really works at it. He’s accurate and he can process and play the game very fast in the pocket, I think that gives you a chance to play in this league. By no means does that mean that he’s ready to do that, but I think that’s a great guy that you have a chance with.”

Trade with Denver: RB Kapri Bibbs
Lynch served as a TV analyst for the Broncos exhibition games, and he liked what he saw from Bibbs, who spent three seasons in Denver. Bibbs finally earned a role last season with 29 carries for 129 yards in 12 games. He figures to compete for action on third downs, where Shanahan can isolate him in favorable matchups to catch passes out of the backfield.

Fourth round, No. 121: RB Joe Williams, Utah
Carlos Hyde is entering the final year of his contract, and he is going to have to show a lot to warrant a second contract with the organization. Williams (5 foot 11, 210 pounds) could take over as the team’s top running back. The 49ers initially removed Williams from consideration because he walked away from his college team early in the season. But Shanahan watched him on film and loved what he saw. After digging deeper into his background, the 49ers felt confident enough to invest a fourth-round pick in him.

Fifth round, No. 146: TE George Kittle, Iowa
Kittle is a good blocker who has a lot of upside as a pass-catcher. He is just 4 pounds lighter than O.J. Howard and ran an official time in the 40-yard dash at the combine that clocked just .01 seconds slower than the first tight end selected. The 49ers spent the weekend shopping veteran Vance McDonald in a trade. His time appears to be running out. It does not help him that Shanahan selected a tight end that exhibits the traits he wants from that position.

Fifth round, No. 177: WR Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech
Taylor caught 136 passes and led the nation with 1,803 receiving yards as a slot receiver. His addition places oft-injured Bruce Ellington’s future with the team on shaky ground. Taylor is more quick than fast, and that is OK for how the 49ers envision using him. “This was a guy that we were excited with in his ability to separate in the slot, which is such a key component in today’s football,” Lynch said. Jeremy Kerley begins the offseason program as the 49ers' top slot receiver.

Sixth round, No. 198: DT D.J. Jones, Mississippi
The 49ers’ run defense was horrible last year, and it all started nose tackle. The team signed veteran Earl Mitchell as the presumptive starter. The 49ers are still trying to find the best fit for Quinton Dial, who could work his way into that position, as well. Jones gives the 49ers more brute strength on the inside. Said Lynch, “He’s a stout nose, who also has three-technique versatility, but yet I think really dynamic."

Sixth round, No. 202: DE/OLB Pita Taumeopenu, Utah
The 49ers have a few players they plan to audition at the pass-rush spot known as the “Leo.” Most of those players are big-bodied and are not prototypes for that position. Taumeopenu provides the 49ers with a dynamic pass-rusher who recorded nine sacks last season. “We felt like we’ve got so many big guys, we just want a speed rusher off the edge,” Lynch said. “He gave us a guy that, again, a guy that we grew to become very fond of throughout the process.”

Seventh round, No. 229: DB Adrian Colbert, Miami
Colbert is a hard-hitter who could make the team as a rookie based entirely off his play on special teams. The 49ers will place him at cornerback during the rookie minicamp. Depending on how he looks playing that position in Robert Saleh’s defensive scheme, the 49ers could move him to free safety to get work behind Jimmie Ward.

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft.

The 49ers reached agreements on the mandatory three-year, non-guaranteed contracts with 15 undrafted rookies, NBC Sports Bay Area confirmed. The club is expected this week to release some players currently on the offseason roster to make room for the rookies on the 90-man roster.

Mullens posted a drawing on Twitter from his childhood of "Joe Montana, Football Star." He wrote, "I've known about the @49ers since 2nd grade & now I can't wait to be apart of the organization! Ready to get to work in San Fran."

Draft picks, players who sign as undrafted rookies and other rookies invited for tryouts are scheduled to report Thursday for the 49ers' rookie minicamp. Practices will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As a senior, Mullens (6 foot 1, 196 pounds) completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

The other confirmed 49ers free-agent agreements are:

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville: He began his career with one-season stints at Sacramento State and City College of San Francisco before transferring to Louisville. Hikutini (6-4, 247) caught 50 passes for 668 yards and eight TDs in his final college season. Hikutini missed the Cardinals’ bowl game, the Senior Bowl and combine workouts due to a knee injury. He returned from the non-surgical injury to run at his pro day. Hikutini announced his signing with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay ranked Jerome as the top undrafted player. Saint Francis announced the contract agreement.

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. Georgia Southern announced Breida's decision to sign with the 49ers.

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State: Bolden played four seasons at Oregon State, catching a total of 170 passes for 1,863 yards and seven touchdowns. Bolden (5-8 ¾, 178) ran 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. (Bolden via Twitter)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Colorado Football)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (Flynn via Twitter)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (@WVUSports247)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--OL Bret Treadway (Treadway via Twitter)

--FB Tyler McCloskey, Houston (Houston Chronicle)