49ers review vs. Bills: Wide receivers, tight ends

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49ers review vs. Bills: Wide receivers, tight ends

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills continues . . .Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played 20 snaps on offense and helped get the offense going with the first touchdown of the game. . . He made good adjustment against CB Aaron Williams to catch QB Alex Smith's back-shoulder throw, then turned it up for a 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Made good block downfield on CB Justin Rogers to enable Hunter to pick up 12 yards on third-and-10. . . He finished with two catches for 50 yards and also averaged 22.5 yards on two kickoff returns.
15-Michael Crabtree: He played 29 snaps and had one of the better games of his career with six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. . . Working out of the slot, he had 26 yards after the catch for a 36-yard gain to set up 49ers' first TD. . . Scored first TD of the season when he got wide open on a corner route behind the corner and in front of the safety for 28 yards with :24 remaining before the half.
17-A.J. Jenkins: He was inactive (coaches' decision).
19-Ted Ginn Jr.: He played 12 snaps of offense as the 49ers' No. 5 receiver, with most of it coming after the starters were removed. He did not catch a pass. Ginn averaged 6.3 yards on three punt returns.
82-Mario Manningham: He played 32 snaps, finishing with four catches for 26 yards. . . He ran a 9-yard out when the 49ers needed 11 yards on their first third down of the game. . . Completely turned around CB Aaron Williams and gained yards of separation on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Smith at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
84-Randy Moss: He played 18 snaps and had one catch for 11 yards, but coach Jim Harbaugh continues to rave about his contributions. "Randy Moss has been just great," Harbaugh said. "A lot of people talk about the past or whatever, I've seen nothing other than a guy that just works hard and wants to contribute and practices, just says and does all the right things. If there was something in the past it'd be like that Etch a Sketch you have as a kid and you lift that piece of paper up. It's been nothing but great."REWIND: Roman gets high marks for 49ers' record-setting offensive display
Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: He did not have a pass thrown his way, but he still managed to make an impact in his 38 snaps from scrimmage. . . Made block on LB Arthur Moats on Gore's 19-yard run in first quarter. . . Made block on SS Da'Norris Searcy to enable Kaepernick to get into the end zone on 16-yard TD run in fourth quarter. . . On the negative side, called for a tripping penalty that negated a 14-yard gain by Hunter. After reviewing the film, Harbaugh disputed the call.
81-Garrett Celek: The undrafted rookie from Michigan State played 14 snaps on offense and had his first career reception for 4 yards.
83-Demarcus Dobbs: He did not play on offense, but had a team-high 25 snaps on special teams.
85-Vernon Davis: He played 56 snaps and caught five passes for 106 yards. He helped set up the 49ers' first points (a field goal) with a 53-yard reception in the first quarter. On the third snap from scrimmage, his 21-yard reception was brought back because of a holding penalty.

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

Under the 49ers’ new regime, the club has already invested more in the free-agent market than a year ago under then-general manager Trent Baalke.

Just a reminder: The free-agent signing period does not officially open until March 9.

The 49ers on Friday reached a contract agreement with veteran defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, who is penciled into be a starter in the team’s new 4-3 base scheme under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

"As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement released Saturday morning. “A man of high character, he represents everything we want to be as a football team. Earl is a tone-setter who plays the game with a tremendous passion and the effort necessary to win in this league. We believe those qualities are contagious and will help to make our team stronger. We look forward to the impact Earl will have on the field, in the locker room and in our community.”

It was the first significant move under Lynch, who also signed a player with NFL experience earlier in the week.

The 49ers also added cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year contract. Williams served as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back for two seasons. The Browns released him before the start of last season and he was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Mitchell was available to be signed before the start of the new league year because the Miami Dolphins released him last week in a move to save the team $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell took four free-agent visits and after wrapping up his tour with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, he and the 49ers quickly agreed on a four-year, $16 million contract that includes $5.5 million of money in the first year, according to a source.

Last year, Baalke did little to improve the roster for coach Chip Kelly. The 49ers, who finished 5-11 in Jim Tomsula's one season, dropped to 2-14. Just hours after the season concluded, the 49ers announced the firings of Baalke and Kelly.

The only veteran free-agent addition who stepped on the field for the 49ers last season was offensive lineman Zane Beadles. The 49ers signed Beadles in late-March to a three-year, $9.75 million contract with a $1.75 million signing bonus. Beadles had a good season for the 49ers, starting 13 games at left guard and the final three games at left tackle.

The 49ers have already shown more willingness to be aggressive under Lynch’s leadership.

Mitchell, 29, is a seven-year veteran who began his NFL career from 2010 to ’13 with the Houston Texans. He was a rookie in Saleh’s final season as assistant linebackers coach in Houston.

Mitchell joins DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial on the 49ers defensive line. The 49ers view Mitchell as a high-energy player who bring good character to the locker room. The signing of Mitchell could be an indication the 49ers are moving on from Glenn Dorsey, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

With 5.5 sacks in seven seasons, the 49ers do not figure to use Mitchell in passing situations. The club must try to bolster its pass rush in free agency or the draft. Last season, Buckner and Ahmad Brooks shared the team-lead with six sacks apiece. In 2015, Brooks and Aaron Lynch both led the way with 6.5 sacks.

 

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned

Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers. 

The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles. 

Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks.