49ers sign WR Braylon Edwards to one-year contract


49ers sign WR Braylon Edwards to one-year contract

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In 2005, the 49ers chose quarterback Alex Smith over receiver Braylon Edwards for the No. 1 pick in the draft.Now, the 49ers have both players.The 49ers and Edwards agreed to terms on a one-year, 3.5 million contract, ESPN reported Thursday. Edwards traveled to Santa Clara to meet with coaches and team officials Wednesday.After the initial report broke, Edwards tweeted 'It's official Team17 we have moved to the bay. I'm a proud member of the San Francisco 49ers.'
The signing continues a whirlwind of activity for the 49ers, who have added presumptive starters center Jonathan Goodwin, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Donte Whitner within the past day.Edwards visited the 49ers prior to the 2005 draft, as the club publicly reduced its candidates for the top overall pick to Smith, Edwards, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and defensive back Antrel Rolle. The 49ers picked Smith with the top selection, and Edwards was the Cleveland Browns' pick with the No. 3 overall pick.
Edwards had his best season in 2007, as he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. Two years later, the Browns dealt him to the New York Jets.In 16 games with the New York Jets last season, Edwards caught 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. In his career, he has 326 receptions for 5,142 yards and 39 touchdowns. His career average per catch is an impressive 15.8 yards.Edwards joins a receiving corps that features Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan. Crabtree is likely to miss the entire exhibition season with a left foot injury. Crabtree, who has attended practices and meetings while wearing an orthopedic boot, is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Crabtree led the 49ers wide receivers a year ago with 55 catches for 741 yards and six touchdowns. Morgan caught 44 passes for 698 yards and two touchdowns. Only nine recivers in the league last season caught as many passes for more yards than Morgan.The 49ers are taking a risk with the addition of Edwards. He reportedly still faces the possibility of an NFL suspension stemming after pleading guilty last week to driving while intoxicated to resolve a case stemming from a Sept. 21 police stop.

On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties


On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties

Starting safety Eric Reid will not be available for the 49ers on Thursday night, and the other presumptive starting safeties are questionable, too.

Jimmie Ward (hamstring) and Jaquiski Tartt (neck) went through limited practice Wednesdsay and are listed as questionable to face the Los Angeles Rams in front of a national television audience at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday night.

Ward and Tartt are expected to be available for the game, but the 49ers’ only healthy safeties are rookies Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert.

Reid is expected miss more than one game with a sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Reid is listed as out for Thursday’s game, along with linebacker Reuben Foster.

The 49ers medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot to stabilize his high right ankle sprain. General manager John Lynch said Foster is making good progress, but the 49ers are going to be cautious with him.

“The one thing I know is that freak athletes tend to be freak healers, as well,” Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He wanted to play the first week in the boot. That’s just the way he’s wired. We got to make sure he’s all the way healthy before we put him in, and we’re going to do that.”

Tight end George Kittle (hip) and linebacker Eli Harold (foot) are questionable for the game and are expected to play. Kittle sustained his injury during the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Harold was stepped on during a practice this week.

49ers injury report
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
S Eric Reid (knee)
LB Eli Harold (foot)
TE George Kittle (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (neck)
S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

The 49ers entered the regular season feeling as confident in quarterback Brian Hoyer as anyone on the offensive side of the ball.

But Hoyer has struggled through the worst back-to-back games of his 33-start NFL career. And the 49ers need him to get going, beginning Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

"I want him to get his edge back. I want him to get his confidence,” Shanahan said Wednesday on the KNBR Morning Show.

“We need Brian to step up, and we need everyone around him to step up.”

In the first two games of the season, Hoyer has completed 62.9 percent of his 62 pass attempts but for just 292 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is a lowly 60.7.

The 49ers have scored only four field goals and no touchdowns on their 21 offensive possessions in losses to Carolina and Seattle. Moreover, the 49ers have converted just four of 23 (17.4 percent) of their third-down attempts.

The quick turnaround on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium is something Hoyer said he welcomes this week -- of all weeks.

Last season with the Chicago Bears, Hoyer did not throw for fewer than 300 yards in any of his four full games. On Sunday in the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seahawks, he managed just 99 yards passing.

“It was a tough game and now we move on,” Hoyer said. “Thankfully, this week we get to move on really quick and move on to LA.

”You get to put the last one behind you and move on to the next.”