49ers vs. Saints -- QB stat pack


49ers vs. Saints -- QB stat pack

Despite the numerous national reports stating Colin Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback for the 49ers on Sunday, Jim Harbaugh has yet to make official who will be under center against the Saints.

Amidst the team's don't-call-it-a-controversy quarterback controversy, check out the in-depth numbers and stock your arsenal for the next sports talk around the water cooler:

Alex Smith
1st Start 2nd Start
Opp vs IND at Wash
Result Loss Loss
Comp-Att 9-23 8-16
Yards 74 92
TDINT 04 01
Rate 8.5 41.7

Joe Montana
Made his first start on Dec 2, 1979 in a loss at St. Louis (5-12, 36 Yds, 0 TD0 INT) and didn't make his 2nd start until Oct 19 1980 in a loss at home vs the LA Rams (21-37, 252 Yds, 2 TD, 2 INT).

49ers Quarterbacks
to take over as Starter in 2nd Season
Joe Reed 1973
Joe Montana 1980

Quarterbacks Drafted in 2011
Round Starts
Cam Newton CAR 1 26
Jake Locker TEN 1 5
Blaine Gabbert JAX 1 24
Christian Ponder MIN 1 20
Andy Dalton CIN 2 26
Colin Kaepernick SF 2 1
Ryan Mallett NE 3 0
Ricky Stanzi KC 5 0
T.J. Yates HOU 5 5

Shoulder injury will keep Foster out of contact drills vs Broncos


Shoulder injury will keep Foster out of contact drills vs Broncos

SANTA CLARA – Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster will be held out of contact drills on Thursday in a joint practice with the Denver Broncos due to a shoulder injury, the 49ers announced.

A team official described Foster’s injury as a “mild AC joint sprain” and unrelated to the surgery he underwent in February on his right shoulder. The 49ers medical staff was seen working on his right shoulder Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Afterward, 49ers general manager John Lynch said he spoke to Foster and he did not believe there was any significant issue.

Said Lynch, “I talked to him and like Reuben, big smile, said, ‘I’m straight.’ And, so he’s good. He’s straight.”

Foster, who was medically cleared to take part in full contract drills on the eve of training camp, has not missed a practice this summer. He also played 27 snaps in the 49ers’ exhibition opener last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Foster’s right shoulder was reportedly a topic of concern among NFL teams. Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

Considered a Top 10 draft pick, Foster was not chosen until the 49ers traded up from the second round, in a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, to select him with the No. 31 overall pick. 

Can John Lynch, John Elway make a deal?


Can John Lynch, John Elway make a deal?

SANTA CLARA – The general managers are good friends. And, this week, they are getting a unique, unfiltered chance to evaluate players who might be available on each other’s team.

John Lynch, the 49ers’ first-year general manager, and Denver Broncos GM John Elway have spoken this week about needs and which players might be available on the trade market.

The 49ers have good depth on their defensive line, where a player such as Quinton Dial might have a difficult time making the 53-man roster due to the change to a 4-3 scheme. They could use some help at offensive guard.

“It’s kind of that time of year, where people are calling and saying, ‘Hey, you’re strong here, we’re strong here. Let’s just kind of keep these things in mind.’ And, this is a great opportunity to do that,” Lynch said.

The 49ers and Broncos went through a two-hour, fully padded joint practice behind Levi’s Stadium on Wednesday. The teams will go through another practice together Thursday with helmets and shells. It is an opportunity for both general managers to see which bubble players on the other team could make a difference with his own team.

“We did have some of those discussions,” Lynch said. “The greatest thing is lots of times you’re throwing on (film of) a preseason game. We get a chance for three days to look at some people we might be interested in. So you’re always doing that. I think they’re doing that as well and it’s another productive thing out of this week.”

The 49ers engaged in trade talks involving tight end Vance McDonald during the draft. Any team that trades for McDonald would owe him a guaranteed $2.1 million for the upcoming season. He is signed through 2021.

McDonald, however, has worked his way into strong consideration for a spot on the 53-man roster with an impressive training camp.

“I think what I’ve been thoroughly impressed, as has Kyle [Shanahan] and everybody around here, how Vance has responded to that,” Lynch said. “I thought last week against Kansas City was a great example. Even though it didn’t show up on the stat sheet, it’s as good as I’ve seen him block, and he did it consistently and he competed extremely hard.”

McDonald, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell face stiff challenges to hold onto their roster spots with the additions of newcomers Logan Paulsen and rookies George Kittle and Cole Hikutini.