49ers zero in on passing game during OTAs


49ers zero in on passing game during OTAs

The emphasis continues on the passing game -- offense and defense -- when the 49ers open their second week of organized team activities on Tuesday in Santa Clara.
The 49ers will hold their second week with three days of two-hour, non-padded practices. And that means a lot of valuable work for quarterbacks Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien, along with the group of wide receivers and defensive backs.RELATED: Harbaugh says 49ers 'feature four NFL quarterbacks'
"Balance will always be a focus, but especially out here in just helmets, it's tough to get great run looks," Smith said. "You practice that stuff to keep it. The passing game is much better when it's like this (with) no pads."
Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson, the team's unsigned franchise player, continues to be the only member of the team's 90-man roster who has not attended any of the 49ers' offseason program.A league source told CSNBayArea.com that Goldson, set to earn 6.212 million in 2012 as the team's franchise player, is seeking a long-term deal similar to the five-year, 40 million contract safety Eric Weddle signed last year with the San Diego Chargers.Running back LaMichael James (Oregon), receiver Chris Owusu (Stanford) and defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo (Stanford) are the only rookies not eligible to participate in the 49ers' offseason program because their colleges have yet to hold graduation ceremonies. Each was limited to only the three days of practices at rookie minicamp May 11-13.Also, cornerback Carlos Rogers and receiverreturn man Ted Ginn did not practice last week due to undisclosed injuries. Both players attended classwork and watched practices from the sideline.Guard Joe Looney has yet to be cleared to practice after sustaining a fractured foot at the Senior Bowl practices in January. Outside linebacker Darius Fleming is potentially out for the season after sustaining a torn ACL during the rookie minicamp three weeks ago. The 49ers will open Tuesday's practice to the local media. The practice is scheduled from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

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 calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

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.