Demarcus Dobbs, The 49ers' Man in Black

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Demarcus Dobbs, The 49ers' Man in Black

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Its easy to understand if Demarcus Dobbs head is spinning this training camp. One minute youre in the offensive meeting room then the next minute youre in the defensive meeting room, Dobbs said. Youre trying to catch up on all the film that you had and youre trying to stay up with all the new assignments that are getting put in as training camp goes on.For Dobbs, those new assignments include learning the 49ers entire offensive and defensive playbooks. With only 47 players suited up on game days, versatility is one way for an undrafted free agent, like the Georgia alum was last season, to earn a roster spot. The 49ers coaches believe Dobbs could add depth at multiple positions.Everybody wants a piece of Dobbs right now, on both sides of the ball and special teams, head coach Jim Harbaugh said. He is a popular guy with our coaching staff. Its something thats being, to the best of our ability, thought out and planned and utilized, that hes not overused, overstrained and we dont get diminishing returns.The second-year player was in on 17 snaps on defense in the 49ers' preseason opener against the Vikings and 16 snaps on offense as a tight end, a position he last played six years ago in high school.Transitioning to tight end is brand new to me. Trying to get in that groove and switching over during practices you have to reset your mind and go for whatever position youre in, Dobbs explained. Its been a lot of work. Coaches have been working with me individually, pulling me aside sometimes during practice just to go through the different techniques. Its totally different being a defensive lineman going to a tight end going from getting off blocks to trying to block people.Dobbs number was switched from 96 to 40 so he wont have to check in as an eligible receiver with the referees when he comes in on offense, proving the exercise is not simply a training camp experiment. He also plays on special teams and now works with all three units during a single practice. To make things a bit easier, just a bit, this week the coaches gave Dobbs a black jersey to wear throughout practice. He no longer has to constantly switch back and forth between the red jersey worn by the offensive players and the white one worn by the defense. Though Dobbs isnt always exactly clear where on the field during practice he and his black jersey need to be. They actually made a schedule out for me and one of our guys goes around and he holds it, Dobbs said. But the coaches do a pretty good job of letting me know.Dobbs is not bragging when he says no one else in the 49ers camp has as much on his plate as he does. He is not complaining either. Dobbs has overcome difficult obstacles in his life to even get to the NFL, and hes not going to let any opportunity to improve his chances at a lengthy career slip by.Anything that I can do when somebody tells me Good job, thats when I enjoy it. Dobbs said. If I make a good block or I have a good catch or people are satisfied and impressed with what I do, that makes me feel good.

Chip Kelly: 'Zero distraction' from Colin Kaepernick last season

Chip Kelly: 'Zero distraction' from Colin Kaepernick last season

Former 49ers head coach Chip Kelly was front and center last season with the controversy that surrounded quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 season. 

Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem as a stance against racial injustice in the United States. The former 49ers quarterback first sat while the anthem played in a preseason game and then decided to kneel throughout the regular season. 

“There was zero distraction," Kelly said to the Monday Morning Quarterback. "He met with the team immediately after [his first protest]. He met with the other team leaders. He explained his position and where he was coming from." 

After Kaepernick met with his teammates, Kelly saw one focus in his signal caller -- football only. 

"Literally, that was it. Colin was focused on football. He was all about the team and trying to help us win," Kelly said. 

Kaepernick is currently a free agent after opting out of his contract this offseason. Kelly believes Kaepernick is still plenty capable of leading an NFL team. 

"Do I think he is one of the top 64 quarterbacks in the world? There is no question. Does he have the ability to play quarterback on a winning team in the NFL? There is no question," Kelly said. 

In 2016, Kaepernick played in 12 games for Kelly, starting 11 of them under center. He threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, Kaepernick added 468 yards rushing and two more scores. 

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day workout in College Station, Texas.

"I thought it was impressive," Lynch told Wilson in a video posted on social media. "Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

"He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are."

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.