First-day spotlight to shine on Randy Moss

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First-day spotlight to shine on Randy Moss

Programming note: Watch today's LIVE 49ers press conference with Jim Harbaugh, Randy Moss and Alex Smith on our live streaming page or tune in to CSN Bay Area at NOON today!

SANTA CLARA -- Randy Moss had just agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the 49ers.More important, he agreed to coach Jim Harbaugh's requests that he sit in the front row during meetings and set a good example for all of his teammates who would surely be watching his every move."I look forward to coming out here to the Bay Area and giving the 49ers fans, organization, something to rave about this season," Moss said on a March 12 conference call to announce his signing with the 49ers. "I look forward to playing."Those were among the last words Moss spoke publicly, opting to decline all interview requests during the 49ers' offseason program.As it turned out, Moss did not have to speak.Each of his teammates and coaches had glowing reports when asked about Moss over the seven-week program. Harbaugh went so far as to tell former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon on "The SiriusXM Blitz" that Moss is the 49ers' best wide receiver.Moss' voice will be heard again on Friday, about two hours before the 49ers take the practice field for the official opening of training camp.The 49ers plan to make Moss, quarterback Alex Smith and Harbaugh available for questions from the media on Friday. The noon-to-1 p.m. session will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and it will stream live at CSNBayArea.com.Moss, of course, enters training camp as a presumptive starter despite sitting out last season in retirement. He figures to start opposite Michael Crabtree, who led the 49ers in receiving during the 2011 regular season with 72 catches for 874.With a good season, Moss can position himself statistically to make an argument as the No. 2 receiver in NFL history behind Jerry Rice:RELATED: Randy Moss career stats
--He needs seven receiving touchdowns to become the second player in NFL history with 160 touchdown catches. Moss can join Jerry Rice (197) as the only players in NFL history with 160 receiving touchdowns. In 13 seasons, Moss has 153 touchdown receptions.--Moss needs six touchdowns to become the fourth player with 160 touchdowns. Moss would join Jerry Rice (208), Emmitt Smith (175) and LaDainian Tomlinson (162) as the only players to accomplish the feat. In 13 seasons, Moss has scored 154 touchdowns.--Moss needs 351 receiving yards to surpass Tim Brown (14,934) and Isaac Bruce (15,208) for third place all-time. In 13 seasons, Moss has 14,858 receiving yards.--Moss needs 46 receptions to become the ninth player in NFL history with 1,000 receptions. In 13 seasons, Moss has 954 receptions.--Moss has recorded 1,000 receiving yards in a season 10 times in his 13-year NFL career. Moss can join Jerry Rice (14) as the only players in NFL history with 11 seasons with 1,000 receiving yards.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.