First half: 49ers 21, Chargers 0


First half: 49ers 21, Chargers 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- The entire 49ers defense and most of the team's offensive skill players got the night off.Quarterback Alex Smith got the start and played five snaps. He handed off five times and then exited without attempting a pass.And then he handed things off to backup Colin Kaepernick.Those who used their tickets to attend the exhibition finale Thursday night at Candlestick Park witnessed Kaepernick's best performance since he traded in his Nevada uniform for the 49ers' threads.Kaepernick threw his first two touchdown passes in his seven career exhibition games in an impressive first half of action. Kaepernick completed 12 of 18 attempts in the first half for 158 yards.
Demonstrating his extraordinary arm strength, Kaepernick rolled left and threw a dart for a 32-yard touchown pass to Delanie Walker in the first quarter. And in the second quarter, moving to his right, he hit rookie A.J. Jenkins with a 12-yard scoring pass.Running back Anthony Dixon opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run behind a block by fullback Will Tukuafu.The 49ers led 21-0 at the half.Here's the unofficial snap-by-snap breakdown on offense and defense (players are listed by order in which they came into the game at a particular position):Offense
QB: Alex Smith 5, Colin Kaepernick 28.
RB: Kendall Hunter 7, Bruce Miller 2, LaMichael James 17, Anthony Dixon, 9, Will Tukuafu 10, Rock Cartwright 2.
WR: Brett Swain 30, A.J. Jenkins 28, Nathan Palmer 11, Chris Owusu 2.
TE: Vernon Davis 3, Delanie Walker 7, Konrad Reuland 14, Garrett Celek 16.
LT: Joe Staley 11, Mike Person 22.
LG: Mike Iupati 11, Joe Looney 22.
C: Jonathan Goodwin 11, Daniel Kilgore 22.
RG: Alex Boone 11, Leonard Davis 22.
RT: Anthony Davis 11, Kenny Wiggins 22.Defense
The 49ers' second-team defense started and played two series. Here's a list of the defenders who saw action in the first half:
LE: Will Tukuafu, Tony Jerod-Eddie
NT: Ian Williams
RE: Ricky Jean Francois, Tony Jerod-Eddie
LOLB: Ikaika Alama-Francis, Cam Johnson
ILB: Larry Grant, Michael Wilhoite
ILB: Tavares Gooden
ROLB: Eric Bakhtiari, Kenny Rowe
LCB: Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock
RCB: Perrish Cox, Anthony Mosley
SS: C.J. Spillman, Darcel McBath
FS: Trenton Robinson
Nickel: Perrish Cox, Michael Thomas

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.