Five 49ers to watch: 3. Demarcus Dobbs


Five 49ers to watch: 3. Demarcus Dobbs

(This is Part 3 in a series that will spotlight five 49ers players to watch Friday night in the team's exhibition opener against the Minnesota Vikings, 6 p.m., at Candlestick Park.)Five 49ers to watch: 5. Alex Boone
Five 49ers to watch: 4. Perrish Cox
Demarcus Dobbs picked up a couple of sacks during the exhibition season a year ago and earned a coveted roster spot as an undrafted defensive lineman.But when Dobbs reported to work this offseason, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had a new request. He told Dobbs the team would give him an audition at tight end, too.And, just like that, Dobbs' workload was doubled. One day, Dobbs lines up along the defensive line. The next day, he takes all of his practice snaps at tight end.And that's been Dobbs' schedule since the opening of training camp two weeks ago.This is not just a gimmick, either. From Aug. 27 to Aug. 31, every team in the NFL must trim their rosters from a maximum of 90 players to 53. Then, once the season begins, each team is allowed to suit up only 47 players for games.Two-way duty appears to be Dobbs' ticket to finding a uniform in his locker. Dobbs could be a reserve defensive lineman. He could be the team's No. 3 tight end. And he could contribute on special teams.With a better stable of wide receivers, the 49ers might not need as much from their No. 3 tight end behind Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker. Dobbs could be utilized sparingly as an extra blocker. So, the 49ers figure, if Dobbs can fill several different roles, he becomes a lot more valuable to the team.Dobbs (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) has not played tight end in a game since his senior season at Calvary Baptist High in Savannah, Ga. He caught a school-record 18 touchdown passes during his prep career but was recruited to Georgia as a defensive lineman.Dobbs has shown progress at tight end on the 49ers' practice field. He caught a short touchdown pass from Alex Smith during practice Wednesday.How serious are the 49ers about using Dobbs two ways? His uniform was recently changed from No. 96 to 40. That way, he does not have to report as an eligible receiver before every snap he takes on offense.

Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it


Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, so the speculation was that he would not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem.

The Cowboys and their owner did kneel, though not during the anthem.

Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night, kneeling on the field before rising as a group prior to the playing of the national anthem.

"I hope that I'm clear and I hope that our team is clear: We want to respect the flag. Make no mistake about that," Jones said.

"Nothing that we've done, nothing that we did tonight says anything other than that. We also want to as a complete team, as players and an organization, be able to, whenever we can, demonstrate that unity is important and equality is important.

"That's what I'm so proud of these guys for, they did both and did it in a way when people really stop and think about it, makes a lot of sense."

The Cowboys sat and watched the protests across the NFL on Sunday and spent most of Monday discussing the best way to show unity without denigrating the flag.

After warmups Monday night, they went into the locker room and returned to the field for the anthem, lining up between the sideline and the yard markers on the field.

Arm-in-arm, they dropped to a knee as a giant flag was carried onto the field, with Jones and his family in the middle near the 50-yard line.

Numerous boos rang out across University of Phoenix Stadium as the Cowboys kneeled and continued as the players rose, still arm-in-arm, and stepped back to the sideline as the flag was unfurled across the field. They remained connected as Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.

"The objectives, as much as anything else, was to somehow, some way demonstrate unity and demonstrate equality, and do so without any way involving the American flag and the national anthem," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

The Arizona Cardinals had their own symbol of unity after a weekend of protests in the NFL, gathering along the goal line arm-in-arm during the national anthem. They were joined by owner Michael Bidwell, his family and general manager Steve Keim.

More than 200 NFL players kneeled, sat or prayed during the national anthem on Sunday after President Trump said any player who does not stand for the national anthem should be fired.

Three teams did not take the field for the national anthem and numerous NFL owners came out against Trump's statements.

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve


49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

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