Giants better be on guard for new 49ers play


Giants better be on guard for new 49ers play

SANTA CLARA -- Sgt. Skywalker was the most popular man in the 49ers locker room Sunday after their 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins."Is 'Sky' your first name?" he was asked."No," he answered. "Skywalker is my last name.""What's your first name?""Dontae," answered the Chicago native.The Third Relief Commander at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was a guest of the 49ers on the sideline against the Redskins. And he'll also be a guest of the team during the Thanksgiving night game against the Baltimore Ravens.

And this week, the Skywalker name found its way into the 49ers playbook.Sgt. Skywalker spoke to the 49ers' players, coaches and traveling party for about 10 minutes on Saturday. He delivered a talk on the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, the duties of the honor guards and answered many questions.
"When he was done, (receivers coach) Johnnie Morton and I looked at each other and go, 'We need a Skywalker,' and it's got to be good," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "It's got to be a good one, a good play."So the coaches put together a pass play for Sunday's game against the New York Giants called, "Skywalker." And what was the reaction when that play was shared with the offense?"They knew," Harbaugh said. "(It) got a chuckle from the fellas."For those who want to see the 49ers feature more downfield passes, rest assured that there is at least one new play in the 49ers playbook this week. And with a name like "Skywalker," don't expect a measly little 5-yard button hook.

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.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”