Harbaugh: Healthy team means no Jenkins or James


Harbaugh: Healthy team means no Jenkins or James

SANTA CLARA -- First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins suited up for the first game of the regular season. He did not get into the game. And the rookie wide receiver has not been in uniform for any game since.
Running back LaMichael James, chosen in the second round, has not been active for a game all season.It's a unique situation in which an NFL team has not received any contributions from its top draft picks. Instead, Jenkins and James serve their roles on the scout team during practices.When asked how the 49ers' top rookies are performing behind the scenes, coach Jim Harbaugh said, "Good. They've been working hard and doing it with a very good attitude. Just the same thing we tell them, 'Work hard, have a great attitude and you'll get it.'"They'll get their opportunity. So far, with our rookies, they haven't had the opportunity to play in games. But they are practicing and doing very well."Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Randy Moss, Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn are seeing action at wide receiver ahead of Jenkins, the No. 30 overall selection. And Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon are the three running backs who have been active ahead of James and veteran Brandon Jacobs.So what does it say about the 49ers that their top rookies can't even get on the field?"Generally, it says we have 53 healthy guys," Harbaugh said. "You can dress 46 on game day. So I think that's the biggest statement right there."Guard Joe Looney, selected in the fourth round, has also been inactive as the 49ers suit up seven offensive linemen for games.The only draft pick who has seen any action this season is safety Trenton Robinson, who played in the first three games on special teams. But he has not been active for the past five games.Undrafted tight end Garrett Celek has made the biggest impact among members of the team's rookie class. Celek has seen limited action in the past five games with two catches for 10 yards.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.