Hastings: 'I can do anything the coach asks'

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Hastings: 'I can do anything the coach asks'

Receiver Joe Hastings claims this was just an ordinary week.Although still not officially a member of the 49ers' 53-man roster, everybody around the 49ers expects that announcement to happen at some point on Saturday.Hastings was among the 49ers' final cuts of training camp. The product of Washburn University has been on the team's practice squad since the first week of the regular season, when the undrafted rookie was chosen for a spot over draft pick Ronald Johnson of USC.
This week, the 49ers parted ways with veteran Braylon Edwards. Ted Ginn (ankle) and Kyle Williams (concussion) are questionable for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. That could leave the 49ers in desperate need of a wide receiver with only Michael Crabtree and Brett Swain unquestionably healthy.
The 49ers decided to fill their roster spot in-house, rather than enlist the help of any out-of-work players with NFL experience. The competition for the job was theoretically between Hastings and fellow practice-squad receiver John Matthews."Joe's the guy that's next man up," Matthews said.So much for that.Just prior to the 49ers taking off for St. Louis on Friday afternoon, Hastings was seen in the cold bath to assist his body recover from heavy week of practice. He said he still had not received word whether he would suit up for Sunday's game."I've been preparing for this since Week 1," Hastings said. "I still haven't been told anything, so it's the same as usual. If they decide to go in that direction, I'll be prepared. Just like if they go with (tight end) Konrad (Reuland) or John (Matthews), we'll all be prepared."It's a crazy business, so if somebody goes down you got to be ready to step up. All of us have been preparing like we could get the call. It's up to management to make the decision they think is best for the program."Hastings said every week of the season he has studied the game plan as if he would be active for the games. On Sunday, he might get a chance to show if all his preparations have paid off.
"Every week I try to put myself in there so I can take that mindset but all the practice squad guys do," he said. "I study it every week like I'm going to be active. That way if it does happen down the road next year, whenever it is, I'll be prepared and ready."Hastings said he'll be prepared to play each of the wide-receiver positions. It's possible Crabtree and Swain will be the starting receivers, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said this week.Hastings has made a strong impression behind the scenes with the 49ers. Even during the exhibition season, he did not catch a pass. Fortunately for him, the 49ers place a greater emphasis on how players performed every day during practices."I can do anything the coach asks -- whatever gets me on the field," Hastings said. "(I'm) someone the coach can count on to do anything in any situation. The more you can do, the better. That's the mindset I take."

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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