Inactives: Jenkins suits up, James sits down

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Inactives: Jenkins suits up, James sits down

ST. LOUIS -- Top draft pick A.J. Jenkins will be active for the second time this season, while LaMichael James still has yet to convince the coaching staff he is among the 49ers' top 46 players.Jenkins will take a spot on the 49ers' game-day roster after wide receiver Kyle Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury. However, James will not suit up for the 49ers' game against the St. Louis Rams even after running back Kendall Hunter's season-ending Achilles injury.Veteran Brandon Jacobs is expected to be the backup running back behind Frank Gore. Randy Moss and Jenkins could see action in the 49ers' three-receiver formations. Jenkins suited up for the 49ers' season opener at Green Bay but did not play. He will be active Sunday for the first time since the first game.
Reserve cornerback Perrish Cox will be the 49ers' backup to Ted Ginn on kickoff and punt returns.The 49ers will play without Demarcus Dobbs, who was arrested early Friday morning on possession of marijuana and suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the California Highway Police said.Newly activated Michael Wilhoite, a first-year linebacker from Washburn University, will make his NFL debut.For the Rams, receiver Danny Amendola is inactive. Rookie Chris Givens will replace Amendola in the starting lineup.49ers inactives
QB Scott Tolzien
RB LaMichael James
S Trenton Robinson
RB Jewel Hampton
TEDL Demarcus Dobbs
G Joe Looney
NT Ian WilliamsRams inactives
QB Austin Davis
WR Danny Amendola
RB Terrance Ganaway
LB Mario Haggans
OL Chris Williams
T Joe Barksdale
DT Matt Conrath

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”