Jacobs sits as 49ers feed 'hot hand'


Jacobs sits as 49ers feed 'hot hand'

SANTA CLARA -- Frank Gore was out of the lineup late in the 49ers' Oct. 18 game against the Seattle Seahawks with bruised ribs. And for the first time this season, veteran running back Brandon Jacobs entered the huddle.But Jacobs had no sooner got on the field when second-year running back Kendall Hunter ran onto the field to replace him.
"I changed the play, I believe," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman explained on Friday. " I don't think it's fair to have Brandon in that situation, running a play that he hadn't had necessarily as much work on."Hunter carried twice on plays that netted just 2 yards. On third down, quarterback Alex Smith managed 3 yards on a keeper, and the 49ers punted. The 49ers' defense held to preserve a 13-6 victory.
Jacobs has not played in a game in more than two months since he sustained a left knee sprain in an exhibition game against the Houston Texans. On Thursday, Jacobs was not listed on the 49ers' injury report for the first time this season.Only those who have seen Jacobs on the practice field have seen him this season."Brandon is doing a great job," Roman reported.Does that mean that he will get some touches in the 49ers' game Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals?"That remains to be seen," Roman said. "Ninety minutes before the game, we'll release our inactives."Of course, Jacobs was active for the 49ers' victory over the Seahawks, too. But he did not see any action in the game behind Gore and Hunter, the backup."When somebody has the hot hand, you keep going with him, don't you?" Roman said. "And Frank's been running pretty darn well. We've been very effective. I think we've had 43 runs of over 10 yards at this point in the season. He and Kendall are doing a great job. We believe in all our backs and at some point they will all impact our team."Gore, whose ribs did not prevent him from a full practice Thursday, entered the week No. 5 in the NFL with 601 yards rushing. Hunter has 258 yards rushing with a 5.2 average.If there's one place where the 49ers could use Jacobs it's in short-yardage situations. Gore has converted just two of six third-and-1 rushing chances.

Source: Six teams discuss possible trade for 49ers' No. 2 pick

Source: Six teams discuss possible trade for 49ers' No. 2 pick

The 49ers have held discussions with three teams inside the top 10 and three teams outside the top 10 about a possible trade for the No. 2 overall pick, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Thursday.

The Cleveland Browns decision-makers met Thursday and finalized the team’s plan to select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reported, citing multiple league sources.

Garrett’s spot as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft had not been in doubt until this week. On Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported he was hearing from “well-connected people” who thought the Browns could take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1.

The Browns are believed to be interested in trading back up to get into a position to select Trubisky.

The 49ers, coming off a 2-14 season, are in a position to trade out of the No. 2 pick because of their need at multiple positions.

General manager John Lynch has stated that the 49ers are “open for business” when it comes to holding discussions with any teams interested in acquiring the 49ers’ No. 2 overall pick.

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers already have three safeties selected within the top two rounds of the draft.

But as the organization has considered its options with the No. 2 overall pick, LSU safety Jamal Adams had been in the discussion. Adams recently visited the 49ers, where he and Eric Reid had a chance to catch up with each other.

Reid’s final season at LSU was 2013. The 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 18 overall pick. The 49ers drafted Jimmie Ward at the end of the first round in 2014, and Jaquiski Tartt was a second-round pick in 2015.

In the past 25 years, only two safeties -- Eric Berry (2010) and Sean Taylor (2004) – have been selected in the top five. Both were chosen with the No. 5 overall selection. Adams has a chance to go as early as No. 2 overall.

“I’m excited to see where he ends up. He could end up here. You know what I’m saying?” Reid said on Wednesday at the 49ers’ voluntary minicamp.

“He’s the best one in the draft. Someone will be very happy to have him, I’m sure.”

Adams (5 foot 11 ¾, 214 pounds) is considered more of a box safety. He recorded five interceptions in his 36-game college career, but Reid said he believes Adams can also play free safety.

“No doubt,” Reid said. “The kid can do it all. That’s why they got him projected to go where he is. I believe he could.”

In the 49ers’ new defense, which is based on Seattle’s scheme, Ward is getting a long look at free safety in the team’s minicamp. Ward started at cornerback last season.

After recording seven interceptions in his first two seasons, Reid has one interception over the past two seasons. He played 10 games last season before sustaining a season-ending with a torn biceps.

Reid said he is learning a new position but he believes playing closer to the line of scrimmage suits him. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as he plays this year with a salary of $5.676 million on the fifth-year option.

“I’m used to being on the back end,” Reid said. “I’m used to dealing with a lot more space. So, really, it’s the run game. And the run fits, knowing the gap schemes, the run (stunts) and knowing where the D-linemen are going to fit and filling the holes. That’s been the biggest difference for me.

“I like it. I’m a bigger safety in this league, so I think it’ll work for me.”

And what if the 49ers select Adams on Thursday evening?

”That’ll be interesting,” Reid said. “We’d have to battle it out. We’ll see how it goes.”