Key matchup No. 3: Rogers vs. Welker


Key matchup No. 3: Rogers vs. Welker

49ers key matchup No. 3: Carlos Rogers vs. Wes Welker This is the first part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Patriots matchups to watch Sunday, 5:20 p.m. (NBC), at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

49ers CB Carlos Rogers vs. Patriots WR Wes Welker

Tale of the tape
Rogers (22): 6-foot, 192 pounds, eight season, Auburn
Welker (83): 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, ninth season, Texas Tech

Carlos Rogers has the greatest responsibility within the 49ers' defense. Covering the slot receiver is typically seen as the most difficult job for any defensive back. And that has been Rogers' role since arriving on the scene with the 49ers last season.

On Sunday night, he faces his most difficult challenge against one of the all-time best slot receivers in football.

Wes Welker has excelled as quarterback Tom Brady's most dangerous weapon because his short-area quickness allows him to get open quickly on throws in which Brady must get rid of the ball quickly.

Welker ranks third in the NFL with 95 catches for 1,116 yards and four touchdowns. He is closing in on becoming the first player in NFL history with five seasons of 100 or more receptions.

Welker averages nearly 40 plays a game from the slot position. And he can expect to look across the line at Rogers nearly every time he's there.

After facing the New York Giants' Victor Cruz, St. Louis' Danny Amendola and Green Bay's Randall Cobb this season, Rogers faces his biggest test. Brady is playing at an all-time best level with 29 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Brady has averaged 294.8 yards passing per game with a passer rating of 104.2.

"There is no one way to defend Brady, which to me is the definition of a great quarterback," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "Do you want to pressure him some? Yeah. Do you want to cover him some? Yes. Do you want to rush three? Yes. Do you want to rush five, six? Yes.

"You've got to do a little bit of everything, man, zone, because he's really good."

To read more about this matchup, check out Kevin Kurz's report, "Welker poses immense challenge for Rogers."

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

The San Francisco 49ers have a total of 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Here is where they will be on the clock in each round:

1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 186 overall
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)

Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were 'poor word choice'

Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were 'poor word choice'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jameis Winston is back in the spotlight - and not in a positive light - for what he described as a "poor word choice" in comments about women during a talk to Florida grade school students.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who was accused of raping another student while at Florida State University but never charged, spoke for nearly 40 minutes to third through fifth graders at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg during an appearance this week.

When some of the students started getting fidgety, Winston told boys in the audience to stand up and girls to sit down, the Tampa Bay Times ( ) reported.

"All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down," Winston told the children. "But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken."

The quarterback went on to say, "But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong."

Asked later about the speech, Winston said he was attempting to interact with a young boy in the audience who didn't appear to be paying attention. He said he didn't want to single him out so he asked all the boys to stand.

"During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some," said Winston, who has been active in numerous community and charitable endeavors since entering the NFL as the No. 1 draft pick in 2015.

Bonnie Volland, a speech language pathologist at Melrose, said Winston's message about children being able to accomplish anything was positive. But when he told the boys to stand up and that they are strong, some of the girls took note.

"One of the girls turned around and looked at me and said, "I'm strong, too," Volland told the Times.

Winston was accused of raping a student in 2012 when they were both students at Florida State.

The quarterback has said they had consensual sex. He was not arrested and was never charged. Winston and the accuser settled a civil lawsuit in December.