Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

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Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

Sept. 7, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Quarterbacks3 Scott Tolzien 6-3, 210 Wisconsin Rookie Johnny Unitas Award winner as best senior in 20107 Colin Kaepernick 6-4, 230 Nevada Rookie Second-round pick makes difficult transition from Pistol offense11 Alex Smith 6-4, 217 Utah 7th yr. Finally has an offensive-minded head coachRunning backs21 Frank Gore 5-9, 217 Miami 7th yr. New contract and new status as team captain

24 Anthony Dixon 6-1, 233 Mississippi State 2nd yr. Big back needs to run like his size32 Kendall Hunter 5-7, 199 Oklahoma State Rookie Won job as Gore's backup with strong camp44 Moran Norris 6-1, 250 Kansas 11 Gore prefers his lead-blocking style49 Bruce Miller 6-2, 248 Central Florida Rookie Impressive conversion from defensive endWide receivers10 Kyle Williams 5-10, 186 Arizona State 2nd yr. Slot receiver battling for playing time15 Michael Crabtree 6-1, 215 Texas Tech 3rd yr. Easing back into form after broken foot17 Braylon Edwards 6-3, 215 Michigan 7th yr. Signed one-year deal to rebuild career19 Ted Ginn 5-11, 180 Ohio State 5th yr. Contributions will come in the return game84 Joshua Morgan 6-1, 215 Virginia Tech 4th yr. Big-play threat with 15.9 avg.Tight ends46 Delanie Walker 6-0, 242 Central Missouri 6th yr. Should benefit from tight end-friendly coaching85 Vernon Davis 6-3, 250 Maryland 6th yr. Among the elites at his positionOffensive linemen59 Jonathan Goodwin 6-3, 318 Michigan 10th yr. Only 49er with a Super Bowl ring62 Chilo Rachal 6-5, 323 USC 4th yr. Can be a force as a run-blocker67 Daniel Kilgore 6-3, 308 Appalachian State Rookie Fifth-round pick shows plenty of promise68 Adam Snyder 6-6, 325 Oregon 7th yr. Spirited fight before losing starting center job74 Joe Staley 6-5, 315 Central Michigan 5th yr. Plagued by injuries past two years75 Alex Boone 6-8, 300 Ohio State 2nd yr. Earned job as backup tackle on both sides76 Anthony Davis 6-5, 323 Rutgers 2nd yr. Lost 26 pounds since opening of camp77 Mike Iupati 6-5, 331 Idaho 2nd yr. Quickly became man 49ers ran behind as rookie78 Mike Person 6-4, 299 Montana State Rookie Teams plans to develop versatile draft pickDefensive linemen90 Isaac Sopoaga 6-2, 330 Hawaii 8th yr. Moves to NT to replace Aubrayo Franklin91 Ray McDonald 6-3, 290 Florida 5th yr. His 5-year, 20 million deal was biggest of offseason92 Will Tukuafu 6-4, 293 Oregon 1st yr. Makes jump after year on practice squad93 Ian Williams 6-1, 305 Notre Dame Rookie Undrafted but not unwanted, chose between 15 teams94 Justin Smith 6-4, 285 Missouri 11th yr. Mr. Consistency is only getting better95 Ricky Jean Francois 6-3, 295 LSU 3rd yr. Can back up at any spot on the line96 Demarcus Dobbs 6-3, 285 Georgia Undrafted Earned his way onto team with stellar campLinebackers51 Blake Costanzo 6-1, 235 Lafayette 4th yr. Hand-picked by Brad Seely, special teams coach52 Patrick Willis 6-1, 240 Mississippi 5th yr. Four-time Pro Bowl pick will blitz more53 NaVorro Bowman 6-0, 242 Penn State 2nd yr. Takes over for veteran Takeo Spikes54 Larry Grant 6-1, 251 Ohio State 3th yr. Signed to backup role by team that drafted him55 Ahmad Brooks 6-3, 259 Virginia 6th yr. Clear winner of LOLB starting job with strong camp56 Tavares Gooden 6-1, 242 Miami 4th yr. Reunites with Vic Fangio, his LB coach with Ravens98 Parys Haralson 6-0, 255 Tennessee 6th yr. Eight sacks in '08, just nine the past two seasons99 Aldon Smith 6-4, 258 Missouri Rookie He'll be used initially as pass-rush specialistDefensive backs20 Madieu Williams 6-1, 203 Maryland 8th yr. Experienced safety provides valuable depth22 Carlos Rogers 6-0, 192 Auburn 7th yr. Team believes he's an upgrade over Nate Clements25 Tarell Brown 5-10, 193 Texas 5th yr. Gets first chance to open as starter26 Tramaine Brock 5-10, 195 Bellhaven 2nd yr. In the mix for a role in nickel coverage27 C.J. Spillman 6-0, 199 Marshall 3rd yr. Could be 49ers' top tackler on special teams29 Chris Culliver 6-0, 199 South Carolina Rookie Talented rookie will spend year developing30 Reggie Smith 6-1, 200 Oklahoma 4th yr. Atop depth chart at free safety before knee injury31 Donte Whitner 5-10, 208 Ohio State 6th yr. Free-agent pickup becomes QB of secondary36 Shawntae Spencer 6-1, 190 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Presumptive starter missed camp with hamstring strain38 Dashon Goldson 6-2, 200 Washington 5th yr. Returned on one-year deal to prove himself43 Colin Jones 6-0, 208 TCU Rookie Drafted for sole purpose of excelling on special teams

Specialists2 David Akers 5-10, 200 Louisville 13th yr. Takes over spot Joe Nedney held for six years4 Andy Lee 6-2, 180 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Has navigated Candlestick winds to two Pro Bowls86 Brian Jennings 6-5, 242 Arizona State 12th yr. Longest-tenured 49ers player. . . by four years

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.