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NFL capsule: 49ers 3.5-point favorites vs. Jets

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NFL capsule: 49ers 3.5-point favorites vs. Jets

SAN FRANCISCO (2-1) At NEW YORK JETS (2-1)Sunday, 1 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - 49ers by 3 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 2-1; New York 2-1SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 9-2AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 4 (tie); Jets No. 18LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Jets 24-14, Dec. 7, 2008LAST WEEK - 49ers lost to Vikings 24-13; Jets beat Dolphins 23-20 OTSTREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers 5-1 all-time on road against Jets - but playing at MetLife Stadium for first time. ... San Francisco practiced all week at Youngstown State in eastern Ohio to avoid return trip to West Coast after playing at Minnesota last Sunday. 49ers did same thing last season after win in Cincinnati and then rallied from 20-0 deficit to stun Eagles 24-23 in Philadelphia. ... QB Alex Smith ranks third in NFL with 69.6 completion percentage. Franchise-record interception-free streak ended at 249 passes when Vikings rookie Josh Robinson picked him off with 2:18 left last Sunday. ... Vernon Davis, called best TE in NFL by Jets coach Rex Ryan, tied with Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller for most TD catches in league this season with four. ... RB Frank Gore broke Roger Craig's career record for most carries in team history last week. ... WR Randy Moss moved past Tim Brown into fourth place on NFL's all-time receiving list with 14,946 yards. ... 49ers lead league with 57.3 percent of first-down plays going for 4 or more yards. ... Defense has forced at least one turnover in eight straight games, dating to last season. ... 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was assistant on Ravens staff with Ryan from 2006-08, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman coached with Ryan from 2006-07. ... Since last December, 49ers have four turnovers, ranking second in NFL during that span. ... Game marks Ryan's first against an NFC West team since becoming Jets' coach in 2009. ... Jets playing first game since CB Darrelle Revis was lost for season with torn ligament in left knee, suffered at Miami. 2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson will replace him. ... To help compensate for loss of Revis, Jets moving RB Joe McKnight to CB - position he hasn't played regularly since high school. ... Last Sunday's OT win marked 11th time in QB Mark Sanchez's career that he has led Jets to fourth-quarter comeback or OT victories - seven coming on road. ... WR Santonio Holmes had nine catches for 147 yards vs. Dolphins, first 100-yard re ceiving game since 2010. ... RG Brandon Moore leads NFL guards with 124 consecutive starts. ... Jets' secondary has produced all six of New York's takeaways, including S LaRon Landry's 18-yard INT return for TD last week. ... Jets have three sacks this season: two by LB Garrett McIntyre and one by NT Sione Po'uha, a former college teammate of 49ers' Smith at Utah.

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

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Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

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Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.