Position change prolonging Dixon's 49ers tenure


Position change prolonging Dixon's 49ers tenure

Anthony Dixons 26-yard touchdown run against the Broncos came after his coaches told him to make one small adjustment.

During the game, coach told me, 'Look inside. I think you could have got in there.' And thats what I did the next time, Dixon said. I was kind of settling it to the outside and at the last second I tried to dip in on him and it was wide open.

Making in-game adjustments is just one of many changes Dixon had to make this training camp in order to earn a roster spot. Dixon struggled in short yardage situations last season, and his opportunities declined as Kendall Hunter emerged. Dixons coaches also questioned his focus. Sundays game against Denver was another example of how Dixon is doing all the right things this preseason to be among the 49ers' final 53.

I stayed consistent with the mental errors, Dixon said of his take after watching the game film. I didnt make any, and that was a good thing. And I made a couple plays in the process.

The 49ers brass saw as much as well. In separate radio interviews on different stations Tuesday morning, general manager Trent Baalke and offensive coordinator Greg Roman both spoke as if Dixon will remain with the team.

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Dixon admits he sharpened his resolve when he saw the depth the 49ers added to the running back position this offseason. He spent all offseason working out at the team facility. His goal became to show his coaches he was not going to quit or waver. He was going to work hard while keeping a good attitude. Already a solid special teams player, he also took the initiative to make himself more versatile.

I just kind of went to them when I was done with the walk through. I really didnt like the reps I was getting, Dixon said. I was like, 'Coach, you know, let me do fullback or something.' I just wanted to get on the field. He was like, 'OK.' He was excited about it, and I just ran with it.

Understanding how to lead block has helped Dixon when the ball is in his hands. The third-year player believes he is in a better position now, to be much more effective when it is.

He doesn't have much to say about the comments from Baalke and Roman from Tuesday morning mainly because he has been told little, personally, about his status with the team when final cuts take place on Friday. But he remains optimistic.

I dont take it for granted. You never know what could happen, Dixon said. I worked all offseason for the opportunities coach gave me and the chances. I wanted to be productive, and I feel like thats what I did and thats what Im trying to continue no matter what my assignment is each week. Just to get it done. Be right.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.