Roman on thwarted trick play: 'Next question'

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Roman on thwarted trick play: 'Next question'

SANTA CLARA -- Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick was on the field for four plays in the first half against the New York Jets.An alert timeout by the Jets prevented him from a fifth snap . . . and a potential second touchdown.Kaepernick entered in the second quarter and made an inside handoff to running back Frank Gore, which resulted in a one-yard loss. Earlier in the game, Kaepernick rushed for 17 yards and scored his first career touchdown on a seven-yard run.When starting quarterback Alex Smith returned to the field after the Gore running play, Kaepernick appeared as if he was heading toward the sideline. Instead, he lined up wide on the left side.
The 49ers had a bunch formation on offense. And the Jets did not have anyone covering Kaepernick. But just before the snap, the Jets were granted a timeout. Smith could've taken the snap and thrown quickly to Kaepernick, who would've had clear sailing down the sideline.
Roman was asked on Thursday what he was thinking as this took place?"I don't know what play you're talking about," Roman said.When informed that the sequence was shown on TV, Roman quipped, "We have ways to get rid of that. . . Yeah, I think he was talking to the official about the previous play. Next question."Roman probably did not want any more attention drawn to this particular play because he knows that future opponents will now be on the lookout for the trickery.
"I don't look at as 'trick plays,'" Roman said. "They're football plays. The rules are the rules, and we're within the rules. I don't know that we have trick plays. They're what I like to call mixers, we might want to mix in from time to time."The 49ers have had option plays for Kaepernick in their game plan previously. But Sunday's game was the first time Kaepernick was used in multiple plays in the same game."We've had something up every week, but we chose to use it last week," Roman said. "He's our backup quarterback. He's in an understudy role, an apprentice type of role, and he's doing a nice job of it. It's just week to week. He did a nice job of what we asked him to do last week."The more guys we can get involved, the better."

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ biggest free-agent acquisition on defense and one of the team’s first-round draft picks play the same position.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he is holding off on thinking about how everything is going to play out this season at the linebacker position.

“I really try not to envision it too hard because I see a lot of good players there,” Shanahan said Tuesday during the 49ers’ first week of organized team activities.

The 49ers awarded weakside linebacker Malcolm Smith guaranteed money as an unrestricted free agent totaling approximately $12 million. Then, on the first day of the draft, the 49ers’ No. 3 rated prospect experienced a free fall, and the club traded into the back end of the first round to select him.

While Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has been sidelined through the offseason program as he recovers from shoulder injury, he figures to compete with Smith for the starting job. Foster will also learn middle linebacker, where NaVorro Bowman has earned first-team All-Pro honors in four seasons.

Bowman looks to be nearly all the way back from a torn Achilles that limited him to just four games last season.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Shanahan said. “Seeing Bow out here and how healthy he’s been, knowing we’ve added some good free agents, and the way the draft worked out, having a linebacker we had ranked very highly fall to us at the end of the first round. We got a lot better pretty fast.

“When you ask me how it’s going to play out, I’m not sure. It’s a good problem to have. It’s something you’d like to have any every position. There’s going to be a very good player who’s not out there all the time. That’s not a bad thing. That makes the two guys who are out there go a lot harder and play better. It makes special teams better and it allowed you to survive injuries, which almost always happen.”

Bowman’s vision for the upcoming season includes him retaining his role in the middle of the 49ers’ defense.

"I won't be on the sideline, I'll tell you that right now,” Bowman said.

Bowman said he was not fazed with the 49ers selected Foster in the first round. Foster is likely considered the heir apparent to Bowman.

Shanahan called Bowman after the selection of Foster was made, but Bowman said he did not need to speak with the coach about why the selection was made.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Bowman said of the phone call, “but it was good to hear from him, to see that he had something to say or an idea of what he wanted to get across to me.

“But we haven’t talked about it. I did that on purpose. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll compete with anyone, whether he’s 21 or 35. It doesn’t matter. I’m a guy who’s going to give my best effort and have full confidence in my abilities to play this game. I know how much I study this game. I know how good I am and that’s what was going to bring back here.

“It’s always a competition. There’s always someone trying to take your spot. As a player, if you keep that in mind, you’ll always put the work in that’s needed.”

 

49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

SANTA CLARA -- For the first time since Bryant Young retired following the 2007 season, the 49ers have placed his old number back into service.

Linebacker Dekoda Watson was issued No. 97 for the team’s organized team activities this week.

Young was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and eight-time winner of the Len Eshmont Award as the 49ers’ most inspirational and courageous player. No 49ers player has worn No. 97 in the past nine seasons or offseasons.

Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is now wearing No. 94 after being issued No. 96 for the rookie minicamp. Linebacker Reuben Foster is wearing No. 56.

Rookie defensive tackle D.J. Jones now wearing No. 96. Cornerback Rashard Robinson switched back to No. 33 after an earlier change to No. 26. Running back Kapri Bibbs is now 26. Rookie running back Joe Williams is No. 32 after wearing No. 33 at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles over the weekend. Veteran running back Tim Hightower is wearing No. 22.