Schedule favors 49ers for No. 2 seed


Schedule favors 49ers for No. 2 seed

The 49ers enter the day with a one-game lead in the loss column in the NFC for a first-round playoff bye. And that's the way they'll end the day, too.The 49ers (9-2) are two games behind the Green Bay Packers (11-0) for home-field advantage. The top two teams in both conferences earn first-round byes and a guaranteed home playoff game.The 49ers enter their final five games in good position to nail down the second seed in the NFC.The 49ers have the edge over the New Orleans Saints (7-3). The Saints play the New York Giants (6-4) on Monday night. The Dallas Cowboys are two games back, but the Cowboys hold a tie-breaker over the 49ers based on their Week 2 head-to-head victory.The 49ers currently are in the No. 2 position after negotiating the most difficult schedule among the other serious contenders for that spot. And the 49ers' remaining schedule is far easier than the Saints and Cowboys.
49ers (9-2)
Strength of schedule (games played): .496 (56-57)
Remaining SOS: .360 (18-32)
Remaining games: vs. St. Louis, at Arizona, vs. Pittsburgh, at Seattle, at St. LouisSaints (7-3)
Strength of schedule (games played): .455 (46-55)
Remaining SOS: .459 (28-33)
Remaining games: vs. N.Y. Giants, vs. Detroit, at Tennessee, at Minnesota, vs. Atlanta, vs. CarolinaCowboys (7-4)
Strength of schedule (games played): .460 (52-61)
Remaining SOS: .460 (23-27)
Remaining games: at Arizona, vs. N.Y. Giants, at Tampa Bay, vs. Philadelphia, at N.Y. Giants Here is a look at the complete NFC playoff picture (updated following morning games):Division leaders
1. Green Bay (North) 11-0. (NFC record: 9-0)
2. 49ers (West) 9-2. (NFC record: 7-1)
3. New Orleans (South) 7-3. (NFC record: 4-3)
4. Dallas (East) 7-4. (NFC record: 5-2)Wild card
5. Chicago (North) 7-3. (NFC record: 6-3)
6. Detroit (North) 7-4. (NFC record: 5-4)Next in line
7. Atlanta (South) 7-4. (NFC record: 5-4)
8. N.Y. Giants (East) 6-4. (NFC record: 3-4)
9. Seattle (West) 4-6. (NFC record: 3-3)
10. Philadelphia (East) 4-6. (NFC record: 4-5)
11. Arizona (West) 4-7. (NFC record: 4-5)
12. Tampa Bay (South) 4-7. (NFC record: 3-6)
13. Washington (East) 3-7. (NFC record: 3-5)
14. Carolina (South) 3-8. (NFC record: 1-7)
15. Minnesota (North) 2-9. (NFC record: 2-6)
16. St. Louis (West) 2-9. (NFC record: 1-8)

Head-to-head, if applicable.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
Strength of victory.
Strength of schedule.

49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth


49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed DL Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal. 

Marks (6-2, 305) was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Titans (2009-12), he appeared in 51 games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles, eight passes defensed, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to the 2013 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the last four seasons (2013-16). With the Jaguars, he appeared in 52 games (35 starts) and registered 104 tackles, 16 sacks, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He was released by the team on March 9, 2017.

A 30-year-old native of Mobile, AL, Marks attended Auburn University where he appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and registered 114 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

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Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers


Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers

The 49ers appear to have plenty of depth along their front seven, but the team brought in three defensive linemen for workouts on Tuesday, according to a source.

Two of those players are Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, and former Steelers defensive end Ricardo Mathews, reports the NFL Network. The identity of the other player was not immediately known.

Jackson has been without a team since the Falcons released him in March with two years and $8.5 million remaining on his contract. He also worked out recently with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jackson, 31, spent his first five season in Kansas City before playing three years with the Falcons. He appeared in all 16 games last season, starting seven times, and recorded 13 tackles and no sacks.

Mathews, 30, took part in his second workout with the 49ers, according to the report. A seventh-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, Mathews appeared in 16 games with five starts for the Steelers last season after signing a one-year contract for the veteran minimum. He spent the previous two seasons with the Chargers. 

The 49ers have an abundance of defensive linemen, or players capable of rushing the passer from a position along the defensive line, such as DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, Earl Mitchell, Elvis Dumervil, Aaron Lynch, Chris Jones, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Ronald Blair and D.J. Jones.

However, the 49ers were down three defensive linemen last week due to injuries to Buckner (ankle), Lynch (ankle) and Blair (groin). The 49ers have one opening on their 90-man roster.