Most of the focus is on the NFL Scouting Combine but the 49ers made a little news outside the rookie showcase with the announcement they've signed long-snapper Ryan Pontbriand.
Brian Jennings is the team's longtime long-snapper. He was a Pro Bowler in 2011 and has a contract through 2014.
General manager Trent Baalke said the addition of Pontbriand has nothing to do with the team's feelings about Jennings. The 49ers also added a long-snapper shortly after the season with the signing of Kyle Nelson, who spent parts of the past two seasons on the practice squads of New Orleans and Kansas City.
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"Obviously, Brian made it to the Pro Bowl, and we're very happy with Brian," Baalke said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "Like every other position on our team -- and we've had this same conversation with Brian -- there's going to be competition at every position."How long we stay with three remains to be seen, but we're going to always put our players in a position where they're going to have to compete for their roles. I think that's a good thing. When you have competition, it makes everybody better."
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.
She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.
The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.
The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.
This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.
A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.
Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.
The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.
Torrey Smith? Alshon Jeffery?
Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.
While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.
“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”
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The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.
They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.
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