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."
On Monday, Jerry Rice shared some words of wisdom with the 49ers in a team meeting.
He also stuck around and went through warmup drills with 49ers receivers.
49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson engaged in some back-and-forth dialogue with the living legend.
"He was giving me a little bit of trash talk. I was giving it back to him though (laughing)," Robinson explained on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show. "If he wanted to line up with me, I was ready. And I wasn't gonna hold back.
"I kept calling him, I was like, 'I know you don't want to come out here,' But then he finally came over there and he was giving me some trash talk."
It's all but certain that Robinson will start on the outside when the 49ers host the Panthers in Week 1.
He struggled in the exhibition opener against the Chiefs last Friday night.
On the first play of the game, Tyreek Hill ran right past Robinson for a 33-year completion along the sideline.
"I didn't really think they were gonna do a deep ball," Robinson said. "I fell away from my fundamentals. That's one thing I can say ... that just boils back to having short-term memory."
Later in the drive -- on 3rd and 6 from the 49ers' 11-yard line -- he missed a tackle that resulted in a 1st and Goal at the 2-yard line.
The Chiefs scored on the next play.
"Can't really beat yourself up about it ... gotta let it go."
On Saturday morning, Katie Sowers announced that she "accepted a season-long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers."
On Wednesday morning, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was asked about having a woman as an assistant coach.
"Katie is a baller. 100 percent," Goodwin declared on KNBR 680's Murph & Mac Show. "She understands the game. She is very familiar with the game. She played in a women's league.
"It may be a little different, but she definitely has the attitude that it takes to be in that room. She brings a great vibe and she understands. I'm happy that she's on staff."
Last season, Sowers spent training camp with the Falcons.
And according to Kyle Shanahan:
“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship. We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.
“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year. She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here.
"There was no doubt. She does a good job and we're excited to have her.”
Does Goodwin think she will face any barriers with the 49ers?
"Not at all. Not at all because it doesn't matter what happens outside these walls," Goodwin answered. "What other people think outside, it doesn't matter.
"All that matters is what goes on in our room and in our organization."