Smith, 49ers offense save best for 4th quarter


Smith, 49ers offense save best for 4th quarter

CINCINNATI -- Quarterback Alex Smith saved his best for the last quarter on Sunday.After the offense muddled through an ineffective three quarters, the 49ers scored 10 fourth-quarter points in a 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.Smith completed 5 of 6 passes for 57 yards in the final quarter. He finished the game with a season-best 201 yards on 20-of-30 passing. Smith did not throw an interception, while Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton threw two fourth-quarter picks."I thought Alex played extremely well," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He really managed the game well."The 49ers put together a 10-play, 72-yard touchdown drive on their possession after the Bengals took a 6-3 lead. Cincinnati was given its scoring chance after Frank Gore's fumble at the 49ers' 16-yard line."To become the type of team that wins on the road, you need to have poise," Smith said. "The defense kept us in it all day, and special teams played well. Offensively, we have to play better. To come back and have that fourth-quarter drive says a lot.""I think guys were fired up and wanted the ball back after our lost fumble," Smith said. "I've been on teams where it's, 'Here we go again.' But it's not like that here."On the season, Smith has completed 68.9 percent of his attempts (51 of 74) for 504 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating is 91.3.Smith did not miss any action after reporting concussion symptoms following the 49ers' loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week. It didn't take Smith long Sunday to absorb a big hit. In the first quarter, he kept on a naked bootleg and took a crushing blow from Bengals cornerback Nate Clements."I heard the crowd and watched the replay," said Smith said. "It looked pretty good, but I felt fine."Smith was also sacked officially five times for minus-25 yards. In the second half, the 49ers made a change to their offensive line. Adam Snyder took over at right guard for struggling Chilo Rachal.The 49ers have allowed 11 sacks in the past two games. So what needs to change?"Nothing needs to change," Harbaugh said. "What we need to do is improve. That's what we're going to do in every area on the football team. I'm pleased with our guys. I thought they really sucked it up today."I thought they played tough. I thought they battled. That's what you want your football team to do, especially in the fourth quarter."

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.