Spencer returns to 49ers' practice field

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Spencer returns to 49ers' practice field

SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who did not practice Wednesday and Thursday due to a toe injury, was back on the field Friday during the portion of practice that is open to the mediaIt is not known whether Spencer will be the 49ers' third cornerback, the role he played the past two games, in the Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But his odds of playing appear to have improved dramatically.
Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who is not expected to be available for Sunday's game, has not been seen at the 49ers' practice facility this week after being diagnosed with a staph infection.Coach Jim Harbaugh will speak with the media after practice Friday, at approximately 1:45 p.m. Harbaugh, who has tried to instill a blue-collar mentality in his team, was wearing a blue work shirt during practice.

49ers select DE Pita Taumoepenu in sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select DE Pita Taumoepenu in sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

PITA TAUMOEPENU
Position: Defensive line
College: Utah
Height: 6-1 1/4
Weight: 243
Selection: Sixth round, No. 202 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Utah pass-rusher Pita Taumoepenu in the sixth round with the No. 202 overall pick.

Taumoepenu recorded nine sacks last season and figures to line up at the 49ers’ “Leo” position in their new 4-3 scheme under first-year coordinator Robert Saleh.

“I have a great ability to get after the quarterback,” he said. “That’s what I do. I have a lot of passion for it.”

Taumoepenu (pronounced tao-mo-eh-pen-new) was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. In addition to tying for fourth in the conference in sacks, he tied for third in the Pac-12 with three forced fumbles.

In the Foster Farms Bowl against Indiana at Levi's Stadium, Taumoepenu recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

Taumoepenu took pre-draft visits to the Pittsburgh Steelers and had workouts with the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, he said.

49ers select DT D.J. Jones in sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select DT D.J. Jones in sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

D.J. JONES
Position: Defensive tackle
College: Ole Miss
Height: 6-foot 5/8
Weight: 319
Selection: Sixth round, No. 198 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected nose tackle D.J. Jones from Mississippi in the sixth round with the No. 198 overall selection.

Jones started every game last season at nose tackle. He was credited with 30 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.

“I’m able to play any interior (position), three technique, nose,” Jones said. “I’m very coachable. I take coaching from anyone who wants to teach me.”

Jones figures to compete for a roster spot behind veteran Earl Mitchell, the projected starter at nose tackle.

Jones spent his final two seasons at Mississippi after being listed as a top-10 junior college prospect at East Mississippi. In his first season after transferring to the SEC school, Jones recorded 40 tackles and four sacks.