Stanford's Owusu showcases speed at combine


Stanford's Owusu showcases speed at combine

INDIANAPOLIS -- Stanford's Chris Owusu is just fine.And his time in the 40-yard dash Sunday at the NFL scouting combine seemed to prove it.Owusu's senior season ended prematurely when he sustained his third concussion in a little more than a year. He left the field in an ambulance in November after taking a huge hit from Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer.Owusu was cleared to return to football in advance of the NFL scouting combine. Owusu's agent, Steve Caric, said Owusu has been symptom-free since the day after the hit.Owusu on Sunday clocked the second-fastest time at the NFL scouting combine with a blazing unofficial time of 4.31 seconds. Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, from the morning session, led the way at 4.30 seconds.MAIOCCO: Georgia Tech WR Hill provides peak performance
The 49ers are likely to add a wide receiver at some point in the draft next month, and there are plenty of options from which to select. The 49ers could target Owusu in the mid-rounds. Owusu played three seasons at Stanford under coach Jim Harbaugh.The 49ers own the No. 30 overall pick, and they'll have some options if they decide to add to their receiving corps at the end of the first round.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said last week that Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), Kendall Wright (Baylor), Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) and Rueben Randle (LSU) should be taken in the first round.Mayock is not high on Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) or Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers). Jeffery and Sanu lack the speed to gain separation from NFL cornerbacks, Mayock said. Jeffery did not run, while Sanu supported Mayock's assertion with a time of 4.65.Top unofficial 40 times for receivers
1. Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, 4.30
2. Chris Owusu, Stanford, 4.31
3. Travis Benjamin, Miami, 4:32
4. Tommy Streeter, Miami (Fla.), 4.34
5 (tie). T.J. Graham, North Carolina State, 4.35
5 (tie). Kashif Moore, Connecticut, 4.35
7 (tie). Chris Givens, Wake Forest, 4.37
7 (tie), A.J. Jenkins, Illinois, 4.37
7 (tie). Devier Posey, Ohio State, 4.37
7 (tie). Devon Wylie, Fresno State, 4.37
11 (tie). Danny Coale, Virginia Tech, 4.40
11 (tie). Keshawn Martin, Michigan State, 4.40
13. Jarius Wright, Arkansas, 4.41
14 (tie). Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, 4.42
14 (tie). Marvin McNutt, Iowa, 4.42
Other notables
Kendall Wright, Baylor, 4.45
Marvin Jones, Cal, 4.47
Rishard Matthews, Nevada, 4.47
Rueben Randle, LSU, 4.50
Nick Toon, Wisconsin, 4.53
Juron Criner, Arizona, 4.59
James Rodgers, Oregon State, 4.63
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers, 4.65
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, did not run
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, did not run

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve


49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

San Francisco 49ers media services

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’


Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.