Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

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Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

SANTA CLARA -- During Jim Harbaugh's press conference on Monday, he was asked about the lack of contributions from the 49ers' top two draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James.Here's is that portion of the Q&A:Jim, you talked in July about how A.J. Jenkins is going to be outstanding. Yet, there's an injury (to Kyle Williams) and he doesn't get on the field. And Mario (Manningham) got injured yesterday and A.J. still doesn't get on the field. Why hasn't he been playing?
"Well, there's, we talk about Michael (Crabtree), Randy (Moss), Mario have all been playing at a high level. We're working toward it. He was active and he dressed for the game. And he's being integrated now into the plan."Right now, Ted Ginn was in on the three-wide receiver sets, which obviously means Ted Ginn is ahead of him on the depth chart, too?
"He has been, yes."Do you see that changing?
"Anything's possible there. That's the way it has been."The second-round pick, LaMichael, who seems to be more out of the Kendall Hunter mold than Brandon Jacobs, is there a role for LaMichael James with Kaepernick in those read options?
"Yeah, there's a possibility of that."Why wasn't that the case yesterday?
"It wasn't part of the plan yesterday. But that doesn't mean that it won't be going forward." --Harbaugh said had no update on Manningham, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.--Demarcus Dobbs, a core special-teams player, is expected to be back with the team for Sunday's game against the Miami, Harbaugh said.Dobbs did not travel with the 49ers to St. Louis after he was arrested early Friday morning, on his 25th birthday, for marijuana possession and suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Harbaugh said the team would keep any further discipline internal. Here is the amount of play time from each 49ers player on offense, defense and special teams (Jenkins and Alex Smith were the only players on the 46-man active list who did not play):
Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
76 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin, TE Vernon Davis, QB Colin Kaepernick
66 (87) -- RB Frank Gore
47 (62) -- WR Michael Crabtree
46 (61) -- FB Bruce Miller
39 (51) -- TE Delanie Walker
31 (41) -- WR Randy Moss
27 (36) -- WR Mario Manningham
14 (18) -- WR Ted Ginn
10 (13) -- FB Will Tukuafu
8 (11) -- RB Brandon Jacobs
7 (9) -- OL Daniel Kilgore
6 (8) -- OL Leonard Davis
3 (4) -- TE Garrett CelekDefensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
73 (100) -- S Dashon Goldson, CB Tarell Brown, OLB Aldon Smith, CB Carlos Rogers, S Donte Whitner
71 (97) -- LB NaVorro Bowman
70 (96) -- LB Patrick Willis
69 (95) -- OLB Ahmad Brooks, DT Ray McDonald, DT Justin Smith
46 (63) -- CB Chris Culliver
23 (32) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
10 (14) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
8 (11) -- CB Perrish Cox
2 (3) -- DT Will Tukuafu
1 (1) -- OLB Clark HaggansSpecial teams
22 (73) -- Tramaine Brock
20 (67) -- Will Tukuafu, Darcel McBath
19 (63) -- Bruce Miller, Tavares Gooden, Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Michael Wilhoite
17 (57) -- Larry Grant
11 (37) -- Ted Ginn, Andy Lee
10 (63) -- Brian Jennings
9 (30) -- Dashon Goldson, Chris Culliver, David Akers
7 (23) -- Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois
6 (20) -- Daniel Kilgore, Garrett Celek, NaVorro Bowman
4 (13) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Perrish Cox
2 (7) -- Brandon Jacobs

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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