Who will be among seven inactives on game day?


Who will be among seven inactives on game day?

The 49ers released the team's official depth chart, which contains the names of all 53 players on the roster.

But when the 49ers open the NFL regular season Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, only 46 players will be in uniform and eligible to participate in the game. Every NFL team must deactivate seven players at a deadline 90 minutes before kickoff.Here's a look at the official depth chart and who's on the bubble to be on the 46-man active list of the 49ers:QB: Scott Tolzien was the No. 3 quarterback last season, and he never once suited up for a game. If Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick remain healthy, Tolzien does not figure to be in uniform this year, either.RB: Brandon Jacobs was seen shawdow-boxing in the 49ers' locker room Tuesday. That's a good sign, considering two weeks ago he was limping around on crutches. His left knee is improving. But will he be well enough to play Sunday as the 49ers' short-yardage back? LaMichael James has not carved out a defined role, and he does not help much on special teams. Anthony Dixon is the fifth halfback, but he's one of the 49ers' core special teams players, so he figures to suit up.WR: Ted Ginn, the only player in the NFL last season to rank in the top five in both kickoff and punt returns, might not be 100 percent due to a right ankle sprain. The 49ers almost have to suit up Kyle Williams to be the No. 4 receiver and the insurance policy, at least, in the return game. Rookie A.J. Jenkins probably will begin the season as a spectator.TE: Demarcus Dobbs is a two-way player who gives the 49ers value at this spot as a third tight end and along the defensive line. Undrafted rookie Garrett Celek is a player the 49ers have chosen to develop. Don't figure on him seeing any action early in the season.OL: The 49ers suit up seven offensive linemen. Leonard Davis and Daniel Kilgore get those roles, with Joe Looney being deactivated.DL: Nose tackle Ian Williams does not figure to suit up unless there's an injury or two on the line. Will Tukuafu and Dobbs have value because of their two-way presence.RELATED: Dobbs, Tukuafu take pride in being 'mutts'
ILB: Backups Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden are core special-teams players, so they will suit up and play -- just like last season.OLB: Clark Haggans is the third outside linebacker. Because the 49ers figure to be in nickel most of the game, it's not imperative that Haggans is in uniform. Still, he seems to be a solid bet to put on No. 51 for the first time with his new team Sunday.CB: Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox, the third and fourth corners, will be active. And the 49ers might activate a fifth corner, Tramaine Brock, mostly for his play as a gunner on punt coverage.S: Third safety C.J. Spillman, one of the best special-teams players in the league will definitely be in uniform. Both Trenton Robinson and Darcel McBath were on the 49ers' first-team kickoff coverage unit in the exhibition season. There's not room on the 46-man active list for both Robinson and McBath.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.


49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”