49ers rookie camp highly competitive
Jason Schepler emerged from a group that included Nate Montana and lineman Andre Davis to earn a three-year contract. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers invited 16 players to attend rookie camp over the weekend, in essence, to compete for one open spot on their 90-man offseason roster.
The winner was Northern Illinois fullback Jason Schepler, who was issued No. 84 and also saw action at tight end during the practice sessions. The 49ers on Tuesday signed Schepler to a three-year contract as an undrafted rookie.
Schepler (6-foot-2, 274 pounds) started 26 games in his career at Northern Illinois and was used as a blocking specialist. He caught just 14 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in his career. As a senior, Schepler was a team captain and a second-team Academic All-American.
The addition of Schepler is not expected to have any impact on starting fullback Bruce Miller, who is also one of the team's top special-teams performers.
Quarterback Nate Montana, son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana, and lineman Andre Davis, older brother of 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis, were among those who tried out in hopes earning a 49ers contract offer.