49ers look at kickers as Akers struggles


49ers look at kickers as Akers struggles

With David Akers' struggles continuing Sunday, the 49ers tried out unemployed veteran kickers Billy Cundiff and Nate Kaeding on Tuesday.The tryouts were first reported by Scout.com, and confirmed to CSNBayArea.com by a league source.Cundiff missed 32-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds of the AFC championship game prevented the John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens from tying with the New England Patriots. He was cut by the Washington Redskins earlier this season. He made just seven of 12 attempts in five games.Cundiff, an eight-year pro, has made 139-of-184 career attempts (75.5 percent) with Dallas, New Orleans, Cleveland, Baltimore and Washington.Kaeding is the most-accurate kicker in NFL history. He played all nine of his NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He has made 180-of-207 career attempts (87 percent). But, like Cundiff, Kaeding did not have success in the postseason with some costly misses for the Chargers. He was just 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) in eight playoff games. Kaeding was placed on injured reserve and was released last month, once he became healthy.There is no indication that the 49ers have immediate plans to change kickers, but Akers' struggles have the 49ers thinking ahead.After setting the NFL record with 44 made field goals last season, Akers has converted on just 19-of-27 attempts. On Sunday, he pushed a 50-yard attempt wide left and a 33-yard attempt was blocked.Akers, a 14-year veteran, has made 357-of-438 career attempts (81.5 percent).

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

The competition between the Jets and Patriots extended into free-agent workouts this week. 

New England on Wednesday reportedly tried out Dres Anderson, a wide receiver recently released by the 49ers.

New York a day later brought Anderson in for a workout, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. 

Anderson, 24, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2015. 

He has yet to appear in a regular-season game.

Anderson was released from the 49ers practice squad on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to clear room for another wide receiver, DeAndre Smelter.  

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jaquiski Tartt took part in full practice for the 49ers on Thursday, while wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey were limited.

Running back Carlos Hyde is the only 49ers player who did not participate in practice. He will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it appears everyone else on the 49ers has a strong chance to be available.

Cornerback Rashard Robinson was cleared for limited non-contact football activity as he advances through the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. Jimmie Ward, who missed the past three games due to a quadriceps strain, saw his second day of full work.

Tartt missed last week’s game with a quadriceps injury. After limited work on Wednesday, he was cleared for a full return on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Joshua Garnett (foot), Robinson, Dorsey (knee) and Smith (back) saw limited practice.

The Buccaneers do not expect to have running back Doug Martin available for Sunday’s game. Martin (hamstring) sustained a setback, according to coach Dirk Koetter.

49ers participation report
Did not participate
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)

DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
G Joshua Garnett (foot)
CB Rashard Robinson (concussion)
WR Torrey Smith (back)

Full participation
DT Arik Armstead (shoulder)
G Zane Beadles (ankle)
DT DeForest Buckner (foot)
DT Quinton Dial (knee)
QB Blaine Gabbert (back)
WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle)
TE Vance McDonald (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (quadricep)
CB Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not participate
DE Robert Ayers (ankle)
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)

CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee)
DT Gerald McCoy (calf)
DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)

Full participation
C Joe Hawley (knee)
WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring)
TE Luke Stocker (ankle)