EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series that spotlights three 49ers-Packers matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (FOX-TV), at Lambeau Field.
Matchup No. 2 (coming Saturday afternoon)
Matchup No. 3 (coming Sunday morning)
49ers RT Anthony Davis vs. Packers LOLB Nick Perry
Tale of the tape:
Davis: 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, third season, Rutgers
Perry: 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, rookie, Southern Cal
Green Bay had one of the worst pass-rushes last season to go along with the worst-ranked defense in the NFL. Outside linebacker Clay Matthews was the Packers' only real pass-rush threat a year ago -- and he managed only six sacks.Six Packers draft picks made the team, and all are defensive players. Only one is a starter, though, and that's Perry. He is the only new face on defense, so a lot will be expected from him . . . immediately.The 49ers would love to be able to leave Davis alone with Perry on the right side. Left tackle Joe Staley will have his hands full with Matthews, and he might need some help on that side.The 49ers need Davis be able to keep Perry at arm's length from quarterback Alex Smith in the passing game. The 49ers will want to run the ball, and that's an area at which Davis excels. But the rookie will be no pushover.Davis had his first full offseason with the team. He reported to camp in good shape. He appears to be lighter on his feet and just as powerful as a run-blocker. If Davis is not greatly improved this season, the 49ers will be disappointed."He has improved week to week," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of Perry on a conference call this week with Bay Area reporters. "He's adapting to a 3-4 scheme. He's a powerful young man."
San Francisco 49ers fans came together last season and raised money to fly an anti-Jed York banner over Levi's Stadium on three separate occasions. With the team 1-6 this year, there is a new push for a banner calling out a different member of the team’s front office.
[REWIND: Banner flies over Levi’s calling for 49ers, York to mutually part ways]
On Monday a crowdfunding campaign was created with the goal of raising $1,076 by Oct. 28 in order to fly a banner that reads “49ers: Fire Trent Baalke” over Levi's Stadium on Nov. 6 before the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The fundraising goal was fulfilled in 11 hours by 58 people as it reached $1,095.
The campaign proceeds are promised to Aerial Services of Livermore, which charges $1,024 for two hours of airtime, according to the post, and GoFundMe.com, which takes five percent of all funds raised -- $51.20.
The three banners that flew over Levi’s last season read “Jed York And 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways," "Hold Jed Accountable," and "Jed Here's Our Banner -- Where's Yours?"
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.
The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.
A league source told CSNBayArea.com the 49ers are neither shopping Smith nor is a trade anticipated.
Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.
“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”
Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.
The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.