49ers review vs. Giants: Quarterbacks


49ers review vs. Giants: Quarterbacks

Quarterback Alex Smith entered the game as the NFL's leading passer. After his three-interception performance in the 49ers' coming-back-down-to-earth loss to the New York Giants, Smith's passer rating dropped 12.1 points to 96.6, which ranks seventh in the NFL.

RECAP: Giants 26, 49ers 3
Colin Kaepernick saw nine snaps in the regular course of the game. The 49ers were successful integrating him into the offense against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. But when his handoff to Frank Gore on a third-and-6 brought an abrupt end to the 49ers' opening drive, it raised some eyebrows. Coach Jim Harbaugh admitted afterward that the 49ers run the risk of impeding the offense by taking the starting quarterback out of the game.Quarterbacks
3-Scott Tolzien: Was inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: He played 16 snaps total. He finished off the game at quarterback for the final seven-play drive. Of the nine snaps he took earlier in the game, the 49ers gained 19 yards on five run plays and 32 yards on four pass attempts. . . He gained 6 yards rushing on two attempts, and completed 4 of 7 pass attempts for 82 yards. He was sacked twice for minus-17 yards. . . Threw a 36-yard rope down the middle to Mario Manningham to set up 52-yard FG attempt right before the half that David Akers missed. . . He entered in third quarter after Alex Smith's 55-yard pass to Randy Moss, and he held the ball for more than five seconds and took an 11-yard sack that contributed to a 49ers' stopped drive.
11-Alex Smith: One week after the best game of his regular-season career, Smith experienced one of his worst games. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 200 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. He made some poor decisions, and he seemed indecisive at times, which contributed to his four sacks. . . The sprain on his middle finger did not appear to be any issue. Instead, Smith made some throws he should not have attempted. . . He allowed CB Prince Amukamara to make a play on the ball, which was intended for Delanie Walker along the left sideline on a wheel route. . . He was indecisive and threw high to Manningham on a slant in the third quarter that FS Antrel Rolle intercepted and returned 20 yards to set up a field goal. . . Did not see Rolle on a pass intended for Michael Crabtree that resulted in Smith's third interception of the game.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”



Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list. Staley has not missed a game since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)