49ers scout free-agent market with mass audition


49ers scout free-agent market with mass audition

The 49ers last week signed two players, receiver Randy Moss and cornerback Perrish Cox, who did not play in the NFL last season.And the 49ers continue to mine that market.Today, the team is scheduled to meet with guard Geoff Schwartz, whom the Carolina Panthers did not tender as a restricted free agent after he spent last season on injured reserve with a hip injury.The 49ers also visited last week with veteran guard Leonard Davis, a three-time Pro Bowl player, who signed with the Detroit Lions in November but never stepped onto the field for any game action.On Monday, the 49ers held a mass workout for "street" free agents at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara. Most of the players did not play in 2010. Many were local, and others paid their own way to take part in the workout. There was no news of the 49ers signing any of the players after the audition.
Here are some of the known players who took part in the workout:QB Brian Brohm -- Second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2008, Brohm last played for the Buffalo Bills in 2010, when he completed 10 of 23 passes for 106 yards and three interceptions. On a tryout with the New Orleans Saints a couple weeks ago, Brohm threw passes to Moss.QB Matt Gutierrez -- The former De La Salle High star spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the New England Patriots before playing in one game with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. He went to camp with the Washington Redskins last year.RB James Davis -- He saw action in seven games in 2010 with Cleveland and Washington, carrying a combined 19 times for 60 yards. The former Clemson standout is 5-foot-11, 218 pounds.RB Albert Young -- Young (5-10, 209) played 10 games in two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, rushing 25 times for 82 yards. He was in camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars last summer.RB Chauncey Washington -- The USC product has been with Jacksonville, Dallas, the New York Jets, St. Louis and Dallas since 2008. Washington (5-11, 215) saw 17 snaps of action on offense with the Cowboys last season, carrying once for minus-1 yard.WR Johnnie Lee Higgins -- He played four seasons with the Raiders, totaling 57 receptions for 779 yards. Higgins also has return skills. In 2010, he averaged 7.2 yards on 17 punt returns with no fumbles.WR Keary Colbert -- He entered the league in 2004 with the Carolina Panthers and spent four seasons there before moving on to Denver, Seattle, Detroit and Kansas City. Colbert had nine catches for 89 yards last season in seven games with the Chiefs.OT Langston Walker -- He started 82 games in nine seasons with the Raiders and Bills. Walker started 15 games for the Raiders in 2010, but was out of the league last season.OT Alex Barron -- The first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2005, Barron spent last season on injured reserve with the New Orleans Saints. DE Bobby McCray -- A seven-year veteran, McCray (6-6, 260) played with Jacksonville for four seasons and New Orleans for two years. His best season was with the Jaguars in 2006, when he recorded 10 sacks.LB Quentin Moses -- The Raiders selected the former Georgia star with the first pick of the third round. But he did not even make the opening-day roster. He played four seasons with the Miami Dolphins but was out of the league last season.LB Jerome Boyd -- He saw action in 14 games with the Raiders last season, recording 25 tackles.

DeAndre Smelter gets second chance with 49ers

DeAndre Smelter gets second chance with 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter is healthy and he’s back for a second opportunity to prove himself.

Smelter was inactive as a rookie last season as he rehabilitated from a torn ACL that cut short his final year of college ball. And the 49ers never really got a chance to see what he could do during the offseason program and training camp due to a hamstring injury.

After he was waived in September, Smelter went unclaimed and never signed with another team. The 49ers brought him back this week to take a spot on the team’s practice squad.

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, “It was one of those deals is that you never saw enough of him to really make an accurate decision on, ‘Hey, can he really contribute and help? So, let’s give him an opportunity when he’s healthy.’”

The 49ers drafted Smelter (6 foot 2, 210 pounds) despite his limited college exposure to a passing offense. He played 25 games at Georgia Tech, which runs the triple-option offense. In his final college season, he caught 35 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns.

He was considered a project when he began practicing with the 49ers during his first training camp. But he never was healthy for a long enough period of time to develop.

“It was a real serious hamstring injury,” Kelly said. “You feel bad for the player because he’s put so much time and invested so much time coming in and being on IR the first year and getting ready to show us what he can do but then really didn’t have a chance to show us what he can do.

“It happened before our first preseason game, so we never really got a chance to see him in action.”

The 49ers on Tuesday waived wide receiver Dres Anderson from the practice squad to create the opening for Smelter.

Kelly already sees Kaepernick improvement

Kelly already sees Kaepernick improvement

SANTA CLARA – In his second week handling the bulk of the team’s first-team practice snaps, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has shown noticeable improvements, according to his coach.

“Yeah, you can see that,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Thursday. “I think he played three snaps in the first game, but his last extensive playing time was in the San Diego game, which was our last preseason game, which was over six weeks ago. What you’re trying to do is get him into a rhythm.”

Kaepernick replaced Blaine Gabbert as the 49ers’ starting quarterback a week ago. He will make his second start of the season on Sunday when the 49ers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.

“I think for any quarterback you’re just looking for consistency,” Kelly said. “The chemistry or the relationship that’s where the receivers are, knowing where, as they come out of their break, where they’re going to be. Is one guy a little bit sharper out of his cut? Is one guy a little bit deeper out of his cut?

“Obviously reading the defense as you go, but just getting a little bit more consistent, a little bit more familiar because he is getting more snaps. Sometimes when you’re the two that’s difficult because you’re not getting as many snaps.”

Kaepernick completed 13 of 29 pass attempts for 187 yards with one touchdown and no interception in the 49eres’ 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The game was played in 22 mph wind.

In speaking about Kaepernick’s attributes, Kelly said he believes his quarterback has the necessary throwing touch and anticipation.

“I think he does have anticipation. He does have the ability to throw guys open,” Kelly said. “There’s certain balls you have to put some touch on to throw and I’ve seen that displayed in practice. I think one of the things that’s difficult in terms of grading Colin just from the first game that he played in Buffalo is I don’t think anybody was really accurate. But a lot of that had to do with the weather.

“So, hopefully, back here in the friendly confines of Levi’s, we’ll be in a little bit better situation, a little bit better weather in terms of us throwing the football.”