Dobbs' double-dipping helps his roster chances


Dobbs' double-dipping helps his roster chances

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs made the 49ers' roster last summer as an undrafted free agent.With one year of NFL experience, Dobbs returns this summer with the added responsibility of playing tight end.It was about the last thing Dobbs expected when he showed up to work at the 49ers' offseason program. Coach Jim Harbaugh told Dobbs he would be splitting time on offense and defense during the spring and summer.
"I hadn't played tight end since high school, but I was excited that the coaches even thought of me to play that position," Dobbs said Saturday. "It shows that they're really looking at me and they believe in a lot of things I can do."Dobbs caught a school-record 18 touchdown passes in high school at Calvary Baptist in Savannah, Ga. He was recruited to Georgia as a defensive end.Dobbs (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) now finds himself required to study twice as hard as many of his 49ers teammates."It is tough," Dobbs said. "You have two playbooks you have to learn. You flip-flop, one day on defense, one day on offense. So you constantly have to be in your books. But that's what we're here for. You have all this time to study. It's a learning process, but I feel like I'm on the right track."Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio acknowledges that it's a balancing act for Dobbs, who lined up Friday with the offense. Dobbs, wearing No. 96, could not hang onto one high ball from quarterback Josh Johnson. Dobbs spent extra time catching passes after practice.On Saturday, Dobbs was scheduled to switch uniforms and play defensive end."Every day he spends over there is one day less he's spending with us and he's still a young player," Fangio said. "But the big picture says if he's our fourth, fifth or sixth defensive lineman and he can fulfill a role on offense that allows him to improve his chances to make the team. Or if he makes the team, allows him a better opportunity to get dressed as one of the 45 on game days."It makes him more versatile. Does it affect his development in one position? Yes. It does. There's no way around that. In his case, it's better for the team and better for him and his chances to make the team."NFL teams are allowed a roster maximum of 90 players for training camp. The regular-season roster is 53. Only 46 players suit up per team on regular-season game days.If Dobbs plays well on offense, it might allow the 49ers to keep just two full-time tight ends -- Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker -- on the final roster.

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

The New York Giants released placekicker Josh Brown, the team announced on Tuesday.

The NFL suspended Brown for the season opener in Dallas for violating the League’s Personal Conduct Policy.  That suspension was based on his May 22, 2015 arrest on domestic violence charges, which were dismissed approximately five days after the arrest.

Brown served his suspension, returned to the Giants on September 12, and subsequently participated in five games. 

Last Wednesday, approximately 24 hours before the Giants were to depart for London, new information was released by authorities in Washington State.  The new materials disclosed a history of alleged domestic violence by Brown.  On Thursday, the Giants announced Brown would not accompany the team to London, where they played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. 

Last Friday, the NFL, at the Giants request and citing the documents released two days earlier, placed Brown on the Commissioner Exempt List. 

Today, the Giants released Brown.

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said team president John Mara. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided.  We accept that responsibility.

“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father.  We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.

“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter.  We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Statement from Josh Brown:
"The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life.  My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.  I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way.  In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic.  In the interim I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."

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49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

SANTA CLARA -- In the early afternoon Monday after the 49ers’ day-after-game meetings concluded, the players were excused for the next seven days.

Coach Chip Kelly opted to give the 49ers a week break, rather than going through a couple days of practices before providing the players with a mandatory four consecutive days off during the bye week.

The 49ers on Sunday dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there will be no extra practices to attempt to sharpen their performance.

“They’ve been at it since July 31st,” Kelly said. “They haven’t had more than one day off in a row. So I think at this point in time that’s what our whole MO has always been.

“They’ll meet with our strength and conditioning coaches. They have their lifting programs in terms of what they can do and what they have to do. And I think at this point in time we need to heal up. I think it’s a good break for them to do what they need to do and that’s the way I’ve always done it and our teams have been fresh coming out of the bye week.”

While the players will be off for a week, Kelly said the coaching staff will continue to work through Friday in an attempt to identify areas in which they can improve and snap out of their six-game losing streak on Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints at Levi’s Stadium.

“We’ve got a lot of self-scout that we have set aside,” Kelly said. “We’ll be in here all week kind of looking at what we’ve done in the first seven games, what have our opponents done to us in the first seven games relative to what we thought going into the game based on the break downs. Did they change?

“If they were 60-percent pressure going into our game and they were only 30-percent pressure in our game, trying to delve into how people are defending us. How are people attacking us from an offensive standpoint in terms of attacking our defense and what their tendencies were going into the game and then what actually transpired in the game. So we’ve got a lot of film work and a lot of studying to do here during this week.”

Kelly reiterated on Monday that he is not looking at leaving the 49ers after this season. He said he has not heard from any schools with coaching openings or potential openings. Kelly said he has tried to remain focused on his job through the longest losing streak he has ever experienced as a coach.

“No one’s happy, so I don’t know if the word’s anguish, but I mean obviously you try to keep it consistent in terms of your approach to everything that you do,” Kelly said. “I don’t think being consistent and being even-keeled means that it doesn’t bother you or that you’re not frustrated in terms of what’s gone on.”

Kelly said the 49ers have the talent to win games. When asked why the coaches have not been able to extract more victories, Kelly placed the blame for the team’s poor play on himself and his staff.

“That’s on us,” Kelly said. “I agree 100-percent in terms of what you’re saying. But our job is to put our players in position to make plays and we’re not doing a good enough job of that right now.”