Gore, Rogers, Lee react to Pro Bowl honors


Gore, Rogers, Lee react to Pro Bowl honors

Running back Frank Gore worked hard to return from a broken hip that sidelined him for the final five games of last season.He received a new contract. He broke the 49ers' all-time rushing record on the same day the 49ers clinched the NFC West title for the first time in his career. And, on Tuesday, he was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his seven-year career.
"It's a blessing, especially coming back from missing five games and coming back this year to have a lot of success with team and myself, it's a blessing," Gore said."Coming off my injury. I was hungry to show people I can play this game like I did before."Gore has already rushed for 1,202 yards with one game remaining. It's the second-largest single-season total of his career.
Gore said he always believed the 49ers had the talent. This season, they also had the coaching with Jim Harbaugh and his staff."I got to give it up to our coaches. We have a great coach, Coach Harbaugh, and great guys around him on the coaching staff," Gore said. "We always had the talent and now we have the right people in front of us to lead us. We believe in the coaches and we believe in ourselves. We're going out and having fun and it's paying off." Carlos Rogers didn't have many options after he watched as other cornerback secured big contracts after the lockout. He landed with the 49ers on a one-year contract.And, now, he would like to cash that into a multi-year deal to remain with the 49ers. After all, he is having the most fun of his NFL career he said. But business is business."It's up to the general managers, the owners and my agent to get that done," Rogers said.Rogers is not likely to sign a new contract with the 49ers before the start of free agency in the spring. And it's possible that he priced himself out of the 49ers' market with his best NFL season.Rogers said he always considered himself a good cover man. He always considered himself a smart player who studied the opposition and knew the game. But what the difference this season has been Rogers' hands.Rogers has six interceptions on the season. In his previous six NFL seasons (all with the Washington Redskins), Rogers had just eight interceptions."Any time you catch the ball, that takes points off the board or you can put your team in a situation to get points," Rogers said. "That's big. That adds a lot to game. I've always covered and been a guy to recognize what's going on. I always tackled pretty good. But I dropped interceptions. And that separates you from being an average corner or a good cover guy." Punter Andy Lee was selected to make his third trip to the Pro Bowl. And he'll be going there with a bunch of teammates.Well, or maybe not . . ."Hopefully, we won't be there," Lee said. "Hopefully, we'll be in the Super Bowl."The Pro Bowl is being played the Sunday before the Super Bowl. So teams who advance to the Super Bowl will not send any representatives to the all-star game."It's an honor," Lee said. "It's definitely not something you can expect. It's not something that honors just myself, it honors my punt team. I can't get this just on average, but on net average and the whole team contributes to that. The coverage guys and Brian (Jennings), the long-snapper."When asked if this has been his best season, Lee answered, "I've had good years before, but we can categorize it as the best because of the numbers and it's best season I've had. We're going to the playoffs, so I'd say so."

49ers snap count: Three RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined

49ers snap count: Three RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers split the playing time among three running backs Sunday with starter Carlos Hyde out of action due to a shoulder injury.

DuJuan Harris, whom the 49ers promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, saw his first action of the season. He played 26 snaps, the most of any of the 49ers’ running backs on Sunday in the team’s 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.

Harris had 39 yards rushing on 11 attempts. He also caught two passes for 18 yards.

Shaun Draughn played 23 snaps, while Mike Davis started but saw action in only 21 plays. Davis carried seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown. Draughn carried once for 16 yards and led the team in receiving with five catches for 37 yards.

Linebacker Gerald Hodges started for the first time since Week 3. He played 61 snaps, while Michael Wilhoite saw action on 13 plays after losing his spot in the starting lineup. Nick Bellore started alongside Hodges at inside linebacker and was on the field for 74 of the 49ers’ 75 defensive plays.

First-round draft pick DeForest Buckner played 73 of the 49ers’ defensive plays, an unusually high number for a defensive lineman.

Outside linebacker Tank Carradine did not play any snaps on defense. The 49ers signed him to a one-year extension at the beginning of the season that paid out a $1.25 million signing bonus. His cap figure for next season is $2.025 million. Carradine played seven snaps on special teams.

Here’s how the 49ers divided their playing time on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday in their 45-16 loss to the Bills:

70 snaps
70 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
61 -- WR Quinton Patton
56 -- WR Torrey Smith
54 -- TE Vance McDonald
41 -- TE Garrett Celek, WR Jeremy Kerley
26 -- RB DuJuan Harris
23 -- RB Shaun Draughn
21 -- RB Mike Davis
14 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
9 -- WR Rod Streater
4 -- TE Blake Bell

75 snaps
75 -- S Eric Reid, CB Tramaine Brock
74 -- LB Nick Bellore
73 -- DL DeForest Buckner
71 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
70 -- S Antoine Bethea
62 -- CB Rashard Robinson
61 -- LB Gerald Hodges
48 -- LB Aaron Lynch
47 -- DL Arik Armstead
41 -- DL Quinton Dial
40 -- CB Jimmie Ward
26 -- LB Eli Harold
17 -- DL Mike Purcell
14 -- DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
13 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
9 -- S Jaquiski Tartt
7 -- DL Ronald Blair
2 -- CB Keith Reaser

Special teams
27 -- Dontae Johnson, Shayne Skov
21 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Burbridge
17 -- Streater, Purcell
16 -- Celek
15 -- Bell
13 -- Draughn
12 -- Bellore
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Davis
10 -- Dial, Tartt
9 -- Kyle Nelson, Reaser
7 -- Tank Carradine, Harris, Reid, Brooks, Ward, Harold
5 -- Phil Dawson, Robinson, Hodges, Lynch
3 -- Andrew Tiller, JaCorey Shepherd, Beadles, Staley, Brown, Garnett, Kerley
2 -- Blair

Did not play
QB Blaine Gabbert
C Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey (knee)

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

If the 49ers are active at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, the organization figures to be sellers.

With a 1-6 record, mired in a six-game losing streak and seemingly fielding a less-competitive team every week, the 49ers do not figure to be in the buying market with the trade deadline approaching.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 32, one of the team’s few players who would be attractive to a contender, is available for a first-round draft pick, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cited a “source with knowledge of the dynamics.”

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is also on the trade market for a second-round pick, according to the report. The teams mentioned with potential interest in acquiring Staley or Thomas are the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots, reports PFT.

Staley has a base salary of $5.4 million this season. His pay increases to $8.95 million next season, including $8.25 million in base salary. He is signed through the 2019 season.

Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007, has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

If the 49ers trade Staley, it could open the way for right tackle Trent Brown to move to the left side. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie John Theus. Veteran guard Zane Beadles is also capable of playing tackle.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (PT). The 49ers enter their bye week after Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team’s next game is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.