Harbaugh: 49ers open camp with five No. 1 receivers


Harbaugh: 49ers open camp with five No. 1 receivers

SANTA CLARA -- Randy Moss is not the 49ers' best wide receiver, coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday.Instead, Harbaugh in his camp-opening press conference claimed the 49ers have five receivers tied for that honor.Former Raiders quarterback and current SiriusXM NFL radio personalty Rich Gannon recently on the air relayed a conversation he had with Harbaugh. Gannon said that Harbaugh informed him Moss was the team's best receiver.Harbaugh disputed Gannon's version of their conversation."The way that was reported was misunderstood," Harbaugh said Friday. "What I said -- and I remember the conversation vividly -- I was describing Randy having the fastest time in a specific drill on a specific day of the offseason OTAs."What we have here on this team, really, we've got five guys who are No. 1 receivers as we go into camp. It will play out what the roles are, who the starters are, who the backups, the contributors. We've got five guys tied for first."The five players Harbaugh mentioned are the veterans: Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams.Rookie A.J. Jenkins has to earn his way onto that list. Jenkins had a quiet first day of camp with no receptions during the 49ers' 11-on-11 sessions. Crabtree picked up where he left off with an impressive opening to camp. He had several receptions during the team's 7-on-7 sessions.But Crabtree sat out the final 20 minutes of practice with an apparent ankle injury. After being examined by the team's staff, Moss came over, took a knee beside him to check on his condition. The injury did not appear to be serious. Crabtree left the field under his own power but was walking gingerly. His status for Saturday's practice is not known.This could be the first full training camp in which Crabtree and Alex Smith will get a chance to work with each other. Smith said big strides were made during the offseason months.
"He had such a great spring and summer," Smith said. "I think just keep doing what he's doing, what we're doing. I felt like he had a great offseason. And I think just continue to work hard. The guy does so many things, he can do so many things. You need a guy in that sense to just keep getting better, more consistent and just continue to strive to get better." The first day of camp opened the way the 49ers' offseason program began: With no question Smith is the team's best quarterback. Smith looked sharp, including two well-thrown deep balls to Moss during one-on-one sessions. The other quarterbacks -- Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien -- were not as sharp. The 49ers signed massive guard Leonard Davis on the eve of camp. He is a man with 155 career regular-season starts, and he could challenge Alex Boone for the starting job at right guard."I loved his comments (Thursday)," Harbaugh said. "When asked about competing, he said he wouldn't be here if he wasn't here to compete, so I thought that was spot-on and (I) take the man at his word."Leonard told us and he talked about being comfortable at either (guard) spot. And I think that's something that would be valuable for our team, for him to be able to play both spots. He's played a little more on the left side, but I think being prepared to do both would be great for him and us." When asked if his time away from football last year gave him more appreciation for the game, Moss answered, "No, because the reason I walked away from the game wasn't really to do with the game. One thing that I have learned is that people don't like the truth. So I'll just wait until my book comes out just to see why I did walk away from the game for a year."Moss quipped as he left the podium that his book can be expected in 10 or 15 years.

Source: Packers execs make list of 49ers GM finalists

Source: Packers execs make list of 49ers GM finalists

Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf will be among the finalists to receive second interviews for the 49ers general manager position, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday morning.

Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton will also be among the finalists, reports the NFL Network, but a second interview with him has yet to be confirmed, a source said.

The 49ers are also expected to bring in another candidate or two for a second interview, a source said.

The second interviews are expected to take place after Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers play in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the head-coaching position.

The 49ers are expected to make a formal offer to Shanahan to become the team’s next head coach, and the NFL Network reported Tuesday night it is “almost certain” he will accept. The 49ers will be allowed to speak with Shanahan next week, regardless of Sunday's outcome, but are not allowed to hire Shanahan until the Falcons' season is over. 

The 49ers interviewed nine candidates for the general manager position. Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed his name from consideration on Tuesday.

Sources say that Kirchner and coach candidate Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, were in serious talks with the 49ers on Tuesday about filling the organization’s top two positions. But Kirchner and Cable felt like they were being used as leverage to land Shanahan as the head coach.

The other general manager candidates who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe were Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III.

Gutekunst, 43, is in his 18th season with the Green Bay and his first as director of player personnel. He and Wolf originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5.

Gutekunst received a new title prior to last season after Packers general manager Ted Thompson denied permission for him to interview for the director of player personnel job with the Tennessee Titans. He was also denied from joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ personnel department in 2015 during Chip Kelly’s tenure with the team.

Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year.

Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf. He has also worked closely through the years with current NFL general managers Reggie McKenzie, John Schneider and John Dorsey.

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.