Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl


Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO -- Players and coaches around the NFL will get together in their respective team rooms Tuesday and Wednesday to fill out Pro Bowl ballots.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh gave those around the NFC something to think about after the 49ers' 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers."A tremendous job by Alex Smith," Harbaugh said. "He was just on the money all night long. Played great. There's no doubt in my mind that he deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. He's had that kind of season. I think he really put an exclamation point on that tonight."
Smith completed 18 of 31 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the nationally televised game.RELATED: Alex Smith 2011 game logs
Smith ranks ninth among NFC quarterbacks in yards passing, but he's sixth in passer rating. And the 49ers currently hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with an 11-3 record.Three players are named to the squad. The game takes place a week before the Super Bowl, so the quarterback from the team that advances that far will not play. Here is a list of the top candidates for NFC Pro Bowl quarterbacks. (Record in parentheses is team record, not necessarily the quarterback's record):Aaron Rodgers, Packers (13-1)
322 of 473 (68.1 percent)
4,360 yards
40 TDs
6 Ints
120.1 ratingDrew Brees, Saints (11-3)
417 of 583 (71.5 percent)
4,780 yards
37 TDs
11 Ints
109.1 ratingTony Romo, Cowboys (8-6)
317 of 483 (65.6 percent)
3,895 yards
29 TDs
9 Ints
102.6 ratingMatthew Stafford, Lions (9-5)
356 of 568 (62.7 percent)
4,145 yards
33 TDs
14 Ints
93.8 ratingEli Manning, N.Y. Giants (7-7)
326 of 529 (61.6 percent)
4,362 yards
25 TDs
15 Ints
91.7 ratingALEX SMITH, 49ERS (11-3)
239 of 389 (61.4 percent)
2,752 yards
16 TDs
5 Ints
91.1 ratingMatt Ryan, Falcons (9-5)
307 of 505 (60.8 percent)
3,698 yards
26 TDs
12 Ints
90.5 ratingCam Newton, Panthers (5-9)
283 of 475 (59.6 percent)
3,722 yards
17 TDs
16 Ints
82.3 ratingMichael Vick, Eagles (6-8)
211 of 352 (59.9 percent)
2,675 yards
13 TDs
13 Ints
80.6 rating Harbaugh says he believes Smith should be on the NFC Pro Bowl team. What do you think?

Slimmed down Davis confident as he prepares to step in for Hyde

Slimmed down Davis confident as he prepares to step in for Hyde

SANTA CLARA -- Mike Davis’ first NFL season left him less than fulfilled.

He broke his hand and did not appear in 10 games. When he did play, his 1.7-yard average led to some whispers the 49ers’ fourth-round draft pick was already a bust.

Davis lived the disappointment. He heard the criticism.

On Sunday, he has his first big chance this season to prove himself. Davis is expected to see significant playing time – and, perhaps, his first NFL start – with Carlos Hyde out of action with a shoulder injury. The 49ers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.

Davis dedicated himself after his rookie season to a body makeover. He swore off Flamin' Hot Cheetos, his favored snack. He dropped from 217 pounds to 205 – his lowest weight since high school. Davis’ body fat dropped from 18 percent to less than 12 percent.

“I feel more confident in myself,” Davis said. “I feel my power is the same. The only thing I feel is really different is the speed and the mindset. My mindset has changed since last year as well.”

Davis opened this season as the 49ers’ No. 3 running back. He rose up the depth chart last week, supplanting Shaun Draughn, as Hyde’s backup. Coach Chip Kelly said Davis has made improvements that led to his promotion.

“Just hitting the hole, timing, making the right cuts,” Kelly said. “You’re burying yourself into the back of the guard or are you working off of the guard’s block and getting yourself to the second level and not getting touched by a linebacker, finishing runs, showing good vision. That’s kind of what you’re looking for in a running back when you’re going through practice.”

Davis carried five times for 13 yards in the 49ers’ 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. In 12 career games, Davis has just 76 yards rushing on 45 attempts.

While Kelly rates Hyde and Draughn as more-accomplished receivers out of the backfield, he noted that Davis has improved that aspect of his game, as well as his pass protection.

“With coach Tom Rathman as your coach, he makes sure we know exactly what we’re doing,” Davis said. “He won’t put you out there if he doesn’t think you can handle it. I just made sure I go through the right steps and make sure I’m prepared into the game.

“I feel confident as ever. With Tom, we spend extra time and he makes sure our eyes are in the right place. That’s one thing we talk about more than anything.”

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

The competition between the Jets and Patriots extended into free-agent workouts this week. 

New England on Wednesday reportedly tried out Dres Anderson, a wide receiver recently released by the 49ers.

New York a day later brought Anderson in for a workout, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. 

Anderson, 24, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2015. 

He has yet to appear in a regular-season game.

Anderson was released from the 49ers practice squad on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to clear room for another wide receiver, DeAndre Smelter.