NATE BYHAM DEMARCUS DOBBS
Third tight end -- Nate Byham vs. Demarcus Dobbs
Tale of the tape:
Byham: Third season, 6-4, 265, Pittsburgh
Dobbs: Second season, 6-6, 275, Georgia
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Byham would have won a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster last season, but he went down early in training camp with a torn ACL. He rehabbed his way back so that he could participate in the team's offseason program. Byham has deceiving skills as a pass-catcher but his value to the 49ers, in a potential role behind Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker, is as a blocker. The 49ers have a decent crop of young tight ends, but the biggest competition could come from the defensive side of the ball. With roster limits set at 46 for game days, it's possible the 49ers could keep just two true tight ends on the team while using Dobbs for spot duty.
Dobbs is a backup defensive lineman who saw a lot of action during the offseason program at tight end. The 49ers also like to use backup offensive linemen as extra blockers, so there's no reason to keep a "blocking specialist" unless Byham proves he is clearly better than any of the team's other options.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.
The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.
“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”
Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.
The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.
Taylor Hart is headed back to Philadelphia.
Just two days after the 49ers waived the defensive tackle, the Eagles claimed him on Monday. Philadelphia announced the Hart acquistion in a series of roster moves.
The 49ers originally got Hart when they claimed him off waivers from the Eagles on Sept. 5.
Hart was waived on Saturday when the 49ers promoted running back DuJuan Harris to the active roster.
The Eagles' 2014 fifth-round pick appeared in one game for the 49ers and made two tackles.