Matt Maiocco

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The 49ers signed veteran Josh McCown as a possible solution to be the team's No. 3 quarterback for the regular season. McCown was on the practice field Wednesday, wearing No. 9.

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Quarterback Alex Smith remained after practice Tuesday evening working with 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards on a pass route that hasn't been seen around these parts in some time. The slant route, a staple of West Coast offenses past, is returning to the 49ers this season under coach Jim Harbaugh.

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This weekend's matchup with the Raiders means different things for quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Smith has a history with Candlestick fans. Kaepernick just has history to make.

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Based on his performance on the practice field the past two days, quarterback Alex Smith has widened his lead to be the 49ers' starter, coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday.

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Gore says he needed to see some live action against the Saints, and Greg Roman says the five best offensive linemen will start.

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Hasselbeck considered signing with the 49ers but ended up signing with the Titans.

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Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick? Jim Harbaugh says it is an open competition, but during 11-on-11 work Monday Alex Smith took 40 snaps with the first-team offense, while Kaepernick took just four.

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Today is the first time this summer that 49ers WR Michael Crabtree has been spotted wearing two athletic shoes -- and no orthopedic boot.

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With the 49ers reportedly poised to offer a contract to free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper, Matt Maiocco says the club won't be looking for the veteran to compete for a starting role.

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Instead of focusing on how poorly the offensive line played, it's more accurate to lump together all of the aspects of pass protection. And, yes, the 49ers' pass protection was atrocious in the exhibition opener. Here's a player-by-player glance at the 49ers' offense from the team's 24-3 loss to the Saints.

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Matt Maiocco's player-by-player reviews are not for the football faint of heart. If you want the best analysis of each individual defensive player on the 49ers' roster, our Insider is the only man for the job.

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The 49ers can afford to get off to a slow start and still win the weakest division in football. With five of their final seven games inside the division, Jim Harbaugh has plenty of time to get things straightened out.

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The offense sputtered and special teams were a disaster. But the 49ers' defense played relatively well in the exhibition opener Friday night against the New Orleans Saints.

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Quarterback Alex Smith completed just two of seven pass attempts in a less-than-sterling exhibition debut Friday night against the New Orleans Saints. He was also sacked twice.

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After a scoreless third quarter, the New Orleans Saints held onto a 17-3 lead against the 49ers in the exhibition opener for both teams.

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