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49ers feel at home in Eastern time zone

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49ers feel at home in Eastern time zone

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The 49ers looked as if they were adjusted to the Eastern time zone. And it didn't hurt that there was a lot of red in the stands to make them feel more at home.After a sluggish start against the Minnesota Vikings contributed to an upset loss a week earlier, the 49ers' defense on Sunday never let the New York Jets get rolling.The 49ers destroyed the Jets 34-0. It was the 49ers' first road shutout since the final game of the 2001 season, when they blasted the New Orleans Saints 38-0."It was amped and loose," 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said about the pregame locker room. "Our coach told us to be free and come out and play. Don't be uptight, just have fun playing football and get back to playing football the way we know how."Said running back Frank Gore, "We told ourselves we weren't going to start the way we did (against the Vikings). We wanted to start fast."RELATED: Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 34, Jets 0
The 49ers, who practiced last week in Youngstown, Ohio, after the 24-13 loss in Minnesota, looked like a different team from the outset."It's tough to come easy and for us, it's 10 a.m.," 49ers quarterback Alex Smith said. "It's hard to have a lot of energy because it's early for us. It wasn't the same this week. Guys were jacked up. I liked it."The 49ers' energy was particularly obvious on defense. The 49ers allowed the Jets only nine first downs -- and three of them were courtesy of penalties. All three of the 49ers' sacks of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez came on third downs.By the end of the shutout victory, the 49ers' fans were about the only ones remaining."That feels good," Rogers said. "To come out and see a lot of our fans here, that's good. They travel with us. Great fans. They stuck with us. We didn't see them jumping off the bandwagon like a lot of people did. Our fans stick with us throughout. RYAN FUMES: The Jets sustained their biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989. Jets coach Rex Ryan called it as bad of a loss as he has experienced in his tenure as head coach. "Yeah, no question," Ryan said. "I can't remember getting beat the way we got beat. I don't think it's ever happened."The 49ers' 245 rushing yards were the most the Jets have surrendered since Ryan was named head coach in 2009.SPECIAL TEAMS: Backup linebacker Larry Grant recorded his first career blocked a punt in the fourth quarter. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Jets' 4-yard line. It led to Kendall Hunter's 1-yard touchdown run. Grant broke through to record the organization's first block since Dominique Ziegler blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in October 2010.Two Alex Smith sacks pushed the 49ers back for a long field-goal attempt in the second quarter. David Akers was wide right from 55 yards out. Later, Akers also was wide right on a try from 40 yards.INJURY REPORT: The 49ers made it through the game without any apparent injuries. It's too early to tell if nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga will be available for next week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Sopoaga was out of action with left knee and ankle sprains. Also, running back Brandon Jacobs could be healthy enough to play next week. He returned to limited practice last week. He has been out since sustaining a left knee injury on Aug. 18 in an exhibition game against the Houston Texans.GINN RETURNS: Ted Ginn was active for the first time this season after sustaining a right ankle sprain in an Aug. 18 exhibition game. Ginn averaged 10.0 yards on four punt returns.NOTES: The 49ers improved to 3-1 for the second consecutive season. The last time San Francisco started 3-1 in back-to-back years was 2001 and '02. . . The 49ers are 3-0 under coach Jim Harbaugh after a defeat, and they're also 3-0 on the second leg of back-to-back road games. . . Receiver Mario Manningham had a team-high three receptions for 47 yards. He also added a 28-yard run on an end-around that helped set up the 49ers' first touchdown. . . After backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, he dropped the ball in the end zone to celebrate with his teammates. Veteran Randy Moss picked it up and handed it back to him to keep as a keepsake. Moss, who played sparingly, did not have any receptions in the game.

Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers

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Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers

The 49ers appear to have plenty of depth along their front seven, but the team brought in three defensive linemen for workouts on Tuesday, according to a source.

One of those players is reportedly Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. The identities of the other two players were not immediately known.

Jackson has been without a team since the Falcons released him in March with two years and $8.5 million remaining on his contract. His workout with the 49ers was reported by the NFL Network. He also worked out recently with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jackson, 31, spent his first five season in Kansas City before playing three years with the Falcons. He appeared in all 16 games last season, starting seven times, and recorded 13 tackles and no sacks.

The 49ers have an abundance of defensive linemen, or players capable of rushing the passer from a position along the defensive line, such as DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, Earl Mitchell, Elvis Dumervil, Aaron Lynch, Chris Jones, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Ronald Blair and D.J. Jones.

Veterans most vulnerable to losing roster spots with 49ers

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Veterans most vulnerable to losing roster spots with 49ers

At the midway point of the 49ers’ exhibition season, there continues to be a lot of competition and more than a handful of veterans who have yet to lock down roster spots.

“I can tell you, it’s going to be real tough to cut it down to 53,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said last week. “We’re going to need all this game and practices to evaluate that.”

Here are the 49ers’ returning veteran players whose roster spots appear to be the most vulnerable with two weeks of practices and two exhibition games remaining to prove themselves:

OLB Ahmad Brooks
Brooks’ $4.45 million base salary is not much of a concern, considering the team is still $65.2 million under the salary cap. The number that factors into this decision the most is 33. That’s Brooks’ age.

If he is not clearly better than 23-year-old Eli Harold at the SAM linebacker position, the 49ers might want to keep the younger player to develop. Brooks is not talked about for his locker-room presence, so this decision will be made solely for what he does on the field and what he is expected to give the team in the future.

“You want to know who’s got the most upside and things like that,” Shanahan said. “Who’s going to be better throughout the year, if given the opportunity. But you also want to know who when it’s all said and done who’s going to affect your win-loss record the most. Those are the things that I look at personally. You don’t always want to think who’s the best guy for Week 1. Who’s the best guy for the 2017 49ers?”

OG Zane Beadles
Beadles is currently working with the first-team offense, but his spot on the roster remains vulnerable. The 49ers’ decision-makers do not seem impressed with their offensive guards. The 49ers could look to pick up a guard from another team before the start of the season.

The jury is still out on Joshua Garnett, who had a good start to camp. But his play dropped off in Week 2 – perhaps because of the knee injury that required a procedure to clean up cartilage. Garnett may not be available for the start of the regular season.

Also, the 49ers may want to hold onto undrafted rookie lineman Erik Magnuson, who has a bigger upside than Beadles with youth, size and ability to play guard and center.

NT Quinton Dial
Earl Mitchell appears locked-in as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle. The 49ers also seem to have high hopes for rookie D.J. Jones. It’s unclear where that leaves Dial, who does not appear to be a great fit for the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme.

Dial should be a starter in the NFL. But he is better-suited to be positioned in a 3-4 scheme, using his strength and power as a two-gap player rather than adapt to a one-gap scheme in which quickness and agility are the main requirements.

DE Aaron Lynch
Before sustaining an ankle injury, Lynch had done everything the 49ers wanted of him – including reporting to camp at the weight that was ordered. Lynch also looked very good in the 49ers’ exhibition opener, recording two sacks against Kansas City.

But Lynch’s spot is not guaranteed, by any means. Arik Armstead, Elvis Dumervil, Ronald Blair and rookie Pita Taumoepenu all can play similar roles. If Lynch does not eat well or maintain his conditioning while rehabbing from his ankle injury, he could erase all of the positive steps he took at the beginning of camp.

TE Vance McDonald
The onus was on McDonald at the beginning of camp to win his way onto the team. His solid play has increased his odds of a roster spot, but it is not a sure thing. This is a position where all the incumbents – McDonald, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell -- face stiff challenges.

George Kittle will definitely be on the team. Blocking specialist Logan Paulsen and rookie Cole Hikutini are also in the mix. Hikutini does not appear ready to be a contributor this season. If they waive him with hopes of placing him on the practice squad, it seems unlikely another team would claim him for their 53-man roster. But is that a chance the 49ers are willing to take?

DE Tank Carradine
Carradine appears to be on solid footing at the 49ers’ big-end position, considering he remains on the first-team defense despite the addition of Solomon Thomas, the No. 3 overall selection. But it seems to be only a matter of time before Thomas takes on a greater role. Carradine could still be kept around as a backup.

Ronald Blair, a fifth-round draft pick in 2016, was buried on the depth chart at the beginning of camp. And a pulled groin muscle that has kept him out of action for more than a week does not help is cause, either.