The 49ers’ defense hasn’t gotten any offseason practice against an offense that uses a fullback. That will change this week when the Texans come to Santa Clara for a joint practice before Sunday’s preseason opener.
The 49ers and linebacker NaVorro Bowman agreed on a four-year extension on Wednesday that will keep him with the team through the 2022 season. The crew from the NFL Network show “Good Morning Football” had nothing but positive things to say about the deal. Check it out:
The 49ers offense has been getting into a better rhythm with each practice, and that was apparent in red-zone drills Wednesday when Torrey Smith, Bruce Ellington, Dres Anderson, DiAndre Campbell and Bruce Miller all caught touchdowns.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went through his most extensive practice since the 2015 season when he participated in seven-on-seven passing drills on the first day of a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Santa Clara. Kaepernick was held out of any drills that might have caused him to be accidentally injured.
First the big news: Colin Kaepernick practiced. Mostly. The only thing Kaepernick, who is coming back from three surgeries, including to his non-throwing shoulder, did not take part in was 11-on-11 drills where there is at least some semblance of a pass rush. (Tackling and hitting are not permitted, but there still are bodies flying about in the backfield.) Kaepernick looked a bit rusty early but seemed to fall into a rhythm as the practice went on. In sum, it would have been hard for someone unfamiliar with his offseason story line to tell that it was his first extensive practice of the year.
Did the San Francisco 49ers set new cornerstones in place with their choices in the 2016 NFL draft last week? Or did they flub the deal? Somewhere in between? See what The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows had to say during Wednesday's live chat.
It was notable that the 49ers had three picks in quick succession late in the sixth round and used the three selections on: 1. quarterback Jeff Driskel, 2. running back Kelvin Taylor and 3. wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. They were the only three skill players the 49ers -- who ended up with 11 picks total -- drafted. This on a team that scored the fewest points in the league last year, ranked 31st in total yards, and that has all sorts of questions at quarterback, receiver and --beyond starter Carlos Hyde -- running back.
Though not yet cleared to throw or run in the wake of offseason surgery, Colin Kaepernick was on the field on the third day of a voluntary San Francisco 49ers minicamp on Thursday, April 28, 2016, the first day of the 2016 NFL draft. Kaepernick, who is seeking a trade after being benched by the 49ers midway through last season, mimicked the motions of other quarterbacks who took snaps, passed and otherwise went through the workout.