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Colin Kaepernick among 5 community MVP finalists

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:52:00 UT

The NFL’s most famous unemployed quarterback is under consideration for a prestigious award. Colin Kaepernick, who took his last snap with the 49ers nearly 13 months ago, is one of five finalists for the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP award. Kaepernick is making good on his 2016 pledge to donate $1 million to organizations in oppressed communities. This month, he is finishing his pledge and athletes such as Serena Williams, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have made matching $10,000 donations to various organizations.

Colin Kaepernick named finalist for prestigious NFLPA award

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:20:25 UT

The NFL’s most famous unemployed quarterback is under consideration for a prestigious award. Colin Kaepernick, who took his last snap with the 49ers nearly 13 months ago, is one of five finalists for the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP award. Kaepernick is making good on his 2016 pledge to donate $1 million to organizations in oppressed communities. This month, he is finishing his pledge and athletes such as Serena Williams, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have made matching $10,000 donations to various organizations. The other finalists for the NFLPA award are Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Eagles defensive end Chris Long, Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

49ers’ Joe Staley named to Pro Bowl as alternate

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:22:38 UT

And then there were two. Left tackle Joe Staley will join fullback Kyle Juszczyk as the 49ers’ representatives at the Pro Bowl in Orlando on Sunday. On Monday, Staley was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He will replace Dallas’ Tyron Smith, who is not playing because of an injury. There is also an opening on the NFC team because Philadelphia tackle Lane Johnson will miss the all-star game with the Eagles headed to the Super Bowl. Staley will make his sixth Pro Bowl appearance, and first as an alternate. He is one of 11 players in franchise history to be selected to five straight Pro Bowls (2011-15) and one of two offensive linemen with such a streak (Guy McIntyre).

49ers’ Trent Taylor: A WR unlike his predecessors

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:42:44 UT

It was a low bar, but 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor sure soared over it in 2017. As a rookie, the fifth-round pick had 43 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns, which are jaw-dropping numbers when compared to the first-year figures posted by the wideouts drafted by Trent Baalke. After Baalke officially became the 49ers general manager in 2011, he selected one receiver in each of his six drafts: Ronald Johnson (2011), A.J. Jenkins (2012), Quinton Patton (2013), Bruce Ellington (2014), DeAndre Smelter (2015) and Aaron Burbridge (2016). In their first NFL season, those six draftees combined for 17 catches (26 fewer than Taylor) for 207 yards (223 fewer than Taylor) and two touchdowns.

49ers’ Solomon Thomas in a rush to improve after rookie season

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:34:36 UT

In August, a few days after Solomon Thomas’ NFL debut in the preseason opener at Kansas City, 49ers general manager John Lynch said plenty of people in his circle had noticed the rookie defensive lineman. That wasn’t surprising: Thomas set the tone on his first career snap when he had a quarterback pressure that led to an interception. “It’s early, but the way he played the other night,” Lynch said then, “I had a bunch of people going, ‘Wow.’ And that’s why he was the No. 3 pick in the draft.” Five months later, after Thomas’ rookie season, some might wonder why, exactly, he was the No. 3 pick.

NFL: Jaguars back Leonard Fournette autographs bumper after wreck

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:33:49 UT

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette escaped injury after what authorities say was a minor, three-car crash Tuesday in Jacksonville. The team said Fournette’s Mercedes-Benz Maybach was rear-ended, but he was able to drive home afterward. The bumper of his car was knocked off. Fournette signed it and gave it to one of the first responders on the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol says Fournette was not at fault in the crash. Steelers’ coordinator: Todd Haley’s contract as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator is up. And head coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t sound as if he’s in a rush to decide whether Haley will be back next season.

Coach has Vikings in uncharted territory

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:32:09 UT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota’s still-buzzing stadium. “Hey, let’s open these things up!” Zimmer blurted out mid-sentence, prodding a Vikings official to push the button that removes the window shades and allows the premium ticket-holders in an adjacent lounge to peer into the room. His wish to interact with the customers who cheered the Vikings on to a last-play divisional round victory was granted.

49ers’ defeat of Jaguars a harbinger for 2018?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:29:05 UT

Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch have both said the 49ers looked like the better team when they won Dec. 24 at Levi’s Stadium. The team they beat — the Jacksonville Jaguars — is now one win away from the Super Bowl. The 49ers’ 44-33 win over the Jaguars was impressive at the time, and it’s since been enhanced by the Jaguars’ playoff run. After a 10-3 wild-card win over Buffalo, Jacksonville visited Pittsburgh and stunned the No. 2 seed with a 45-42 divisional-playoff victory. Up next: A trip to New England for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Doug Marrone’s discipline has spurred Jaguars to AFC Championship Game

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:28:40 UT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville’s locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room. Doug Marrone, the team’s offensive line coach at the time, walked through and shook his head. “Can you believe this?” Marrone whispered. The Jaguars were in the middle of a nine-game losing streak that would cost head coach Gus Bradley his job. Marrone had watched from afar for two years, witnessing an atmosphere he felt was too loose, too laid-back and too lenient amid losing.

49ers’ Reuben Foster named to PFWA all-rookie team

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:30:14 UT

Inside linebacker Reuben Foster was the lone 49ers’ representative on the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team. Foster, the No. 31 overall pick, was recognized after he ranked seventh among rookies in tackles (72) despite missing six games due to injury. He ranked second on the team in tackles and was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month for November after he had 30 tackles in three games. Defensive tackle Solomon Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick, was not selected after he had 41 tackles and 3 sacks in 14 games. The four defensive linemen selected were Philadelphia’s Derek Barnett (No. 14 overall), Cleveland’s Myles Garrett (No.

Just-hired Norton leaves 49ers to become Seahawks DC

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:43:33 UT

Those who blinked missed the Ken Norton Jr. era with the 49ers. On Monday, a week after the 49ers announced Norton’s hiring, their just-named defensive assistant reversed course and accepted a position as the Seahawks defensive coordinator, KING 5 News in Seattle reported. Norton had an escape clause in his 49ers’ contract that allowed him to leave for the Seahawks’ post, the NFL Network reported. Seattle had an opening after parting with defensive coordinator Kris Richard. Said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in a statement: “Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense.

Reuben Foster’s arrest might cost him financial security

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:06:12 UT

If nothing else, Reuben Foster’s arrest for marijuana possession Friday night probably cost him some security. The 49ers’ inside linebacker arrived in the NFL with off-the-field concerns that prompted his new employer to place at least one notable provision in his contract: He will forfeit his $2.5 million of salary guarantees in the final three years of his deal (2018-2020) if he is fined under the league’s drug policies, CBS Sports’ Joel Corry reported. Foster was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for second-degree possession, which is a Class A misdemeanor in the state. Last year, at the NFL combine, he failed a drug test for submitting a diluted sample.

Haitian-American 49ers receiver Pierre Garcon responds to Trump's 'shithole' comment

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:16:18 UT

49ers receiver Pierre Garcon is the only member of his immediate family who was born in the United States. His parents and his three sisters were all born in Haiti, and Garcon still has other family members living there.

Even though Garcon wasn't born in Haiti, he still feels a strong connection with the country.

So when President Trump recently asked why the United States would allow more immigrants to come over from Haiti and other "shithole" countries, Garcon was predictably perturbed.

49ers’ Reuben Foster arrested on marijuana charge

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:39:08 UT

Linebacker Reuben Foster, a 49ers’ first-round pick in last April’s draft, was arrested Friday in Alabama on marijuana possession charges. The news was first reported by Foster was charged with second degree possession, according to the website, and bond was set at $2,500. According to the website, a second-degree charge is filed when someone possesses marijuana for their personal use. It is considered a Class A misdemeanor in the state. In a statement, the team said: “The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Reuben Foster and we are currently gathering all relevant facts.

49ers: Dwight Clark still remembers who saved ‘The Catch’ game

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:44:50 UT

Plenty of people have forgotten what happened after The Catch. But Dwight Clark isn’t among them. On Tuesday, during a lunch with Bay Area sportswriters, including The Chronicle’s Scott Ostler, Clark didn’t have to be prompted to spread the credit for the 49ers’ 28-27 win over Dallas in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 10, 1982. After Clark’s historic touchdown with 51 seconds left, the next two snaps from scrimmage featured huge defensive plays: As noted in this story, Eric Wright made a touchdown-saving tackle on wide receiver Drew Pearson before Lawrence Pillers’ sack forced a game-sealing fumble that Jim Stuckey recovered.