In recent years, figuring out which draft prospects suffered ACL tears or other major injuries has been an excellent way of predicting who would end up on the 49ers' roster. In 2014, for example, the team took three such players while in college -- guard Brandon Thomas, cornerback Keith Reaser and fullback Trey Millard -- as well as a defensive lineman, Kaleb Ramsey, who had so many injuries at Boston College that he played six seasons there.
The 49ers will open the season in prime time when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. The game will be the second of a double header of Monday games on the opening weekend, which has become the league's custom.
New 49ers running back Reggie Bush will wear No. 23 this season. It's unlikely he asked for No. 21, which he wore for two seasons in Detroit, but it would have been unavailable if he had considering it once belonged to the team's all-time leading rusher, Frank Gore.
SANTA CLARA -- Bob St. Clair, the 49ers hall-of-fame tackle who devoured raw meat and defensive lineman with equal gusto, died Monday in Santa Rosa at age 84. According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, St. Clair suffered complications from a broken hip he sustained on Feb. 24 at his home.
Alex Boone said former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh “wore out his welcome.” It’s an about-face for the guard, who defended Harbaugh last season. Harbaugh “might be clinically insane. He’s crazy,” Boone told HBO’s “Real Sports.”
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke hasn't been real conventional in recent months basically running off a coaching heavyweight, Jim Harbaugh, for a guy, Jim Tomsula, who came off like a "Saturday Night Live" skit in some early interviews.
While most of his teammates have attended the 49ers’ offseason program, fullback Bruce Miller, arrested last month on suspicion of spousal battery, has been home in Georgia “taking care of business,” general manager Trent Baalke said Friday.
The 49ers have no holes. If there was a theme that Trent Baalke wanted to get across in his pre-draft press conference today, it was that his team won't be forced to select a specific position when the draft gets underway in two weeks.
From Adams State to Oregon State, 65 prospects from 30 different schools will work out for 49ers coaches and scouts today. To be eligible, players either had to attend a local university -- such as Stanford or San Jose State -- or have grown up within 45 miles of the team facility.
DeAndre Carter, a 5-foot-8, 186-pound wide receiver from Sacramento State, doesn’t let bigger opponents push him around. He caught 99 passes for 1,321 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. His next goal is the NFL.
The team that bypassed him with their first pick in the 2009 draft will, which allowed him to fall to the 49ers, will sign the wide receiver to a free-agent deal. Crabtree is the last prominent 49ers free agent to find a new home, and his signing likely will bring San Francisco another compensatory pick for the 2016 draft.
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.