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.”
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.
Every NFL team is allotted 30 official "visits" with college players in the run-up to the draft. The 49ers tend to use those visits on smaller-school prospects who don't get as much attention during the college season, on prospects with character concerns and on players they might want to take with their first-round pick. (See list below).
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.
The 49ers technically have nine picks in the upcoming draft. But you might as well boost that number to 14. After all, five members of the team's 2014 class never suited up as rookies because most were injured when general manager Trent Baalke picked them last May.
General manager Trent Baalke said last month the 49er are looking at all avenues when it comes to replacing inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, whose back-to-back retirements last month quickly turned a team strength into a roster question mark.
Asked Friday how the 49ers will cope without reliable Frank Gore in the backfield for the first time in a decade, Colin Kaepernick first praised Gore, then ticked off the running backs who will take over his role.
Quarterback spent most of offseason in Phoenix improving his footwork. Vernon Davis didn’t recognize his teammate at first sight in Santa Clara workouts. Coach Jim Tomsula said Kaepernick’s game wasn’t ‘broke’ - only now better.
More evidence that the 49ers are interested in adding another receiver with the ability to score back-breaking touchdowns: They will meet next week with Ohio State wideout Devin Smith, who did that perhaps better than anyone else in the nation last season.
The 49ers have announced their preseason opponents and the approximate date of the games. Their one-time annual meting with the Raiders was suspended following fan violence in 2011, and that suspension remains.
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.