8:12 PM EDT, Tue September 18, 2018
21 hours ago

49ers have a CB question with Mahomes next up

As quarterback Matthew Stafford was furiously trying to rally the Lions from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit Sunday, the 49ers made a defensive change in hopes of stopping his momentum. They inserted cornerback Jimmie Ward for starter Ahkel...
22 hours ago

49ers may have a CB question with Mahomes next up

As quarterback Matthew Stafford was furiously trying to rally the Lions from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit Sunday, the 49ers made a defensive change in hopes of stopping his momentum. They inserted cornerback Jimmie Ward for starter Ahkello Witherspoon, who played just 12 of the final 15 defensive snaps. "That was crunch time," head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday after a 30-27 win over Detroit. "Going against a real good offense there. Stafford’s got a great chance to get back in the game with how good he is. And just watching the game right there, we felt getting Jimmie in helped us.
Sep 17, 2018

Report: Patriots, not 49ers, make trade for Josh Gordon

After making a call about Josh Gordon, the 49ers won’t be making a trade for the Browns wide receiver. Instead, the Patriots have swung a deal for Gordon, 27, according to ESPN, which reported New England surrended a fifth-round pick. The Patr...
Sep 17, 2018

Report: Patriots, not 49ers, to make trade for Josh Gordon

After making a call about Josh Gordon, the 49ers won’t be making a trade for the Browns wide receiver. Instead it appears the Patriots will swing a deal for Gordon, 27, according to the NFL Network, which reported the transaction has yet to be finalized. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch said the 49ers had contacted the Browns and were doing their homework on Gordon, who has played in just 11 of 65 games since 2013 largely due to NFL suspensions for drug violations. In 2014, his lone season with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan as his offensive coordinator in Cleveland, Gordon appeared in...
Sep 17, 2018

49ers TE Kittle on Lions defenders: ‘I think they had a crush on me’

The penalty flag Lions safety Quandre Diggs drew for holding 49ers tight end George Kittle in the fourth quarter Sunday received all the attention, but Kittle said it was hardly an isolated incident. Kittle colorfully explained Detroit’s defenders were handsy with him all afternoon. “They liked me,” he said. “I think they had a crush on me.” Indeed, Kittle’s modest stat line - two catches for 22 yards - didn’t reflect the impact he made by drawing penalties. With just over two minutes left, of course, Diggs grabbed Kittle in the middle of the field and the resulting flag wiped...
Sep 17, 2018

49ers have inquired about trade for Browns’ Josh Gordon

Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon would like to join the 49ers, and there is at least some degree of mutual interest. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch told The Chronicle the 49ers have called the Browns about a potential trade and they ...
Sep 16, 2018

49ers have inquired about trade for Browns WR Gordon

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon would like to join the 49ers, and there is at least some degree of mutual interest. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch told The Chronicle the 49ers have called Cleveland about a potential trade and they are doing their homework on the talented and troubled wideout who has played for head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan, who was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2014, was also asked about Gordon. He said he was “content with our whole team” when asked if he was satisfied with his wide receiver corps, but he didn’t dismiss the idea of adding...
Sep 16, 2018

49ers hold on for 30-27 win over Lions

On the heels of a season-opening loss, the 49ers got exactly what they needed: The Lions in the Bay Area. On Sunday, the 49ers held on to beat Detroit 30-27 to extend their home winning streak against the Lions to 13 games dating back 43 years. In the latest edition, the 49ers took a 30-13 lead early in the fourth quarter before Detroit responded with two drives capped by touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford in a five-minute span. After Stafford’s 15-yard toss to tight end Michael Roberts, the 49ers were clinging to a three-point lead with 3:33 left. And then the 49ers nearly completely...
Sep 16, 2018

John Lynch: 49ers have called about Browns WR Josh Gordon

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon would like to join the 49ers, and there is at least some degree of mutual interest. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch said the 49ers have called Cleveland about a potential trade and they are doing their homework on the talented and troubled wideout who has played for head coach Kyle Shanahan. On Saturday, Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement Cleveland would release Gordon on Monday, but they have since received trade interest. Gordon reportedly wants to play for the 49ers or Cowboys and the Browns want to deal him out of the AFC.
Sep 16, 2018

Miracle man: 49ers RG Mike Person will start despite foot injury

Evidently Mike Person made a miraculous recovery. After not practicing during the week due to a foot injury he sustained in last week’s season-opening loss to Minnesota, the 49ers starting right guard is active for today’s home opener against the Lions. It was widely expected the 49ers would start undrafted rookie guard Najee Toran, who was promoted from the practice squad Monday after Person and his backup, Joshua Garnett (toe), were injured against the Vikings. Garnett is inactive today. On Thursday, head coach Kyle Shanahan first indicated Toran would start against Detroit. “I'm...
Sep 14, 2018

49ers WR Goodwin unlikely to play Sunday vs. Lions

Before their first game, the 49ers lost their starting running back for the season. Now, before their second game, it appears they won’t have one of their starting wide receivers for at least a week. On Friday, Marquise Goodwin wasn’t in uniform and was doing rehab work on a side field at the start of practice, which is a strong signal that he won’t play when the 49ers host the Lions on Sunday. Goodwin, who hasn’t practiced this week, was injured in last week’s season-opening loss at Minnesota. Without running back Jerick McKinnon (torn ACL) and Goodwin, one of the NFL’s fastest...
Sep 13, 2018

Turning to Toran: 49ers likely to start undrafted rookie at right guard

It’s only the second week of the season, but the 49ers are already down to starting their third-string right guard. At least that’s the likely scenario for Sunday’s game against the visiting Lions after starter Mike Person (foot) and his backup, Joshua Garnett (toe), missed their second straight practice Thursday. If they can’t play, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers will turn to Najee Toran, an undrafted rookie from UCLA who was elevated from the practice squad Monday. “I’m expecting (Toran) to be our guy here Sunday unless we can have a miraculous recovery by some of the...
Sep 13, 2018

FOX analyst on 49ers TE George Kittle: ‘He’s just a matchup problem’

As noted here, former Pro Bowl linebacker Chris Spielman was very impressed by Fred Warner’s performance last week. But the rookie linebacker wasn’t the only young 49ers player Spielman was taken with: He’s also quite high on George Kittle, their tight end who has some linebacker in his game. "I think he plays angry -- he plays with controlled anger," Spielman said. "And that’s what you want." I reached out to Spielman, 52, this week to get his thoughts on the Lions before Detroit visits the 49ers on Sunday. Spielman, who played eight seasons for the Lions, was the analyst for their...
Sep 12, 2018

Pro Bowl LB Spielman wowed by Warner’s debut

Chris Spielman, a hard-nosed linebacker who went to four Pro Bowls in his 10-year NFL career, thinks 49ers rookie inside linebacker Fred Warner is blessed with athleticism and instincts. And Spielman is envious: He only possessed one of those qualities. "I was just a guy with feel," Spielman said. "(Warner is) a great athlete with feel. He’s a really good young player. I really liked him for a rookie." Spielman, 52, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, will get another look at the third-round pick Sunday when he serves as Fox’s analyst for the 49ers’ meeting with the Lions at...
Sep 12, 2018

Source: 49ers sign LB Terence Garvin

The 49ers have addressed their injury riddled linebacker corps by signing Terence Garvin, 27, a five-year veteran who made three of his four career starts last year in his lone season with the Seahawks, a league source said. Garvin, 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, has been a core special-teams in his four-team career and has experience playing inside and outside linebacker after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

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