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MT: Quinton Patton’s Work Ethic

Posted by Taylor Price on May 3, 2013 – 10:26 AM

The 49ers were excited to see Quinton Patton’s name available when it came time to make the No. 128 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Louisiana Tech wideout had 24 touchdowns in two seasons, both of which he was given first-team All-WAC  honors. San Francisco knew they were getting a competitive player in the 6-foot, 202-pound wideout, but they were blown away when Patton tried to visit team headquarters earlier this week.

“He’s just a good, solid, all-around receiver,” general manager Trent Baalke said of Patton after the draft.

Jim Harbaugh liked Patton’s eagerness to get to work with the 49ers, but it turns out, Patton’s made a habit of logging extra hours on the job.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee both caught up with Patton’s college coach, Sonny Dykes, to hear more about his hard-working ways.

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Single Game Tickets on Sale

Posted by Scott Kegley on April 27, 2013 – 9:41 AM

A single game on-sale will be held today at 10:00 AM PT. Ticket inventory will be extremely limited and is expected to sell-out quickly. Visit NFL Ticket Exchange for additional tickets.

This season also includes a trip to London where the 49ers will face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in Week 8. Four-night travel packages including hotel, round trip airfare, game tickets, and event hospitality are now available here.


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Anquan Boldin Will Wear No. 81

Posted by Taylor Price on April 19, 2013 – 3:06 PM

The San Francisco 49ers announced uniform numbers for several newcomers to the 2013 roster.

Most notably, Anquan Boldin will wear No. 81, which was previously worn by tight end Garrett Celek. No. 81 has been Boldin’s uniform for all 10 of his seasons in the NFL, seven with the Arizona Cardinals and the last three years with the Baltimore Ravens.

Boldin’s new jersey is available now on shop49ers.com.

Celek will change to No. 88 this season. He’s not the only member of the 49ers wearing a new number in 2013. However, new cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has not officially selected a uniform number for his 11th season in the league and first with the 49ers.

Here are the new uniform numbers:

QB Colt McCoy – 2

K Phil Dawson – 9

WR Marlon Moore – 19

S Craig Dahl – 43

LB Dan Skuta – 51

G Wayne Tribue – 62

G Joe Looney – 78

TE Cameron Morrah – 84

DT Glenn Dorsey – 90


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49 in 49: Best of the Bay Week

Posted by Taylor Price on April 15, 2013 – 6:39 PM

Football in the Bay Area has been on the rise in recent years. High school, college and professional teams have enjoyed the type of success that earns national notoriety.

With Stanford University, Jim Harbaugh’s former school, earning back-to-back BCS Bowl invitations, the Cardinal have become the leaders in Bay Area collegiate football. Coach David Shaw has continued Harbaugh’s work at Stanford by bringing in academically and athletically gifted athletes. The Cardinal finished as the nation’s No. 7 team according to AP Top 25 results.

Another Bay Area school, San Jose State, also enjoyed impressive success in 2012. The Spartans finished the year 11-2 and No. 21 in the AP’s Top 25 poll.

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Mexico vs. Peru at Candlestick Park

Posted by Taylor Price on April 12, 2013 – 4:43 PM

Bruce Miller is a talented football player. When it comes to soccer… let’s just say he’s best suited for the gridiron.

We found that out on Friday when the fullback showcased his soccer skills for 49ers.com. Why did he do it, you may ask? It’s because Mexico and Peru will meet in an international soccer friendly next week at Candlestick Park.

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Draft Chat with Mel Kiper Jr.

Posted by Taylor Price on April 11, 2013 – 12:56 PM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. discussed his predictions for the 2013 NFL Draft in a Wednesday conference call.

The long-time draft analyst mentioned several players profiled in 49ers.com’s “49 in 49” draft series as potential first-round targets for San Francisco.

The first name mentioned from Kiper was a standout Pac-12 defensive lineman.

Datone Jones, a defensive end from UCLA, that would be a little bit of a curve ball,” Kiper explained. “He’s a had a great Senior Bowl week.  He had a heck of a year for Jim Mora.  He’s ideally suited for what they do.”

Kiper continued on his possible first-round targets for San Francisco by highlighting a player 49ers.com featured on Wednesday.

“As a safety, Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International, good football player,” Kiper said. “He’d be a great pick at 34 or 31.  Matt Elam, a safety at Florida, would be in that mix as well.”

The final possibility Kiper discussed was a player the 49ers coaches have worked with that also fits a position of need with the departure of tight end Delanie Walker.

“At tight end,” Kiper began, “do they look at Zach Ertz from Stanford?  Do they wait until late second round and look at either Ertz, if he’s still there, or Gavin Escobar from San Diego State or Dion Sims from Michigan State?”

Kiper summed up his thoughts on what the 49ers should do with their first two picks, No. 31 and No. 34 overall.

“I would think at defensive end, safety, and tight end, if you can get those three positions filled with those picks at 31, 34 and 61, it would be a nice draft for Trent Baalke and company.  And hope that A.J. Jenkins can come back year two and give you something at wide receiver.”

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49 in 49: Best of the Rest

Posted by Taylor Price on April 8, 2013 – 3:15 PM

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It’s a broad designation, but there’s plenty of talented NFL prospects outside of the NCAA’s power conferences. Our 49ers.com “49 in 49” series continues with the top talent removed from the SEC, Big-12, Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC. We’re calling it, “Best of the Rest.”

Every year impact players are drafted outside of the nation’s top football conferences and they end up carving out highly successful careers in professional football. The 2013 NFL Draft figures to be no different.

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49 in 49: ACC Week

Posted by Taylor Price on April 1, 2013 – 11:17 AM

Our annual pre-draft series marches on with a look at the top prospects hailing from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The ACC was competitive as ever in 2012 with Florida State taking home the conference crown. The Seminoles were also dominant in the BCS Orange Bowl, beating Northern Illinois 31-10. FSU capped an impressive 12-2 record that saw them finish as the nation’s No. 10 overall team in the AP’s final Top 25 rankings.

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Morning Tailgate: Sizing Up the Defense

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 28, 2013 – 10:56 AM

As the NFL Draft approaches, many are pegging the 49ers to pursue defensive line depth with their league-high 14 picks. Mike Sando of ESPN.com took stock of the d-line and 2013 prospects for Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and free-agent signee Glenn Dorsey.

“McDonald and Justin Smith had both played at least 85 percent of the defensive snaps through Week 15, which was when an arm injury forced Smith to the sideline until the playoffs,” Sando wrote. “Tampa Bay (three) and New Orleans (two) were the only other teams with more than one defensive lineman logging 85-plus percent of his team’s snaps to that point in the season. The Bucs and Saints had a combined seven other defensive linemen logging at least 30 percent of the snaps to that point. The 49ers had none.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the 49ers secondary, NFL Draft news and more.

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Morning Tailgate: Crabtree & Kap

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 27, 2013 – 10:52 AM

Once Colin Kaepernick took over as the 49ers starting quarterback in Week 11, Michael Crabtree soon emerged as young signal-caller’s favorite target. By the end of the 2012 season, the duo combined for 62 connections for 891 yards and eight touchdowns in 10-plus games. Crabtree was live on the set of NFL Network on Tuesday and said he developed a quick chemistry with Kaepernick that improved throughout the year.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shared comments from Crabtree on his relationship with Kaepernick. “49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree’s chemistry with Colin Kaepernick was evident well before their thrice-failed attempts at combining on a Super Bowl-winning score,” Inman wrote. “Appearing Tuesday on the NFL Network, Crabtree credited his and Kaepernick’s earlier success to practice time, their common age (25), a shared desire to make plays, and, perhaps most of all, a trust factor.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the NFL Draft and the latest offseason news for the 49ers.

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