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Morning Tailgate: Training Camp Begins

Posted by Taylor Price on July 25, 2013 – 10:03 AM

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – training camp is finally here.

The 49ers will hold the first camp session of 2013 later this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. PT. Padded practices will take place on Saturday.

The excitement of camp starting was celebrated in the form of 49ers.com’s first infographic for the 2013 season. Get to know more information on the team’s roster, plus unique facts on your favorite players.

Press conferences will air live throughout camp on 49ers.com/live. Jim Harbaugh, Justin Smith and Colin Kaepernick are scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m. PT.

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick Opens Up

Posted by Taylor Price on July 24, 2013 – 11:39 AM

Peter King’s new football website featured the 49ers quarterback in a major way. King’s “MMQB” site was all about San Francisco’s QB on Tuesday.

In a fascinating look at the much discussed 49ers play-maker, Colin Kaepernick opened up to the longtime NFL scribe when the two spent time together in the offseason. Kaepernick surprised his high school football coach with a farewell speech at Pittman High School and King was there to document the experience.

King also touched on topics that Kaepernick has rarely discussed in the media. It’s a must-read for those looking to get a better understanding of the 49ers quarterback.

An interesting aspect of the interview focused on Kaepernick explaining why he wants to be himself at all times.

“I want to try to break that perfect football mold. I don’t want to be someone who can be put into a category,” the 49ers quarterback said. “I want to be my own person. I want my own style. I want to be someone who can’t really be compared to anybody.

“And I want to have a positive influence as much as I can. I’ve had people write me because of my tattoos. I’ve had people write me because of adoption. I’ve had people write me because they’re biracial. I’ve had people write me because their kids have heart defects—my mom had two boys who died of heart defects, which ultimately brought about my adoption. So, to me, the more people you can touch, the more people you can influence in a positive way or inspire, the better.”

More headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
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Morning Tailgate: Lattimore Stays Patient

Posted by Taylor Price on July 23, 2013 – 11:38 AM

Marcus Lattimore is currently on San Francisco’s Active/Non-Football Injury List. However, the fourth-round pick remains determined to make an impact for the 49ers.

How soon is the question.

Lattimore told Yahoo! Sports that he feels like he could practice now, but will wait until team physicians deem him 100-percent ready to join his 49ers teammates. Lattimore suffered multiple knee injuries in college and is nine months removed from a devastating injury that caused him to slide in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The star college running back at South Carolina said he’s, “cool” with the rehab process with the 49ers. Lattimore added, “It gives me more time to make sure I’m really ready when I do practice.”

Lattimore won’t be out on with the 49ers at training camp practices, but he’ll continue to work his way back to playing shape. It’s a situation football fans all over the country will monitor until he makes his triumphant return.

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Morning Tailgate: Kap’s Jersey Sells

Posted by Taylor Price on July 22, 2013 – 9:39 AM

The San Francisco 49ers sold more jerseys than any other team in the National Football League over the last three months.

Colin Kaepernick had the top selling jersey during that span, too.

Kaepernick edged Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Washington Redskins signal-caller Robert Griffin III to earn the top spot. Furthermore, quarterbacks finished in four of the top five spots according to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell.

Get your 49ers jerseys for the 2013 season at one of our team store locations or at shop49ers.com.

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Morning Tailgate: NFC West Outlook

Posted by Taylor Price on July 19, 2013 – 11:05 AM

The wait for 49ers football is almost over.

As of Friday morning, the rookies have reported for training camp. The veterans will make their way in town next week.

But before the grind of camp begins on Thursday, July 24, the biggest question surrounding all four teams in the NFC West was examined by Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

For the 49ers, finding a No. 2 wideout to start opposite of Anquan Boldin stands as the biggest storyline to track according to the NFL scribe.

In addition to wide receiver, intense competitions are set to take place at nose tackle and free safety. Camp is right around the corner, but for now, previewing the depth of the various position groups seems to be the common thread in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Morning Tailgate: Meet Lemonier

Posted by Taylor Price on July 18, 2013 – 11:28 AM

The San Francisco 49ers added depth to an already strong group of linebackers when the team selected Corey Lemonier in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The former All-SEC standout defensive end at Auburn is adjusting to life as an outside linebacker with the 49ers, but feels like he’s coming along in the transition most undersized defensive ends make in their first year of professional football.

Lemonier recently sat down with CSN Bay Area to discuss his progress and confirm the pronunciation of his last name.

Lemonier aims to make his name standout even more with strong performances in training camp practices set to take place at the end of the month.

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Morning Tailgate: All About QBs

Posted by Taylor Price on July 17, 2013 – 9:38 AM

There’s a clear theme in today’s Morning Tailgate. Several articles about the quarterbacks on the San Francisco 49ers have been published in the last 24 hours and it’s our job to share those writeups

First, Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com examined Colin Kaepernick’s standing as one of the elite young quarterbacks in the National Football League and how the 49ers starting signal-caller’s prospects compare to some of the best young passers in the game today.

Kaepernick’s breakout season in 2012 is also up for a prestigious award. In fact, there’s only a few hours left to vote for Kaepernick to win a 2013 ESPY award.

Kaepernick enters training camp as the unquestioned starter, but the coveted backup quarterback roles have not been determined just yet.

More on the upcoming quarterback battles can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Morning Tailgate: Whitner in the UK

Posted by Taylor Price on July 16, 2013 – 11:25 AM

Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner represented the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL’s International Series media day.

Whitner posed for photos and conducted interviews along with select representatives of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time ever, the NFL will hold two games in London. The 49ers will face the Jaguars on Oct. 27; the Vikings and Steelers will play on Sept. 29.

Photos of the media day can be seen in this 49ers.com photo gallery.

More headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Morning Tailgate: Kaepernick Evaluation

Posted by Taylor Price on July 15, 2013 – 10:40 AM

Colin Kaepernick’s performance on the field continues to be analyzed by NFL experts across the country.

The latest evaluation comes from ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski. The former Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller has named San Francisco’s current quarterback as his No. 11 passer in his annual countdown of the league’s top 32 passers.

“Kaepernick has a chance to be very special,” Jaworski said via Mike Sando of ESPN.com. “He has a complete throwing skillset with a powerful arm that I absolutely put at gun level. His ball comes out with a lot of energy and velocity. And Kaepernick can drive the ball down the field, on the move, with accuracy.”

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Morning Tailgate: NFL Uniform Tournament

Posted by Taylor Price on July 12, 2013 – 9:38 AM

The San Francisco 49ers remain in NFL.com’s “Greatest Uniform” tournament.

Third-round voting last until July 14. The 49ers face the Green Bay Packers (San Francisco’s Week 1 opponent, coincidentally) and fans have until 6 p.m. PT to pick the red and gold threads.

More headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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