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49ers Waive CB Lowell Rose

Posted by Taylor Price on July 19, 2013 – 10:28 AM

Rookies have reported for the start of training camp, but the 2013 newcomers are now one man short. The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have waived cornerback Lowell Rose, an undrafted rookie out of Tulsa.
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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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Legends of Summer Concert Information

Posted by Taylor Price on July 15, 2013 – 9:51 AM

A traffic and parking advisory release  for the “Legends of Summer” concert on July 26th at Candlestick has been provided by the stadium operations department of the San Francisco 49ers.

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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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Morning Tailgate: Asomugha Fascinates

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

Nnamdi Asomugha’s role on the San Francisco 49ers is one of the most fascinating storylines set to unfold in 2013, according to NFL.com’s Adam Schein, who named the 11-year veteran cornerback as the No. 4 most fascinating player to track in 2013.

Asomugha, 32, has spoken positively about his early experience with the 49ers. The four-time All-Pro cornerback told reporters that he likes San Francisco’s defensive scheme and has instantly fit in well with new teammates in the locker room.

Comfort is one thing, but many NFL observers are curious to see how Asomugha will perform in his return to the Bay Area.

Count Schein in the group.

“This offseason, however, Asomugha signed with arguably the most talented team in the NFL, to play on arguably the most talented defense in the NFL,” Schein wrote. “Plus, Niners coach Jim Harbaugh has a way of bringing out the best in players. Asomugha escaped Philly after being the poster child for disaster, returned to the Bay Area and just got married. I am fascinated to see which Nnamdi we get this year.”

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

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Morning Tailgate: 49ers Deep at RB

Posted by Taylor Price on July 10, 2013 – 10:57 AM

From top to bottom, the San Francisco 49ers boast one of, if not the, deepest running back groups in the National Football League.

Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, San Francisco’s top runners, could all be featured as star weapons on any given team. Together, the 49ers have one of the strongest backfields in the league. The group also includes Anthony Dixon, Jewel Hampton and fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore, who is working diligently to rehab a major college knee injury.

To further prove the point of San Francisco having a top-notice stable of runners, Marc Sessler of NFL.com put San Francisco atop his list of the NFL’s deepest backfields.

“Gore at age 30 remains highly productive, but the 49ers have planned for his eventual departure with a packed stable of backs,” Sessler wrote. “Hunter is coming off Achilles surgery but remains a strong bet to keep the No. 2 spot if he’s healthy come September. James completes coordinator Greg Roman’s three-headed monster in the backfield.”

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

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Morning Tailgate: Underrated 49ers

Posted by Taylor Price on July 9, 2013 – 10:40 AM

The kind folks at NFL.com have shared their opinions on the most underrated and overrated players for each team in the National Football League.

On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers underrated and overrated players were unveiled.

Keep in mind, this is the opinion of two NFL.com writers. It’s hard to agree with all of their selections, especially when Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was placed among the overrated players.

Sorry, can’t support that claim.

However, the top underrated player was a solid choice. NFL.com selected former 49ers wide receiver John Taylor.

“Robin to Jerry Rice’s Batman, Taylor was the perfect No. 2 receiving option for the San Francisco 49ers. He was neither flashy nor physically imposing, but he was multi-dimensional — finishing his career with the second-most punt return yards in franchise history. He was also big in the clutch. You might recall Montana’s game-winning touchdown pass to Taylor — not Rice — in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. Taylor is sixth all time in receiving yards in team history, but even more impressive is that he’s one of just two Super Bowl champions enshrined in the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame (Randy White is the other). If that doesn’t epitomize “underrated” I don’t know what does.”

NFL.com selected Garrison Hearst, Frank Gore, Bryant Young and Tom Rathman as San Francisco’s most underrated players.

The overrated list included R.W. McQuarters, Dexter Carter, Kevan Barlow, William Floyd and Montana.

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

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