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Week 16 Game Notes

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 24, 2012 – 12:43 PM

A 42-13 loss at Seattle moved the 49ers’ record to 10-4-1 on the season, but San Francisco still leads the NFC West heading into the regular-season finale against Arizona. 49ers Public Relations presents the following game notes from the Week 16 matchup.

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49ers Promote LB Cam Johnson

Posted by Taylor Price on December 23, 2012 – 2:47 PM

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have promoted LB Cam Johnson from the practice squad to the active roster, signing him to a two-year contract.

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Ricky Jean Francois Ready if Needed

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 21, 2012 – 4:38 PM

Ricky Jean Francois was a wanted man inside the 49ers locker room on Friday.

After Justin Smith missed his third straight practice with an elbow injury, his streak of 185 straight starts, the third-longest active streak in the NFL, appears to be in jeopardy. Once Smith went out in the second half at New England last week, Jean Francois filled in for Smith and even contributed a crucial sack of Tom Brady in the late stages of the game.

So as Jean Francois fielded questions from reporters at his locker, Randy Moss and Mike Iupati couldn’t help but jump into the media scrum and ask some questions of their own.

“Do you think you’re pretty strong?” Moss asked Jean Francois.

“I squat about 700 (pounds), is that good enough?” Jean Francois responded.

Moss laughed and let Jean Francois go after that, but the point was made. Ricky is ready.

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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 29

Posted by Taylor Price on August 29, 2012 – 9:56 AM

There’s nothing Tavares Gooden wouldn’t do to bring down an opposing ball carrier, or make a block to spring one of his players (See photo atop this post). The 49ers special teams standout has endeared himself to teammates and coaches for his relentless pursuit to the football whether it’s on kickoff or punt coverage teams. Gooden’s unselfish play as a blocker is also well-respected.

The 49ers linebacker explained his all-out mindset in the latest Niner Talk podcast on 49ers.com. In addition, the 6-foot-1, 242-pound, fifth-year pro also explained how the birth of his newborn son, Kadence, has already made a major impact on his life.

Also on the show, San Francisco Chronicle 49ers beat writer Eric Branch previewed two of his feature stories set to hit the newspaper this week. Branch also previewed things to look for in Thursday night’s preseason finale, including the No. 3 quarterback competition between Scott Tolzien and Josh Johnson.

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Gameday Story: The Forty Niner Way

Posted by Taylor Price on August 13, 2012 – 10:28 AM

The first 49ers Gameday Magazine cover story of 2012 discusses this year’s incoming rookie draft class and their quest to learn “The Forty Niner Way.” Seven players from all over the country have been chosen to be the next batch of great players, but before they get there, coaches and veterans have schooled the NFL newcomers on what it takes to truly become a 49er.

This year’s rookies posed for the cover after a recent training camp practice. They also stood close to Jim Harbaugh’s “Forty Niner Way” street sign, recently installed by San Francisco’s coach prior to the start of camp. Graphic designer Ben Mayberry touched up the image to give the cover its final look.

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Morning Tailgate: July 26

Posted by Taylor Price on July 26, 2012 – 10:19 AM

Jim Harbaugh certainly has a way of getting the most out of people. It’s not just on the football field, it can take place off of it, too.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee recently spoke with the 49ers coach about his philanthropic work in Piura, Peru. Harbaugh discussed his role in Piura and why the commitment is so important to him, so much so, that he missed a week of rookie minicamp.

“Harbaugh first visited Piura in 2009 after hearing a friend describe his own experience with the Most Blessed Sacrament Parrish there,” Barrows wrote. “The 49ers coach has been going back ever since, and he even missed a rookie minicamp — gasp-worthy when it comes to control-freak NFL coaches — to go this year. He used the word ‘transformational’ three times in a recent interview in describing the effect of the visits.”

Harbaugh has continued his positive messaging back home with the 49ers and has transformed the team’s walkway from the locker room to the field. Harbaugh recently had a street sign placed along the walkway that simply reads, “Forty Niner Way.”

Rookies and select veterans have seen the sign in person. The entire team (including Dashon Goldson, who signed his one-year franchise tender this morning), will get to see it today as it’s veteran check-in day at camp. Practices begin on Friday.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

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Morning Tailgate: July 25

Posted by Taylor Price on July 25, 2012 – 8:49 AM

Several undrafted 49ers rookies have made their way on to the 53-man roster in recent years based on strong performances in training camp and the preseason. The chances of it happening again will be tougher based on the depth across the 49ers roster.

However, players like Demarcus Dobbs, Ian Williams and Joe Hastings made it happen in 2011, all making appearances in regular season games last season despite going undrafted. Will the trend continue in 2012? CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco examined the likelihood of one of this year’s unheralded prospects making the final cut.

The performances of this year’s rookies will come into better focus once they begin competing with the veterans at the start of training camp. Friday is when it officially gets started. For now, the rookies are practicing for the first time in pads this week as they get acclimated to what training camp will be like.

When the vets officially report on Thursday, things will be, as Harbaugh likes to say, “really real.”

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

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Morning Tailgate: June 6

Posted by Taylor Price on June 6, 2012 – 9:33 AM

For some time it was believed that Brandon Jacobs would be the biggest addition to the 49ers backfield in a literal sense.

Not anymore.

With 293-pound defensive tackle Will Tukuafu practicing at fullback this offseason in addition to maintaining his defensive line duties, the 49ers might have found an additional blocker for Jacobs and the 49ers running backs.

“Will’s doing a great job athletically,” Jim Harbaugh said after Tuesday’s OTA session, per Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

Tukuafu even caught a short touchdown pass from Alex Smith during situational red zone work. The second-year defensive lineman who had his 2011 season cut short from a wrist injury, didn’t seek extra attention from his offensive efforts.

Instead, Tukuafu declined to comment on playing fullback, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

The humble, hard-working player made it clear it was for good reason and that he’d potentially talk to the media down the road.

“See if I make the team first,” Tukuafu said. “Got to graduate first.”

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

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Morning Tailgate: May 17

Posted by Taylor Price on May 17, 2012 – 9:32 AM

Matthew Stafford probably wasn’t consulted, nor was Eli Manning, Tony Romo, or Tarvaris Jackson for that matter, but it’s more than likely that all four quarterbacks would agree with ProFootballFocus.com’s recently released top 10 performances by a 3-4 defensive end in 2011.

PFF’s ranking show five of 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith’s 2011 performances cracking the top 10 list.

Smith’s Week 10 performance vs. Manning and the New York Giants was tied for the seventh-best performance along with, who else, Smith’s Week 1 outing against Jackson and the Seahawks. Furthermore, PFF selected Smith’s Week 2 clash with Romo and the Cowboys as its fifth-best performance, Smith’s NFC Championship Game against Manning as its second-best effort and finally, Smith’s Week 5 dominance against Stafford and the Lions as the single-best game from a 3-4 end.

In actuality, the 49ers list Smith and fellow starting defensive lineman Ray McDonald (who made the list at the No. 9 spot for his Week 3 outing vs. the Cincinnati Bengals) as defensive tackles in the team’s 3-4 scheme. However, Smith has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons as a defensive tackle. He was also selected first-team All-Pro at defensive tackle, and second-team All-Pro at defensive end for good measure.

Whatever postion you consider him, Smith’s dominance continues to be discussed long into the offseason. More of the latest 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

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Morning Tailgate: May 10

Posted by Taylor Price on May 10, 2012 – 10:03 AM

Rookies report today and come Friday afternoon a large amount of NFL careers will be off and running.

Seven draft picks, 18 undrafted rookies and a few tryout players this weekend will get a chance to make an early impression on the 49ers coaching staff. Perhaps, one of the most intriguing newcomers will be Virginia outside linebacker Cam Johnson, the team’s seventh-round selection of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Johnson started 34 games for the Cavaliers, switching from an outside backer in the team’s 3-4 defensive scheme to a 4-3 defensive end for his final two seasons. In total, Johnson finished with 12.5 sacks but still flashed big-time potential. Unsurprisingly, Johnson’s defensive coordinator Jim Reid raved about his pupil being taken by San Francisco in the final round.

More on Reid’s feedback on Johnson and the latest team headlines can be found after the jump.

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