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MT: Kendall Hunter Back Sprinting

Posted by Taylor Price on April 18, 2013 – 10:07 AM

The San Francisco 49ers enjoy a bevy of talented running backs who can run Greg Roman’s complex offensive system. One of them, third-year runner Kendall Hunter, is back running sprints this offseason. He’s doing so five months removed from a torn left Achilles. Perhaps, Kobe Bryant might want rehab notes from the 49ers running back.

Hunter shared details of his progress with Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I’m just doing what the trainers want me to do,” Hunter told Branch. “That’s the process. I feel and know I can do more, but I’m not going to rush whatever the coaches and trainers want.”

Hunter rushed for 371 yards in 2012, good for 5.2 yards per carry. Hunter also scored two rushing touchdowns before injuring himself on Nov. 25 against the New Orleans Saints.

Hunter told Branch he’d like to participate in OTAs in May or San Francisco’s mandatory minicamp in June, but the talented running back understands the importance of a patient rehab process and expects to be held out of action until training camp.

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

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Recent 49ers Free Agency Additions

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 13, 2013 – 3:49 PM

The 49ers roster features many homegrown players that have been drafted and developed by the respected front office staff led by general manager Trent Baalke. But San Francisco also features some top-notch free agents which have shaped it into a Super Bowl contender.

As the 2013 free agency period gets off to its frenzied start, 49ers.com takes a look back at some of the biggest impact free agents signed by the franchise in recent history. View a photo gallery of recent 49ers free agent additions and vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post.

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Morning Tailgate: Jan. 17

Posted by Alex Espinoza on January 17, 2013 – 10:54 AM

For most running backs in the NFL, their production starts to dip as they approach their 30th birthday. But 49ers rushing king Frank Gore isn’t like most running backs.

The franchise’s all-time leader in yards, touchdowns and carries is still a workhorse in the backfield at the age of 29. Last week against the Packers, the eight-year veteran ran for 119 yards, joining Colin Kaepernick (181 rushing yards) and Michael Crabtree (119 yards receiving) as the only trio in NFL playoff history to feature two, 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver on the same team.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated traced Gore’s career and his ability to bounce back from devastating injuries and still be one of the game’s most productive backs.

“His resiliency is largely due to genetics and toughness, but there is an ample dose of passion in the recipe,” Trotter wrote. “It might not be as public as a Ray Lewis pre-game dance or speech, but it’s obvious behind the closed doors of the locker room, where the soft-spoken 5-foot-9, 217-pound veteran has been known to cry at his locker after losses, or on the practice field, where during training camp in 2007 coaches had to hide his helmet because he kept sneaking onto to the practice field despite having a broken hand.”

Do you want to see the NFC Championship game in Atlanta? 49ers Faithful have until Noon today to enter to win a trip to Atlanta that includes airfare, lodging and game tickets.

Today’s Morning Tailgate also focuses on Colin Kaepernick in the national spotlight, NFC Championship matchups to watch and more.

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Gameday Story: Five Guys

Posted by Taylor Price on December 31, 2012 – 10:28 AM

Thanks to a pair of Pro Bowl starters and a trio of Pro Bowl alternates on the offensive line, the San Francisco 49ers boast the league’s No. 4 rushing attack.

The 49ers running game excelled in 2012 thanks to the hard work of Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis.

Those efforts were chronicled in our season finale Gameday magazine. The “Five Guys” on the offensive line came into greater focus thanks to team photographer Terrell Lloyd and team graphic designer Ben Mayberry, who used an outdoor setting to showcase the unique personalities on the offensive line.

Get to know those “Five Guys” in this story.

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Niner Talk: 49ers-Cardinals Week 17

Posted by Taylor Price on December 28, 2012 – 2:58 PM

It all starts with Jonathan Goodwin.

The 11-year veteran starts every single offensive play for the San Francisco 49ers. He’s also one of the hardest-working centers in the game. We caught up with the Pro Bowl alternate for this week’s Niner Talk podcast to hear his thoughts on San Francisco’s Week 17 matchup against Arizona with the  NFC West title on the line, as well as some of his favorite aspects of family life and his review of 2012.

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Throwback Thursday: Vernon Post

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 20, 2012 – 5:16 PM

The play call was simple, but it will forever be remembered by the 49ers Faithful.

Vernon Post.

It hasn’t been a year since Alex Smith and Vernon Davis connected on their 14-yard, game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds of a 36-32 victory against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff round, but Davis’ catch is already up there with some of the greatest moments in 49ers history.

But is it better than The Catch?

The Catch (No. 1) and Vernon Post (No. 2) are currently the top two vote-getters in the Faithful fan polling of Candlestick Park’s greatest moments on FarewellCandlestick.com presented by SAP.

Want to make your voice heard? Friday marks the final day for the 49ers Faithful to rank their top 10 plays in Candlestick lore.

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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 19

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 19, 2012 – 11:23 AM

Colin Kaepernick has made quite a splash in his first five NFL starts. On Wednesday, Kaepernick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for four touchdowns in the 41-34 road win at New England.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted that Alex Smith also won the award in Week 8, giving the 49ers something that hasn’t happened in two decades.

“This is the fourth time in 49ers history that two quarterbacks have won player-of-the-week honors in the same season,” Maiocco wrote. “Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young both won the award in the 1988 and ’90 seasons. And in 1991, Young and Steve Bono were honored.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at Kaepernick’s development, the new Santa Clara Stadium and more.

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49ers Named Week 12 Top Protectors

Posted by Taylor Price on November 28, 2012 – 11:10 AM

For the second time in an eight-week span, the San Francisco 49ers offensive line has been selected as the Week 12 Madden Most Valuable Protectors by Hall of Fame coach John Madden.

San Francisco’s  line allowed no sacks in a 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints. It was the first no-sack effort turned in by the line since a Week 5 win over Buffalo. Coincidentally, it was the last time the 49ers won Madden’s award.

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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 8

Posted by Taylor Price on November 8, 2012 – 11:20 AM

There’s no question that the San Francisco 49ers are off to a great start this year, several players deserve recognition for it, too.

But so does the football staff. Without the efforts of equipment manager Steve Urbaniak, there’s no way the team would function on gameday.

Urbaniak and his staff make sure everything goes as smooth as possible. The efforts of the tenured equipment man were profiled recently by Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. In the piece that ran earlier this week, Baxter explained the challenges that come along with a under publicized role in the NFL.

“Although many NFL teams — including the Raiders — train a short distance from their home stadium, the 49ers’ practice facility is 40 miles south of Candlestick Park, meaning Urbaniak and his crew must pack a semi-trailer two days before every game and unpack it again when the game is over,” Baxter wrote.

Urbaniak’s role is further described in the story. But for fans looking for visual aid, check out this 2010 TV49 video of our own Scott Kegley spending “A Day in the Life” as an equipment intern.

Trust me, it’s good stuff.

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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 7

Posted by Taylor Price on November 7, 2012 – 10:34 AM

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a mid-season awards list without members of the San Francisco 49ers.

Several 49ers were listed on mid-season awards released earlier in the week and continue to be named on recently released All-Pro teams from various media outlets.

ESPN.com’s respected NFL writer John Clayton took a break from rocking out to heavy metal music in his parents house and listed three 49ers among his mid-season All-Pro team, naming Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati and Patrick Willis on his first-team unit.

Davis and Iupati were also selected by NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah and ESPN.com’s Mike Sando’s All-NFC West team (along with several 49ers teammates). Sando listed four members of the 49ers offensive line on his first-team unit, with Jonathan Goodwin being left out. The 49ers center, however, received praise from Yahoo! Sports.

More on that in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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