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49ers Waive/Injured Nate Byham

Posted by Alex Espinoza on August 16, 2012 – 3:09 PM

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have waived/injured TE Nate Byham.

Byham (6-4, 264) was originally selected by San Francisco in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has played in 14 games (three starts) and registered five receptions for 27 yards as a rookie. Byham missed the entire 2011 season with an injury suffered during training camp.

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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 4

Posted by Taylor Price on August 4, 2012 – 11:10 AM

The on-going labor dispute between NFL officials and the league continues into the preseason with Sunday’s preseason Hall of Fame game between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals featuring replacement officials.

Such officials have been out to 49ers training camp sessions and have received positive feedback from coach Jim Harbaugh.

“I haven’t seen the film from today’s practice but after yesterday’s practice it was very good,” Harbaugh said, per CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “They saw everything I was able to see and more. Today, they were right on it. I think they had another good day today.”

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Tight Ends Practice Crowded Catches

Posted by Taylor Price on June 7, 2012 – 10:32 AM

It looked like the San Francisco 49ers tight ends were stuck in “The Matrix” at Wednesday’s Organized Team Activity.

Here’s why:

Tight ends coach Reggie Davis implemented a pass-catching drill over the last three weeks that challenges his player’s focus and ability to track the football through a crowded area.

Considering the 49ers run numerous short and intermediate routes with tight ends, catching the football over-the-middle, remains an important aspect of the offensive attack. That’s where the drill comes into play.

Davis serves as the quarterback, Alex Smith, if you will.

In front of the 49ers tight ends coach are a pair of tight ends, lined up similarly to an “I-Formation” in the backfield. Behind the stacked players, you can find another tight end 10 yards away from Davis, awaiting a football to be thrown.

From afar, once Davis rifles the ball to the back of the line, the two other tight ends in front quickly move out of the way just like how Keanu Reeves famously ducked in the well-known movie trilogy.

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Nate Byham Bounces Back

Posted by Taylor Price on May 8, 2012 – 11:36 AM

Nate Byham couldn’t help but marvel over the weekly production from the San Francisco 49ers tight ends, H-backs and fullbacks in offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense last year.

It just stung that Byham couldn’t be a part of the 98 catches hauled in last season by the three previously mentioned positions.

Byham, a sixth-round draft pick in 2010, missed all of his sophomore campaign with a torn ACL on his left knee. The 23-year-old tight end suffered the injury two days into his first training camp working with Roman and the offensive coaching staff.

Nonetheless, Byham’s looking to impress the offensive coaches throughout his work in the team’s offseason program.

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Photo Blog: Friday at 49ers Winter Fest

Posted by Scott Kegley on March 23, 2012 – 5:17 PM

Though neither had ever been curling before, tight ends Delanie Walker and Nate Byham made a competition out of the curling tutorial at the 49ers Winter Fest.

“We discussed it last night after I got in,” said Byham. “Delanie said, ‘I’ve been running this curling event.’ I’ve never done it yet, but I have some confidence.”

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Rookies Enjoy ‘49 U’

Posted by Taylor Price on July 8, 2010 – 3:17 PM

While most of the veterans on the 49ers roster left town at the conclusion of the team’s offseason program, the rookie class stuck around the last week of June for Player Development Week.

Or as 49ers Director of Player Development Tyrone Knott dubbed it, “49 U.”

The week consisted of daily meetings between Knott and the rookies, a visit to a local business, an investment simulation seminar and wrapped up with a trip to the NFL Rookie Symposium.

The entire week brought the group of rookies even closer.

“I knew all the guys prior to that, but I feel like we know each other 10 times more from going through that experience,” rookie tight end Nate Byham said. “We all know each other on the field already, and have become friends, but this was a good experience all around to build on that brotherhood that we’re developing.”

The week began with a visit to local video game manufacturer Namco Bandai, located a couple of blocks from 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara. The players toured the Namco facility and listened to a presentation from offensive lineman Tony Wragge, who recently concluded a six-week internship in the offseason with the help of Knott and Namco’s operations analyst Charmaine Morena.

“I wouldn’t have went on this type of tour if I had a regular job or if I was in college,” cornerback LeRoy Vann remarked. “I think it was a great opportunity to experience something cool.”

Although he’s entering his second NFL season, 49ers defensive tackle and avid video gamer Ricky Jean Francois wanted to be a part of the Namco tour. He also wanted to get first-hand knowledge of Wragge’s experience in the gaming industry.

“It opened up your eyes to the real world away from football,” Jean Francois said. “That’s something all of us needed.”

Another highlight of the week was the investment simulation, which featured teams of rookies investing Monopoly-like money in various stocks to learn about the ramifications of long-term investments. The winning team ended up being linebacker Mike Balogun and offensive lineman Matt Kopa.

“That’s that University of Oklahoma education right there!” Balogun proudly stated to the group upon being announced as the winners.

At the conclusion of “49 U” the drafted players took part in the NFL’s four-day Rookie Symposium, a staple of the NFL’s Player Development programs since its birth in 1997. The gathering of players from all 32 teams in Carlsbad, Calif., provided a great opportunity for players to understand the best way to conduct themselves as they enter professional football.

“It was definitely a long couple of days, that was to be expected, but I really got a lot out of it,” Byham said. “When you think of the Symposium, you think of 12-hour days full of meetings. But now that I’ve gone through it, I was able to take a lot away from it.”

Byham especially enjoyed the lectures from former NFL stars and Commissioner Roger Goodell, but found the separate meetings with the rookies from the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints to be most interesting.

“We did a bunch of activities and brainstormed ideas. We talked about stresses and realities of being rookies in the NFL and how you have to live your life. It was pretty cool. It was nice to have other people to talk to who weren’t just your teammates. You see how we’re all going through the same stresses coming in as a rookie.”

Having graduated “49 U” the rookies hope to take the next step and become members of the 49ers 53-man roster. They’ll have their chance when training camp opens Aug. 2.

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Rookies Weigh in on NBA Finals

Posted by Taylor Price on June 3, 2010 – 2:05 PM

With the NBA Finals tipping off tonight, why not get some predictions out of some of the players in the locker room? There’s always basketball talk going on in the locker room anyway, so I figured I’d get some of our guys on record with their NBA Finals picks.

Last year, Takeo Spikes went around during OTAs for his debut episode of “Spikes TV” and asked teammates about their picks between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic.

The Lakers received most of the votes in 2009, but this time around, the opinions were much more divided.

Rookie safety Taylor Mays is picking the Lakers to win.

“I know the work that Kobe puts in because I’ve seen him put it in. He works with a trainer that’s from my school,” Mays said. “I don’t know how many games it’ll go. Those Celtics are physical. We’ll see.”

Nate Byham, the tight end the 49ers selected in the sixth-round, appreciates Boston’s toughness, but can’t see them dethroning the defending champions.

“I’ll take the Lakers and I’ll say six games. Boston is tough, but I think it’ll go six.”

Other rookies seemed to be swayed by the physical style of defense that the Celtics play, a key to helping them defeat the Lakers two years ago in the Finals. (I think Coach Singletary would approve of the defensive thought process behind this).

“I like the Celtics, because they have the experience and they’ve brought it all together in the playoffs, offensively and especially defensively,” rookie cornerback Phillip Adams said.

Sixth-round pick Kyle Williams is pretty blunt about his reasoning for seeing the Celtics hoist another title.

“Celtics in six. I can’t stand the Lakers. My whole family is Lakers fans. I can’t stand them. Can’t do it. Can’t go with them.”

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