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MT: Bowman Hosts Football Camp

Posted by Taylor Price on July 1, 2013 – 9:34 AM

All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman hosted his first annual football camp last week. He also did it with a little help from his friends.

San Francisco 49ers teammates Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis and Anthony Dixon all joined Bowman to teach football fundamentals to children in Bowman’s hometown of District Heights, Md.

Bowman shared photos and videos from the event on his social media accounts.

Today’s Morning Tailgate features some of the top 49ers-related headlines to close out the month of June.

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MT: Minicamp Day 3 Recap

Posted by Taylor Price on June 14, 2013 – 10:39 AM

An aerial display concluded the final day of 49ers minicamp. Colin Kaepernick completed his final five passes of camp and A.J. Jenkins turned in another standout reception.

The 49ers will return in late July for training camp. The minicamp previewed the upcoming competitions for 53 coveted spots on San Francisco’s roster.

Today’s Morning Tailgate recaps the final camp session and the standout performances.

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MT: McDonald Makes Wedding Proposal

Posted by Taylor Price on June 7, 2013 – 11:22 AM

San Francisco 49ers rookie tight end Vance McDonald proposed to his long-time girlfriend last month on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The second-round pick shared his engagement story with Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

“I was like, ‘What better spot than the bridge?’” the former Rice tight end said after an OTA session this week.

McDonald, a native of southeast Texas, has already become quite fond of his Bay Area surroundings during his short time with the 49ers. His proposal proves he’s a big fan of the region where he was drafted.

“When I hear someone complain about the weather here,” McDonald began, “I just turn my head and walk away.”

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

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MT: Replacing Michael Crabtree

Posted by Taylor Price on May 24, 2013 – 10:45 AM

It won’t be a one man job.

To replace Michael Crabtree’s production on the San Francisco 49ers (85 catches, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2012) it’s going to take a collective effort from the team, the team, the team.

Jim Harbaugh is eager to see which young wide receiver will emerge to fill Crabtree’s shoes as San Francisco’s starting wideout opposite of Anquan Boldin. So far, the young wideouts have been letting their work on the practice field make their case. Players like A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette are intriguing prospects to line up with Boldin. Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are also close to returning from late-season injuries.

It should also be noted that the 49ers can still continue their power-running approach in 2013. They also have the unique running threat of Colin Kaepernick. In the backfield, Kendall Hunter is working his way back from a season-ending injury. Plus, Frank Gore is Frank Gore.

Receivers are key in any offense, but the 49ers have shown the ability to be creative in personnel groupings. Not to be forgotten, Vernon Davis, one of the game’s most dangerous tight ends, still figures to be heavily involved in the passing game.

More on the team’s options to fill in for Crabtree can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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MT: 2013 NFL Draft Preview

Posted by Taylor Price on April 25, 2013 – 10:21 AM


The wait is over. The draft board is finalized. The prospects are eager. The fan base is ready. The draft bash is all set.

The 2013 NFL Draft begins tonight and it couldn’t have come any sooner. We broke down prospects and spoke with analysts about the endless possibilities, but that was all build up to the inevitable conclusion. The three-day draft gets underway tonight at 5 p.m. PT and the future of the San Francisco 49ers will come into greater focus when the team makes its first selection.

Will it be at No. 31, or will San Francisco move up to select a player they’ve been coveting all along? The outcome will be known shortly.

In Trent Baalke’s three drafts leading the team’s draft-day decisions, the 49ers general manager has traded nine times. In 2010, Baalke’s first year as Vice President of Player Personnel, Baalke moved up to select tackle Anthony Davis, a player who recently signed a five-year contract extension through 2019. Baalke also traded back in 2010 to select, two-time All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, another player who has been extended until the 2018 season.

It’s worth noting that Baalke has never traded out of the first-round in three years. In 2011, he moved up in the second-round to select quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

With 13 selections heading into draft day, the possibilities for Baalke and his personnel staff are endless.

It’s safe to say the world will be watching. NFL Draft prognostications are endless, but they’ll stop very soon. We’ve compiled the top mock drafts for your consideration in today’s Morning Tailgate.

Share your draft opinions on social with #Draft49 and if you’re having a draft party or attending our event in San Jose tonight, use #49ersDraftBash to showcase your experience.

Thanks everyone for checking out our blog and enjoy the draft. 49ers.com/Draft will have you covered all weekend long.

Now, on to the links…

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MT: Donte Whitner Remains Hungry

Posted by Taylor Price on April 12, 2013 – 11:01 AM

In his second season with the San Francisco 49ers, Donte Whitner totaled his second-most tackles in seven years in the NFL.

Whitner, who joined the 49ers as a free agent in 2011, recorded 119 tackles in his first ever Pro Bowl season. The hard-hitting safety was a key member of last year’s NFC Conference championship club and sounded eager to get back to work in 2013. In fact, Whitner only took two weeks off at the end of Super Bowl XLVII.

“We had a taste of it,” Donte said of the team’s Super Bowl appearance in 2012 which followed a loss in the NFC title game in 2011. “The third time’s the charm.”

Whitner shared some of his thoughts on the upcoming season in a Friday morning appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” show.

“We feel like we’re the best defense in the NFL,” Whitner said. “We have pass rushers. We have a tremendous front seven.”

Whitner praised his inside linebacker tandem of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman as two of the best in the league.

Asked how the 49ers would replace outgoing safety Dashon Goldson, Whitner explained that the 49ers front seven would help whoever steps in as a replacement. In Whitner’s mind, pressure from the defensive front can really help the back end of a defense.

“We have a bunch of possibilities,” Donte said. “When we step out on the field we’ll be ready.”

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

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Morning Tailgate: Davis Extension

Posted by Taylor Price on April 5, 2013 – 11:24 AM

Anthony Davis earned a second contract from the San Francisco 49ers. With the starting right tackle agreeing to a five-year extension that’ll keep him with the 49ers through the 2019 season, the team has continued its recent trend of rewarding hard-working draft picks with long-term financial commitments.

Davis joins NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Andy Lee and Joe Staley as 49ers draft picks to sign extensions to stay in San Francisco.

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Morning Tailgate: Harbaugh Visits SJSU

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 15, 2013 – 11:59 AM

In the fall of 2007, Ron Caragher took over the head coaching position at the University of San Diego, replacing one Jim Harbaugh. On Thursday, the two coaches reunited at San Jose State, as the 49ers coach visited Caragher’s team during a spring practice session. Jimmy Durkin the Bay Area News Group was on hand as Harbaugh caught up with Caragher and some NFL Draft hopefuls. SJSU Athletics also shared a photo gallery of the afternoon visit.

“Harbaugh, sporting his classic look of khakis, black 49ers crew neck sweatshirt and black 49ers cap, watched the last hour of practice,” Durkin wrote. “He chatted with Spartans coach Ron Caragher, Harbaugh’s successor at the University of San Diego, and with NFL prospects and former SJSU players David Quessenberry and Ryan Otten.”

Stay up to date with all of the free agent action with 49ers.com’s Free Agency Tracker. The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate also examines the free-agent addition of LB Dan Skuta.

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2012 Plays of the Year: Final Five

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 8, 2013 – 1:33 PM

The 49ers Faithful have spoken. Now it’s time for one final vote.

In recent weeks, 49ers.com has brought you the top 5 takeaways, touchdowns, sacks, big hits and big plays and asked for the Faithful to vote for their favorite plays of the year. For the last round of voting, a winner will emerge from the Final Five candidates as picked by the 49ers Faithful.

The Final Five features a great mix of breakneck offensive plays, bone-crushing defensive plays and game-changers. Until 5 p.m. PT on Monday, you can vote for the 2012 Play of the Year at the bottom of this blog post. Let’s take a look at the top play for each category.

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2012 Plays of the Year: Big Hits

Posted by Taylor Price on March 4, 2013 – 2:00 PM

We need your help in selecting the top plays from the 2012 season. We’re asking our Faithful fans to choose the top takeawaytouchdownsack, big play and biggest hit of the season. Next, the winning five plays (one from each category), will move on to the championship round to determine 49ers.com’s “Top Play of 2012.”

Watch our “Top 5” video highlights on the best plays for each category, then vote in the poll section of the corresponding blog post to see which top play will reach the championship round.

Help us crown the top play of 2012 by choosing your favorite big hit from this past season. You can vote for your favorite big hit up until Wednesday at noon. Let’s take a look at the five nominees.

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