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Ted Ginn Jr. Pays Respect to Father

Posted by Taylor Price on July 23, 2012 – 5:41 PM

Playing in the National Football League has always been a lifelong dream for 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. That dream will be even more enjoyable in 2012 now that Ginn Jr. has reached another personal achievement – being allowed to wear “Ginn Jr.” on the back of his NFL jersey.

With the NFL allowing players to wear generational titles on the back of their jerseys (some might call it the Robert Griffin III rule), Ginn Jr. has taken the league up on the offer.

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Ted Ginn Jr. Helps A.J. Jenkins Grow

Posted by Alex Espinoza on July 23, 2012 – 2:49 PM

As he enters his first NFL training camp, 49ers first-round pick A.J. Jenkins is lucky to be surrounded by a sage group of veteran wideouts like Randy Moss, Ted Ginn Jr., Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree.

Along with his new status as a professional comes some new responsibilities for Jenkins, including the possibility of returning punts. Jenkins was a prolific kick return man during his four-year career at Illinois but handling punts with the swirling winds at Candlestick is another beast to tame. At least he has the benefit of working with a vaunted return man like Ginn and All-Pro punter Andy Lee in practice.
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Morning Tailgate: July 10

Posted by Taylor Price on July 10, 2012 – 10:43 AM

Players might be on vacation, but there’s plenty of action happening around 4949 Centennial Blvd. Construction work continues at the new Santa Clara Stadium site at a constant pace. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers’ three-day Youth Football Camp is taking place on the team’s practice fields next door.

Former players like Guy McIntyre, Eric Wright, Dennis Brown and J.J. Stokes, plus current 49ers like Delanie Walker, have joined the campers to share wisdom from their football experiences. Check out photos of Walker mingling with the campers on day one of camp.

While most of the 49ers are elsewhere getting their minds and bodies right for training camp (16 days away), that doesn’t mean they’re not being recognized in the media. All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman was recently named the No. 5 most underrated player in the NFL by the staff at Pro Football Weekly.

Bowman wasn’t a Pro Bowler last season, but his All-Pro selection and inclusion on PFF’s list should be considered as a nice consolation prize.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

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Morning Tailgate: May 29

Posted by Taylor Price on May 29, 2012 – 10:01 AM

Fresh off Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to start up the Morning Tailgate here on Goal Posts, not like you guys didn’t have the grills on all weekend anyway…

The first, and perhaps most noticeable headline of the weekend, came from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, who has submitted his Super Bowl XLVII winner in late May.

Maiocco has the San Francisco 49ers hoisting up the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“The 49ers exceeded all reasonable expectations in Jim Harbaugh’s first year as head coach,” Maiocco wrote. “That will not happen this season.”

According to the longtime 49ers beat writer, San Francisco is his choice for many reasons. Chief among them, the team returns every key player from last year’s dominant defense and added key upgrades on the offensive side of the ball. It remains to be seen if Jim Harbaugh can have his team race off to a Super Bowl title in his second season in San Francisco, but the 49ers coach continues to guide his players through offseason workouts with the mantra of getting better every day.

More on the latest 49ers headlines, including Harbaugh’s interest in motorsports can be found after the jump.

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Morning Tailgate: March 8

Posted by Taylor Price on March 8, 2012 – 10:34 AM

Some say it’s a gift, and some say it’s a curse.

But still, finding out which player will grace the cover of EA Sports’ Madden football video game remains a time honored tradition of the NFL offseason.

Some see it as a means to jinx yourself with a poor season or in some cases falling victim to injury. Others look at it as great recognition for a football player, his team and region of the country.

It just all depends on who you’re talking to.

This year, the folks at EA have taken it to a whole different level. Instead of fans voting on individual players in a bracket-style tournament like last year, they’re having fans vote between two players from each team first. Then, those selected 32 will take part in this year’s fan vote tournament.

Representing the 49ers is none other than five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis (who advanced to the final eight last year) and famed postseason tight end Vernon Davis, who probably won’t receive many votes from the Bayou but from many other places as he’ll be remembered for some time for his game-winning touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff round.

Find out how to vote for Willis/Davis (tough call, I know), the latest on the upcoming free agency season and more team news after the jump.

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Gameday Story: Through the Ranks

Posted by Taylor Price on October 31, 2011 – 9:44 AM

Our latest Gameday magazine cover story focused on Cleveland natives Ted Ginn Jr. and Donte Whitner, who both served as key contributors in the 49ers 20-10 win over their once beloved Cleveland Browns.

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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Sept. 12

Posted by Taylor Price on September 12, 2011 – 3:03 PM

With Ted Ginn Jr.’s 268 return yards against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday propelling the 49ers to their first win of 2011, it should come as no surprise that the return specialist’s name was a popular topic inside the team’s locker room just one day after his career performance.

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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Oct. 11

Posted by Taylor Price on October 11, 2010 – 3:01 PM

At this point, there’s not much that can be said, only things that can be done.

The 49ers are 0-5, three games behind the division-leading Arizona Cardinals, and in need of answers.

Talk of resurrecting the season and limiting self-inflicted mistakes was prevalent on Monday following the 49ers 27-24 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles, but it wasn’t the true emphasis of the day.

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From the Field: Aug. 20 Practice

Posted by Taylor Price on August 20, 2010 – 3:21 PM

Mike Singletary did his players a solid, canceling Friday’s morning practice. But the team is back to work for a pad-less afternoon practice.

I’ll pass along practice highlights and observations as we go along. Currently the offense and defense are going over substitution procedures – the ones they’ll use this Sunday in the preseason home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

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DB Coaches, Second-ary to None

Posted by Taylor Price on May 19, 2010 – 3:39 PM

In the short amount of time Karl Paymah has been a part of the 49ers this offseason, several things have impressed the free agent cornerback.

But in particular, the 49ers secondary coaches, Johnnie Lynn and Vance Joseph have really had a positive influence on Paymah already.

“To tell you the truth I think they are the best DB coaches I’ve had since I’ve been in the NFL,” said the five-year veteran, who is with his third team. “I’ve never pounded technique as much as I do here. They’ve instilled confidence in all of us. They believe in you, they trust you and they’re going to let you play the game. It’s a good situation.”

Lynn is entering his 17th NFL season, and sixth season with the 49ers. For his entire tenure in the Bay Area, Lynn has shared the position group with Joseph, who has coached all six of his NFL seasons with the 49ers.

As a former defensive coordinator with the New York Giants, Lynn is one of the team’s most respected coaches, that’s why he’s also the team’s special assistant to the head coach. Although he’s mostly known by outsiders for his raspy voice which tends to give-way the first week of training camp, inside the building Lynn is one of the most respected coaches. The same goes for Joseph, who is not afraid to motivate players if he’s not satisfied with their effort.

Paymah showed early return on the wisdom he’s attained so far from both coaches, intercepting a pass from Alex Smith at Wednesday’s voluntary organized team activity.

“I was just out there playing,” Paymah said downplaying the turnover. “I knew the situation and I just reacted. I tried to get a good jam on (Ted Ginn Jr.) and I noticed him trying to cut back, I was surprised (Smith) threw the ball. I just tried to beat him to the ball and make a play.”

Paymah’s pretty interception on such a nice day weather-wise was fitting for the defensive back, considering how much he was looking forward to Bay Area weather when signing with the 49ers in March.

“It’s beautiful out there, sometimes I refer to it as Club Med,” Paymah said while cracking a grin. “I don’t really feel like I’m at work, except for when practice starts hurting. But really I’m just trying to have fun, play ball and not think too much. I’m just trying to make it happen.”

Likewise, rookie defensive backs are adjusting to their new surroundings. Fortunately, Lynn and Joseph have made the experience a challenging one.

Second-round pick Taylor Mays is just like Paymah, loving his new position coaches.

“They’re good coaches because they coach you, the individual player. I think that’s important. They’re coaching me up on everything I do,” the rookie safety said.

Mays knows he won’t be perfect this week, but as long as he’s giving maximum effort, the former USC standout can live with that at the end of the day.

“It’s about giving full effort. That’s all I can really do right now. I’m trying to learn as much as I can, retain as much as I can and just go from there. I’m trying to get as much work in as I can. I’m not really worried about messing up or anything. I’m trying to get as many mistakes out the way and go forward,” Mays said.

Mays said he already understands what type of effort is needed just from watching two solid safeties like Michael Lewis and Dashon Goldson.

“I know what to expect and know what the tempo should be,” Mays said. “It’s good to see guys at the highest level prepare and see what it takes to be great and successful. We have two successful safeties to watch and I couldn’t think of a better situation to be in.”

Notes and Quotes

Greg Manuksy wore a microphone for 49ers.com on Tuesday. On Wednesday, head coach Mike Singletary wore the wire and the defensive coordinator stepped up to a podium with a microphone to answer questions from the media. Many wondered about his initial impressions on the three defensive players selected by the 49ers in the 2010 Draft, but Manusky wasn’t quick to judge his new talent. “There are a lot of things thrown at them the first couple of weeks. They just got out of a scenario of a worldwide tour going to teams and stuff like that. It’s good to get them here, start sitting them down, understand the system and understand where their role is. They’ll eventually and hopefully move on and upward.”

Manusky was also questioned about his defensive philosophy of using defenders who mirror each other and Navorro Bowman’s name came up. The third-round pick out of Penn State, who played outside linebacker in a 4-3 college scheme, is now making the change to inside linebacker in a 3-4. But the change is not a problem according to Bowman who is relishing the opportunity. “I’m glad to be back inside, you get to each side faster,” Bowman noted. “Being an outside ‘backer you’re stuck to one side and you can’t really make plays on the other side of the field. I’m glad to be inside, but whatever the coaches need me to learn – I’ll do that.”

Speaking of linebackers, Takeo Spikes is a veteran in the truest sense of the word. Asked if he’s excited about the upcoming season, the 13-year veteran said he’ll curb his enthusiasm until late July. “When training camp comes around and we start playing games, I think that’s when it really gets all the way turned up.”

Mike Iupati has been off to a good start so far this week. During the team period, the rookie left guard did a nice job of pulling and kicking out the blitzing Bowman, to give running back Glen Coffee a huge running lane. “Nice job Mike!” offensive line coach Mike Solari belted out upon seeing the play develop.

Smith rebounded from the early interception and completed several passes in the 10 to 20-yard range, but none more impressive than the touch pass 25 yards or so down the middle of the field to wide receiver Dominique Zeigler, who got past the coverage of cornerback Tarell Brown and ran right under the perfectly thrown pass.

Although Patrick Willis is recovering a minor offseason knee surgery, he’s still very active at practice. Besides leading stretches with the rest of team captains, he’s been 50 yards behind the defense during team periods, mirroring the movements of both inside ‘backers. Willis might not be on the field with his teammates full-go, but he’s getting plenty of mental reps.

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