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Former 49er Ray McDonald arrested again on suspicion of domestic violence

Inside Bay Area (By Katie Nelson <a href='mailto:knelson@me) — Ray McDonald, who is now a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, was arrested Monday morning by Santa Clara police on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, police said.
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Glenn Dorsey on 49ers D: There shouldn't be a letdown

NFL.com (Orr, Conor) — The San Francisco 49ers lost plenty of stars this offseason, but Glenn Dorsey doesn't seem to be worried. "We've got a lot of guys that can play," he said.
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Eric Mangini aiming to create 'confusion' with 49ers' D

NFL.com (Orr, Conor) — Eric Mangini, the new 49ers defensive coordinator, is apparently putting his own style into San Francisco's 3-4 defense. The hallmark? Total confusion.
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Don't overlook Lawrence Okoye as he enters Year 3 of his NFL transformation

Inside Bay Area Lawrence Okoye isn t counting on Justin Smith s retirement to finally free him a spot on the 49ers defensive line for regular-season action.
  • 3 days ago

Reggie Bush wants in on punt returns with Niners

NFL.com (Orr, Conor) — It's time to cue up the old highlight videos of Reggie Bush destroying special teams units. The veteran running back told reporters that he wants to return punts for the 49ers this season.
  • 3 days ago

The Tomsula Transition: full speed ahead

Inside Bay Area Jim Tomsula patrolled the 49ers practice field Thursday as an orderly head coach, rather than an affable, defensive-line boss.
  • 3 days ago

49ers give rave reviews to start of Tomsula coaching era

Inside Bay Area (By Cam Inman <a href='mailto:cinman@bayare) — Players say he yells more than when he was a line coach, but has 'switched up a lot of things and tried to cut a lot of fat in how practices and meetings are.'
  • 3 days ago

OTA practice: up-tempo approach under Tomsula; Bowman off today; Hyde doesn't practice

Inside Bay Area Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was among those not present, but he did participate the previous two days, according to a team spokesman.
  • 3 days ago

Mike Davis apparently initiated into Colin Kaepernick's hard-target club

Inside Bay Area Rookie running back Mike Davis apparently suffered a familiar fate when it comes to catching Colin Kaepernick's high-speed passes.
  • 4 days ago

Purdy: Raiders and Oakland nearing end-game

Inside Bay Area (By Mark Purdy Mercury News Columnist) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes clear he's not happy with Oakland's effort to keep Raiders
  • 4 days ago

NFL owners change rule on extra points

Inside Bay Area (By Jerry McDonald <a href='mailto:jmcdonal) — Owners vote to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PAT tries, and also allow defenses the opportunity to score on the play.
  • 5 days ago

Could new rule lure 49ers into more two-point conversion attempts?

Inside Bay Area The NFL tweaked the point-after protocol Tuesday, and while extra-point kicks now become 33-yard attempts, perhaps it will entice teams to try more two-point conversions.
  • 5 days ago

Patriots won't appeal Deflategate penalty

Inside Bay Area (By Jerry McDonald <a href='mailto:jmcdonal) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the team will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft picks in the Deflategate scandal.
  • 6 days ago

Jim Tomsula on Jarryd Hayne: 'He's still playing rugby'

NFL.com (Hanzus, Dan) — Reggie Bush said last month that Jarryd Hayne, the Australian rules rugby player who signed with the 49ers this offseason, was a virtual lock to make the team. How is Hayne looking so far?
  • 6 days ago

Justin Smith transcript: 'For four years there, to walk into camp thinking you can win a Super Bowl was pretty cool'

Inside Bay Area Justin Smith had no interest in retiring Monday by showing up at a formal press conference in a suit and tie, or probably even his blue jeans or cowboy boots.
  • 6 days ago

@49ers' Justin Smith retires #FarewellCowboy: Social media reaction

Inside Bay Area (By George Kelly Bay Area News Group) — Fans and observers weighed in as word of the San Francisco defensive tackle and five-time Pro Bowler's decision spread Monday
  • 7 days ago
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Niners defensive tackle Justin Smith to retire

NFL.com (Rosenthal, Gregg) — The San Francisco 49ers lost another big name on defense. The Niners announced on Monday that All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith will retire.
  • 7 days ago
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Niners defensive tackle Justin Smith retires

NFL.com (Rosenthal, Gregg) — The San Francisco 49ers lost another big name on defense. The Niners announced on Monday that All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith will retire.
  • 7 days ago

49ers' Justin Smith decides to retire

Inside Bay Area (By Cam Inman <a href='mailto:cinman@bayare) — Justin Smith is ending his 14-year career as one of the NFL's most dominant defensive linemen.
  • 7 days ago
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Purdy: What to expect at NFL meetings

Inside Bay Area (By Mark Purdy Mercury News Columnist) — The Raiders and Super Bowl 50 will be among the topics of discussion when the NFL holds its spring meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • 7 days ago
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Blog Articles

Jed York on NFL in Los Angeles; Carmen Policy’s new role

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — Niners CEO Jed York didn’t leave the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco quite as convinced, but he’s certainly not betting against Los Angeles after the owners were briefed on the latest developments...
  • 4 days ago

Justin Smith retires (hit the link to see his signature play)

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — More than Jim Harbaugh, more than Trent Baalke, and just as much as Frank Gore – if anyone embodied the 49ers’ brief, three-year playoff run – it was Justin Smith. After 14 years...
  • 6 days ago
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Tomsula shows some logic and creativity during 49ers rookie minicamp

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — The 49ers are exhibiting some creativity and logic under new coach Jim Tomsula. Whether that has a benefit in September remains to be seen. However, the Tomsula decision to move the team’s...
  • 7 days ago
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Eastern Michigan CB making big leap to 49ers rookie camp

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — The 49ers hope they will also uncover a diamond in the deep rough during their three-day rookie minicamp, which began today. The Niners have invited 10 tryouts to Santa Clara and at least one has...
  • 8 days ago
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Big Brown background: College coach on 49ers’ enormous, ‘athletic rascal’

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — After 15 seasons at Georgia Military College, football coach Bert Williams knows the drill: His players often won’t show much discipline in the kitchen when they go home for winter break. “They...
  • 10 days ago
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49ers will practice with Broncos before preseason meeting

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — The 49ers will have two practices with the Broncos before meeting Denver on Aug. 29 at Sports Authority Field in their third preseason game, 9News in Denver reported. The teams will practice Aug....
  • 11 days ago
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Why Arik Armstead fits well in Eric Mangini’s defense

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — So why does Arik Armstead fit in so well with the 49ers? Because they play a 3-4 defense built upon the George Seifert-Bill Parcells style of defense. In that scheme, the defensive linemen are...
  • 11 days ago
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(Huge) Hands Team: Simpson and rookie part of exclusive group

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — Yes, both Simpson and 49ers rookie wide receiver DeAndre Smelter are members of the exclusive We Can Palm Bruce Bochy’s Head Club. As noted here, Smelter has 11-inch hands and general manager...
  • 13 days ago
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Patriots’ legacy deflating compared to the 49ers’ glory years

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — The 49ers cheated during their dynastic run. Then owner Eddie DeBartolo constantly flouted the NFL rules with his financial expenditures. But somehow that felt more charming than devious. How can...
  • 14 days ago
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Former 49ers’ first-round pick a tryout at Jets’ rookie camp

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — The Jets’ three-day rookie minicamp begins today. At the 49ers’ rookie minicamp in 2012, Jenkins’ performance foreshadowed the struggles to come. He was gassed after the first 90-minute practice...
  • 17 days ago
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Talking Tartt: Ex-NFL safety discusses 49ers’ second-round pick

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — The 49ers, of course, drafted the huge-hitting Tartt in the second round last week and the pick inspired a popular question: How will the small-school standout fare against, say, the Seahawks...
  • 17 days ago
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Utah WR Anderson headlines 49ers’ group of nine rookie free agents

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — The pass-catcher with the best chance of sticking on the squad? That’s likely Utah’s Dres Anderson, who might have been a mid-round pick if not for a knee injury that ended his senior season in...
  • 20 days ago
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A full rundown of the 49ers’ 2015 draft class

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — It seems that anything the 49ers do these days is cast in a negative light, and their draft is no different. The team was pilloried in some corners for their picks because they didn’t draft...
  • 20 days ago
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49ers part ways with injured OLB Chase Thomas

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — Thomas, 25, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent from Stanford in 2013, made his NFL playing debut with the 49ers in November. He only played on special teams in five games and had...
  • 21 days ago
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Grasp this: 49ers rookie WR has 11-inch hands (that’s big)

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — Hours after selecting Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter in the fourth round Saturday, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke began ticking off his positive attributes. Baalke noted he’s...
  • 22 days ago
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Jaquiski Tarrt – 49ers go safety second

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — Say this for 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, he first, always will surprise on draft day, and secondly, he means it when he says he doesn’t draft for need. Both Baalke-isms were in play...
  • 23 days ago
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Going fourth: 49ers own nine picks in final six rounds

SFGate.com (Eric Branch) — Before the start of the second round of the NFL draft last year, the 49ers traded their 2015 fourth-round pick to the Bills for wide receiver Stevie Johnson. A year later, however, the 49ers have...
  • 24 days ago
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Arik Armstead’s ankle injury slowed his roll last year at Oregon

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — Many don’t like Arik Armstead, particularly former NFL general manager Bill Polian and former NFL coach Jon Gruden. Both Polian and Gruden believe Armstead, with his imposing size (6-7, 292...
  • 24 days ago
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Sneak peak at 49ers’ 2015 alternate uniform

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — @UniWatch peak of Niners' uniform via Snapchat pic.twitter.com/1yD3YoCNK2 — Matt Jenson (@YesItIsMatt) April 30, 2015 Black is the new red according to the 49ers’ new alternative...
  • 25 days ago
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49ers draft strategy suggestion: Trade down

SFGate.com (Kevin Lynch) — This year’s draft is top heavy. Beyond the first four of five prospects, the talent falls off dramatically. It means that what’s available in the middle of the first round, which is...
  • 25 days ago
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