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49ers 6.5-point favorites vs. Lions

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49ers 6.5-point favorites vs. Lions

(AP) -- DETROIT (1-0) At SAN FRANCISCO (1-0)Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBCOPENING LINE - 49ers by 6 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 0-1; San Francisco 1-0SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 36-27-1AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions, No. 13; 49ers, No. 2LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Lions, 25-19, Oct. 16, 2011LAST WEEK - Lions beat Rams 27-23; 49ers beat Packers 30-22STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Francisco 12-1 in series at Candlestick Park. ... Niners handed Lions first loss in 2011 following 5-0 start. ... 49ers have six straight regular-season games without turnover. ... Last year's penalty-filled game featured four lead changes in second half. San Francisco fell behind 10-0 in first quarter. ... 49ers QB Alex Smith has gone 185 straight passes without INT, best in franchise history, passing Hall of Famer Steve Young's 184. Smith had 125.6 QB rating last week. Niners 11-0 in games when he has rating over 100.0. ... San Francisco kept Calvin Johnson out of end zone in 2011 game after he became NFL's first player with nine TD catches in initial five games of a season. Johnson still had seven catches for 113 yards, Brandon Pettigrew with eight catches for 42 yards and TD. ... Last year's game at Ford Field ended with Jim Harbaugh's hard backslap and handshake that irked Jim Schwartz and they had to be separated. Both say no bad blood now. ... Lions still had two top starting DBs, Louis Delmas (knee) and Chris Houston (ankle), on injury report after each missed opener. ... San Francisco K David Akers booted 63-yard field goal last week to tie NFL record and is 3 for 3 on the season. Hit 55-yarder last year vs. Lions on way to single-season NFL mark of 44. ... Three-time Pro Bowl RB Frank Gore had first 100-yard game of year at Green Bay after getting a franchise-best five straight during one stretch in 2011. ... Detroit's Matthew Stafford, No. 1 pick from the 2009 draft, threw three interceptions before halftime for first time last week. Still wound up with 355 yards passing. ... Niners Michael Crabtree matched career high with nine receptions for 77 yards in 11 meeting. ... Lions 2012 starting offensive line leads NFL in games started for their current team with 494 regular-season and five in playoffs for 499. ... Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure must sit out second game of two-game suspension to start year for violating NFL's

49ers add former first-round draft pick

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49ers add former first-round draft pick

Former first-round draft pick Datone Jones has signed with the 49ers, he announced on social media late Monday night.

“I’m very thankful & honored to be joining the 49ers,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Thankful to be back home in California.”

Jones, 27, a Compton native whom the Green Bay Packers selected with the No. 26 overall pick in 2013, started just seven of the 59 games in which he appeared for the Packers over four seasons.

Jones (6 foot 5, 288 pounds) recorded 73 tackles and just nine sacks while seeing action at defensive end and outside linebacker.

The Packers declined to pick up the fifth-year option for Jones, making him a free agent this year. He signed a one-year contract with Minnesota in March and remained with the Vikings until he was released off injured reserve in September after sustaining a shoulder injury.

He signed with the Detroit Lions on Oct. 10, but was released just eight days later after not appearing in any games.

Jones started the final 28 games of his college career at UCLA and moved up draft boards with a 12.5-sack season as a senior in 2012.

Mailbag: Are 49ers trying to win or develop players?

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Mailbag: Are 49ers trying to win or develop players?

After five consecutive close losses and some reason for optimism, it all came crashing down for the 49ers on Sunday.

Rookie Trent Taylor fumbled a punt just one minute into the game. Ninety seconds later, the Dallas Cowboys scored.

And it was over.

The Cowboys steamrolled the 49ers, 40-10, providing a slap across the face to anyone who believed this rebuild of the franchise was trending consistently upward without any complications.

The team appeared to be moving along harmoniously. But on Sunday, there was an incident in which Jaquiski Tartt, Ahkello Witherspoon and Ray-Ray Armstrong were seen jawing at each other. Things got heated. The optics in a home blowout loss were not good.

There are plenty of questions, and here are some of the questions from The Day After that were submitted on our Facebook page:

What is the philosophy? Are we trying to win or develop players? Cause it seems you can't do both? (Frank Vega)
The 49ers are definitely trying to develop players. They are also trying to evaluate players. They are looking to the future, and they are not deploying a win-at-all-cost approach this season. They do not want to win an extra game or two this season at the expense of possibly making the team worse for the future.

That is why the 49ers, almost invariably, went with younger players at any position in which there was competition . . . Eli Harold over Ahmad Brooks; Trent Taylor over Jeremy Kerley; Raheem Mostert over Tim Hightower; etc.

It’s why the 49ers made the decision two weeks ago to part ways with NaVorro Bowman, who had expressed dissatisfaction over his reduced role. Bowman was still the 49ers’ best linebacker at the time. But he would not have been on the team next year, so the decision was made to release Bowman now and go with the other less-accomplished players. (The Raiders, by the way, say 'Thank you.')

Rookie C.J. Beathard is now the starting quarterback. Cole Hikutini has moved into the No. 2 role at tight end behind fellow rookie George Kittle. Ahkello Witherspoon is being weaved into the action at cornerback, splitting time with Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson.

The 49ers did not want to create a mirage. They did not want to win any games this season that would be the result of a veteran rent-a-player approach. In that respect, the 49ers have succeeded. The 49ers will be picking near the top of every round in the 2018 draft.

The risk, of course, is that the young players get beaten down so badly that they lose their confidence and their edge.

What do you make of Eric Reid’s move to LB? Is his time with Niners nearing the end? (Peter Chan)
The 49ers no longer use a “nickel” defense. They go straight from their base defense to six defensive backs whenever the opposition puts more than two wide receivers on the field. It’s not a true linebacker position Reid is playing. It’s considered more of a “big nickel," designed to give the 49ers more speed on third downs to cover and run to the ball.

Reid is no longer a starter. What it shows is that the 49ers are sold on Jaquiski Tartt being a long-term answer for the 49ers secondary. The 49ers view Tartt and Jimmie Ward as the starters for 2018. All things being equal, Reid will have a chance to go somewhere else next season and be a starter.

The 49ers are not committed to re-signing him on a deal that extends beyond this season.

Is it a coincidence that the two worst teams in the NFL have the most cap space? (Gary Staebler)
That is no coincidence at all. It is the very reason the Cleveland Browns and 49ers are the only two winless teams in the NFL.

The Browns have $61.6 million in cap space. The 49ers are currently $61 million under the cap. Next year, with carryovers of unused space, the 49ers and Browns are projected to both have more than $117 million in cap room, according to Overthecap.com.

Bad teams do not draft well.

Teams that do not draft well, do not sign their draft picks to lucrative second contracts.

Therefore, teams that do not draft well cannot spend a large portion of their cap space to retain their own players because they have no good players worth retaining.