SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Saturday signed eight players to the practice squad. Each of the eight players spent training camp with the club:OLB Cam Johnson -- The seventh-round draft pick from Virginia participated in just one exhibition game and very little of the team's offseason program with a knee problem. He underwent a surgical procedure in June.DT Tony Jerod-Eddie -- The undrafted rookie from Texas A&M played 51 games in college with 38 starts. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection with 56 tackles and five sacks.DT Matthew Masifilo -- He was cut on Monday and returned a couple days later to play in the final exhibition game. Masifilo (Stanford) had an outstanding game with four quarterback hits and is rewarded with a spot on the practice squad.OL Al Netter -- A 6-foot-6, 310-pounder tied the Northwestern record with 52 consecutive starts. He attended Cardinal Newman High in Santa Rosa.WR Nathan Palmer -- The 49ers went with Palmer over the other undrafted free agents Chris Owusu and Brian Tyms. Palmer had 93 receptions and 1,575 and 16 touchdowns in 48 games with Northern Illinois.S Michael Thomas -- The undrafted rookie from Stanford has value for his play at safety as well as nickel back.OL Kenny Wiggins -- The former Fresno State standout took part in his second 49ers training camp. He spent part of last season with the Baltimore Ravens' practice.ILB Michael Wilhoite -- The first-year player from Washburn spent four games in 2011 with the Omaha Nighthawks before finishing the season on the 49ers' practice squad. He showed some good things on defense, special teams and played a couple snaps Thursday night at fullback. Practice squad players make 5,700 a week, as opposed to the rookie minimum of 22,941 weekly for a player on the 53-man roster. Practice squad players can be signed to any team's 53-man roster at any point during the season.
Running back Carlos Hyde has proven to be a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.
And the man in charge of stocking the 49ers roster has taken notice of what Hyde has done on and off the field.
General manager John Lynch entered the playing field more than two weeks ago to greet Hyde with enthusiasm after Hyde was ejected for his tussle with Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.
Hyde got involved during the scuffle that ensued after Cardinals safety Antoine Beathea delivered an illegal hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard as he was sliding.
“I was proud of Carlos because he fought for his teammate. He had his teammate’s back,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.
Sticking up for teammates was a lesson Steve Young and Jerry Rice imparted on the current team when they spoke to the team during training camp in August, Lynch said.
“That’s what I saw from Carlos,” Lynch said. “He got sick and tired of the refs not doing anything about our quarterback getting hit in the head. He finally had enough. I think at some point – particularly when you’re trying to build something – someone’s got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not having it. We’re not going to pushed around any more.’
“And did my emotions get the best of me? Maybe. But I was proud of Carlos, and not because he was kicked out of a game, because of the reason why. Because he had his teammate’s back. And I wanted to let him know that. I appreciated that.”
Hyde, whose contract is set to expire after the season, ranks 11th in the NFL with 592 yards rushing while averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. He is sixth among running backs in the leauge with a 49ers-leading 42 receptions for 274 yards.
“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things -- the way (running backs coach) Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you're going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”
The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.
The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve.
Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season.
Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.
San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.