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49ers key matchup No. 2: Anthony Davis vs. Mario Williams

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49ers key matchup No. 2: Anthony Davis vs. Mario Williams

This is the second part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Bills matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (CBS-TV), at Candlestick Park.Matchup No.3: Aldon Smith vs. Chris Hairston49ers RT Anthony Davis vs. Bills DE Mario WilliamsTale of the tape
Davis (76): 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, third season, Rutgers
Williams (94): 6-foot-6, 292 pounds, seventh season, North Carolina StateAdjust your eyes up a line to take a look at "Tale of the tape."Let's just say that 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis has a different idea of Mario Williams' measurements.When asked about the Buffalo Bills' left defensive end, Davis answered, "He's 6-foot-9, 350 pounds and runs a 4.5 (40-yard dash). He's a beast."Davis exaggerates to make a point. The 49ers do not like to give their offensive tackles much help in pass protection. And Davis knows if he is going to hold up one-on-one against Williams, he might have to play the best game of his NFL career.Williams became the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history when the Bills paid him 50 million guaranteed on a six-year contract that could reach 100 million.Williams was the Houston Texans' surprise No. 1 overall pick of the 2006 draft over running back Reggie Bush. While history showed that the Texans made the wise choice, he never reached the playoffs with Houston before leaving for a big contract.With the fat salary comes huge expectations for Williams in Buffalo. This far, Williams has not produced. Williams has 1 12 sacks in four games."The thing that's happened is he's drawn two and three blockers, so his statistics are what they need to do," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "When they've singled him, he's created problems. We need to everybody else to pick up the slack."Williams told Buffalo reporters this week that he's been hampered by a wrist injury that has lingered since the end of the exhibition season."I'm a hands-on player, and it's all about power in my game," Williams said. "It's been odd having a little nick and not using it to the full extent."Davis is off to the best start of his career. Last week, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Davis is already a premier right tackle in the NFL. On Sunday, he'll face his biggest challenge thus far.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

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49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

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Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."