49ers notes: Peru-bound Harbaugh pleased with minicamp


49ers notes: Peru-bound Harbaugh pleased with minicamp

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' official offseason program concluded Thursday with some 30 players achieving perfect attendance throughout the nine weeks.The 49ers' mandatory minicamp wrapped up Thursday. During the three-day camp there were only two excused absences, one unsigned franchise player and a rookie with a late graduation date among players on the 90-man roster.
"I think a lot of teams in this situation, the last day of minicamp, would have been in a sprinter's stance, ready to catch flights and knowing it's the last day and ready to get out of here," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said."But that was not the case with our guys today. It was a heck of a good practice and feel real good about where we are right now. And we still got a ways to go, but feel like were right on track."All-Pro inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were excused from the practices. Willis was informed early in Tuesday's practice of an illness in his family, prompting him to return to Tennessee. Bowman remained in the Washington area for the birth of his twins.Safety Dashon Goldson did not attend the workouts. He is unsigned as the 49ers' franchise player. The sides are believed to 1 million apart annually on terms of a long-term contract. A league source said the 49ers have an offer on the table for 7 million annually, while Goldson is seeking a deal equal to the 8 million average that the San Diego Chargers awarded safety Eric Weddle last year.
Second-round draft pick LaMichael James was the only rookie ineligible to take part in the minicamp due to Oregon's late graduation. James is expected to attend the 49ers' rookie minicamp next week.Harbaugh, however, will not be there for the rookie minicamp. He is scheduled to leave Friday to spend seven days working to build houses in Peru as part of a church program, he said.Here are some other notes from the final day of 49ers' minicamp:--Linebacker Brian Banks announced on Twitter that he will take part in the 49ers' rookie minicamp after a tryout this week with the Seattle Seahawks. Banks is a former USC football recruit from Los Angeles who spent five years in prison on rape and kidnapping charges only to be exonerated 10 years later after the alleged victim recanted.--Tight end Delanie Walker did not practice this week. He was spotted leaving the facility Thursday on crutches with an undisclosed injury. Harbaugh said Walker's condition will not prevent him from taking part in the opening of training camp in late-July. "He'll be fine for camp," Harbaugh said.--Rookie guard Joe Looney, whom the 49ers selected in the fourth round of the draft, is progressing in his rehabilitation from a Lisfranc foot fracture he sustained during Senior Bowl practice in January. Looney continues to work out individually on the practice field. "All the reports are that he's on track and the hope when this all started was that he'd be there at some point in training camp," Harbaugh said.--Receiver Ted Ginn (right knee), and linebackers Darius Fleming (torn ACL in left knee), Cam Johnson (minor knee surgery) and Joe Holland (right foot) did not practice Thursday.--The 49ers again plan to spend a week during the regular-season in Youngstown, Ohio, between road games, Harbaugh confirmed. After the 49ers play at Minnesota on Sept. 23, the team will practice mostly at Youngstown State in preparation for their Sept. 30 game at the New York Jets. The 49ers will replicate the schedule from last season when they stayed in Ohio between Week 3 and 4 games at Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Youngstown is the hometown of the DeBartolos and Yorks.
--Kyle Williams and Perrish Cox looked the most comfortable of the players fielding punts early in practice. Rookie receivers A.J. Jenkins and Nathan Palmer, neither of whom handled punts in college, had difficulty judging the wind on the 49ers' practice field.--Cornerback Carlos Rogers, returning from a calf strain, took part in the full practice. He intercepted an Alex Smith pass in a 7-on-7 passing drill.--Second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Jenkins hooked up for a beautiful touchdown with Jenkins latching onto the ball in the back of the end zone and managing to tap both feet inbounds.--Quarterback Scott Tolzien made a perfect throw between two defenders on a pass to undrafted rookie receiver Brian Tyms. However, Tolzien tried a similar throw on the next play to Jenkins, who was covered by Chris Culliver. Safety C.J. Spillman broke on the ball and dropped a potential interception.--On a last-play-of-the-game situation from the 20, Kaepernick drilled a touchdown pass to Kyle Williams against the coverage of safety Donte Whitner.--Kaepernick enjoyed his best day of practice during the minicamp. He and Tyms teamed up for a nice pitch-and-catch for a 30-yard gain against the coverage of defensive backs Anthony Mosley and Mark LeGree. Kaepernick zipped a 1-yard pass into tight end Konrad Reuland in a tight spot. And Kaepernick also hooked up for a touchdown with tight end Vernon Davis, who made the grab against Tavares Gooden's coverage.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


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


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."