49ers one of three favorites to land No. 1 overall draft pick


49ers one of three favorites to land No. 1 overall draft pick

It's been a tumultuous season for Jim Tomsula and the San Francisco 49ers, as they've fielded the league's worst offense en route to a bottom-dwelling 2-6 record through the first half of the season.

They've suffered a litany of injuries, including a stress fracture to the foot of running back Carlos Hyde, and recently benched $100 million quarterback Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

And a tough road lies ahead. 

They face the Falcons (6-2), Seahawks (4-4), Cardinals (6-2), Bears (2-5), Browns (2-6), Bengals (7-0), Lions (1-7) and Rams (4-3) to finish the season.

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The opponents remaining on the schedule have a combined record of 32-29.

The 49ers are currently one of three teams—along with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns—projected to finish with the league's worst record, and thus the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Lions, Browns and Bears, who are all pegged to finish near the bottom, are on the 49ers' remaining schedule. However, the games against Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago are all on the road.

Super Bowl odds (Courtesy Bovada LV)
New England Patriots - 13/5
Green Bay Packers - 9/2
Arizona Cardinals - 8/1
Denver Broncos - 8/1
Carolina Panthers - 9/1
Cincinnati Bengals - 14/1
Seattle Seahawks - 14/1
New York Giants - 25/1
Atlanta Falcons - 28/1
Dallas Cowboys - 33/1
Minnesota Vikings - 33/1
Pittsburgh Steelers - 33/1
Indianapolis Colts - 40/1
Philadelphia Eagles - 40/1
St. Louis Rams - 40/1
New York Jets - 50/1
New Orleans Saints - 66/1
Oakland Raiders - 66/1
Houston Texans - 100/1
Miami Dolphins - 100/1
Buffalo Bills - 150/1
Kansas City Chiefs - 150/1
Washington Redskins - 150/1
Jacksonville Jaguars - 200/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 300/1
Baltimore Ravens - 500/1
Chicago Bears - 500/1
San Diego Chargers - 500/1
Tennessee Titans - 500/1
Cleveland Browns - 1000/1
Detroit Lions - 1000/1
San Francisco 49ers - 1000/1

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”