49ers rookie QB Beathard enters camp as No. 3 -- all the way around

49ers rookie QB Beathard enters camp as No. 3 -- all the way around

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard comes to the 49ers as a third-round draft pick and No. 3 on the team’s depth chart behind presumptive starter Brian Hoyer and veteran backup Matt Barkley.

He also steps onto the practice field for the first time Friday wearing No. 3 for the 49ers’ rookie minicamp.

“There were a couple of options,” Beathard said. “It’s just for minicamp right now, but I think I’ll stay with that number if I have a chance to.”

Beathard wore No. 16 at Iowa. That option is not available with the 49ers. Joe Montana’s jersey number is retired and out of service. Montana was a third-round pick of the 49ers in 1979 in Bill Walsh’s first draft.

Coincidentally, Montana wore No. 3 during his college career at Notre Dame.

Beathard, who was lauded for his leadership skills while in college, will step into a similar role for the 49ers’ newcomers this weekend. He came from a pro-style offense at Iowa, so he’ll be expected to be further along in guiding his offensive teammates. Quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello sent him some excerpts of the playbook before reporting to Santa Clara on Thursday.

“I’ve been able to look it over the past few days and get a little look at what’s coming up the next few days,” Beathard said.

“I know how to break down an offense and look at an offense. The terminology is completely different, but it (the playbook) does make sense.”

The 49ers welcomed 31 new players this week to fill out its 90-man offseason roster.

The team’s rookies – 10 draft picks and 18 undrafted free agents – traveled to 49ers headquarters on Thursday to take part in a minicamp scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Here are the uniform numbers issued to the new players (it is common for teams to issue duplicate numbers during the time of the offseason when there is a 90-player roster):

Draft picks
3-C.J. Beathard, QB
33-Joe Williams, RB
41-Ahkello Witherspoon, CB
47-Adrian Colbert, CB
49-Pita Taumeopenu, DE/OLB
56-Reuben Foster, LB
66-D.J. Jones, DT
81-Trent Taylor, WR
85-George Kittle, TE
96-Solomon Thomas, DL

Undrafted rookies
1-Nick Mullens, QB
1-Victor Bolden, WR
6-Kendrick Bourne, WR
31-Zach Franklin, DB
46-Malik Golden, S
46-Cole Hikutini, TE
47-Tyler McCloskey, FB
48-Lorenzo Jerome, DB
49-Matt Breida, RB
60-Jimmie Gilbert, LB
60-J.P. Flynn, Montana OL
62-Erik Magnuson, OL
62-Donavin Newsom, LB
64-Evan Goodman, OL
64-Noble Nwachukwu, DE
69-Bret Treadway, OL
75-Darrell Williams Jr., OT
83-KD Cannon, WR

49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks


49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks

The 49ers hosted two veteran cornerbacks on free-agent visits the past two days and could be signing either Jaylen Watkins or LaDarius Gunter as they wind down their activity on the free-agent market.

“We’re really pleased with what we’ve done,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Thursday. “I’ll never say never. We’ve had a couple of guys visit in the last couple of days. Perhaps we’ll do something there. But for the most part, we’re wrapped up and pleased with what we’ve been able to do.”

The 49ers do not have much depth behind presumptive starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon. The team is also likely to add to its depth in the draft.

The 49ers met with Gunter (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) on Thursday. Gunter, 25, started 15 games for the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He recorded 54 tackles and broke up 12 passes. He signed with the Packers in 2015 as an undrafted rookie from Miami.

Gunter was waived at the beginning of last season and the Carolina Panthers claimed him. He appeared in just four games with Carolina, which did not tender him as a restricted free agent.

The 49ers on Wednesday met with Watkins, 26, a versatile defensive back who appeared in 36 games with five starts in four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins (5-11, 195) played three snaps on defense and 17 plays on special teams in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. He entered the NFL in 2014 as a fourth-round draft pick from Florida.

Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'


Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'

STANFORD – Free-agent safety Eric Reid chatted with 49ers general manager John Lynch on the sideline, then moved into position onto the field for an up-close view of his brother’s pro day workout Thursday at Stanford University.

Younger brother, Justin, is aiming to be a first-round draft pick like Eric, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Both football futures of the Reid brothers remain uncertain. Justin's fate will be determined on draft day. Eric Reid remains in limbo as an NFL free agent. He has not gotten any action in the first week of free agency, and the 49ers have not made him a contract offer, he said.

But Lynch said the 49ers are closely monitoring Reid’s situation. However, the organization already has three safeties they like: Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert.

“Eric played and played well for us last year,” Lynch said. “I think he’s stuck in a safety market that’s been quiet. And I would anticipate things starting to shake for him and we’ll see.

“I’d never say never. I really do think opportunities will start to come his way. We’ve been monitoring it closely and we’ll see how that shakes out.”

Reid, 26, a six-year NFL veteran, said his agent has spoken recently to “a couple of teams,” but no contracts or visits have been proposed.

Reid’s market might be impacted by his up-front role in the protests of racial inequality of the past two seasons. Reid and Colin Kaepernick were the first players to take a knee during the national anthem at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Reid said he would probably not take part in any future protests during the national anthem.

“From the beginning, Colin has been flexible,” Reid said. “He started by sitting. He changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you got to change with the times. So I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active, because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on.

“I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

Reid said he has no regrets. He said he is willing to deal with the consequences of how NFL teams viewed his role in the protests.

“I stand by what I’ve done,” Reid said. “I know why I’ve done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident I did what I was called to do. I’m just gong to stay positive and keep trying to stay in shape and wait and see what happens.

“I said at the end of last season I’m OK no matter what happens.”