49ers stock report: Aldon Smith 'in a process'


49ers stock report: Aldon Smith 'in a process'

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Outside linebacker Aldon Smith was one of the early stars of 49ers' training camp.Teammates raved about Smith's combination of power and quickness within the first week of practices. His long arms always seemed to be around the action, mostly with seemingly uncommonly polished pass-rush moves for a player his age.
The 49ers were surely counting on Smith for major contributions after they selected him with the No. 7 overall pick and converted him from defensive end at Missouri to an NFL outside linebacker.So is he ready to make the transition to being an every-down linebacker?"I think he's in a process right now," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said following the 49ers' 30-7 loss to the Houston Texans in the third exhibition game for both teams.
Smith played the second and third quarters and some in the fourth, too. He was on the field for approximately 45 snaps. He was among the 49ers' team-leaders with five tackles. His strength was in the run game, as he did a commendable job of setting the edge.But the 49ers will be seeking more contributions from him in the passing game. He did not get any pressure on the Texans' quarterbacks, and his inexperience in pass coverage showed when tight end Owen Daniels shook free for a 21-yard reception.Obviously, it's very early in Smith's development. But it looks as if he'll need a little more time before he's ready to be an every-down player. No, the sky is not falling. The only things from the exhibition season that carries over to the regular season are injuries and roles that players win (or lose) during this time of year.But it is also impossible to completely dismiss how the 49ers performed against the Texans. After all, the 49ers have not built enough confidence among its followers over the past decade to just assume things will be better when the season begins. Here's a look at some other 49ers' stock, based on their performances Saturday night:Stock rising
OLB Ahmad Brooks: Not only has he solidified his starting job on the left side, he has been the 49ers' best defensive player during training camp. He sniffed out a screen pass and made an interception that he returned for a touchdown on the game's first play. Brooks also got a little pressure on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and did a good job of setting the edge in the run game.FS Madieu Williams: The veteran has been a sure-tackler on defense and a willing special-teams performer. "I've always played special teams when I was the starter, and hopefully it's something I continue to do while I'm here," Williams said. He provided one of the 49ers' best defensive plays with a forced fumble that led to a takeaway.
RB Kendall Hunter: Starter Frank Gore was given the night off, as Harbaugh wanted to evaluate the backups. Hunter had a strong evening with 40 yards on eight rushes to seemingly take the lead in the race to become the No. 2.DL Will Tukuafu: He entered the game at left defensive end with the second defense in the second quarter, and provided stout defense in the run game. His versatility might give him an inside track in the competition for the 49ers' fifth spot on the defensive line.DL Demarcus Dobbs: The undrafted rookie has shown flashes in each of the three exhibition games. The 285-pounder showed his quickness at the snap with an inside pass-rush move that resulted in an 11-yard sack of Texans quarterback Matt Leinart.CB Chris Culliver: In extensive playing time, he broke up two passes, showed good tackling skills with seven stops and played well on special teams, too.P Sam Paulescu: With Andy Lee on the roster, he has no chance to make the team. But Paulescu will be looking for work on a team that does not have a Pro Bowl punter. He'll be near the top of the list for teams looking for a new leg during the regular season. He was outstanding with a 50.0 average on eight punts.Stock falling
Offensive line: It's unfair to single out just one player on this unit. Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Adam Snyder, Jonathan Goodwin, Chilo Rachal, Anthony Davis and Alex Boone are the team's top seven linemen. Each had at least one bad moment that resulted in a negative play on offense. The worst part is that the 49ers' blocking schemes were "not real complicated," according to Harbaugh. "(But) they were getting us, they were beating us," Harbaugh said.QB Alex Smith: Yes, the protection wasn't the greatest, but 2 for 6 for 17 yards and an interception is 2 for 6 for 17 yards and an interception. Strangely, Smith saw more action last year in the exhibition season than he's seeing this summer in the games.
QB Colin Kaepernick: Yes, the protection wasn't the greatest, but 6 for 16 for 52 yards and a pick-six interception is 6 for 16 for 52 yards and a pick-six interception.WR Ronald Johnson: The sixth-round draft pick had a forgettable night as he got his most playing time of the exhibition season. He played 24 snaps, as well as special teams. He dropped a pass that would've converted a third down, and he mishandled two punts -- one of which resulted in a turnover.RB Anthony Dixon: He seemingly fell behind Hunter on the depth chart. Dixon did not run as decisively as the smaller Hunter. Both had eight rushing attempts. Hunter gained 40 yards, Dixon rushed for just 15.NT Ian Williams: Was not able to hold the point against the run with regularity. In the second half, the Texans controlled the clock with their inside run game. With whom were you most and least impressed among the 49ers from Saturday's exhibition game?

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

[MAIOCCO: Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees]

Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals

Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees


Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

Reuben Foster’s arrest Friday night on marijuana charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is likely to void $2.5 million in salary guarantees, according to a former NFL agent.

Joel Corry, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said there is language in Foster’s contract that voids the salary guarantees if he is fined under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse.

“Typically with veteran contracts, you must be suspended . . . in order to have contract guarantees void,” said Corry, whose work appears on CBS Sports. “What we’ve seen in rookie deals is they’ve extended that to getting fined, as well.”

According to a league source familiar with the 49ers’ structure on rookie contracts, the team’s standard practice is to void guarantees with fines. The 49ers were not harder on Foster because of a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was released on $2,500 bond on Friday evening after being booked on second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse, the first offense for a violation of Stage Two, if marijuana, includes a fine equivalent to the pay of two game checks.

In Foster’s original contract, his entire scheduled salaries of $875,708 in 2018 and $1.286 million in 2019 were fully guaranteed. In addition, $339,000 of his scheduled $1.697 salary in 2020 was guaranteed.

“What that means is,” Corry said, “he doesn’t get the money, no matter what, any more. But he can still make the same money that’s in the contract on a non-guaranteed basis, but you don’t have the same security as you did before.

“So if his rookie year turns out to be an anomaly or off-the-field issues end up being problematic, it gives the 49ers more latitude to either ask him a pay cut or to release him.”

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers as a rookie. The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 72 tackles.