Barkley sits for exhibition finale: Will 49ers keep two QBs?


Barkley sits for exhibition finale: Will 49ers keep two QBs?

UPDATE: The 49ers released quarterback Matt Barkley on Friday morning, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.

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SANTA CLARA – Coach Kyle Shanahan has decided on a backup quarterback, but he was not telling anyone immediately following the 49ers’ exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.

The 49ers will spend all day Friday making 35 roster moves to enable the team to get to the 53-player limit by Saturday’s deadline of 1 p.m.

There appears to be a strong chance the 49ers will keep only two quarterbacks with starter Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard assured of spots on the regular-season roster.

In the 49ers’ final exhibition game, quarterback Matt Barkley did not play. Beathard started and played the first half. Undrafted rookie Nick Mullens played the second half.

“I sat Matt down after the Minnesota game,” said Shanahan, who has final say over the 49ers' 53-man roster. “We know what Matt can do. We’ve seen Matt a lot. We’ve seen him in this league before. We’ve seen him in practice. There’s nothing Matt could’ve done in that game to change our feeling on him."

Barkley entered the NFL in 2013 as a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Last year with the Chicago Bears he made the first six starts of his career.

“I needed to see more of C.J. We also wanted to see Nick," Shanahan said. "We haven’t given Nick a chance to play. I didn’t want him to just get in in the fourth quarter when pretty much we were just running the ball anyway. I wanted him to start the third, and we thought C.J. needed more time to play.”

Beathard completed five of nine pass attempts for 31 yards in the 23-13 win over the Chargers. He also rushed three times for 80 yards, including a remarkable 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Mullens, making his first appearance of the exhibition season, completed seven of 10 attempts for 58 yards with one interception. Mullens is a candidate to be re-signed to the practice squad.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

Quarterback – Nick Mullens 32, *C.J. Beathard 24
Running back – Joe Williams 26, *Tim Hightower 19, Tyler McCloskey 12, Kapri Bibbs 11
Wide receiver – DeAndre Smelter 33, Tim Patrick 33, DeAndre Carter 26, *Kendrick Bourne 21, *Victor Bolden 21, Trent Taylor
Tight end – *Blake Bell 35, Cole Hikutini 20, *Logan Paulsen 15
Offensive line – *RG J.P. Flynn 49, Andrew Gardner 43, Nick Price 39, Darrell Williams 32, Andrew Lauderdale 32, *LT John Theus 24, *RT Garry Gilliam 24, * C Tim Barnes 24, * LG Erik Magnuson 13

Defensive line – Pita Taumoepenu 30, *Aaron Lynch 37, *Leger Douzable 36, *Chris Jones 31, Quinton Dial 30, Noble Nwachukwu 21, Sen’Derrick Marks 19, *D.J. Jones 18
Linebacker – *Ray-Ray Armstrong 38, Austin Calitro 36, *Brock Coyle 24, Shayne Skov 22, Dekoda Watson 19, *Eli Harold 10
Cornerback – Asa Jackson 46, *Keith Reaser 39, *Ahkello Witherspoon 38, Will Davis 22
Safety – *Adrian Colbert 60, *Vinnie Sunseri 43, Don Jones 17, Lorenzo Jerome 14
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Taumoepenu 18, Jerome 16, Reaser 15, Calitro 14, Bradley Pinion 13, Skov 13, Bell 12, Colbert 12, Smelter 12, J.Williams 12, D.Jones 11, Paulsen 11, McCloskey 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Jackson 8, Davis 8, Bourne 7, Dial 7, Flynn 6, Nick Rose 5, Sunseri 5, D.J. Jones 5, Patrick 4, Carter 4, Theus 4, Bibbs 4, Gilliam 4, Barnes 4, Hikutini 4, Lynch 4, Douzable 4, Hightower 3, Magnuson 3, Robbie Gould 2, Gardner 2, Price 2, Witherspoon 2, C.Jones 2, Nwachukwu 2, Marquise Goodwin 1, Aldrick Robinson 1, Raheem Mostert 1, Matt Breida 1, D.Williams 1, Lauderdale 1, Bolden 1, Taylor 1, Armstrong 1, Coyle 1, Marks 1, Watson 1

Offense (18): QB Brian Hoyer, QB Matt Barkley, RB Carlos Hyde, FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR Pierre Garçon, WR Jeremy Kerley, WR Aldrick Robinson, WR Louis Murphy, WR Aaron Burbridge (hamstring), TE George Kittle, TE Garrett Celek, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Brandon Fusco, RT Trent Brown, G Joshua Garnett (knee).

Defense (16): DL Tank Carradone, DL Solomon Thomas, DL Earl Mitchell, DL DeForest Buckner, DL Arik Armstead, DL Ronald Blair (thumb), DL Elvis Dumervil, LB NaVorro Bowman, LB Reuben Foster, CB Rashard Robinson, CB Dontae Johnson, CB K’Waun Williams, CB Will Redmond (ankle), FS Jimmie Ward, SS Eric Reid, DB Jaquiski Tartt.

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’


LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns.