Davis accepts role in 49ers' offense


Davis accepts role in 49ers' offense

Tight end Vernon Davis entered this season with a well-earned reputation as one of the top pass-catching threats in the NFL. But Davis has not complained about disappearing from the 49ers' passing attack in recent weeks.Of course, it's much easier to accept fewer catches and yards when the 49ers are winning."Yes. Definitely," Davis said following the 49ers' 24-all tie against the St. Louis Rams. "(It's) easy to accept when you're winning because you're winning. And we're getting somewhere, getting toward the playoffs."The 49ers' tie did not get them closer to the playoffs. Instead, they were just treading water. Davis had his fourth consecutive game with fewer than 40 yards receiving.When asked how he felt about his level of involvement Sunday, Davis paused for several moments and then answered."Uh, I mean, I do what I'm told. That's pretty much it," he said. "At this moment, that's all I can really do. My main focus is just making sure I'm a team guy and just accepting the simple fact that coaches are giving me a certain role to play and I have to accept it."I have to live with it and deal with it at the same time. I look at the bright side of things. I know we have more games and there will be plenty of opportunities to me to help this team."Davis said he has never wavered from his main focus, which is helping the 49ers win games."We're all competitive," Davis said. "Everybody on this team is competitive. And for me, I want to help this team. That's my main focus. I want to make plays. That's what I want to do. If it's not given to me, the opportunity, I'm not going to put my head down and pout. I'll accept it."Davis' last four games
Vs. N.Y. Giants: 3 catches, 37 yards, 0 TDs
Vs. Seattle: 0 catches, 0 yards, 0 TDs
At Arizona: 2 catches, 34 yards, 0 TDs
Vs. St. Louis: 4 catches, 30 yards 0 TDsThrough nine games, Davis has 29 receptions for 404 yards with four touchdowns.

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."