Five 49ers to watch: 3. Perrish Cox


Five 49ers to watch: 3. Perrish Cox

(This is the third part in a series that spotlights five 49ers players to watch in the team's exhibition game Sunday, 1 p.m. (FOX-TV), at the Denver Broncos.)No. 5 --Ikaika Alama-FrancisNo. 4 -- Anthony DixonThe 49ers' No. 3 cornerback, Chris Culliver, will not play due to a knee injury. It's not a long-term injury, but it could have long-term consequences.After all, Culliver landed as the team's third corner last season when he was opportunistic following injuries to Shawntae Spencer and Tramaine Brock.It's uncertain how Perrish Cox figures into the 49ers plans for this season. It's only known that he figures "somehow, someway," according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.Cox missed last week's game against the Houston Texans. He remained in the Bay Area to rehab a leg injury. Meanwhile, Brock struggled against the Texans to seemingly solidify Cox's spot as one of the 49ers' top four cornerbacks.Cox is expected to see a lot of action Sunday against the Broncos, the team for which he played his one and only NFL season in 2010. The Broncos cut Cox before last season as he faced sexual assault charges.Shortly after he was acquitted in March, the 49ers signed him. And with a strong training camp, Cox is looking to carve out a significant role for himself once the regular season begins.
Cox has position flexibility as the only cornerback behind Carlos Rogers who plays the nickel back position. So whether it's covering an outside receiver or playing the slot, Cox should get a test -- and a chance to move up the depth chart -- against Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.

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."