Jacobs taking new approach with 49ers


Jacobs taking new approach with 49ers

Brandon Jacobs is a fan of the Atlanta Braves, but as he makes a transition to a new team, hes not overlooking any detail. Even one as seemingly unimportant as a baseball hat.

I try to fit in with everybody else in the area, said Jacobs, sporting a grey Giants cap. Everywhere you look youve got San Francisco hats all over the place.

As far as learning a newand rather largeplaybook, Jacobs is relying on his coaches, teammate Frank Gore, and patience.

Im getting more and more comfortable every day, Jacobs said. Im leaving the nervous factor and getting into the fun factor. Im just going out, Im working hard, doing whatever they ask me to do. Play ball basically. I wanna get to a point where Im not thinking and Im just playing.

Since joining the 49ers, Jacobs is doing a lot of things differently. Hes lifting weights harder than he ever has before, and he said his goal is to get under 260 pounds for the first time in his NFL career.

I think I can move faster, I can hit the whole harder and I could deliver a little bit more of a punch if Im lighter, said Jacobs. Versus being heavy and letting the defenders get on me versus me getting on them.

Im training (here) probably 10-times harder than what Ive ever trained. (Im) trying to get my body back like it used to be, strengthen my legs, because I think that was the weak point in me the last couple of years, my legs werent as strong and my balance wasnt as good as it needed to be.

At 6-feet, 4-inches, Jacobs is by far the largest running back in the NFL. Getting him to where he needs to be is in the 49ers best interest as well.

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."