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Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

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Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

Sept. 7, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Quarterbacks3 Scott Tolzien 6-3, 210 Wisconsin Rookie Johnny Unitas Award winner as best senior in 20107 Colin Kaepernick 6-4, 230 Nevada Rookie Second-round pick makes difficult transition from Pistol offense11 Alex Smith 6-4, 217 Utah 7th yr. Finally has an offensive-minded head coachRunning backs21 Frank Gore 5-9, 217 Miami 7th yr. New contract and new status as team captain

24 Anthony Dixon 6-1, 233 Mississippi State 2nd yr. Big back needs to run like his size32 Kendall Hunter 5-7, 199 Oklahoma State Rookie Won job as Gore's backup with strong camp44 Moran Norris 6-1, 250 Kansas 11 Gore prefers his lead-blocking style49 Bruce Miller 6-2, 248 Central Florida Rookie Impressive conversion from defensive endWide receivers10 Kyle Williams 5-10, 186 Arizona State 2nd yr. Slot receiver battling for playing time15 Michael Crabtree 6-1, 215 Texas Tech 3rd yr. Easing back into form after broken foot17 Braylon Edwards 6-3, 215 Michigan 7th yr. Signed one-year deal to rebuild career19 Ted Ginn 5-11, 180 Ohio State 5th yr. Contributions will come in the return game84 Joshua Morgan 6-1, 215 Virginia Tech 4th yr. Big-play threat with 15.9 avg.Tight ends46 Delanie Walker 6-0, 242 Central Missouri 6th yr. Should benefit from tight end-friendly coaching85 Vernon Davis 6-3, 250 Maryland 6th yr. Among the elites at his positionOffensive linemen59 Jonathan Goodwin 6-3, 318 Michigan 10th yr. Only 49er with a Super Bowl ring62 Chilo Rachal 6-5, 323 USC 4th yr. Can be a force as a run-blocker67 Daniel Kilgore 6-3, 308 Appalachian State Rookie Fifth-round pick shows plenty of promise68 Adam Snyder 6-6, 325 Oregon 7th yr. Spirited fight before losing starting center job74 Joe Staley 6-5, 315 Central Michigan 5th yr. Plagued by injuries past two years75 Alex Boone 6-8, 300 Ohio State 2nd yr. Earned job as backup tackle on both sides76 Anthony Davis 6-5, 323 Rutgers 2nd yr. Lost 26 pounds since opening of camp77 Mike Iupati 6-5, 331 Idaho 2nd yr. Quickly became man 49ers ran behind as rookie78 Mike Person 6-4, 299 Montana State Rookie Teams plans to develop versatile draft pickDefensive linemen90 Isaac Sopoaga 6-2, 330 Hawaii 8th yr. Moves to NT to replace Aubrayo Franklin91 Ray McDonald 6-3, 290 Florida 5th yr. His 5-year, 20 million deal was biggest of offseason92 Will Tukuafu 6-4, 293 Oregon 1st yr. Makes jump after year on practice squad93 Ian Williams 6-1, 305 Notre Dame Rookie Undrafted but not unwanted, chose between 15 teams94 Justin Smith 6-4, 285 Missouri 11th yr. Mr. Consistency is only getting better95 Ricky Jean Francois 6-3, 295 LSU 3rd yr. Can back up at any spot on the line96 Demarcus Dobbs 6-3, 285 Georgia Undrafted Earned his way onto team with stellar campLinebackers51 Blake Costanzo 6-1, 235 Lafayette 4th yr. Hand-picked by Brad Seely, special teams coach52 Patrick Willis 6-1, 240 Mississippi 5th yr. Four-time Pro Bowl pick will blitz more53 NaVorro Bowman 6-0, 242 Penn State 2nd yr. Takes over for veteran Takeo Spikes54 Larry Grant 6-1, 251 Ohio State 3th yr. Signed to backup role by team that drafted him55 Ahmad Brooks 6-3, 259 Virginia 6th yr. Clear winner of LOLB starting job with strong camp56 Tavares Gooden 6-1, 242 Miami 4th yr. Reunites with Vic Fangio, his LB coach with Ravens98 Parys Haralson 6-0, 255 Tennessee 6th yr. Eight sacks in '08, just nine the past two seasons99 Aldon Smith 6-4, 258 Missouri Rookie He'll be used initially as pass-rush specialistDefensive backs20 Madieu Williams 6-1, 203 Maryland 8th yr. Experienced safety provides valuable depth22 Carlos Rogers 6-0, 192 Auburn 7th yr. Team believes he's an upgrade over Nate Clements25 Tarell Brown 5-10, 193 Texas 5th yr. Gets first chance to open as starter26 Tramaine Brock 5-10, 195 Bellhaven 2nd yr. In the mix for a role in nickel coverage27 C.J. Spillman 6-0, 199 Marshall 3rd yr. Could be 49ers' top tackler on special teams29 Chris Culliver 6-0, 199 South Carolina Rookie Talented rookie will spend year developing30 Reggie Smith 6-1, 200 Oklahoma 4th yr. Atop depth chart at free safety before knee injury31 Donte Whitner 5-10, 208 Ohio State 6th yr. Free-agent pickup becomes QB of secondary36 Shawntae Spencer 6-1, 190 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Presumptive starter missed camp with hamstring strain38 Dashon Goldson 6-2, 200 Washington 5th yr. Returned on one-year deal to prove himself43 Colin Jones 6-0, 208 TCU Rookie Drafted for sole purpose of excelling on special teams

Specialists2 David Akers 5-10, 200 Louisville 13th yr. Takes over spot Joe Nedney held for six years4 Andy Lee 6-2, 180 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Has navigated Candlestick winds to two Pro Bowls86 Brian Jennings 6-5, 242 Arizona State 12th yr. Longest-tenured 49ers player. . . by four years

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

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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’

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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.