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Many faces of the 49ers offense

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Many faces of the 49ers offense

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman kept everyone on the 49ers' offense involved in the team's 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.And, of course, he kept nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga active, too. Sopoaga played 13 snaps of offense, in addition to his usual duties on defense.The 49ers showed an incredible volume of personnel groups on Sunday. The team ran 64 offensive plays on Sunday, and they used 33 different combination of players at the five eligible positions. In the first half alone, the 49ers used 26 different combinations for the 36 plays they ran.For the first time this season, the 49ers used formations that did not involve a running back. Through six games, the 49ers always had a running back -- either Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter or Anthony Dixon -- on the field.This huge volume of personnel groups will undoubtedly keep opposing defensive coordinators busy throughout the season to prepare for the wide array of packages the 49ers can throw onto the field every Sunday.Here is a look at all the different personnel groups the 49ers employed Sunday, and the resulting plays: 11 PERSONNEL (one back, one tight end)
Crabtree, Edwards, Ginn, Davis, Gore
Smith scrambles for 3 yards
Gore run for 1 yard
Smith pass to Davis for 19 yards
Smith pass incomplete to Crabtree
Smith pass to Crabtree for 15 yards
Smith run for 9 yards
Smith pass incomplete to Crabtree
Smith pass incomplete to Ginn
Gore run for 6 yards
Gore run for 1 yard (plus 15 yards for facemask penalty)
Smith pass to Edwards for 13 yardsCrabtree, Edwards, Ginn, Davis, Hunter
Smith pass to Edwards for 12 yardsWilliams, Ginn, Edwards, Davis, Gore
Gore run for 3 yards 12 PERSONNEL
Crabtree, Edwards, Davis, Walker, Gore
Gore run for 5 yards
Smith pass to Davis for 7 yards
Gore run for 2 yards
Smith pass incomplete to Edwards
Gore run for minus-1 yardCrabtree, Ginn, Walker, Davis, Gore
Gore run for 1 yard
Gore run for 6 yardsCrabtree, Edwards, Walker, Peelle, Gore
Smith pass to Crabtree for 11 yardsWilliams, Ginn, Davis, Walker, Gore
Gore run for 4 yards
Gore run for 6 yardsWilliams, Ginn, Davis, Walker, Hunter
Smith sacked for minus-3 yardsWilliams, Crabtree, Davis, Walker, Gore
Smith pass to Crabtree for 4 yards 13 PERSONNEL
Ginn, Peelle, Walker, Davis, Gore
Smith pass to Davis for 1 yardEdwards, Peelle, Davis, Walker, Gore
Gore run for 1 yardCrabtree, Peelle, Davis, Walker, Hunter
Hunter run for 4 yards 21 PERSONNEL
Crabtree, Ginn, Davis, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 5 yards
Smith pass incomplete to CrabtreeCrabtree, Edwards, Davis, Miller, Gore
Smith pass incomplete to Edwards
Gore run for 1 yard
Smith pass to Edwards for 8 yards
Gore run for minus-3 yards
Smith pass incomplete to Edwards
Smith pass incomplete to MillerGinn, Walker, Davis, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 4 yards
Ginn run for minus-8 yardsCrabtree, Edwards, Walker, Miller, Hunter
Smith pass to Crabtree for 2-yard touchdown 22 PERSONNEL
Williams, Walker, Davis, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 14 yardsEdwards, Davis, Walker, Miller, Hunter
Hunter run for minus-4 yardsCrabtree, Walker, Peelle, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 26 yards
Smith pass to Peelle for 18 yardsCrabtree, Walker, Davis, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 24 yards
Gore run for 5 yardsWilliams, Walker, Davis, Miller, Hunter
Hunter run for 26 yardsGinn, Peelle, Walker, Miller, Gore
Gore run for no gain NO BACKS
Crabtree, Edwards, Ginn, Davis, Walker
Smith run for 9 yards
Smith pass to Crabtree for minus-4 EXTRA BLOCKERS
Boone, Sopoaga, Davis, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 4-yard touchdown
Gore run for 6 yards
Gore run for 1 yard
Gore run for 4 yards
Gore run for 1 yard
Smith scramble for 1 yardBoone, Edwards, Davis, Miller, Hunter
Smith pass to Edwards for 9 yardsSopoaga, Snyder, Crabtree, Davis, Gore (Rachal at RG)
Smith pass to Sopoaga for 18 yardsBoone, Sopoaga, Peelle, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 6 yardsBoone, Sopoaga, Peelle, Walker, Gore
Gore run for minus-1 yardBoone, Sopoaga, Walker, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 1 yard
Gore run for no gain (fourth and goal at 1)Boone, Sopoaga, Davis, Walker, Gore
Gore run no gainBoone, Crabtree, Edwards, Davis, Hunter
Smith pass incomplete to CrabtreeStaley, Edwards, Ginn, Davis, Hunter (with Boone at OT)
Smith pass to Staley for 17 yardsSopoaga, Ginn, Davis, Miller, Gore
Gore run for 1 yard

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. 

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.