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Position change prolonging Dixon's 49ers tenure

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Position change prolonging Dixon's 49ers tenure

Anthony Dixons 26-yard touchdown run against the Broncos came after his coaches told him to make one small adjustment.

During the game, coach told me, 'Look inside. I think you could have got in there.' And thats what I did the next time, Dixon said. I was kind of settling it to the outside and at the last second I tried to dip in on him and it was wide open.

Making in-game adjustments is just one of many changes Dixon had to make this training camp in order to earn a roster spot. Dixon struggled in short yardage situations last season, and his opportunities declined as Kendall Hunter emerged. Dixons coaches also questioned his focus. Sundays game against Denver was another example of how Dixon is doing all the right things this preseason to be among the 49ers' final 53.

I stayed consistent with the mental errors, Dixon said of his take after watching the game film. I didnt make any, and that was a good thing. And I made a couple plays in the process.

The 49ers brass saw as much as well. In separate radio interviews on different stations Tuesday morning, general manager Trent Baalke and offensive coordinator Greg Roman both spoke as if Dixon will remain with the team.

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Dixon admits he sharpened his resolve when he saw the depth the 49ers added to the running back position this offseason. He spent all offseason working out at the team facility. His goal became to show his coaches he was not going to quit or waver. He was going to work hard while keeping a good attitude. Already a solid special teams player, he also took the initiative to make himself more versatile.

I just kind of went to them when I was done with the walk through. I really didnt like the reps I was getting, Dixon said. I was like, 'Coach, you know, let me do fullback or something.' I just wanted to get on the field. He was like, 'OK.' He was excited about it, and I just ran with it.

Understanding how to lead block has helped Dixon when the ball is in his hands. The third-year player believes he is in a better position now, to be much more effective when it is.

He doesn't have much to say about the comments from Baalke and Roman from Tuesday morning mainly because he has been told little, personally, about his status with the team when final cuts take place on Friday. But he remains optimistic.

I dont take it for granted. You never know what could happen, Dixon said. I worked all offseason for the opportunities coach gave me and the chances. I wanted to be productive, and I feel like thats what I did and thats what Im trying to continue no matter what my assignment is each week. Just to get it done. Be right.

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

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49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

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Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.