Raiders' top assistant gets up-close look at QBs


Raiders' top assistant gets up-close look at QBs

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Raiders might not have an urgent need at quarterback, but the organization's top offensive coach got his usual up-close look at the throwers on Sunday at the NFL scouting combine.Greg Knapp, who returned to the Raiders as new coach Dennis Allen's offensive coordinator, has been running the quarterback drills at the combine since 1997, when he was an offensive assistant with the 49ers.

"One advantage of being on the field, I do get a sense for the guy a little bit," Knapp told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday. "How does he handle a tough situation? Every decision-maker who's going to dictate their future is on that field. And so it's as close as I can see to a real environment without going to a game. But I'm not that close for a game."I can see in their eyes, their anger, their anguish, their positivity. If they make a mistake, do they come right back and have a short-term memory and a mindset? I try to read into their non-verbal communication."The Raiders have three quarterbacks under contract for the 2012 season, including starter Carson Palmer. Knapp said he has spoken to Palmer a half-dozen times on the phone since he was hired last month. Knapp has also spoken with Terrelle Pryor, he said.As quarterbacks coach of the Houston Texans last year, Knapp got a good view of T.J. Yates at the combine. Yates was a fifth-round pick who ended up starting seven games, including two in the playoffs as a rookie, for the Texans.But there was another rookie who impressed Knapp last year with his demeanor at the combine: Top overall pick Cam Newton."It wasn't one of the greatest workouts ever, but he did have a phrase I like to use: short-term memory," Knapp said. "If he had a bad throw, he bounced back to the next throw and was ready to make it. He let the last one go. That's a good quality to have for a quarterback at this level."

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts


Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.