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Scout wins award; 49ers try out tight end

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Scout wins award; 49ers try out tight end

Reggie Cobb, who scouts the Western region for the 49ers, has been named NFC Scout of the Year by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

Cobb will be honored, along with other award winners, at the Fritz Pollard Alliance's Ninth Annual Awards Reception on February 24 in Indianapolis. The FPA was organized for the purposes of promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.

"I have had the great privilege of working with Reggie while with the 49ers and the Redskins," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "Reggie's hard work, loyalty and professionalism are qualities I have always appreciated. It is very fitting for him to be recognized in this fashion." Cobb joined the team in 2009. He spent the previous six years scouting the Southwest region for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after two seasons (2001-02) as a member of the Redskins scouting department. Cobb was a running back in the NFL for seven seasons after entering the league as a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 1990. He also played for Green Bay (1994), Jacksonville (1995) and the N.Y. Jets (1996). With tight end Delanie Walker's status for the playoffs still doubtful, the 49ers brought in free-agent tight end Cody Slate to work out on Wednesday, according to a source.REWIND: Harbaugh says Delanie Walker out for 'period of time'
Slate spent the past two training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs. He caught four passes for 64 yards with a touchdown, and was among the Chiefs' final cuts. He ended last season on Kansas City's practice squad.Walker sustained a fractured jaw in the 49ers' Dec. 24 game at Seattle. He remains on the 49ers' 53-man roster. Around the league, former 49ers linebacker Scott McKillop signed a future contract for 2012 with the Buffalo Bills, and ex-49ers safety Curtis Taylor signed with the Raiders.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”