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Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

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Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

SANTA CLARA -- During Jim Harbaugh's press conference on Monday, he was asked about the lack of contributions from the 49ers' top two draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James.Here's is that portion of the Q&A:Jim, you talked in July about how A.J. Jenkins is going to be outstanding. Yet, there's an injury (to Kyle Williams) and he doesn't get on the field. And Mario (Manningham) got injured yesterday and A.J. still doesn't get on the field. Why hasn't he been playing?
"Well, there's, we talk about Michael (Crabtree), Randy (Moss), Mario have all been playing at a high level. We're working toward it. He was active and he dressed for the game. And he's being integrated now into the plan."Right now, Ted Ginn was in on the three-wide receiver sets, which obviously means Ted Ginn is ahead of him on the depth chart, too?
"He has been, yes."Do you see that changing?
"Anything's possible there. That's the way it has been."The second-round pick, LaMichael, who seems to be more out of the Kendall Hunter mold than Brandon Jacobs, is there a role for LaMichael James with Kaepernick in those read options?
"Yeah, there's a possibility of that."Why wasn't that the case yesterday?
"It wasn't part of the plan yesterday. But that doesn't mean that it won't be going forward." --Harbaugh said had no update on Manningham, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.--Demarcus Dobbs, a core special-teams player, is expected to be back with the team for Sunday's game against the Miami, Harbaugh said.Dobbs did not travel with the 49ers to St. Louis after he was arrested early Friday morning, on his 25th birthday, for marijuana possession and suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Harbaugh said the team would keep any further discipline internal. Here is the amount of play time from each 49ers player on offense, defense and special teams (Jenkins and Alex Smith were the only players on the 46-man active list who did not play):
Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
76 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin, TE Vernon Davis, QB Colin Kaepernick
66 (87) -- RB Frank Gore
47 (62) -- WR Michael Crabtree
46 (61) -- FB Bruce Miller
39 (51) -- TE Delanie Walker
31 (41) -- WR Randy Moss
27 (36) -- WR Mario Manningham
14 (18) -- WR Ted Ginn
10 (13) -- FB Will Tukuafu
8 (11) -- RB Brandon Jacobs
7 (9) -- OL Daniel Kilgore
6 (8) -- OL Leonard Davis
3 (4) -- TE Garrett CelekDefensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
73 (100) -- S Dashon Goldson, CB Tarell Brown, OLB Aldon Smith, CB Carlos Rogers, S Donte Whitner
71 (97) -- LB NaVorro Bowman
70 (96) -- LB Patrick Willis
69 (95) -- OLB Ahmad Brooks, DT Ray McDonald, DT Justin Smith
46 (63) -- CB Chris Culliver
23 (32) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
10 (14) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
8 (11) -- CB Perrish Cox
2 (3) -- DT Will Tukuafu
1 (1) -- OLB Clark HaggansSpecial teams
22 (73) -- Tramaine Brock
20 (67) -- Will Tukuafu, Darcel McBath
19 (63) -- Bruce Miller, Tavares Gooden, Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Michael Wilhoite
17 (57) -- Larry Grant
11 (37) -- Ted Ginn, Andy Lee
10 (63) -- Brian Jennings
9 (30) -- Dashon Goldson, Chris Culliver, David Akers
7 (23) -- Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois
6 (20) -- Daniel Kilgore, Garrett Celek, NaVorro Bowman
4 (13) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Perrish Cox
2 (7) -- Brandon Jacobs

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

SANTA CLARA – The two quarterbacks who finish this season with the 49ers are probably going to be the same two quarterbacks the organization carry on their 2018 roster.

So every decision coach Kyle Shanahan makes with C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo is being made to consider what is best for those two players.

Shanahan made the expected announcement this week that Beathard will make his fifth consecutive start on Sunday when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Beathard is coming off his best game as a pro. He was a major contributor to the 49ers’ first victory of the season, throwing for 288 yards, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for a score in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. His performance seemingly did enough to earn him another start.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo pulled up to 49ers headquarters on Oct. 31 with no prior knowledge of Shanahan’s offensive system. Even as a rookie, Beathard has five more months of experience in the 49ers’ offense than Garoppolo, a four-year professional who made just two starts during his time with the New England Patriots.

“We’ve had C.J. in there for some time,” Shanahan said. “He’s getting more used to it, and I’m getting more used to him. The players are getting more used to him around him. It’s been nice to add a few things each week for him.”

General manager John Lynch reiterated this week he considers Garoppolo the 49ers’ quarterback of the future. Garoppolo is not under contract for next season. If the 49ers are unable to work out a multi-year extension, the club would be expected to designate him as their franchise player to retain him for the 2018 season.

Garoppolo is likely to get some playing time in the final six games of the season, but the 49ers have every reason to take their time in order to give him the best chance at success. On the first three days of the bye week, Garoppolo had a chance to go back to the beginning and learn the basics of the scheme in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and Shanahan.

Shanahan’s scheme is complex with unique verbiage and an abundance of adjustments that are required on any given play. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan took a step backward in his first season in Shanahan's scheme. The next year, Ryan was a runaway MVP winner with a career-high 38 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions.

It took Ryan a full season of experience with Shanahan to fully grasp his responsibilities, so it is unreasonable to believe Garoppolo would be able to do much more than just function if he gets onto the field for extended action.

“Jimmy gets more and more ready each week,” Shanahan said. “Is Jimmy going to be the best he can? To me, that’s impossible. He just hasn’t been here long enough, and I think he’ll get an opportunity to be better each week.

“I don’t think we’re going to see Jimmy’s best football, to be fair to him, until next year because that’s what guys need. But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely, to me, made the decision easier.”