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49ers Jacobs' tweet references not to 'hate' boss

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49ers Jacobs' tweet references not to 'hate' boss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working ``in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work.'' The hash tag: ``YouLiveAndYouLearn.''

Jacobs had terrible timing with the tweet Thursday afternoon, considering his boss - San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh - was hospitalized for what the team called a ``minor procedure'' because of an irregular heartbeat.

In the locker room at Santa Clara team headquarters soon after his post, Jacobs said people shouldn't ``assume'' his remarks were football-related, then followed up with more tweets - including one reading ``football is not my life, people'' and another saying, ``Have you ever been in a spot and you wonder why are you there.'' Later, he posted that his tweets referred to his brother's boss, who makes ``him feel like he is the best thing since slice bread but when the budget is shot he is the first one get laid off, same with two other people I know.''

Jacobs, who missed time with a left knee injury early in the year but says he is now fully healthy, has been active only once all season but never played for the NFC West-leading 49ers (6-2-1). He took the field for a play Oct. 18 against Seattle, then got called off.

Jacobs certainly seems frustrated, even if he doesn't always say it.

When asked if he has allowed himself to think beyond this season, Jacobs said: ``Have I allowed myself to think about the future? Nah, because the future is not here, current, what's happening now. ... I'm pushing hard every day.''

In a strange twist later Thursday, rookie running back LaMichael James retweeted Jacobs' initial post with the ``hate your boss'' reference and being happy at work. James, a second-round draft pick out of Oregon, hasn't played at all this year, either.

Jacobs has said several times that any questions about his lack of playing time should be taken straight to Harbaugh.

``I feel good. I'm coming out and working hard every day,'' Jacobs said. ``I feel really good right now, man, and that's about all I can elaborate on. I've been saying that for a while. It's not about that. You guys have to talk to coach Harbaugh. He'll tell you whatever you want to know. ... It's not about me.''

Jacobs signed a one-year deal with San Francisco in late March after spending seven seasons with the New York Giants. He won two Super Bowls and beat the 49ers 20-17 in overtime of the NFC championship game at Candlestick Park on Jan. 22.

In June, Jacobs received a letter from a 6-year-old Giants fan named Joseph that included $3.36 in cash from the boy's piggy bank - the child's contribution to try to keep Jacobs in New York with the reigning Super Bowl champions. The boy's mother, Julie Armento, wrote that she explained to her son that the Giants didn't have enough money to bring Jacobs back on a new contract, thus prompting her son's adorable gesture.

Jacobs then connected with Joe before the season when he returned home to New Jersey.

The 30-year-old Jacobs ran for 571 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a backup to Ahmad Bradshaw. He is the fourth-leading rusher in franchise history with 4,849 yards, but saw his role diminish with the emergence of Bradshaw.

Now, he is behind three-time Pro Bowler Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter among others. Jacobs knew full well he was joining a busy backfield.

``I come to work every day, I work hard, and that's just about all I can do,'' Jacobs said. ``That's it.''

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AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez contributed to this story from Santa Clara.

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.