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49ers' George Kittle reveals which NFL players are toughest to block

49ers' George Kittle reveals which NFL players are toughest to block

George Kittle has never kept his love for run-blocking a secret. Any opportunity to drive a defender into the turf is embraced by the 49ers tight end the same way kids greet the arrival of Christmas morning.

During a recent appearance on the “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast with fellow NFL players Will Compton and Taylor Lewan, Kittle revealed two blocking assignments he doesn’t exactly live for.

“Khalil Mack’s tough,” Kittle said. “He’s pretty good. (Jadeveon) Clowney is pretty good too.”

Kittle and Mack faced off late in the 2018 season, during a low-scoring dogfight at Levi’s Stadium between the 49ers and Chicago Bears. Mack got three hits in on quarterback Nick Mullens, but didn’t end up with a sack among his five tackles.

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Clowney was a difficult assignment for the Niners in both matchups last season, although Kittle was inactive for the Seattle Seahawks’ win on "Monday Night Football" in Week 10.

The current free agent had six tackles and five QB hits over those two games against San Francisco, not to mention scoring one of his two touchdowns on the season after scooping up a fumble.

Mack and Kittle could face off when the 49ers and Bears meet during the 2020 preseason on Aug. 29, but it remains to be seen where Clowney will wind up signing in free agency. 

Some have even postulated he could be a fit for the 49ers, if no team is willing to meet a reportedly exorbitant asking price.

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49ers sign cornerback Jamar Taylor, waive Teez Tabor to clear roster spot

49ers sign cornerback Jamar Taylor, waive Teez Tabor to clear roster spot

The 49ers made a move at cornerback Monday, as the team announced it has signed Jamar Taylor to a one-year deal. The 49ers waived cornerback Teez Tabor with a non-football injury in a corresponding move.

Taylor, a Boise State product, was drafted with the 54th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. During his seven-year career, Taylor has played for the Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.

He has appeared in 90 games (41 starts), registered 236 tackles, 31 passes defensed, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last season with the Seahawks and Falcons, Taylor played in 12 games, notching 21 tackles and three passes defensed.

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Tabor signed with the 49ers in February after spending most of last season on the team's practice squad.

Taylor will join a talented secondary which has one of the NFL's elite cornerback trios and was the best passing defense in the league last season.

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Colin Kaepernick's 49ers exit to be featured in new Disney docuseries

Colin Kaepernick's 49ers exit to be featured in new Disney docuseries

What exactly happened during Colin Kaepernick's final season with the 49ers when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a peaceful protest against racial and social injustices? We're about to find out. 

Kaepernick still is looking for a new home in the NFL, but he does have a new team in the Walt Disney Company. 

Kaepernick will share what he has done over the past five years in an exclusive docuseries produced by ESPN Films, including his 2016 season with the 49ers and exit from the team. The project is the first in development between Disney and Kaepernick's production arm, Ra Vision Media. No release date has been announced. 

“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said in a statement, via ESPN. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”

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Kaepernick, 32, first sat then took a knee during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason. He continued to do so throughout the regular season as well. The quarterback then opted out of his contract on March 3, 2017, when newly hired general manager John Lynch told Kaepernick they planned to release him if he didn't do so.

“There was a great understanding and I think we both agreed that under the current construct it wasn’t going to work out,” Lynch said at the time. “But we said let’s not close the door.

“As he hits free agency that’s something that we’ll keep our eyes open, and we want him to keep us in mind as well. So it’s something that we left that door open in a very real and positive way.”

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Despite scoring 18 total touchdowns in 11 starts -- 16 passing and two rushing -- in the 2016 season, Kaepernick hasn't signed with a team since he left the 49ers.

The former dual-threat star has said he still wants to play, and we're about to get a closer look at what happened during his final season as a 49er.