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49ers place long snapper Jon Condo on reserve/retired list after one game

49ers place long snapper Jon Condo on reserve/retired list after one game

Veteran long snapper Jon Condo was placed on the reserve/retired list Monday after playing one game with the 49ers.

Condo was signed last week to replace Colin Holba as the team’s long snapper. The team’s regular long-snapper, Kyle Nelson, is scheduled to miss another three games as he serves the remainder of a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

After joining the team, Condo struggled in practices and did not look sharp on his snaps during the team’s 24-20 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

“He just said his heart wasn’t in it. Definitely surprised us," Shanahan said during his weekly press conference Monday. "He was honest with himself, he knew his heart really wasn’t in it and then he was honest with us. He just said he knows his heart’s not in it and he doesn’t want to end up letting us down."

Condo, 38, was the Raiders’ longsnapper from 2007 to ’17. He appeared in the final four games last season for the Atlanta Falcons. He began his career in 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in three games before winning a spot with the Raiders two seasons later.

The 49ers plan to sign veteran long snapper Garrison Sanborn as Condo's replacement, The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported. 

When asked last week why the 49ers released Holba, coach Kyle Shanahan called it an issue of the timing with his snaps.

"There are very little details and stuff with timing and you want guys to be perfect every time," Shanahan said. "No, he wasn’t perfect, so we are just trying to see if we can get someone a little more consistent. He wasn’t bad though, either. We just thought we could make an upgrade.”

49ers need to add wide receiver to give Jimmy Garoppolo another option

49ers need to add wide receiver to give Jimmy Garoppolo another option

NBC Sports Bay Area will preview the NFL Draft with a look at the 49ers’ top needs, profiles of prospects that might be good fits, along with some hidden gems in the later rounds. In this installment we examine why the 49ers have a need at wide receiver.

The class of wide receivers is strong at the top with more than a handful of expected first-round draft picks.

But what might separate the 2020 NFL Draft from other years is there could be a strong receiver available for nearly every team that wants one through the middle rounds, too.

“It’s a really good class,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. “You can kind of get whatever flavor you like.

“If you like smaller, quicker guys, those guys are there. If you like the big guys that can move, those guys are there. If you like speed, that's there. If you like separators. ... So, I think the whole league's kind of smiling about that.”

The 49ers need more contributing pass-catchers than last season, when coach Kyle Shanahan had trust in only three wide receivers toward the end of the season.

In the Super Bowl, 49ers wide receivers were on the field for a combined 140 snaps. Veteran Emmanuel Sanders, a mid-season pickup in a trade with the Denver Broncos, played 55 of the 49ers’ 58 offensive plays. Deebo Samuel was on the field for 51 offensive plays, followed by Kendrick Bourne (28) and Richie James (6).

Sanders signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, which leaves the 49ers with a major hole to fill on offense.

The 49ers signed slot receiver Travis Benjamin to a one-year contract as a free agent. The club anticipates the returns of Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd after both players missed the entire season with injuries.

It will take a combination of players to compensate for what Sanders brought to the club throughout the second half of the season.

The 49ers own the Nos. 13 and 31 picks in the draft. And they could use that first selection on a wide receivers. The top options are Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) and Henry Ruggs (Alabama).

If the 49ers trade back from No. 13 or use their second first-rounder to select a wideout, Justin Jefferson (LSU), Tee Higgins (Clemson), Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado), Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) and Denzel Mims (Baylor) are among the possibilities.

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Do the 49ers need to come out of his draft with a No. 1 wideout? Maybe not. Tight end George Kittle is the team’s No. 1 target, and Samuel is to be a good fit for the offense. Bourne proved to be reliable and could take on more responsibility, too.

The 49ers, however, can benefit from a player who can stress a defense, whether he’s a deep threat on the outside, a red-zone target or a reliable player working the middle of the field to give Jimmy Garoppolo another option on third downs.

This draft has plenty of options for whatever it is the 49ers desire.

Vernon Davis explains why 49ers responded to Jim Harbaugh as coach

Vernon Davis explains why 49ers responded to Jim Harbaugh as coach

From 2003 to 2010, the 49ers were a ship that was adrift in the ocean.

San Francisco went through four coaches during that span, until they hired Jim Harbaugh away from Stanford in 2011.

Harbaugh was a game-changer, and former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis explained why in a recent interview with Niners Nation.

"I think Harbaugh changed up the culture and the way we approached the game as a team," Davis told Jas Kang. "That’s what you’ll see throughout history of sports; sometimes it takes that. That’s what it took for us. A culture change in the way we approached the game. Not saying that coach Singletary and the rest of the group did a horrible job, they did a great job. But certain players and certain teams respond differently to certain coaches. That’s what happened to us; once Harbaugh came in, we were able to grow and transcend and play together. The synergy was there for us to be a championship team. We catapulted, and it all started to happen for us."

Before Harbaugh arrived, the 49ers went 46-82 with no NFL playoff appearances in eight seasons under Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary and Jim Tomsula.

In Harbaugh's first season, the 49ers won 13 games and made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game.

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The 49ers made it to the Super Bowl in Harbaugh's second season, but came up short against the Baltimore Ravens.

While Harbaugh couldn't finish the job, and was ultimately fired after his fourth season, he was the change the franchise needed nearly 10 years ago.