49ers trade up, select Washington WR Dante Pettis with No. 44 overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select Washington WR Dante Pettis with No. 44 overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft

Position: Wide receiver/return man
College: Washington
Height: 6-0
Weight: 186
Selection: Second round (No. 44 overall)

Scouting report: Pettis is a well-rounded, accomplished receiver who also excelled in the return game. Pettis returned nine punts for touchdowns in his four-year career, including four as a senior. The previous record of eight was shared by Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins (2001-04) and Texas Tech’s Wes Welker (2000-03). In Pettis’ final two college seasons, he caught 116 passes for 1,583 yards and 22 touchdowns. His father, Gary Pettis, was one of Major League Baseball’s top stolen base artists and a five-time Golden Glove center fielder during a 12-year career. He is now third base coach with the Houston Astros.

Projected role: Pettis is another chess piece for coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He is versatile enough to line up anywhere in the formation, including the slot. Pettis’ arrival could push Trent Taylor to the sideline. Pettis is a dynamic return man and should give the 49ers more big-play ability in the return game. Taylor averaged a respectable 9.4 yards on 30 punt returns. The 49ers traded up with Washington. The 49ers also received a fifth-round pick (No. 142) and gave up a second-rounder (No. 59) and a third-rounder (No. 74).

"I’m hoping to do a lot of different things, whether that’s taking the top off the defense on a deep post or taking a little screen and breaking some tackles and making a big play that way. Or moving the chains on third down. There’s a lot of different things I can do that translate to the NFL" --Dante Pettis.

"Obviously, I'm a punt returner. I would like to continue doing that. And if I need to be a kick returner, too, I'm open to that. I'm open to just whatever will help the team out" -- Pettis.

“You talk about a dynamic player. This is a guy who has tremendous versatility at the wide receiver position. He’s a finisher. He scores touchdowns” – 49ers GM John Lynch.

“He’s extremely talented. Very good route-runner. He can separate. He has extremely good hands. Very quick. Fast enough to run all the routes. Then when you meet him and see how smart he is and how hard he works, you get why he’s the full package” – 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

“We feel he fills a lot of spots for us. We’re happy with our group. We have a lot of good players before we got Pettis. We think Pettis does a little bit of everything. I think we can use him sometimes similar to how we use Marquise (Goodwin), if need be. I think we can use him inside, similar to how we use Trent (Taylor), if need be. And I think he has the hands and the toughness, and we can use him similar to Pierre (Garçon). In the meantime, he’s going to be a very good punt returner, too. He can help you on all four downs” -- Shanahan.

Shanahan remains in contact with Reuben Foster, shares his state of mind

Shanahan remains in contact with Reuben Foster, shares his state of mind

SANTA CLARA – A judge will make a crucial ruling on Wednesday that is likely to determine the 49ers' next move with linebacker Reuben Foster, who faces two felony counts of domestic violence.

The decision will be announced at 3:30 p.m. at the Hall of Justice in San Jose whether probable cause was demonstrated last week during a preliminary hearing. Foster faces three felony charges of domestic violence, forcefully attempting a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon.

Foster has not taken part in any of the 5 ½ weeks of the team’s offseason program since the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed the formal charges in April. The 49ers opened organized team activities on Monday.

“It’s still ongoing,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Foster’s legal issues. “Hopefully, we’ll have some more answers by tomorrow. We’ve been patient this whole time. We’re going to continue to be patient until we get a few more answers. And, then, when the decision does come, I promise you guys, I’ll answer that for you right away.”

The DA's office last week attempted to present evidence in court to justify moving forward to the trial phase with Foster. However, the accuser, Foster’s former girlfriend, recanted her initial statements to policy and gave testimony that supported Foster's defense.

The woman, Elissa Ennis, said under oath last week that Foster did not harm her. She said her injuries were the result of a fight with one or two women following a road rage incident the night before the alleged incident with Foster. She said she was upset because Foster was threatening to break up with her and she wanted to ruin his career. She said she lied about her accusations of Foster's abuse.

The 49ers took no action after the initial reports of the alleged incident, choosing to let the legal process play out. Although Foster has not been showing up at team headquarters, members of the organization are remaining in contact with him.

“I reach out to him about once or twice a week to see how he’s doing,” Shanahan said.

How is Foster doing?

“He’s hanging in there,” Shanahan said. “Obviously, it’s a tough challenge. I think anyone would realize. It’s a very hard thing to go through. We’ll see how this ends up, but just always hope that every situation you’re in, in the long run, it can make you a better person and a better man. And I think Reuben is handling it right.”

Report: NFL teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting QB, collusion case reveals


Report: NFL teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting QB, collusion case reveals

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted out of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers last March, and went unsigned for the entirety of the 2017 season. That, reportedly, may not have been because of his playing ability. 

Testimony from witnesses under deposition in Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL and "internal franchise documents generated as part of the free-agency evaluation process" indicated that multiple teams viewed Kaepernick as good enough to be a starting quarterback, Pro Football Talk reported Monday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

Kaepernick filed a grievance under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement in October, alleging that he was unsigned after first sitting, than kneeling, during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality throughout the 2016 season. He started 11 games in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions. His interception percentage (1.2 percent) was sixth-lowest among starting quarterbacks (minimum 10 starts) that year, and he finished 17th in passer rating (90.7).