BRADENTON, Fla. -- Kicker Chase McLaughlin made all but one of his eight field-goal attempts in three games with the 49ers.
On Tuesday, the 49ers waived the rookie from Illinois after veteran Robbie Gould returned to action this weekend after missing three games with a right quadriceps injury.
McLaughlin’s one miss with the 49ers left a mark. He badly mishit a 47-yard field-goal attempt in overtime that would have kept the 49ers unbeaten in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks. His crucial miss came after he connected on a 47-yarder with :01 remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.
After McLaughlin missed in overtime, the Seahawks scored the winning points on Jake Myers’ 42-yard field goal to supply Seattle with a crucial 27-24 victory. The Seahawks currently hold the No. 1 spot in the NFC West because of the head-to-head victory. The 49ers and Seattle are both 10-2 with four games remaining on the season.
In addition to making seven of his eight field-goal attempts, McLaughlin also was good on all eight of his extra points.
Gould has struggled this season, hitting just 14 of his 22 field-goal attempts. He had a 51-yard attempt partially blocked in the 49ers' 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens.
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The 49ers now have an open spot on the team’s 53-man roster. It is undetermined how the 49ers plan to fill their roster.
The team made a couple of moves on their practice squad, signed wide receiver Chris Thompson and releasing offensive lineman Will Holden. Thompson, 25, appeared in 13 games with the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie n 2017 from Florida. He averaged 6.5 yards on six punt returns and 21.7 on 17 kickoff returns. He also caught five passes for 84 yards.
Is your quarterback elite? Well, if you're a fan of the 49ers then no -- at least according to Chris Simms.
The NBC Sports football analyst couldn't confidently put Jimmy Garoppolo in the elite category, but still had plenty of praise toward him, especially knowing he plans on leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
"I think there's some quarterbacks in football right now: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, DeShaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes -- they kind of stand alone," Simms said.
After that handful of quarterbacks, Simms highlights a group of "good," a squad that he considers Jimmy G to be a part of. Plus, Garoppolo has a lot of "good" surrounding him.
The elite talents of tight end George Kittle are something that shouldn't be argued -- unless you're not sure if he's a decent blocker or not. Ahem, Doug Gottlieb.
"That's all you need to win a Super Bowl," Simms added.
The consensus around Jimmy G's eliteness is that he's not elite, but he's not bad, but he's good enough.
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Got all of that?
His throwing abilities have been talked about, but once again the word "elite" was not mentioned.
A lot of times for athletes, it's not up to them whether or not they want to retire -- it's up to their body. For 49ers tackle Joe Staley, it's really no different.
"I like to think that I can continue to play football for as long as they'll have me," Staley said in an interview with 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "And that's my mindset. I've never thought about when an end is going to be."
The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with San Francisco in June which ultimately means he could spend the entirety of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers. And while that seems like a long time, he's still soaking up the everyday grind of his job even with the setbacks he's faced this season.
"The challenges of this season have been different than seasons past," he said. "I love the adverse situations and you kind of learn a lot about yourself -- how you respond and challenge yourself daily with different goals ... "
Staley sustained a fractured left fibula earlier in the season during the Week 2 matchup against the Bengals and with a smile tried to remain positive but admitted: "it sucks." He was emotional after the injury but said that had a lot to do with how special the team was and the guys he was surrounded by.
Still, you can't fake the passion the six-time Pro Bowler brings to the 49ers and it appears you would have to pry the game away from his hands if you anticipate him hanging up his cleats any time soon.
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"That love for the game is still there, burning," Staley said.
He finished the statement saying he doesn't have an honest answer as to just how much football is left in his body, but it's not something he's concentrating on at the moment.