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Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ biggest free-agent acquisition on defense and one of the team’s first-round draft picks play the same position.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he is holding off on thinking about how everything is going to play out this season at the linebacker position.

“I really try not to envision it too hard because I see a lot of good players there,” Shanahan said Tuesday during the 49ers’ first week of organized team activities.

The 49ers awarded weakside linebacker Malcolm Smith guaranteed money as an unrestricted free agent totaling approximately $12 million. Then, on the first day of the draft, the 49ers’ No. 3 rated prospect experienced a free fall, and the club traded into the back end of the first round to select him.

While Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has been sidelined through the offseason program as he recovers from shoulder injury, he figures to compete with Smith for the starting job. Foster will also learn middle linebacker, where NaVorro Bowman has earned first-team All-Pro honors in four seasons.

Bowman looks to be nearly all the way back from a torn Achilles that limited him to just four games last season.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Shanahan said. “Seeing Bow out here and how healthy he’s been, knowing we’ve added some good free agents, and the way the draft worked out, having a linebacker we had ranked very highly fall to us at the end of the first round. We got a lot better pretty fast.

“When you ask me how it’s going to play out, I’m not sure. It’s a good problem to have. It’s something you’d like to have any every position. There’s going to be a very good player who’s not out there all the time. That’s not a bad thing. That makes the two guys who are out there go a lot harder and play better. It makes special teams better and it allowed you to survive injuries, which almost always happen.”

Bowman’s vision for the upcoming season includes him retaining his role in the middle of the 49ers’ defense.

"I won't be on the sideline, I'll tell you that right now,” Bowman said.

Bowman said he was not fazed with the 49ers selected Foster in the first round. Foster is likely considered the heir apparent to Bowman.

Shanahan called Bowman after the selection of Foster was made, but Bowman said he did not need to speak with the coach about why the selection was made.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Bowman said of the phone call, “but it was good to hear from him, to see that he had something to say or an idea of what he wanted to get across to me.

“But we haven’t talked about it. I did that on purpose. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll compete with anyone, whether he’s 21 or 35. It doesn’t matter. I’m a guy who’s going to give my best effort and have full confidence in my abilities to play this game. I know how much I study this game. I know how good I am and that’s what was going to bring back here.

“It’s always a competition. There’s always someone trying to take your spot. As a player, if you keep that in mind, you’ll always put the work in that’s needed.”

 

Jerick McKinnon throws support behind Jimmy Garoppolo as both rehab torn ACLs

Jerick McKinnon throws support behind Jimmy Garoppolo as both rehab torn ACLs

Jerick McKinnon definitely feels Jimmy Garoppolo’s pain, having torn his ACL during the preseason and watched the 49ers quarterback do the same Sunday.

McKinnon was quick to tweet his support for Garoppolo the next day.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan used the prospect of rehabbing with the running back as a positive with Garoppolo.

“That’s the only good news that Jimmy and I could talk about on the plane. At least he’s got a buddy to go through it with,” Shanahan said Monday. “Unfortunately, both of them are going through it. But they’re both in the same boat.

“I know Jerick, I think, texted him and sent him a picture of his knee right after the game. Just said, ‘Looking forward to having a wingman,’ or something. They can talk a lot about it with each other. They can keep each other up, help each other when each other are down, but those are two very important players, they were for us to start out this year.”

That last point is what surely stings the 49ers, who entered training camp with high hopes and now must play without their two top offensive weapons.

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

The 49ers held tryouts Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Santa Clara with seven quarterbacks, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 49ers are in the market to add to quarterback depth after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending injury Sunday in Kansas City. Garoppolo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery in the next week or two when the swelling subsides in his left knee.

C.J. Beathard will become the 49ers’ starting quarterback. The 49ers also plan to promote Nick Mullens to the team’s 53-man roster to serve as the backup this Sunday when the 49ers play the Los Angeles Chargers.

There is no hurry to move Mullens to the active roster because he's already allowed to practice with the team. The 49ers didn't immediately made any announcement on whether they plan to sign any of the quarterbacks who worked out for the team.

Manuel is a five-year veteran who started 17 games with the Buffalo Bills in his first four seasons before becoming the Raiders’ backup last season. Jones spent the past five seasons as Pittsburgh’s backup.

The 49ers also worked out Kellen Clemens, Tom Savage, Matt Simms, T.J. Yates and Kyle Allen, as NFL reporters Adam Caplan and Howard Balzer first reported. Allen skipped his final year of college eligibility at the University of Houston, went undrafted and signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was cut from the Panthers’ practice squad two weeks ago.

The 49ers also worked out wide receiver Deontez Alexander, and safeties Kelcie McCray and Eddie Pleasant. McCray spent two seasons of his six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and Pleasant played his first six seasons with the Houston Texans.

Also on Tuesday, the Texans signed defensive end Daeshon Hall of Texas A&M off the 49ers’ practice squad.