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Colin Kaepernick's agents give statement on NFL teams' lack of contact

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Colin Kaepernick's agents give statement on NFL teams' lack of contact

It has been 1,021 days since we last saw Colin Kaepernick compete in an NFL game. 

December 24, 2016 -- the day in question -- the then-49ers quarterback compiled 281 total yards and led San Francisco to a 22-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Since then, despite a whole lot of media scrutiny, Kaepernick hasn’t even been offered a contract by a team since opting out of his 49ers deal in March 2017.

Kaepernick’s representatives decided to set the record straight on Thursday with a statement containing a series of facts.

Among many facts provided in the release, it indicates that the Seattle Seahawks are the only team to have even brought in Kaepernick for a visit over the past three years. Pete Carroll told reporters in 2017 following the visit that the Nevada alum is “a starter in this league,” yet the team chose not to sign him.

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The statement also points out that former 49ers’ safety Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick in his original protest of kneeling during the national anthem and in filing a grievance against the NFL, has been continually employed by the Carolina Panthers since filing his grievance. This was cited by many as the reported reason Kaepernick remains without a team.

However you feel about the quarterback and his off-the-field beliefs, Kaepernick did lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2013 and remains the only QB in NFL history to throw for 200 yards and rush for 100 yards in an NFL playoff game.

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Hidden gems: Wide receivers 49ers could target in late rounds of draft

Hidden gems: Wide receivers 49ers could target in late rounds of draft

The 49ers have selected a wide receiver in 17 consecutive drafts.

That streak is certain to continue later this month, as the 49ers will look to bring in a young player to help offset the loss of veteran Emmanuel Sanders in free agency to the New Orleans Saints.

The past two years the 49ers drafted two receivers both years.

Whether the 49ers invest an early pick in a wide receiver or not, they could double back on Day 3 of the draft in hopes of finding a player to develop into an impact player.

Here are three options who could be available in the fourth round or later:

Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State

Isaiah Hodgins (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) declared for the NFL draft after a junior season in which he caught 86 passes for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns for Oregon State.

Hodgins has what 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan seems to value – the ability to run routes with an ability to change direction quickly without losing speed. Hodgins is 5 inches taller than Deebo Samuel, yet Hodgins timed faster in the three-cone drill than Samuel. Hodgins ran the drill in 7.01 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Last year, Samuel ran a 7.03. Hodgins’ 20-yard shuttle was 4.12. Samuel’s was 4.14.

Hodgins is not a speed-burner with a time of 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but he could be an effective receiver on the outside to make grabs with his strong catch radius and keep the chains moving with his ability to take patterns over the middle of the field on third downs.

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Aaron Parker, Rhode Island

Aaron Packer’s teammate, Isaiah Coulter, ran much better in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. But Parker seems as if he would be a good fit for the 49ers due to his route-running, change-of-direction skills and toughness as a blocker in the running game.

Parker (6-2, 209) has a basketball background and posted one of the top three-cone times (6.94) at the combine. Shanahan will see a wide receiver who can get open quickly against man coverage on choice routes. Parker was a team captain who caught 81 passes for 1,224 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. Coulter caught 72 passes for 1,039 yards and eight touchdowns.

Parker could be available deep into Day 3 in a loaded group of wide receivers.

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Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi

If the 49ers are looking for a player to take the top off the defense while playing a limited number of snaps throughout the course of a game, Quez Watkins is a solid late-round option.

Watkins (6-foot, 185) is a player who can bring the speed in great abundance. His time of 4.35 in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine ranked second behind only Alabama’s Henry Ruggs.

With Marquise Goodwin’s status with the 49ers this season looking tenuous, the 49ers could select Watkins on Day 3 and have him perform a specialized set of plays. Watkins capped his college career with 64 catches for 1,178 yards and six touchdowns.

Imagining what 49ers' Levi's Stadium at Candlestick Point would look like

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Imagining what 49ers' Levi's Stadium at Candlestick Point would look like

The Giants have a beautiful ballpark on the water in San Francisco.

What if the 49ers still had that?

In light of a recent Twitter thread re-imagining the look of baseball stadiums, including the Giants' Oracle Park, we here at NBC Sports Bay Area thought it would be interesting to daydream about what it would look like if the 49ers still played their home games at Candlestick Point, where the team played from 1971 through 2014.

But instead of playing their games at the outdated Candlestick Park, what if Levi's Stadium had been built on the same plot of land?

Here's what we think it would look like:

Obviously, this will never happen. The 49ers opened up Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2015 and they aren't going anywhere.

Nonetheless, it's still fun to wonder what could have been if the team still played on the plot of land that holds so many memories.

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