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Former 49er Alex Smith suffers eerily similar injury to Joe Theismann

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Former 49er Alex Smith suffers eerily similar injury to Joe Theismann

After playing the first seven years of his career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform, Alex Smith still has plenty of fans in the Bay Area. If you're one of them, you've probably already heard the news.

Smith's season for the Washington Redskins -- at the very least -- is over.

Word to the wise: If you're the squeamish type, don't watch the replay. Just ... don't.

In the third quarter of Sunday's eventual defeat to the Houston Texans, Smith was sacked by defensive end J.J. Watt and defensive back Kareem Jackson, causing the quarterback to break both the fibula and tibia in his right leg.

As Smith writhed in pain with his ankle bent at an awkward angle, it was abundantly clear that it would be a season-ending injury. But in the minutes that followed, an eerie observation was made:

We've seen this before.

On Nov. 18, 1985, Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann was sacked by New York Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor on "Monday Night Football," infamously breaking Theismann's fibula and tibia in his right leg. Washington went on to lose that game 23-21, and Theismann never played another down.

Guess what Sunday's date was?

Nov. 18, 2018.

And guess what the final score of the Texans-Redskins game was?

That's right. 23-21.

So, precisely 33 years to the day, Smith suffered an identical injury to the one that forced Theismann into retirement, and the Redskins lost by an identical score. Creepy, huh?

Theismann was 35 when he suffered his injury. Smith is 34. It's unknown at this time how long his recovery will take, and the degree to which it will affect his ability to play another down in the NFL.

Smith was carted off the field and immediately taken to the hospital to undergo surgery. As Theismann himself suggested, Smith isn't necessarily destined for the same fate that he was.

"If there is a positive aspect," Theismann told ESPN, "it's that so much of medicine has changed."

Here's hoping Smith has a full and speedy recovery.

2019 NFL Draft: 49ers rewarded sixth-round compensatory pick, No. 212

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2019 NFL Draft: 49ers rewarded sixth-round compensatory pick, No. 212

The 49ers officially picked up a sixth pick for the upcoming NFL draft with the announcement of the league’s compensatory selections.

In addition to their other five draft selections, the 49ers will also receive a sixth-round selection, No. 212 overall, as part of the league’s compensatory formula, in which teams are awarded draft picks for net losses in free agency.

The league compensatory pick formula is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Last offseason, the 49ers lost free agents running back Carlos Hyde, defensive end Aaron Lynch, guard Brandon Fusco, tight end Logan Paulsen and cornerback Leon Hall. In return, the 49ers signed running back Jerick McKinnon and center Weston Richburg.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement limits the number of compensatory picks each year to 32. According to the NFL, the 49ers and five other teams qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the compensatory free agents who were lost by those clubs ranked Nos. 33 through 39 among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. However, the 49ers and the other five teams receive compensatory selections for other free agents lost.

Since 1994, the 49ers have received 31 compensatory picks, ranking ninth in the NFL.

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Here are the compensatory picks awarded for this year’s draft (Round, pick in round-overall pick):

3 33-96 Washington
3 34-97 New England
3 35-98 Los Angeles Rams
3 36-99 Los Angeles Rams
3 37-100 Carolina
3 38-101 New England
3 39-102 Baltimore
4 33-135 Indianapolis
4 34-136 Dallas
4 35-137 Atlanta
4 36-138 Philadelphia
5 33-171 New York Giants
5 34-172 Atlanta
5 35-173 Washington
6 33-205 New England
6 34-206 Washington
6 35-207 Arizona
6 36-208 Philadelphia
6 37-209 Minnesota
6 38-210 Cincinnati
6 39-211 Cincinnati
6 40-212 San Francisco
6 41-213 Cincinnati
6 42-214 Kansas City
7 33-247 Minnesota
7 34-248 Arizona
7 35-249 Arizona
7 36-250 Minnesota
7 37-251 Los Angeles Rams
7 38-252 New England
7 39-253 Washington
7 40-254 Arizona

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49ERS 2019 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 4 in round; No. 36 overall
3. Third round: No. 3 in the round; No. 67 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 2 in the round; No. 104 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 3 in the round; No. 178 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 40 in round; No. 212 overall

*Fifth-round pick traded to Detroit for G Laken Tomlinson, 2017
*Seventh-round pick traded to Cleveland for T Shon Coleman, 2018

Why Trent Taylor believes third season with 49ers is his breakout year

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Why Trent Taylor believes third season with 49ers is his breakout year

It was a challenging sophomore season for receiver Trent Taylor. He seemed primed for a breakout season in 2018 but was held back by a surgical procedure on his back that ended up having more of an impact on his play than predicted by the 49ers staff, or even Taylor himself. 
 
Taylor played in 15 games in his rookie campaign and recorded 43 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. But Year 2 did not go as planned, as he played in 14 games with 26 catches for 216 yards. 
 
Taylor spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area and believes 2019 is going to be different. He plans on taking advantage of his new resource: Wes Welker. He is also looking towards an off season where there are less elements going against him. 

Richard Sherman noted at the end of the season that not having the worry about rehabbing makes an offseason much more enjoyable and productive. Taylor agrees whole-heartedly. 
 
“I think that’s just such an advantage,” Taylor said, “to be able to only think about building your body up with no limitations going on. I think whenever you have to worry about an injury throughout the offseason there’s so much you have to hold back from. 
 
“I feel like everybody in the country is working, so if you’re not working your body, in the best way that you possibly can, then you’re slowly getting behind every day. I think once you know that you’re behind, then you feel like you’re playing catch up. It just messes with your mind.” 
 
Taylor has already started his offseason training program, working in San Jose. He says he is finally back to normal, not needing to compensate for his injury. 
 
“I feel like my back is back to normal now,” Taylor said. “I just knew that I needed a little more time than I was able to get throughout the season. That’s why I’ve been really looking forward to this offseason. 
 
“Getting back to building my body up the right way. I’m feeling great right now. We’re going to continue working on that and building myself up so I can be ready to have a great season next year.” 
 
Taylor repeatedly mentioned having a “dog mentality” while looking forward to his third year in the NFL. It’s something he admired about Welker’s game and it’s how he is going to approach next season. Being healthy at the beginning of the offseason is how he says it started. 
 
“To be able to have a fresh mind and a fresh body getting ready for next season feels great,” Taylor said. “I’ll be keeping that dog mentality about myself.” 

Last season’s disappointment is not lost on Taylor. He wants to get that taste out of his mouth as soon as possible. 

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“Just reminiscing on last year, all of the failed expectations that happened,” Taylor said, "I just like to soak in those feelings, remember them and use those as a little motivation to make sure that never happens again.

"So it’s something I’m going to be working at every day and it will take a lot of work, but I’m ready for it.”