How 49ers' DeForest Buckner reminds self of dominance with simple note


How 49ers' DeForest Buckner reminds self of dominance with simple note

After edge rusher Dee Ford reported to the 49ers’ offseason program after a trade sent him to the Bay Area from the Kansas City Chiefs, his new teammate, DeForest Buckner, let him borrow one of his notebooks.

The first thing Ford noticed upon turning to Page 1 was Buckner’s hand-written reminder to himself.

I can’t be blocked!

Buckner registered a career-best 12 sacks last season, and that came with the 49ers supplying no threat of an outside pass rush. The additions of Ford on one side and rookie Nick Bosa on the other should make it even more difficult to block Buckner this season.

“I can’t be blocked,” Buckner said last week at the 49ers’ state-of-the-franchise event in San Jose. “I approach that every day. That’s my mindset going in every day for practice. That’s how I approach every game. I want to be the best at my position.”

The 49ers are scheduled to conduct an offseason-program-concluding two practices during their mandatory minicamp this week in Santa Clara. All 89 players under contract are required to attend.

The 90th player of the roster is kicker Robbie Gould, whom the 49ers tagged as their franchise player. Gould has yet to sign his one-year deal. He asked for a trade this offseason, and the 49ers said they will not cave in to his demand.

Here are some other takeaways from last week’s event, which was highlighted by the announcement of Joe Staley and the 49ers agreeing on a two-year contract extension:

--The 49ers will add seats to increase of the numbers of fans who can attend training camp this summer, club president Al Guido announced. Last year, 30,000 fans watched practices over the three weeks of camp. The dates and times for practices will be released in the coming weeks.

--Terrell Owens will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame in Week 3, in conjunction with the 49ers’ Sept. 22 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Levi’s Stadium.

--The 49ers will wear their all-white throwback jerseys in Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers wore those throwback jerseys for their last Super Bowl-championship season in 1994. The jerseys were based on the team’s 1955 uniforms.

--The end zone lettering “49ers” will be in the “saloon font” for the entire season, Guido said.

--The 49ers will have two bobblehead giveaway dates, featuring George Kittle (Week 8 against Carolina) and Staley (Week 11 against Arizona).

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--The 49ers announced plans for a 240-acre development that includes 700 hotel rooms, a 30-acre park, as well as bars and restaurants to enhance the pre- and post-game experience. The first 50 acres are expected to go under construction in January or February. The project should be completed in three years. The development will strengthen the team’s bids for Super Bowls, the World Cup in 2026 and future Olympic Games, Guido said.

--When the defensive players were asked about what fires them up most about the coming season, they all struck the same chord when outlining their goals for 2019.

Ford: “Winning.”

Richard Sherman: “Get back in the win column, consistently stack these wins.”

Fred Warner: "Win."

Buckner: “Now, we got to show y’all. Now we have to win.”

49ers injury report: Game-time decision if Dee Ford will play vs. Steelers


49ers injury report: Game-time decision if Dee Ford will play vs. Steelers

Defensive end Dee Ford is feeling better after sitting out the second half of the 49ers’ game last week against the Cincinnati Bengals with discomfort in his knee and quadriceps, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

“Hopefully, he’ll be feeling good on Sunday,” Shanahan said. “He said he felt good. He looked good walking through. But I know that’ll go all the way up to Sunday.”

Ford, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, sat out practices Wednesday and Thursday. He was scheduled to take part in limited practice on Friday, but the 49ers dialed back their planned practice to a walk-through at their Santa Clara facility because of the high intensity of the practices earlier in the week.

“I know he’s feeling better now than he has the last few days, but he’s still not fully there, yet,” Shanahan said of Ford. “We’ll see how these last 48 hours go. Hopefully, they go well. If it does, I know he feels confident to go out there, especially with time off the following week.”

The 49ers face the Steelers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. After the game, the club will have a bye week before returning to action on Monday, Oct. 7, against the Cleveland Browns.

Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle), and safeties Jaquiski Tartt (toe) and Jimmie Ward (hand) are also listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Bosa and Tartt are expected to play, while Ward is likely to miss his third consecutive game to open the season.

Shanahan said he expects rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd to be available after the bye week. Hurd has sat out five weeks with a back condition.

“He’s on track,” Shanahan said of Hurd. “We’ll see how it is once we get back from the bye week. I know he has a lot of work to do when we all get away from here a little bit for the four days. It’ll be big the work he puts in when we’re away. We expect him to be ready when we get back.”

The 49ers will not have the services of wide receiver Trent Taylor for at least eight weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture on his right foot. The bone has healed, Shanahan said, but there were issues with some of the soft tissue around the bone on the outside of his foot that has caused a flareup. Taylor is eligible to return to action on Nov. 17 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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The 49ers placed Taylor on injured reserve and signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young. Shanahan said he does not think Young will be active and in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers injury report

RB Tevin Coleman (ankle)
WR Jalen Hurd (back)
OT Joe Staley (leg)
WR Trent Taylor (foot) – injured reserve

DE Dee Ford (quadriceps
S Jaquiski Tartt (toe)
DE Nick Bosa (ankle)
DB Jimmie Ward (hand)

Steelers injury report

FB Roosevelt Nix (knee)
LB Vince Williams (hamstring)
LB Anthony Chickillo (foot)

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

The 49ers on Friday signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Trent Taylor on injured reserve.

Taylor, who underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, must sit out for at least eight weeks before he is eligible to return to the 49ers’ 53-man roster and appear in a game.

Originally, the 49ers placed Taylor's timetable to return at four to six weeks. As recently as last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he hoped Taylor would be able to return to action after the 49ers' Week 4 bye.

Taylor was expected to be one of the team’s leading pass-catchers this season before he sustained the fracture to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. Since the 49ers selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Taylor has appeared in 29 games and caught 69 passes for 645 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers re-signed Young, who was among their final cuts before the start of the regular season. The 49ers require more depth at offensive tackle after Joe Staley broke his left fibula, an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Rookie Justin Skule is scheduled to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at left tackle.

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In his nine-year NFL career, Young has appeared in 88 games with 21 starts with Dallas, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami. Young will wear No. 65 for the 49ers.