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Iowa tight end Noah Fant scheduled for pre-draft visit with 49ers

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Iowa tight end Noah Fant scheduled for pre-draft visit with 49ers

The 49ers clearly have appreciation and respect for Iowa tight ends.

Although the club’s top offensive threat is George Kittle, the 49ers are still doing their homework on tight ends in the draft. The 49ers are scheduled to host Iowa tight end Noah Fant on a pre-draft visit this week, according to a source. Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio was first to report the visit on Thursday.

Fant is not expected to be chosen with the 49ers’ No. 2 overall pick. Nor is he expected to remain available when the team is scheduled to pick next, at No. 36 overall. Fant becomes an option, perhaps, if the 49ers were to trade back in the first round or trade up from the second round.

The 49ers want to add another player to complement Kittle, who set the NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,377. Veteran Garrett Celek and Ross Dwelley, who appeared in 11 games as a rookie last season, are the only other tight ends on the 49ers’ roster.

Fant and his Iowa teammate, T.J. Hockenson, are widely considered the top tight ends in the draft. Fant (6-foot-4, 249 pounds) is an accomplished pass-catcher. He had 69 receptions for 1,013 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final two seasons in the run-focused Iowa offense.

Fant ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. His vertical leap was an impressive 39.5 inches – tops among all tight ends. Only five wide receivers jumped higher.

Among the other teams Fant has reportedly visited or will visit are the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.

Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full speed in change-of-direction drills

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Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full speed in change-of-direction drills

Cornerback Jason Verrett did not take part in the 49ers’ practices during the offseason program with the plan of being ready to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July.

After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles sustained in a conditioning test at the opening of Los Angeles Chargers training camp, Verrett appears on pace to be cleared at or near the beginning of camp this summer.

Verrett on Monday posted videos to his Instagram account that show him going near full speed in change-of-direction drills. During the last week of the team’s offseason program, Verrett said he expected to be ready for training camp. The 49ers are scheduled to report to camp on July 27.

"I’m going to be ready,” Verrett said. “That’s my main focus. It’s just worrying about what I can control and I’m excited to be getting ready for training camp. My health is pretty much everything and I’m on track to be exactly where I want to be. The day I get on that football field they are going to like what they see.”

Verrett, who turned 28 last week, has played in just 25 games since breaking into the NFL in 2014 as the 25th overall draft pick of the Chargers.

He was limited to just six games because of a shoulder injury as a rookie. After appearing in 14 games in 2015 and earning a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team, Verrett sustained a partial tear of his ACL and played in just four games in 2016.

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In the first game of 2017, Verrett reinjured his knee and sat out the remainder of the season. Verrett missed all of last season with the injury he sustained on the first day of training camp.

Ahkello Witherspoon had a strong offseason program as the starting cornerback opposite Richard Sherman. Verrett is expected to compete with Witherspoon for a starting job.

49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices

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49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices

The 49ers will open training camp at their Santa Clara practice facility on July 26, the NFL announced Monday.

The club’s first practice is slated for Saturday, July 27. The veterans and rookies are scheduled to report on the same date.

Team president Al Guido announced this month that the 49ers would have more open practices for the general public. Dates and times of those practices will be announced in the near future.

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Here is the schedule of important dates for the 49ers in training camp and beyond:

Monday, July 15: Deadline for any club to sign franchise player (49ers, Robbie Gould) to a multi-year contract, 1 p.m. PT.
Friday, July 26: Reporting date for veterans and rookies in Santa Clara.
Saturday, July 27: First practice of training camp.
Monday, July 29: First padded practice of training camp.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Exhibition game vs. Dallas Cowboys, Levi’s Stadium, 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16: Joint practice with Denver Broncos in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Saturday, Aug. 17: Joint practice with Denver in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Monday, Aug. 19: Exhibition game at Denver, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: Exhibition game at Kansas City Chiefs, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Exhibition game vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Levi’s Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31: Prior to 1 p.m. PT, all NFL teams must reduce rosters to maximum of 53 players.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at final roster reduction, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Teams can establish 10-player practice squads, approximately 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: NFL trade deadline, 1 p.m. (PT).
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Deadline for a franchise player to sign one-year tender with club in order to be eligible to play this season, 1 p.m. (PT).