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Jacobs rips 49ers, fans on Twitter

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Jacobs rips 49ers, fans on Twitter

It only looks as if running back Brandon Jacobs misses being a member of the New York Giants.

What he misses most of all is being a contributing player in the NFL.

Over the past several days, Jacobs has posted pictures of himself while with the Giants -- much to the objection of some 49ers fans who follow him on Instagram. Jacobs, an eighth-year pro, played on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Giants.

Jacobs originally said he had not posted any photos while with the 49ers simply because he has not been in the picture since signing.

“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners." Jacobs wrote on Instagram in response to a fan.  "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”

Jacobs has since added several photos of himself with the 49ers.

On Saturday, Jacobs explained himself via his Twitter account:

"I don't understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I think people should be mad if I didn't wanna play, but I forgot the people that's pissed they don't have a athletic bone and their body. As for all of my Instagram photos I don't have any niner pics, if you'll find me some pics I'll put them up."

I spoke with Jacobs on Friday, and he reiterated his frustration with being an absolute non-factor in his first (and, safe to say, only) season with the 49ers.

Jacobs is getting paid a lot of money to do nothing.

The 49ers awarded Jacobs a $150,000 signing bonus after the Giants cut him. He gets paid $55,000 per game ($950,000 base salary) whether he suits up or not. And he gets paid another $12,500 in per-game roster bonuses when he suits up. Thus far, he has suited up for just three of the 49ers' first 12 games.

He carried four times for 6 yards last week in the 49ers' 16-13 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams. He picked up 3 yards on a third-and-1 play in the first quarter. The 49ers scored their only offensive touchdown on that drive.

There are no guarantees Jacobs will have much of a role on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, either.

The 49ers are expected to activate rookie running back LaMichael James, a second-round draft choice, for the first time this season. It's not known whether Jacobs will also be in uniform. Starting running back Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon, who has a key role on special teams, have been active for every game.

The 49ers are in the process of trying to figure out how to split up the carries after the season-ending injury backup running back Kendall Hunter.

"That's part of the game plan," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said "That's part of the scheme. We have some other backs that we feel confident in as well. But Frank is one of the best, if not the best back in the league. So he's going to run and he's feeling good. He had a good week at practice."

Last week, Gore carried a season-high 23 times for just 58 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' loss. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said on Thursday that Gore was overworked.

"Whatever back we have in there to complement Frank we feel good about," Roman said. "It's definitely something we don't want to overload Frank with over the length of a long season.

"(I) really believe we gave him a few too many plays last week. Whatever back we put in there, we feel really good about and anybody that's on the active roster could possibly play. LaMichael's a guy that's been working hard and it's very possible he could be playing this week."

And if James is active, it might be another week in which Jacobs is out of the picture.

2020 NFL Draft: How 49ers' John Lynch prepares while working from home

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2020 NFL Draft: How 49ers' John Lynch prepares while working from home

The 2020 NFL Draft will be held as scheduled -- albeit remotely -- amid the coronavirus pandemic, keeping 49ers general manager John Lynch plenty busy during California's shelter-in-place order.

In-person visits with prospects at the team's facility or elsewhere are off, but Lynch said he is able to make the most of watching film of potential picks while working from his home office.

“People have a lot bigger problems than we do, I can tell you that,” Lynch told NBC Sports' Peter King for his "Football Morning in America" column. “This year’s a lot different than any year scouts and GMs have had, obviously, with all the challenges. But this time of year, what you really need is time.

"The other day, [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] called and said, ‘This is unbelievable! I’m getting so much done.’ And he’s right. He and I, this time of year, would be watching this tape in our offices, and the difference is our doors aren’t getting knocked on 50 times a day. I’m really getting a lot done.”

Lynch and Shanahan have more prospects to examine than they did a month ago. The 49ers acquired another first-round draft pick -- No. 13 overall -- when they traded dominant defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. San Francisco, before then, was scheduled to make its first pick with the No. 31 overall selection.

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That additional prep very well could've included watching Louisville's Mekhi Becton, whose Cardinals were on-screen in footage Lynch was watching during a video posted to social media last week showing how he was preparing for the draft at home. The offensive lineman is projected to be a top-10 pick next month, and Lynch simply wouldn't have had much reason to watch him with the 49ers' first pick set for the very end of the first round.

We'll know some of the players whom Lynch, Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers closely watched when the NFL draft begins April 23. The 49ers currently have seven picks: Two in the first round, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Colts' DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day driven by 49ers' Super Bowl loss

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Colts' DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day driven by 49ers' Super Bowl loss

Sheldon Day and DeForest Buckner will be teammates on a new team next season, driven by the last loss with their old one.

The defensive linemen joined the Indianapolis Colts this offseason via free agency and trade, respectively, after playing together for the 49ers since midway through the 2017 season. Day and Buckner's final games with San Francisco were in the 49ers' 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, and Day said the pair has additional motivation after not lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy last season.

"It was right there in our hands, and all we had to do was squeeze it and grab it (in Super Bowl LIV), and we let up," Day told reporters on his introductory conference call last week (via Colts.com). "So ultimately we have a chip on our shoulders and we know how to get there, and now we know what to do to overcome that shortcoming that we had."

Buckner sacked eventual Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes 1.5 times in the game, accounting for three of the 49ers' nine QB hits. Day, meanwhile, played a little over half of San Francisco's 76 defensive snaps and picked up a tackle.

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The Indianapolis native played in a career-high 16 games with the 49ers during the 2019 regular season, and Day started each of San Francisco's playoff games. Day credited his growth to playing with Buckner, and he's going to continue picking his brain while they're still teammates.

"DeForest (has) made me detail my game," Day said. "So we would be working on pass-rush moves, bouncing ideas off of each other, just trying to make sure that our game grew together, and we're always giving each other tips. If I see something on film [I'm reaching] out to him, and vice versa. So, man, what a special guy he is."

All the while, the 49ers' Super Bowl LIV won't be far from either player's mind.