Malcolm Jenkins: Blake Bortles shows Colin Kaepernick deserves NFL job


Malcolm Jenkins: Blake Bortles shows Colin Kaepernick deserves NFL job

Panthers safety Eric Reid and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins don't see eye-to-eye on everything when it comes to handling social justice. 

The two had to be separated before playing each other Sunday. "We believe a lot of players should have stepped up for Colin," Reid told reporters in Philadelphia after the game. "I believe Malcolm capitalized on the situation. He co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization funded. It's cowardly. He sold us out."

At the same time, both safeties clearly have the same views on one part of Colin Kaepernick: The former 49ers quarterback deserves a job in the NFL. 

"We've always maintained, I know I've always maintained, and every chance I get to say Colin Kaepernick has started this. Eric Reid deserves a job. Colin Kaepernick deserves a job," Jenkins said to reporters Wednesday. "I can turn on the tape this week in our opponent and see that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job."

On Sunday, Jenkins' Eagles play quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jaguars. Bortles is ranked last in Matt Maiocco's lastest QB Power Rankings, and he was benched in the second half last week. 

In seven games this season, Bortles has thrown for 1,735 yards and nine touchdowns with eight interceptions while completing 60.6 percent of his passes -- which actually is a career high. The Jaguars are just 3-4 one season after making it to AFC Championship Game.

When Kaepernick last played in the NFL two seasons ago, he completed 59.8 percent of his passes while gaining 2,241 yards in 12 games. He tossed 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. 

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders remains sore, 'day to day' with ribs injury

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders remains sore, 'day to day' with ribs injury

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders envisioned having a big game on Monday night before leaving the game after just 24 snaps due to a rib injury.

“It sucked,” Sanders said on Wednesday. “I wanted to be out there with the guys, especially because I felt like I was going to have a good game. Then, when I got hurt, it sucked.”

Sanders appeared to sustain the injury in the first quarter while making a 12-yard reception. He bent awkwardly and his helmet came off when he was hit by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of the play.

The next time Jimmy Garoppolo a pass Sanders’ way, it was low and Sanders immediately grabbed the right side of his chest and ran off the field. He did not come back into the game. Sanders had two catches for 24 yards in his limited action.

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Sanders declined to reveal the specifics of his injury, but coach Kyle Shanahan said the injury is to Sanders’ rib cartilage. Sanders said he is still sore and described himself as “day to day.”

Sanders was one of several 49ers who were not on the field at the start of Wednesday’s practice and may not be available for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. The list also includes:

TE George Kittle (knee/ankle)
LT Joe Staley (finger dislocation/fracture)
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
K Robbie Gould (quadriceps)
NT D.J. Jones (groin)
LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion)

49ers sign Damontre Moore, place Ronald Blair on season-ending IR

49ers sign Damontre Moore, place Ronald Blair on season-ending IR

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive end Damontre Moore made a strong bid for a roster spot with the 49ers with an impressive training camp and exhibition season.

Moore finally made it to the team’s 53-man roster on Wednesday, filling the roster spot that was vacated when the 49ers placed defensive end Ronald Blair on injured reserve. Blair is scheduled for season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Moore, 27, has appeared in 54 games over the past seven seasons with the New York Giants, Miami, Seattle, Dallas and the Raiders. He has 10 sacks in his NFL career.

Moore signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Wednesday after originally coming to the organization in the spring.

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He played with the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football in the spring, and signed with the 49ers. He registered two sacks during the preseason but was among the team’s final cuts when the 49ers were required to trim their roster from 90 players to the regular-season limit of 53.

Blair served as the 49ers’ No. 3 edge rusher behind Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. Moore is likely to see action in a backup role, beginning Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.