McGlinchey excited to call Staley, Garoppolo teammates

McGlinchey excited to call Staley, Garoppolo teammates

SANTA CLARA -- While the 49ers ignored him for two months after the NFL Scouting Combine, Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey took a visit to meet with the Atlanta Falcons.

On his trip to Flowery Branch, Georgia, he saw his first cousin – his mother’s sister’s son – quarterback Matt Ryan. He thought it was a real possibility of playing for the Falcons, owners of the No. 26 overall draft pick.

So when the 49ers called him on Thursday night when they were on the clock with the ninth selection, McGlinchey was more than a little surprised.

On the 49ers Insider Podcast, McGlinchey said after the initial shock, he is thrilled to come to the Bay Area. In a visit to team's Santa Clara headquarters the day after the draft, McGlinchey met two of his highest-profile new teammates: six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Joe’s a guy I’ve studied and admired for a long time,” McGlinchey said. “Now to be his teammate is a pretty sweet deal for me.”

McGlinchey explained: “The edge that he plays with, and the technique that he plays with, you try to pull and use in your own game. He’s been a consistent force out there forever. Joe is awesome, and I can’t wait to learn from him and try to see it up-close and in-person now."

McGlinchey said he was equally excited about being teammates with Garoppolo. He said he was able to recognize in a short period of time why there's an aura surrounding Garoppolo.

“Everybody around here is certain that he’s going to be the guy who brings the 49ers back to where they’re supposed to be,” McGlinchey said. “And when you’re around him for 5 to 10 minutes, you can get that feel, as well.

“I’m excited to block for him and keep him upright and keep him helping us win football games.”

After months of workouts, testing and interviews during the pre-draft process, McGlinchey will get back on the field this week for the 49ers’ rookie minicamp. The workouts will include the team's nine draft picks, approximately a dozen undrafted rookies who’ve signed three-year contracts and other players invited to participate in tryouts.

“I’m ready to get back to work,” McGlinchey said. “It’s been a long couple of months off, and I don’t like being without football for very long. So I’m ready to get it rolling.”

Shanahan remains in contact with Reuben Foster, shares his state of mind

Shanahan remains in contact with Reuben Foster, shares his state of mind

SANTA CLARA – A judge will make a crucial ruling on Wednesday that is likely to determine the 49ers' next move with linebacker Reuben Foster, who faces two felony counts of domestic violence.

The decision will be announced at 3:30 p.m. at the Hall of Justice in San Jose whether probable cause was demonstrated last week during a preliminary hearing. Foster faces three felony charges of domestic violence, forcefully attempting a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon.

Foster has not taken part in any of the 5 ½ weeks of the team’s offseason program since the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed the formal charges in April. The 49ers opened organized team activities on Monday.

“It’s still ongoing,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Foster’s legal issues. “Hopefully, we’ll have some more answers by tomorrow. We’ve been patient this whole time. We’re going to continue to be patient until we get a few more answers. And, then, when the decision does come, I promise you guys, I’ll answer that for you right away.”

The DA's office last week attempted to present evidence in court to justify moving forward to the trial phase with Foster. However, the accuser, Foster’s former girlfriend, recanted her initial statements to policy and gave testimony that supported Foster's defense.

The woman, Elissa Ennis, said under oath last week that Foster did not harm her. She said her injuries were the result of a fight with one or two women following a road rage incident the night before the alleged incident with Foster. She said she was upset because Foster was threatening to break up with her and she wanted to ruin his career. She said she lied about her accusations of Foster's abuse.

The 49ers took no action after the initial reports of the alleged incident, choosing to let the legal process play out. Although Foster has not been showing up at team headquarters, members of the organization are remaining in contact with him.

“I reach out to him about once or twice a week to see how he’s doing,” Shanahan said.

How is Foster doing?

“He’s hanging in there,” Shanahan said. “Obviously, it’s a tough challenge. I think anyone would realize. It’s a very hard thing to go through. We’ll see how this ends up, but just always hope that every situation you’re in, in the long run, it can make you a better person and a better man. And I think Reuben is handling it right.”

Report: NFL teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting QB, collusion case reveals


Report: NFL teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting QB, collusion case reveals

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted out of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers last March, and went unsigned for the entirety of the 2017 season. That, reportedly, may not have been because of his playing ability. 

Testimony from witnesses under deposition in Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL and "internal franchise documents generated as part of the free-agency evaluation process" indicated that multiple teams viewed Kaepernick as good enough to be a starting quarterback, Pro Football Talk reported Monday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

Kaepernick filed a grievance under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement in October, alleging that he was unsigned after first sitting, than kneeling, during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality throughout the 2016 season. He started 11 games in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions. His interception percentage (1.2 percent) was sixth-lowest among starting quarterbacks (minimum 10 starts) that year, and he finished 17th in passer rating (90.7).