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NFL rumors: 49ers hosted Baylor cornerback on pre-draft visit

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NFL rumors: 49ers hosted Baylor cornerback on pre-draft visit

Baylor cornerback Derrek Thomas has reportedly taken a visit to Santa Clara to meet with the 49ers.

Thomas (6-foot-3, 189 pounds) ran 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is an exceptional athlete, with a 39.5-inch vertical leap and a 131-inch mark in the broad jump. But he lacks significant strength, bench-pressing 225 pounds just eight times.

Thomas has also visited the Dallas Cowboys, met with the Minnesota Vikings and had personal workouts with the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins, reported Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

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Thomas transferred from Temple, where he played from 2014 to 2018. He was converted from wide receiver to cornerback in 2016, as a redshirt sophomore. He started 11 games during his senior year at Baylor and recorded one interception and seven pass breakups.

Thomas could be a late-round draft pick or available to sign as an undrafted free agent.

49ers' Richard Sherman, Dee Ford speak out on Tim Ryan's comments

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49ers' Richard Sherman, Dee Ford speak out on Tim Ryan's comments

BRADENTON , Fla. -- Following radio broadcaster Tim Ryan's one-game suspension for his comments regarding Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, several 49ers players spoke out, believing there was no malicious intent behind what the analyst said. 

Known as being outspoken on most topics, Richard Sherman did not mince words about what Ryan said. He even mentioned that the commentator had personally apologized to several players while at the team hotel after the announcement of his suspension. 

“I know Tim personally, and I listened to the dialogue and saw it, read it,” Sherman said. “Honestly, I wasn’t as outraged as everybody else. I understand how it can be taken in a certain context and be offensive to some. 

“But if you’re saying, ‘Hey, this is a brown ball, they are wearing dark colors, and he has a brown arm,’ honestly sometimes we were having trouble seeing it on film. He’s making a play fake and sometimes he’s swinging his arm really fast and you’re like, does he have the ball? And you look up and [Mark] Ingram is running it.

“So it was technically a valid point but the way he said it, you can always phrase things better. I’ve had a relationship with him since I’ve gotten here and he’s never been anything other than a great guy and a professional and a guy who takes his job seriously.” 

Edge rusher Dee Ford expressed similar sentiments about Ryan’s comments, and confirmed that the two had spoken since the incident. 

“He walked up to me earlier and before he even said anything I told him. ‘I got your back.’” Ford said. “I already knew the story. The words kind of got taken out of context, and of course, now he knows he could have used better judgment with his words. But we got his back. I knew what he was trying to say. 

“This era we live in, it is just what it is, but I know him personally. I speak to him a lot. He loves to watch the D-line and there’s not one -- type of bone -- you know what bone I’m talking about, in his body. So I got his back, so put that to bed really fast.”  

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh also spoke about Ryan’s nature, not believing that there was negative intent behind his comments. 

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“I’ve always, as a human being, tried to judge people on how I interact with them,” Saleh said. “And I love the man. He’s a very genuine human being and he knows he made a mistake and he’s just trying to move this on as quickly as possible.” 

Dennis Brown will be on the call with Greg Papa during Ryan’s absence for Sunday’s matchup against the Saints in the Superdome. 

Jaquiski Tartt missed practice with ribs injury, unlikely to play vs. Saints

Jaquiski Tartt missed practice with ribs injury, unlikely to play vs. Saints

BRADENTON, Fla. -- San Francisco 49ers strong safety Jaquiski Tartt is not expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints after sitting out his second practice of the week on Thursday.

Tartt sustained fractured ribs when he took an inadvertent knee to the right side from Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram while making a tackle in Sunday’s game. Marcell Harris entered the lineup in place of Tartt and will start Sunday against the Saints.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead also did not practice on Thursday, as he was given the day off after playing 61 of the 49ers’ 65 defensive snaps against Baltimore.

Defensive tackle Jullian Taylor also sat out practice and could be out multiple weeks with an injury to his right elbow.

Tartt, Taylor and receiver Dante Pettis could be the only 49ers players who are not available for Sunday’s game due to injuries. Pettis took part in limited practice with a knee sprain.

Cornerback Richard Sherman appears on pace to play after sustaining a right knee injury against Baltimore. Sherman missed only one play during the game and took part in limited practice on Thursday.


49ers practice report

Did not practice
DE Arik Armstead (not injury related)
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

Limited
DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring)
TE George Kittle (knee, ankle)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
CB Richard Sherman (knee)
T Joe Staley (finger)

Full practice
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
DT D.J. Jones (ankle)
WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder)
WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs)

Saints practice report

Did not practice
LB Kiko Alonso (thigh)
LB A.J. Klein (knee)
G Andrus Peat (forearm)

Limited
T Terron Armstead (ankle)
C Will Clapp (elbow)
RB Zach Line (knee)
TE Jason Vander Laan (head)