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NFL Rumors: Washington won't work out Colin Kaepernick after Alex Smith injury

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NFL Rumors: Washington won't work out Colin Kaepernick after Alex Smith injury

With Alex Smith down to an injury, Washington reportedly won't turn to a man who already replaced him in similar circumstances.

Colin Kaepernick, who won the 49ers' starting quarterback job while Smith was hurt during the 2012 season, was not among the QBs Washington will work out in the wake of the season-ending injury Smith suffered Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rappoport. 

[RELATED: Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses previous Colin Kaepernick rumor]

Kaepernick's completion percentage (59.8 percent) and touchdown percentage (4.3 percent) is higher than each of the quarterbacks in question, and his interception percentage (1.8 percent), is lower, too. He has an identical postseason record to Sanchez (4-2), yet doesn't have the butt-fumble to his name. 

But the former 49ers QB has not been on an NFL roster since opting out of his contract following the 2016 season, the first in which he kneeled during the National Anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. A year ago, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against all 32 NFL owners. In August, a mediator ruled his case can proceed to trial.

Washington is still first place in the NFC East, despite losing Sunday to the Carolina Panthers. 32-year-old Colt McCoy will start in Smith's absence. He is 7-18 in his career, but has not started a regular-season game since 2014. 

Kaepernick, who Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said "[hadn't] played football in a while" when the team decided not to sign the QB last season, last played in a regular-season game on Jan. 1, 2017 -- a 25-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

2019 Senior Bowl: Can 49ers find tight end to pair with George Kittle?

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2019 Senior Bowl: Can 49ers find tight end to pair with George Kittle?

No tight end in the history of the NFL had more single-season receiving yards than the 49ers’ George Kittle did in 2018.

Kittle has played just two NFL seasons and has a bright future ahead of him. But that does not mean the 49ers have no need for depth or another tight end to create mismatch problems.

After all, the other 49ers tight ends – Garrett Celek and Ross Dwelley -- combined for seven receptions for 104 yards while Kittle set the NFL tight ends record 1,377 receiving yards.

[RELATED: How George Kittle wants to get even better after record-breaking season]

The 49ers probably would not look for a tight end during the first two days of the draft, but there might be some intriguing options available later in the draft.

And at least two potential targets have been assigned to the 49ers-coached South team during the week of the Senior Bowl:

Dax Raymond, Utah State, 6-5, 250
Raymond did not have overwhelming college stats. His junior season was marred by a broken hand after 27 catches for 345 yards in 10 games. He turned pro because of his age. He served a two-year mission to Russia.

Jim Nagy compares Raymond to Kittle, saying he expects him to test very well with his athleticism.
Projected: Mid rounds

Josh Oliver, San Jose State, 6-5, 250
Oliver is on the rise. He caught 56 passes as a senior for 709 yards and four touchdowns. He is not afraid to catch the ball in traffic over the middle.
Projected: Mid rounds

North tight end

Donald Parham, Stetson, 6-8, 240
Parham will have a chance to make a huge leap this week after playing small-college football at Stetson. He’s tall. Nagy said he has 35-inch arms and a 36-inch vertical jump.

He is a natural pass-catcher who shows some toughness, too. He was rarely asked to block in college, so how he shows up there could determine how he fits into the NFL picture.
Projected: Late rounds

Quinnen Williams reveals what he'll buy with first NFL paycheck

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Quinnen Williams reveals what he'll buy with first NFL paycheck

Quinnen Williams is about to get paid. 

The former Alabama star defensive lineman declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, and is expected to be selected early. It would be a shock to many if he lasted past the Raiders at No. 4, and he could be the 49ers' pick at No. 2 overall. 

With the money of a top draft pick coming his way, what will Williams make his first big purchase? 

"I really don't know. I think I'm gonna buy my grandma a car," Williams told TMZ

Williams recently turned 21 years old and admitted he's not a big spender, putting him in unfamiliar territory come April when the draft will be held. 

"I'm a real tight guy and I don't really spend money," Williams said. "I'm gonna still be wearing the same Nike suits and stuff like that. I ain't gonna be splurgin'."

His pockets are about to get heavier, but Williams will keep his wallet tight off the field.

On the field, NFL teams are salivating at the potential the redshirt sophomore has. And off of it, he seems to have it figured out pretty well, too.