Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses previous Colin Kaepernick rumor


Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses previous Colin Kaepernick rumor

As we all know, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains out of the NFL. 

No matter how long Kaepernick remains unsigned, however, rumors will swirl connecting him to teams. Thanks to Kaepernick's attorney Mark Geragos, Kaepernick was linked to the Raiders and the Patriots back in September.

In an interview with the New York Times, Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn't confirm nor deny Geragos. Kraft called the report a "rumor" before pausing, taking his time and saying, “I’m done talking about it." 

“Let me say this: I would very much like to see him in the league,” Kraft also said.

Kraft could have easily denied the report. He didn't though, and yet, we're in the second straight season of Kaepernick as a free agent since he started kneeling to protest racial and social injustices.

Kaepernick is still the youngest quarterback to win a regular season game in New England against the Patriots. In 2012, Kaepernick, at 25 years and 43 days old, led the 49ers to a 41-34 win at Gillette Stadium. He threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. 

2019 NFL Draft: 49ers rewarded sixth-round compensatory pick, No. 212


2019 NFL Draft: 49ers rewarded sixth-round compensatory pick, No. 212

The 49ers officially picked up a sixth pick for the upcoming NFL draft with the announcement of the league’s compensatory selections.

In addition to their other five draft selections, the 49ers will also receive a sixth-round selection, No. 212 overall, as part of the league’s compensatory formula, in which teams are awarded draft picks for net losses in free agency.

The league compensatory pick formula is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Last offseason, the 49ers lost free agents running back Carlos Hyde, defensive end Aaron Lynch, guard Brandon Fusco, tight end Logan Paulsen and cornerback Leon Hall. In return, the 49ers signed running back Jerick McKinnon and center Weston Richburg.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement limits the number of compensatory picks each year to 32. According to the NFL, the 49ers and five other teams qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the compensatory free agents who were lost by those clubs ranked Nos. 33 through 39 among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. However, the 49ers and the other five teams receive compensatory selections for other free agents lost.

Since 1994, the 49ers have received 31 compensatory picks, ranking ninth in the NFL.

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Here are the compensatory picks awarded for this year’s draft (Round, pick in round-overall pick):

3 33-96 Washington
3 34-97 New England
3 35-98 Los Angeles Rams
3 36-99 Los Angeles Rams
3 37-100 Carolina
3 38-101 New England
3 39-102 Baltimore
4 33-135 Indianapolis
4 34-136 Dallas
4 35-137 Atlanta
4 36-138 Philadelphia
5 33-171 New York Giants
5 34-172 Atlanta
5 35-173 Washington
6 33-205 New England
6 34-206 Washington
6 35-207 Arizona
6 36-208 Philadelphia
6 37-209 Minnesota
6 38-210 Cincinnati
6 39-211 Cincinnati
6 40-212 San Francisco
6 41-213 Cincinnati
6 42-214 Kansas City
7 33-247 Minnesota
7 34-248 Arizona
7 35-249 Arizona
7 36-250 Minnesota
7 37-251 Los Angeles Rams
7 38-252 New England
7 39-253 Washington
7 40-254 Arizona

* * * 

1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 4 in round; No. 36 overall
3. Third round: No. 3 in the round; No. 67 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 2 in the round; No. 104 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 3 in the round; No. 178 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 40 in round; No. 212 overall

*Fifth-round pick traded to Detroit for G Laken Tomlinson, 2017
*Seventh-round pick traded to Cleveland for T Shon Coleman, 2018

Why Trent Taylor believes third season with 49ers is his breakout year


Why Trent Taylor believes third season with 49ers is his breakout year

It was a challenging sophomore season for receiver Trent Taylor. He seemed primed for a breakout season in 2018 but was held back by a surgical procedure on his back that ended up having more of an impact on his play than predicted by the 49ers staff, or even Taylor himself. 
Taylor played in 15 games in his rookie campaign and recorded 43 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. But Year 2 did not go as planned, as he played in 14 games with 26 catches for 216 yards. 
Taylor spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area and believes 2019 is going to be different. He plans on taking advantage of his new resource: Wes Welker. He is also looking towards an off season where there are less elements going against him. 

Richard Sherman noted at the end of the season that not having the worry about rehabbing makes an offseason much more enjoyable and productive. Taylor agrees whole-heartedly. 
“I think that’s just such an advantage,” Taylor said, “to be able to only think about building your body up with no limitations going on. I think whenever you have to worry about an injury throughout the offseason there’s so much you have to hold back from. 
“I feel like everybody in the country is working, so if you’re not working your body, in the best way that you possibly can, then you’re slowly getting behind every day. I think once you know that you’re behind, then you feel like you’re playing catch up. It just messes with your mind.” 
Taylor has already started his offseason training program, working in San Jose. He says he is finally back to normal, not needing to compensate for his injury. 
“I feel like my back is back to normal now,” Taylor said. “I just knew that I needed a little more time than I was able to get throughout the season. That’s why I’ve been really looking forward to this offseason. 
“Getting back to building my body up the right way. I’m feeling great right now. We’re going to continue working on that and building myself up so I can be ready to have a great season next year.” 
Taylor repeatedly mentioned having a “dog mentality” while looking forward to his third year in the NFL. It’s something he admired about Welker’s game and it’s how he is going to approach next season. Being healthy at the beginning of the offseason is how he says it started. 
“To be able to have a fresh mind and a fresh body getting ready for next season feels great,” Taylor said. “I’ll be keeping that dog mentality about myself.” 

Last season’s disappointment is not lost on Taylor. He wants to get that taste out of his mouth as soon as possible. 

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“Just reminiscing on last year, all of the failed expectations that happened,” Taylor said, "I just like to soak in those feelings, remember them and use those as a little motivation to make sure that never happens again.

"So it’s something I’m going to be working at every day and it will take a lot of work, but I’m ready for it.”