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Source: 49ers will have representative at Colin Kaepernick workout

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Source: 49ers will have representative at Colin Kaepernick workout

The 49ers have determined they have no need at quarterback. Actually, they believe they have a surplus of NFL-caliber quarterbacks.

Nick Mullens is the team’s backup behind starter Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers retained a third quarterback, C.J. Beathard, on the 53-man roster. Beathard has been inactive for every game this season.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will hold a workout on Saturday in Atlanta, and the 49ers will be represented, a league source has confirmed.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday he thought there was a chance the 49ers would have a representative there.

“I don’t know,” Shanahan said. “I would guess, but that’s not something I’ve asked them, yet.”

Shanahan said he did not think the timing of a workout on a Saturday during the college season would prevent teams from sending a scout to the workout.

“I don’t know at all the schedule for our personnel guys during the season ... But, yeah, they’re all over the place. But we got guys all over,” Shanahan said. “I’m sure if somebody could be there, it wouldn’t be too tough.”

The 49ers are not expected to have interest in Kaepernick. If the club were to have interest in Kaepernick, it would have been in the offseason of 2017. The 49ers, under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, informed Kaepernick he would be released if he did not opt out of his contract.

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Last year, when Garoppolo sustained a season-ending knee injury, the 49ers held workuouts with free-agent quarterbacks Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens and T.J. Yates. Kaepernick was not considered.

Shanahan explained: “I made that decision because of the style of offense. That's the same situation now."

49ers' George Kittle on pace for one of best seasons ever by tight end

49ers' George Kittle on pace for one of best seasons ever by tight end

George Kittle is keeping elite company this season, according to Pro Football Focus.

The 49ers tight end has earned a 93.8 grade from the analytics site so far this season. If that grade holds, Kittle will have had the best season at the position since they started grading players in 2006. 

Though Kittle is far off his record-setting receiving pace from a year ago, he has graded out better than he did in 2018. Kittle finished his second NFL season with an 89.8 grade from Pro Football Focus, and he ranked 13th in the site's top 101 players. 

PFF's methodology is just a bit more detailed than Doug Gottlieb's. Each player graded on a game-by-game basis by three separate analysts whose evaluations are "verified" by a network of former coaches, according to the site. Kittle has been a darling by PFF's metrics all season, grading out as the NFL's best player through the first four weeks of the season. 

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Kittle will have his hands full Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He's set to match up against Cam Jordan while run-blocking and New Orleans has allowed the 13th-fewest receiving yards against tight ends this season. Saints coach Sean Payton praised Kittle's versatility earlier this week, indicating that New Orleans is focused on slowing the tight end down in order to limit the 49ers' offense. 

As Kittle's grade shows, that'll be a tall order for the NFC's No. 1 seed. 

Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

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Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

49ers broadcaster Tim Ryan was suspended for one game after comments made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson following Sunday’s loss.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle).

The comments created a social media firestorm, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t interested in furthering the controversy.

“I don’t really know too much about it or understand the context of it. It’s not relevant to what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

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Former 49ers defensive end Dennis Brown will replace Ryan on Sunday’s broadcast in New Orleans.