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Teammates vote Kaepernick winner of prestigious Eshmont Award

Teammates vote Kaepernick winner of prestigious Eshmont Award

SANTA CLARA – If there was any doubt about how Colin Kaepernick’s protest this season was received inside the 49ers’ locker room, that question was answered on Friday.

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him as the winner of the Len Eshmont Award as the 49ers player who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont. The award is considered the most prestigious team honor on which players vote.

Eshmont was an original member of the 49ers. The team was established in 1946 as part of the All-America Football Conference. Eshmont, who coached at Navy and Virginia following his career in San Francisco, died in 1957. The award was established that year in his honor.

Kaepernick gained national attention with his protest of racial inequality in America. His decision to kneel for the national anthem sparked a national debate. Kaepernick was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in September.

“I think what Kap did will be talked about for years to come – an NFL player using his platform for what he wanted to use it for,” 49ers veteran safety Antoine Bethea said Thursday on the CSN Bay Area's "49ers Insider Podcast."

Bethea added: 

When it first came out, obviously, there were probably some guys straddling the fence or on opposite sides. But at the end of the day, I think we did a good job as a team nipping it in the bud at the beginning. We came together as a team. Kap spoke to the team. He explained why he was doing that. He also explained if anybody didn’t agree or agreed or wanted to come talk to him, feel free to do that. A couple of guys did that. . . As far as the outsiders, of course, they have a lot to say about it. But I think we handled it well as a team.

A lot of times people don’t sit back and try to understand why he did it. Traveling and being on the team, you hear people when is taking a knee during the national anthem. You hear a lot of fans saying some different things. But if they really cared and really sat down and dove into the situation – I’m not going to say everybody would see it – but it’s a really a serious cause. He’s not saying he doesn’t love America. He’s not saying that he doesn’t support the troops. He’s saying, in that song, we’re saying one thing but the actions that are happening in this world are completely different.

Teammates Eric Reid and Eli Harold joined Kaepernick in the protest. Kaepernick said it was meaningful to have the support of his teammates.

“It’s very impactful and I think they are people who have very strong character,” Kaepernick said recently. “And to have the ability to really recognize what’s going on, how it not only affects them, but it affects their families and affects other people that look like them is something that’s very powerful and I’m very happy to have teammates like that, that have that type of character, that have those type of ethics and humanity.”

ESHMONT AWARD WINNERS
1957 QB Y.A. Tittle
1958 FB Joe Perry
1959 HB J.D. Smith
1960 S Dave Baker
1961 DT Leo Nomellini
1962 DE Dan Colchico
1963 T Bob St. Clair
1964 DT Charlie Krueger
1965 QB John Brodie
1966 HB John David Crow
1967 LB Dave Wilcox
1968 LB Matt Hazeltine
1969 CB Jimmy Johnson
1970 S Roosevelt Taylor
1971 LB Ed Beard
1972 DE Tommy Hart
1973 S Mel Phillips
1974 T Len Rohde
1975 CB Jimmy Johnson
1976 DE Tommy Hart
1977 S Mel Phillips
1978 RB Paul Hofer
1979 RB Paul Hofer
1980 DT Archie Reese
1981 TE Charle Young
1982 WR Dwight Clark
1983 RB/ST Bill Ring
1984 LB Keena Turner
1985 FB Roger Craig
1986 QB Joe Montana
1987 WR Jerry Rice
1988 NT Michael Carter, RB Roger Craig
1989 QB Joe Montana
1990 DE Kevin Fagan, LB Charles Haley
1991 WR John Taylor
1992 QB Steve Young
1993 WR Jerry Rice
1994 QB Steve Young
1995 FB William Floyd
1996 DT Bryant Young
1997 DT Dana Stubblefield
1998 DT Bryant Young
1999 DT Bryant Young
2000 DT Bryant Young
2001 RB Garrison Hearst
2002 S Tony Parrish
2003 LB Julian Peterson
2004 DT Bryant Young
2005 DT Bryant Young
2006 DT Bryant Young
2007 DT Bryant Young
2008 WR Isaac Bruce
2009 TE Vernon Davis
2010 LB Takeo Spikes
2011 DT Justin Smith
2012 DT Justin Smith
2013 LB NaVorro Bowman
2014 RB Frank Gore
2015 WR Anquan Boldin
2016 QB Colin Kaepernick

 

 

How Nick Mullens has changed GM John Lynch's thinking about 49ers' QB situation

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How Nick Mullens has changed GM John Lynch's thinking about 49ers' QB situation

When the 49ers signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a lucrative, long-term extension in the offseason, it was presumed the team’s top two quarterbacks were set through the 2020 season.

Now, C.J. Beathard’s long-term spot as the 49ers’ backup looks tenuous. Nick Mullens will make his third consecutive start on Sunday when the club returns from the bye week to play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Here’s how my thinking’s changed: I think we have three now,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Garoppolo’s season came to an abrupt end in Week 3 when he sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The 49ers expect Garoppolo to come back strong in 2019 after continuing to learn from coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello while rehabbing his knee.

“I think we have one special guy in Jimmy Garoppolo,” Lynch said. “I have all the belief in the world in him, as does Kyle. We’re real proud of the way he’s using this as an opportunity, not only to get healthy, which takes a ton of time with an ACL, but he’s also using this as an opportunity to grow his game in the film room.

“We believe, as we did when we committed to him long term, that he’s going to be the guy for years to come at that position.”

Beathard took over for Garoppolo and started the next five games, all 49ers losses. After averaging 297.3 yards passing in his first three starts, Beathard struggled in losses to the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals. He was sacked 11 times in those two games.

“I think at some point when you’re struggling, there’s a little regression,” Lynch said. “I think C.J. was going through that. Nick came in and gave us a lift. But I think that was also good for C.J. to get to back off, kind of take things in and really, frankly, learn some things from Nick -- the way he’s getting rid of the football on time.”

Mullens has yet to be sacked while attempting 61 passes in two games. Beathard was sacked 18 times with 169 pass attempts, while Garoppolo was sacked 13 times with 89 pass attempts.

Mullens spent last season and the first three games this year on the practice squad before receiving the promotion to the 49ers’ 53-man roster.

In starts against the Raiders and New York Giants, Mullens has completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 512 yards with four touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 104.0.

“I’ve told a lot of these players, Nick is a great example of working, such that, when your opportunity presents itself, you’re ready and good things come from that,” Lynch said. “I talked to my own kids about that. Nick Mullens is a great story because of the way he goes about his work each and every day.”

Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Panthers' DJ Moore in Week 12

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Panthers' DJ Moore in Week 12

After a thrilling Monday night matchup, the Chiefs and Rams will get some much deserved time off in Week 12. 

That’s bad news for fantasy football players. 

Kansas City and Los Angeles are the last two NFL teams to have bye weeks, and will do so just one week before the conclusion of many fantasy regular seasons. Chances are, you or someone you know will be without running backs Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt, or wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Tyreek Hill. 

Luckily, we found three players who can fill the void in Week 12, as well as one from Monday’s game who’s worth stashing on your roster. Each player was owned in fewer than half of ESPN and Yahoo fantasy football leagues as of this writing.

DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers WR (Owned in 31.8 percent of ESPN leagues, 39 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Cam Newton spread the ball around Sunday against the Detroit Lions, targeting four different receivers at least seven times. No Panthers pass-catchers had more receptions than Moore, who finished the day with seven catches (on eight targets) for 157 yards and a touchdown. 

Moore benefited from an 82-yard reception, but would still have been a double-digit scorer in PPR leagues without it. The rookie ended Sunday with at least five targets in five of his last six games, and a favorable matchup against a diminished Seattle Seahawks secondary means Moore should firmly be on your radar. 

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens RB (Owned in 0 percent of ESPN leagues, 2 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Lamar Jackson wasn’t the only Ravens rookie to rush for over 100 yards Sunday. Edwards joined on the fun, too, rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 17 carries. He came out of nowhere in Week 11, with more carries Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals than he had in his NFL career. 

Veteran running back Alex Collins’ workload decreased for the second straight week, while Javorius Allen rushed just once for the second straight week. Edwards, then, will have an opportunity to truly take the reins against a not-so-stout Raiders rush defense in Week 12. The matchup alone makes him a solid streaming option. 

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints WR (Owned in 13.3 percent of ESPN leagues, 25 percent of Yahoo leagues) 

Smith nearly exceeded his own previous workload in Week 11. He entered Sunday with 12 catches for 214 yards and three touchdowns, but finished it with an additional 10 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown after the Saints’ blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

He led New Orleans with 13 targets, or eight more than Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara … combined. The Saints have a quick turnaround, but they have a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons secondary Thursday. Put in a claim for Smith as soon as you can.

Josh Reynolds, St. Louis Rams WR (Owned in 26 percent of ESPN leagues, 45 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Reynolds filled in admirably for Cooper Kupp once again. He caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s instant classic. 

He also caught two touchdowns when he deputized for Kupp in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers. That touchdown pace is almost certainly unsustainable, but Reynolds’ place in one of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses means his ceiling is high down the stretch -- even if you won’t reap any rewards this week.