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Tomsula disputes Kaepernick 'on island,' confirms heated meeting

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Tomsula disputes Kaepernick 'on island,' confirms heated meeting

Coach Jim Tomsula on Tuesday morning disputed a report quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “on an island” in the 49ers’ locker room. But, during an appearance on the 49ers' flagship radio station, he confirmed a team meeting held a month ago became heated.

“First of all, with ‘Kaepernick on an island,’ I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Tomsula said on KNBR 680-AM. “That’s definitely not reality.”

On Sunday, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports stated Kaepernick is alone in the 49ers' locker room and gets little support from his teammates. Tomsula said he witnessed Kaepernick and other players on Monday working out together as the team began preparations to face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

"There were a couple of O-lineman with him there,” Tomsula said, “and they're all out running around and lifting and sprinting and racing each other -- very good to see."

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On Monday, CSNBayArea.com reported that one player called out Kaepernick in a players-only meeting approximately a month ago. Another player defended Kaepernick, and the exchange became heated.

Tomsula said he called the meeting in the week before the 49ers' game at the New York Giants and had some choice words for his team before leaving the room to allow the players to address each other.

“The other one, with a ‘players only meeting,’ they must be referring to the meeting I had after the Packers game. I had a very pointed meeting,” Tomsula said. “I’m obviously not going to use the language I used in the meeting. And I’m obviously not going to get into the particulars of the meeting.

“I did have a heated meeting. That does happen in this business. When you become 2-5, that starts to become headlines. But it was a very productive meeting. It was a meeting where it was truthful, and dealt with facts and reality.

“As I finished what I had to say and the conversations we were having, I walked out and said, ‘Now you guys, get talking.’ I think that was a heck of a meeting.”

As reported on Monday, Tomsula said the individuals who were at odds with each other during the meeting cleared up their differences in the days that followed.

"The biggest thing I said to them was, 'Guys, it's like an Italian dining room table,'" Tomsula said. "'Everybody's sitting around the table and sometimes it gets heated, dishes get broken, people leave. (But) everybody's got to come back to the table to eat. And when it's all said and done, we're hugging and kissing and we're eating good food again. OK? I mean that with all due respect. I’m saying that complimentary.”

Kyle Shanahan sees Jordan Reed as big 49ers contributor, if healthy

Kyle Shanahan sees Jordan Reed as big 49ers contributor, if healthy

Veteran tight end Jordan Reed seemingly is taking a huge risk with designs on a return to football after sustaining a seventh documented concussion a year ago.

But it is a risk that could pay off big for Reed and the 49ers this season, his first NFL coach said on Monday.

Kyle Shanahan was in his final season as Washington’s offensive coordinator during Reed’s first season after entering the league as a second-round draft pick. Now, Shanahan and Reed are back together after Reed agreed to a one-year contract on Monday.

“I know he hasn’t been on the field for a little bit. I know he’s very hungry to get back out there,” Shanahan said.

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy. And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here. And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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Reed, 30, has appeared in just 65 games over the past seven seasons with Washington. He has 329 career receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best season came in 2015, when he saw action in 14 games and caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He did not play last season after sustaining a concussion in a preseason game. The Washington Football Team released him in February.

“Everyone is aware of Jordan’s ability,” Shanahan said. “When he’s been healthy, he’s played at an extremely high level. And he’s been one of the first third-down tight ends in the league when he’s been healthy.”

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Shanahan said he typically likes to bring six tight ends to training camp. It was a little more difficult this summer because teams have to trim to 80 players instead of the usual 90-man limits. But the 49ers found a way to add Reed, who figures to join a competition to become George Kittle’s backup.

Reed will compete with Ross Dwelley, Daniel Helm and sixth-round draft pick Charlie Woerner for the backup job.

“It's well-documented that he’s had multiple concussions prior,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “So in situations like this, there’s a reason that a guy like Jordan Reed is out there, right? There is some risk-reward. We got to a point where we felt the risk that we’re taking on was worth it with the potential reward.”

Trent Williams thrilled 49ers signed former teammate Jordan Reed

Trent Williams thrilled 49ers signed former teammate Jordan Reed

Trent Williams isn't the only former Washington Football Team player joining the 49ers this offseason.

San Francisco signed free agent tight end Jordan Reed to an incentive-laden one-year contract on Monday, hoping to put a steady backup behind All-Pro George Kittle. Formerly a third-round draft pick by Washington in 2013, Reed was a teammate of Williams in the nation's capital for each of the past six seasons. Williams expressed his excitement for Reed on his Instagram story Monday afternoon.

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A Pro Bowl selection in 2016, Reed missed all of the 2019 season after getting a concussion in the third preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Like Williams, Reed finished the 2019 season on injured reserve. Washington released Reed in February.

Reed could see his role increased significantly early on with the 49ers if Kittle's contract negotiations continue to stall, as general manager John Lynch didn't give much of an update Monday on the conversations.

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“We’re working diligently to come to a resolution,” Lynch told reporters over Zoom on Monday afternoon.

Reed's concerning history with concussions wasn't lost on Lynch, but the 49ers clearly see the upside in a tight end with four 50+ catch seasons out of his six healthy NFL seasons.

“It's well-documented that he’s had multiple concussions prior,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “So in situations like this, there’s a reason that a guy like Jordan Reed is out there, right? There is some risk-reward. We got to a point where we felt the risk that we’re taking on was worth it with the potential reward.”