Bradley Pinion

Source: 49ers will meet with two special teams prospects this week

Source: 49ers will meet with two special teams prospects this week

The 49ers will meet with two special teams prospects on Friday, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Team representatives will meet with long snapper Chris Wilkerson and punter Jack Fox on April 5, at a facility in Houston. 

Wilkerson started all four years at Division I Stephen F. Austin State University. He attended Rice University’s Pro Day and performed well enough to be invited to the Houston Texans’ local prospect workout day on April 6. 

Fox was a four-year starter at Rice, initially handling kickoffs. He added punting to his responsibilities as a sophomore. In three seasons, he punted 211 times for 9,167 yards, giving him an average of 43.4 yards per attempt. 

The two special teams draft prospects will be working out together for several NFL teams. 

"It was a blessing to be able to be at Rice for pro day and give me a good opportunity to snap with Jack Fox," Wilkerson told NBC Sports Bay Area. "It’s an awesome feeling to be in a spot to be able to meet with and workout for teams afterwards. It’s one of those behind the scenes things you don’t see much of so it’s really cool to be living that part of it now."

Former 49ers punter Bradley Pinion attempted 334 punts in his four-year run with the 49ers averaging 43.7 yards per attempt. He signed a four-year $11 million agreement with the Buccaneers in March.  

The 49ers currently have two long snappers on the roster, Colin Holba and Kyle Nelson. Holba was originally drafted by the Steelers but was waived prior to the regular season. He spent the 2017 season with the Jaguars before being waived during the 2018 offseason. 

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Nelson signed a four-year extension with the 49ers during free agency, but no money is guaranteed until three days after reinstatement from his 10-game suspension

Both Wilkerson and Fox will also meet with the Ravens, Giants, Bengals, Falcons, and Buccaneers. 

49ers sign punter Justin Vogel as Bradley Pinion's potential replacement

49ers sign punter Justin Vogel as Bradley Pinion's potential replacement

After losing punter Bradley Pinion in free agency last week, the 49ers signed someone to take his place.

Or, at least, they signed a player who must withstand a likely competition to take his place.

The 49ers on Tuesday signed punter Justin Vogel, 25, who had an impressive rookie season with the Green Bay Packers but was cut after the team drafted punter JK Scott in the fifth round.

Vogel (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) originally entered the NFL in 2017 after signing with the Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent from Miami.

He appeared in all 16 games and posted a club-record with a net average of 41.6 yards. He was named as a Pro Bowl alternate after also recording a gross average of 44.4 yards.

The Cleveland Browns claimed Vogel, but released him before the start of the regular season. He did not appear in an NFL game last season.

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The 49ers are expected to add another punter to compete with Vogel during training camp.

Pinion last week signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL free agency: Bradley Pinion, Buccaneers agree to four-year contract


NFL free agency: Bradley Pinion, Buccaneers agree to four-year contract

Bradley Pinion, a 2015  fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers, reportedly agreed to terms Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a four-year contract. 

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times was first to report Pinion's agreement.

Pinion ranked 29th in the NFL with an average of 43.7 yards per punt. He was 24th in the league with a net average of 39.1 yards.

The Buccaneers released veteran punter Bryan Anger and agreed to terms with Pinion, Stroud reported. Anger tied for 14th in the league with a 45.0-yard average. He was 26th in net average at 38.9.

Pinion served as the holder during his four seasons with the 49ers. In the past two seasons, Robbie Gould made 72 of 75 field-goal attempts with Pinion holding. Pinion also handled the team's kickoff chores.

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In 2015, Pinion gave up his final season at Clemson to turn pro. After then-49ers GM Trent Baalke selected Pinion with the 165th overall pick, the 49ers traded long-time punter Andy Lee to the Cleveland Browns.

Pinion was the 49ers' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2017 for his commitment to community service.