Kaden Smith

Former 49ers sixth-round NFL draft pick Kaden Smith claimed by Giants

Former 49ers sixth-round NFL draft pick Kaden Smith claimed by Giants

The New York Giants on Monday claimed former 49ers tight end Kaden Smith off waivers.

The 49ers waived Smith on Saturday to promote running back Jeff Wilson from the practice squad to help compensate for the loss of Tevin Coleman to a high-ankle sprain.

The move paid immediate dividends for the 49ers, as Wilson was active for the game and scored his first two career touchdowns on runs of 2 and 4 yards. He gained 34 yards on 10 rushing attempts.

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The 49ers planned to re-sign Smith to the practice squad if he cleared waivers. Smith was a 2019 sixth-round draft pick from Stanford. He made the 49ers’ initial 53-man roster as the team’s fourth tight end behind George Kittle, Ross Dwelley and Levine Toilolo.

Smith caught four passes for 44 yards during the preseason.

Madden NFL 20 player ratings: How each 49ers rookie ranks in video game


Madden NFL 20 player ratings: How each 49ers rookie ranks in video game

After winning the 40 Yards of Gold title on Saturday, which featured some of the fastest players in the NFL, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin decided his video game likeness didn't measure up to his real-life self.

Specifically, Goodwin thought his Madden NFL 20 rating should be higher.

Well, when you win $1 million for outracing the other fastest players in the league, people take notice.

As a result of his performance in the 40 Yards of Gold competition, Goodwin saw his speed rating increased to 98 (out of 99) and acceleration rating increased to 97.

As for the agility and jump ratings, perhaps Goodwin will see those improve if he qualifies for the 2020 Summer Olympics, as he has made clear is his goal.

Speaking of Madden NFL 20 ratings, the 49ers' rookie class recently received theirs. Much like Goodwin, you can be sure they all feel shortchanged in some way.

Oh well. It's just a game -- well, depending on who you ask.

As you can see, the overall ratings of the 49ers' rookies go in the same order in which they were picked. Nick Bosa, whom San Francisco selected with the No. 2 overall selection, leads the pack with an overall rating of 78. That's the third-best rating among all NFL rookies, behind the Jets' Quinnen Williams (80) and Buffalo's Ed Oliver (79).

Assuming he stays healthy, Bosa is widely expected to contend for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and if he does, that rating will skyrocket in a hurry.

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Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd -- San Francisco's second and third round picks, respectively -- were given overall ratings of 71 and 68, which should provide for some good-natured trash-talking between the two rookie wide receivers.

But if any 49ers' rookie has a right to complain, it's San Francisco's fifth-round selection Dre Greenlaw. Either that or they grow super fast punters in Australia.

Greenlaw, listed as a middle linebacker, was given a speed rating of 83. San Francisco's fourth-round selection -- punter Mitch Wishnowsky -- was given a speed rating of 84.

Don't be surprised if Greenlaw and Wishnowsky are forced to go head-to-head in a 49ers' edition of 40 Yards of Gold come training camp.

49ers' George Kittle rated as top tight end in NFL, per Sporting News

49ers' George Kittle rated as top tight end in NFL, per Sporting News

Who is the best tight end in the NFL?

Well, believe it or not, 49ers GM John Lynch isn't 100 percent confident saying George Kittle deserves that title.

Nevertheless, Sporting News declared the 25-year-old is the best guy in the league at the position -- and there is plenty to back up that statement.

Last season, the Iowa product set the 49ers franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,377. He also averaged 15.6 yards per catch, which Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer dubbed as "ridiculous." And he's not wrong. 

Kittle should benefit even more from a full season with Jimmy Garoppolo, who also will have new pass-catching weapons Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd and Jordan Matthews at his disposal. 

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Kittle finished his 2018 campaign with 88 receptions, five touchdowns, and well, you know the yardage.