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49ers promote Jeff Wilson to active roster for Week 2 game vs. Bengals

49ers promote Jeff Wilson to active roster for Week 2 game vs. Bengals

CINCINNATI – The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back Jeff Wilson to the 53-man roster to enable him to be in uniform as a backup to Matt Breida in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 49ers waived rookie tight end Kaden Smith, a sixth-round draft pick from Stanford, in order to clear the roster spot for Wilson. If Smith clears waived, the 49ers will likely attempt to re-sign him back to the club’s practice squad on Monday.

The 49ers still have three tight ends on their 53-man roste and available for Sunday's game: George Kittle, Ross Dwelley and Levine Toilolo.

Wilson will wear No. 30 in Sunday's game.

The promotion of Wilson became necessary when starting running back Tevin Coleman sustained a high ankle sprain in the 49ers’ season-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coleman played 18 snaps in the first half in Week 1 and led the team in total yards from scrimmage. Coleman gained 23 yards on six rushing attempts and caught two passes for 33 yards in the 49ers' 31-17 victory.

Coleman is expected to miss at least two games with the injury.

Breida, Wilson and Raheem Mostert will be the 49ers’ three running backs in uniform Sunday when the team faces the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Wilson was the 49ers’ leading rusher in the preseason, gaining 179 yards and four touchdowns on 41 rushing attempts. He was among the 49ers’ final cuts. In a mild surprise, no other NFL team claimed him off waivers and Wilson returned to the 49ers’ practice squad.

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Wilson was originally signed last year as an undrafted rookie from North Texas. After beginning the 2018 season on the 49ers’ practice squad, he saw action in the final six games with two starts. He gained 266 yards on 66 rushing attempts for a 4.0-yard average. He also caught 12 passes for 98 yards. However, Wilson also fumbled three times, losing two.

49ers' Tevin Coleman likely to miss a few games with high ankle sprain

49ers' Tevin Coleman likely to miss a few games with high ankle sprain

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- 49ers running back Tevin Coleman sustained a high left ankle sprain and is expected to miss multiple weeks, beginning Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Pretty sure he won’t be around this week, and we’ll take it week-to-week after that,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said in a conference call from Boardman, Ohio, where the team is staying to prepare for its Week 2 game.

Coleman injured his ankle on the first play of the game Sunday, but continued to play until it worsened to the point he could not continue. He started and played 19 snaps for the 49ers in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before exiting with the ankle injury.

Coleman gained 23 yards on six rushing attempts and added two receptions for 31 yards.

Shanahan said he did not believe the 49ers would place Coleman on injured reserve, which would require him to miss at least eight games.

Matt Breida, who gained 814 yards rushing last season, becomes the team’s top back. He gained 37 yards on 15 carries Sunday. Raheem Mostert had a team-best 40 yards on nine rushing attempts. Mostert had a 15-yard touchdown run nullified by a penalty.

Running back Jeff Wilson, who was among the 49ers’ final cuts, could receive a promotion from the 49ers’ practice squad. Last season, Wilson saw action in six games with two starts. He rushed for 266 yards on 66 carries, averaging 4.0 yards per carry.

Shanahan said the club will most likely add a running back to suit up against the Bengals.

“But we’ll see how the week goes, and how many we’re going to need on Sunday,” Shanahan said. “There were plenty of times in Atlanta, I think we played all but two or three with only two running backs. Sometimes that’s a risk you take in the games. It depends how the rest of our roster is and what gives us the best chance by Saturday.”

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The blow is another big one to a position at which the 49ers figured to have ample depth. However, Jerick McKinnon was placed on season-ending injured reserve after requiring another procedure on his surgically repaired right knee. McKinnon missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL and cartilage damage.

Coleman signed a two-year,$8.5 million contract with the 49ers this offseason after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Coleman gained a career-best 800 yards rushing and caught 32 passes for 276 yards last season.

Fantasy football waiver wire: Week 2 targets include 49ers' Raheem Mostert

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Week 2 targets include 49ers' Raheem Mostert

Which side of the blowout were you on?

With some amazing individual performances in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, there were undoubtedly several high scores in your fantasy league. Here's hoping you had one of them.

Whether or not you did, it's time to shift the focus to Week 2, and you know what that means ...

Waiver wire mania.

Whether you lost a key player to injury, want to build up your depth or simply just keep a player off an opponent's roster, there are several attractive options available after the first week of play. Here are four non-quarterbacks to keep in mind for waiver claims Tuesday morning, all of whom offer plenty of upside and are owned in fewer than 15 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues.

Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams RB

8 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 7 percent owned in ESPN

Todd Gurley has been one of the top running backs in the league ever since he was drafted, but he wore down towards the end of last season, and there were significant concerns about the health of his knee this offseason. While Rams coach and offensive guru Sean McVay said Gurley would not be on a play count in Week 1 against the Panthers, it appears that was a bit deceiving.

While Gurley did play the majority of the snaps, the touch distribution was considerably more even. He ceded a fair portion of the workload to Brown, who -- in comparison -- was more productive with his touches.

Based on the number of touches Brown received, it didn't do anything to alleviate concerns about Gurley's knee. Brown seems likely to maintain a significant role in the Rams' high-powered offense, and could become a top-end starter if Gurley misses any extended time.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans WR

2 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 5 percent owned in ESPN

Move over, Corey Davis. Marcus Mariota has a new No. 1 receiver, or at least so it appears.

Brown, the No. 51 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, had quite a debut Sunday, totaling the most receiving yards in a game that featured the likes of Davis, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Brown caught three balls for 100 yards in Tennessee's 43-13 beatdown of the Browns, using his size to cause significant problems for Cleveland's defense.

With Davis -- he of zero receptions on three targets Sunday -- having underwhelmed ever since being the No. 5 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Titans have been waiting for someone to step in and be a consistent downfield threat. Brown certainly looks the part, and given the way Tennessee's offense performed Sunday, some more high-scoring games might be on the way.

Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars WR

1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 9 percent owned in ESPN

Welp, so much for the Nick Foles era.

Jacksonville's season took several early, ugly turns Sunday, with its best defensive player being ejected and its new starting quarterback suffering a fractured clavicle in a rough beating at the hands of the Chiefs. Foles is out indefinitely, meaning it's rookie Gardner Minshew's time behind center.

Minshew performed admirably Sunday after replacing Foles, all things considered. He was extremely accurate, completing 22 of 25 pass attempts for two touchdowns, while throwing one interception. Chris Conley led all Jaguars receivers in targets (seven) and receptions (six) on his way to 97 receiving yards and a touchdown against Kansas City.

He and Minshew appeared to have good chemistry, and with Foles out indefinitely, that's a connection we could see a lot more of.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers RB

<1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, <1 percent owned in ESPN

Outside of the defensive line, running back is arguably the deepest position on San Francisco's roster. That depth will be put to the test after Tevin Coleman suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the 49ers' win over the Bucs, which will require an MRI. San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan admitted he was "concerned" about the severity of the injury.

Enter Raheem Mostert.

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Shanahan has insisted time and again that the backfield is going to be a timeshare. If Coleman isn't there to absorb a portion of that timeshare, someone else will have to, and Mostert is the logical choice. He led San Francisco with 40 yards on the ground Sunday despite getting six fewer carries than Matt Breida, and clearly has the trust of the coaching staff.

He's proven to be much more than just a special teams standout, and with Breida's injury history, Mostert could be just one play away from becoming the lead back in the offense, assuming Coleman misses some time.