49ers agreed to terms with No. 128 overall pick WR Quinton Patton on a four-year contract.
Patton was extremely productive for small-school Louisiana Tech, but does not have imposing size (6-0, 204), and isn't a top-shelf athlete (4.53 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical leap). He drew praise from coach Jim Harbaugh after the draft, but CSN Bay Area believes Patton is "nowhere close to being ready" to contribute. Patton is in the mix with 2012 first-rounder A.J. Jenkins for No. 3 duties, but will have to go off in camp to win the job.
USA Today reports Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Tuesday's OTAs session.
It's a crushing blow for the 49ers, though they're holding out hope Crabtree can return at some point in 2013. Terrell Suggs and Da'Quan Bowers were both able to get on the field last season after suffering torn Achilles' in the spring, but neither ever seemed to make it all the way back to 100 percent. It will be an even tougher challenge for Crabtree, as receivers must constantly stop/start and change directions. It elevates Anquan Boldin to No. 1 receiver status, and places increased pressure on 2012 first-rounder A.J. Jenkins coming off his lost rookie season. Fourth-round pick Quinton Patton will now be no worse than the Niners' No. 3 receiver until Mario Manningham returns from his torn ACL. Even if it becomes clear Crabtree will play at some point this season, he shouldn't be considered more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues. The news tilts Frank Gore's arrow slightly up, and Colin Kaepernick's slightly down.
49ers OLB Aldon Smith (shoulder surgery) is doing a "little bit" in OTAs.
Smith resumed lifting weights last month, and is expected to be 100 percent for training camp. Smith is looking to bounce-back from a frigid finish to his 2012 season, where including the playoffs, he notched zero sacks over his final six games.
49ers CB Carlos Rogers is "told (he's a) starter," but expects Nnamdi Asomugha to have a "big role."
Asomugha was expected to push Rogers opposite Tarell Brown, but Rogers remains penciled in for now. CSN Bay Area called Rogers a "lock" for a roster spot earlier this month, while estimating Asomugha was "50-50." Asomugha has to prove he's not done before competing for a starting job.
49ers WR A.J. Jenkins admits his rookie season was "very humbling," and is trying to bulk up from 192 pounds to 200.
"From being the top dog on campus to not playing at all, it teaches you a lot about the game and you try learning from the sidelines and other players," Jenkins said. "I need to make sure it doesn't happen again this year." In the mix for No. 3 receiver duties behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, Jenkins is currently tipping the scales at 196. For the time being, he remains off the fantasy radar.
The NFL has awarded Super Bowl L to San Francisco, and Super Bowl LI to Houston.
Super Bowl L ' or 50, if you will ' will be played in the 49ers' new stadium in February 2016. It will be the first Super Bowl played in the Bay Area since 1985. Super Bowl LI will be Houston's first Super Bowl since the Patriots defeated the Panthers in 2004. Shut out of the bidding was Miami, which failed to secure public funding for apparently necessary upgrades to Sun Life Stadium. Next year's Super Bowl will be played in New York/New Jersey's MetLife Stadium ' outdoors.
The Sacramento Bee considers the 49ers' No. 3 receiver job "wide open."
Keep in mind San Francisco's third receiver rotation wasn't productive in 2012 as Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams rotated behind Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss. Still, there is some opportunity for A.J. Jenkins behind Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. The 2012 first-rounder has reportedly added muscle this offseason. Jenkins will be competing with Quinton Patton, Williams, and Ricardo Lockette.