Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:53pm
The San Francisco 49ers added depth to their receiving corps.
Kerley accumulated 152 yards on 16 receptions last season, his fifth year with the New York Jets. The slot receiver was battling for a roster spot deep in Detroit's pecking order.
Kerley, 27, earned his best season in 2012, when he compiled 56 receptions for 827 yards. His playing time waned over the past two years. Kerley could be a nice complement in Chip Kelly's spread system. Behind Torrey Smith and Bruce Ellington, the competition is wide open for snaps in San Francisco.
The trade likely explains why Kerley didn't get any run in Saturday nightâs preseason tilt. The story said both players were likely going to be cut.
Both McDonald and Ellington are worth a look late in fantasy drafts. The slot was Jordan Matthews’ position in Chip Kelly’s offense over the past two years (en route to 4.8 catches per game). Ellington’s combine scores – 4.45 40-yard dash, 3.95 20-yard shuttle, 6.69 3-cone drill – indicate elite athleticism. Kelly said he was “intrigued” by Ellington’s skill set, while Blaine Gabbert said that Ellington was “balling out” in OTAs and “catching a ton of balls.” It wouldn’t be a shock if he sees 100 targets as the #2 passing option in Kelly’s high-paced offense. As for McDonald, over his final six games he averaged 3.5 catches for 44 yards and 0.5 touchdowns, which made him the #8 TE in PPR formats in that span. Kelly likes to use his tight ends - the position accounted for 24% of the Eagles' targets over the last two seasons - so there's upside here.
Torrey Smith was the most notable name to get some medical attention when the training staff took a brief look at his knee when he came up limping after running a route in team drills. Smith stayed in practice for another route, which he limped through before ending his day.
Bruce Ellington appeared to jam a finger, as he had his right index and middle fingers taped together after practice. Ellington hurt the finger when he was contesting a catch against cornerback Jimmie Ward.
Smith and Ellington have a chance to be the team's top-two WRs heading into the season. As the story said, neither injury seems to be serious. The story added Smith lifted weights after practice and seemed to move around OK.
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7:07pm
Each quarterback did get the ball in the end zone, Kaepernick doing so early on with a 50-yard strike to Torrey Smith. Gabbert's best pass might have been a touchdown throw to DeAndrew White, who had his best day of camp.
Kaepernick went 0 for 4 during a seven-on-seven period, capped by Jimmie Ward's interception. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said before practice that Kaepernick had done well in what remains an early competition.
Coach Chip Kelly has been impressed by Simpson, who appears to be making the most of the chance the organization gave him to resuscitate a career from multiple suspensions.
"It's really wide open," Kelly said on Tuesday morning. "Besides Torrey, let's find out who the other playmakers are at that wide receiver position."
Simpson made his mark on the practice field Monday when he got behind cornerback Dontae Johnson to catch a long touchdown pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert. We have Bruce Ellington second among 49ers on our WR list and some who follow the team feel he'll get the WR2 job we've reported. Quinton Patton, DeAndre Smelter and Aaron Burbridge are among some others in camp.
Quinton Patton (1 TD in 36 career catches) is no lock to assume the No. 2 role, and it will be worth studying how his overzealous approach will mesh with Chip Kelly’s ideals. Jerome Simpson has a great opportunity to revive his career. Bruce Ellington figures to see a lot of reps, especially from the slot.
Eric Rogers, a CFL import, has the 6-3 frame that will be especially enticing if he shows the desire to challenge for every ball. DeAndre Smelter, a medical redshirt as a rookie, remains raw at the position and his massive mitts surprisingly let several passes slip through his hands in the spring.
This writer predicts Ellington will win the WR2 job and we'll see Rogers in three-receiver sets, along with Smith. Reading the names in this news item, it's not hard to see there is a slew of unproven options abound on this young corps. With the QB also in question, there is a lot we need to learn about this 49er offense.
The Ravens went on to finish 5-11, their first sub-.500 record since they made Flacco their starter as a rookie back in 2008, and Flacco got started on a rehab process that he hopes will have him ready to start training camp on time.
Saturday, he offered an update on his progress after taking a few leisurely jump shots at teammate Torrey Smith’s charity basketball game, according to the Ravens’ website:
“I can’t complain,” Flacco said. “I’m getting better and better each week. “To be honest with you, I believe [I’m on track for training camp], but it’s not like I’ve been told a timeline or anything like that. I can’t really say one way or another.
“I can tell each week that by the end of the week I’m feeling sore and I’m hurting, and by the next Monday I’m feeling better than I did last Monday.”
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49ers WR Torrey Smith (back, toe, questionable) missed practice again Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. Smith is apparently a game-time decision for Sunday. He’s not a good fantasy option at this point.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
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49ers WR Torrey Smith (back, toe, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 14. Smith’s absence from Thursday practice was precautionary, per HC Jim Tomsula.
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