The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have placed wide receiver Quinton Patton on the Injured Reserve List and promoted wide receiver DeAndre Smelter to the active roster from the team’s practice squad. San Francisco has also signed wide receiver DiAndre Campbell to the practice squad.
CSN Bay Area
Oct 22, 2016 · 7:59 PM EDT
Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter is getting a second chance with the 49ers to show them, for the first time, what he can do.
Smelter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, sat out his entire rookie season to rehab from a left ACL tear from his final season at Georgia Tech. And the 49ers never got much of a look at him in the offseason and training camp this year because of a right hamstring injury.
After being waived/injured in September, Smelter spent more than six weeks getting healthy and dropping weight from 227 pounds to 210. The 49ers signed Smelter this week to the practice squad to replace Dres Anderson.
CSN Bay Area
Aug 15, 2016 · 6:11 PM EDT
Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter will not participate in the 49ers’ practices this week against the Denver Broncos, coach Chip Kelly indicated on Monday.
Smelter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, sat out his entire rookie season after sustaining a torn ACL in his final season at Georgia Tech. He battled a hamstring issue during the 49ers’ offseason program this spring, further setting back his development.
Smelter was held out of Sunday’s exhibition opener against the Houston Texans due to an undisclosed condition after missing the past several days of practices. And his return to the practice field appears does not appear to be imminent.
Torrey Smith is poised to assume (thrive?) as the No. 1 receiver, seeing how Anquan Boldin’s three-year term hasn’t led to an invitation back for Year 4. But who will complement Smith?
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.