49ers release rookie offensive lineman

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The 49ers on Sunday waived undrafted Rookie offensive lineman Richard Levy. Levy (6-6, 315) joined the club in the spring after playing collegiately at Connecticut. He played one snap at guard in San Francisco’s preseason opener Friday against the Chiefs. The favorites to make the team at guard are Joshua Garnett, Brandon Fusco and Zane Beadles, while John Flynn, Andrew Lauderdale, Erik Magnuson and Norman Price are competing for spots as likely reserves. Garnett is dealing with a knee …

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49ers training camp report: Undrafted rookie linebacker knocked unconscious

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1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Tuesday morning. THE HORRIFYING Donavin Newson lay unconscious on the ground while a trainer examined his neck and a doctor called for an ambulance. Newsom is an undrafted Rookie linebacker fighting to make the 49ers roster. He had just broken up a pass intended for tight end Blake Bell, when Chancellor James, another undrafted Rookie fighting to make the roster, dove at Bell to tackle him in case he caught the ball. Bell saw James …

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Golden Nuggets: Who is your favorite rookie

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49ers links for Friday July 14, 2017 Who is your favorite Rookie? News is a little slow so I thought I would throw a little something out there to liven things up a bit. I like a lot of the Rookies and it is a very hard decision but I think I am going to go with Joe Williams. It would have been easy for me to pick Solomon Thomas or Reuben Foster. Thomas should tear it up inside and Foster is going to be an amazing addition to our linebacker group. Ahkello Witherspoon is also one of …

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Is Joe Williams Kyle Shanahan’s next promising rookie running back?

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… pick Joe Williams comes in. Williams has speed (4.41 at the combine) and explosiveness that fits well within Shanahan’s outside zone running scheme. He may have been drafted higher had his college career went to plan. A transfer to Utah after a credit card scandal at UConn was followed by a three-week stint away from the team last season to deal with mental health-related issues (more on that here). Now Williams has a fresh start and a chance to contribute as a Rookie given Hyde’s …

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More proof DeForest Buckner was a really good rookie

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The 49ers defense was bad in 2016, save for Rookie defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who looks like a centerpiece of the massive reconstruction projected headed by new general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Scouting service Pro Football Focus Thursday Tweeted out an interesting tidbit about Buckner that could mean he’s headed for dominance as his career progresses. No Rookie interior defender came close to DeForest Buckner's production on the interior …

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49ers rookie Solomon Thomas works out with Broncos star Von Miller

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Solomon Thomas, the 49ers’ third-overall selection in the recent NFL draft, missed most of the offseason program due to an NFL rule preventing him from reporting to the team during Stanford’s spring quarter. But that hasn’t stopped the defensive lineman from seeking out intriguing mentors. During the team’s Rookie minicamp, the only part of the offseason Thomas could attend, he had the opportunity to train with 49ers Hall of Fame pass rusher Charles Haley. In May, Thomas …

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John Lynch: Rookie tight end gives 49ers something they’ve been missing

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… team. And the same could hold true for a lackluster tight end group that hasn’t featured a dynamic weapon since Vernon Davis circa 2013. That makes Rookie George Kittle, the fifth-round pick from Iowa, an intriguing name to watch at the start of training camp and into 2017. Lynch said Kittle is “a guy who really flashed” throughout the offseason program. “He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well,” Lynch said of Kittle on …

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