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2-14, 4th in NFC West
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2hMike Sando

How NFL coaches, GMs have defined Colin Kaepernick

Conversations with 21 executives and coaches over a four-year period reveal a confounding truth: Even as Colin Kaepernick was taking the league by storm, NFL decision-makers struggled to define him. "There is something missing there," one coach said.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he's hoping to build competition all over the roster, but that's particularly apparent with the top offensive line already. The Niners rotated Joshua Garnett and Brandon Fusco at right guard with Trent Brown and Garry Gilliam getting work at right tackle.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers C Jeremy Zuttah was working with first team offense when he departed with an apparent leg issue. Daniel Kilgore, who is expected to compete with Zuttah for the starting job, stepped in to replace Zuttah.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

OTAs are voluntary but 49ers had perfect attendance save for rookie DL Solomon Thomas and WR Kendrick Bourne, both of whom aren't allowed to attend until their school year finishes. WR Bruce Ellington and RB Raheem Mostert worked on the side. Coach Kyle Shanahan appreciates his team showing up: "It's hard to build a team when your team's not there," Shanahan said.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear there will be competition for playing time at linebacker, particularly in nickel packages where only two linebackers will be on the field. NaVorro Bowman, Reuben Foster and Malcolm Smith figure into that battle but Bowman, who is coming off an Achilles injury, is confident he'll remain in the mix. "I won't be on the sideline, I'll tell you that right now," Bowman said.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers DE Aaron Lynch says he's worked his (rear end) off to get back in shape this offseason. Said he still has some work to do as he's in the 280-pound range and his target weight is between 260 and 270.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers LB NaVorro Bowman is working in his usual spot in the middle during OTAs. Kyle Shanahan says Niners have to be cautious to balance Bowman's reps as he competes for his spot with not pushing him too hard as he comes back from Achilles injury.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said plan for LB Reuben Foster for now is to allow him to participate in anything that doesn't have the potential for contact. He's still recovering from shoulder procedure but the hope is he will be ready for training camp. Foster is working at weakside linebacker right now, according to Shanahan.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers rookie LB Reuben Foster took part in some individual drills in today's OTA but did not participate in team drills as he continues recovery from shoulder procedure.

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18hNick Wagoner

49ers' best acquisition: Kyle Shanahan

Shanahan was widely regarded as the top head coach on the market, and his offensive acumen should help turn things around in San Francisco.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the first time the 49ers have issued Nos. 94 and 97 in awhile. Solomon Thomas is first to wear 94 since Justin Smith retired in 2015 while Dekoda Watson is first to wear 97 since Bryant Young retired in 2007.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers made a few jersey number changes as they open OTAs to media on Tuesday. Rookie DL Solomon Thomas is now No. 94 after starting with No. 96. DT D.J. Jones now wearing No. 96. OLB Dekoda Watson is wearing No. 97. CB Rashard Robinson switches from 26 back to 33 after an earlier change and RB Kapri Bibbs is now 26. Rookie RB Joe Williams is No. 32.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills are hosting former 49ers LB Gerald Hodges on a free-agent visit Monday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Hodges, 26, was a fourth-round pick of the Vikings in 2013 who started 12 games last season for San Francisco. If signed, Hodges would likely be added to a competition at weak-side linebacker for Buffalo that includes Ramon Humber and rookie Matt Milano.

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2dNick Wagoner

Niners focus on the pass rush as OTAs open

The 49ers won't have either of their first-round picks for OTAs but can sift through their potential pass rushers and look to fill other holes.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers named Ran Carthon the new director of pro personnel. Carthon held a similar job with the Rams previously. Has also worked in Atlanta.

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Will Kaepernick have a job this season? (2:23)

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Forty of the top NFL rookies from the 2017 NFL Draft learned about the business of football today at the 23rd annual NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Rookie Premiere, presented by Panini America, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event will continue through Saturday (May 18-20).

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6dDan Graziano

QB Confidence Index: San Francisco 49ers

We can be reasonably confident about what Brian Hoyer offers if healthy. Given his history, though, we can also be reasonably confident that he won't stay healthy.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Kaepernick hasn't been on the winning side of the field much the past two seasons. Still, that doesn't discourage the Seahawks who are reportedly showing interest in the former 49ers QB.

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Fowler: Seahawks 'perfect spot' for Kaepernick (0:53)

Team Stats

Passing Yards181.932nd
Rushing Yards126.24th
Points For19.227th
Points Against30.032nd

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