49ers Rumors: Pettis, Samuel, RBs, Reed

Here is the latest out of San Francisco. More injuries have cropped up for the 49ers, causing them to alter a previous strategy. But the 4-3 team received good news on the health front as well.

  • Dante Pettis looks to be off the trade block. The 49ers lost Deebo Samuel and Richie James to injuries during their win against the Patriots, and Kyle Shanahan said the team is now no longer likely to trade Pettis, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News (on Twitter). Shanahan previously confirmed the team was trying to deal the 2018 second-round wideout, who has fallen out of favor after showing flashes as a rookie. Pettis may receive another chance soon. The ex-Washington Husky standout has played sparingly on offense and special teams this season but has not caught a pass in nearly a year.
  • As for Samuel, he is set for another multiweek absence. The second-year receiver suffered a hamstring strain that will keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Shanahan expects his No. 1 wideout to miss San Francisco’s Week 9 game against Green Bay as well. Samuel has not enjoyed much time to build on his strong rookie season, with this hamstring setback coming after he missed a few months because of a foot fracture.
  • While Jeff Wilson became the latest 49ers running back to go down, the team received good news regarding one member of its backfield. The 49ers designated Tevin Coleman to return from IR Wednesday, opening the door to the veteran back playing in Seattle after a six-week absence. Should Coleman return, the 49ers will only be down two backs — Wilson and Raheem Mostert. The 49ers also designated Jordan Reed and K’Waun Williams to come off IR. The team has three weeks to activate its IR-DTR players.
  • The fifth of San Francisco’s running backs to see time this season, JaMycal Hasty, opted to stay in San Francisco despite offers to leave. Three teams expressed interest in poaching Hasty off the 49ers’ practice squad, per agent Scott Casterline, but the rookie UDFA preferred to stay and wait for an opportunity with a team that has been known to use running back committees under Shanahan, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area notes. Hasty, now on the team’s 53-man roster, has averaged 5.2 yards per carry in three games.
  • Before signing offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom to their practice squad, the 49ers also brought former Bears starter Ted Larsen and ex-Dolphins first-stringer Evan Boehm for workouts. The 49ers, who are expected to be without starting center Weston Richburg until perhaps Week 12, lost replacement Ben Garland recently.
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  1. wagner13

    Of course Hasty wanted to stay with San Francisco. Shanahan transforms runningbacks with his brilliant blocking schemes. Unless Hasty was guaranteed a chance to start elsewhere, this was his best chance to flash his talent as a former undrafted free agent

    • Technically correct

      Agreed. The 4th string RB on SF is a highly desirable position to be in. Leaving for a non-guaranteed role would have been a little…hasty.

  2. compassrose

    Depending what the 49ers want for Pettis would be an interesting pick up. I know he has had injuries but still nice way he should have the low production he has. If they make him available Seattle should take a look.

    • tedtheodorelogan

      Pettis is scared to get hit and doesn’t seem particularly interested in being a professional football player.

      • tigerd7335

        Totally agree Ted you saw it in game 4 or 5 of his rookie season he got walloped by someone and has been a scared little rabbit ever since

        • ayrbhoy

          Compass- while I’ve agreed with some of your takes on Seattle sports in the past I’m having a hard time with this one. WR is practically the last position we need to strengthen. Are you sure you’re not romanticizing his glory days at the UW or thinking that he’s the WR we saw in his one really good game vs the Seahawks?

          He’d be taking snaps away from Freddie Swain. We also have to make room for if and when Josh Gordon is reinstated and don’t forget we have our FA acquisition P Dorsett coming off IR not to mention last years draft pick John Ursua! Dante Pettis? Hmm, sorry, don’t agree. If we could pick up another top draft pick from SF’s defense like we did with DJ Reed- now we’re talking haha! No way SF makes that mistake again!

  3. rob49rfan

    What about making Dante Pettis a cornerback?? Seems like he has skills/talent. If he could play CB and return punts he’d be worth a lot more… NE use to do that with players…

    • ayrbhoy

      Thats an interesting and creative solution, good idea- hmm? The Seahawks are currently switching positions with one of this years draft picks from last yrs LSU team: a 6’7” TE Stephen Sullivan is being converted into an athletic DE/pass rusher. Pettis at CB, why not? I could be wrong but I believe Sherman was also a WR in college.

  4. phenomenalajs

    It seems like the 49ers are the Marlins of the NFL this season. In spite of being decimated, they have a real shot at the playoffs.

    • ayrbhoy

      The next 4-5 weeks will determine whether you’re the 2020 Marlins or the 2019 version. Good luck this weekend- I have a lot of respect for 49ers fans after the way I was treated during last yrs epic MNF battle at Levis. I was sitting in a section w long time SF season ticket holders cheering the Hawks (only in the 2nd half to be fair.) We had a lot of friendly banter going on all night, I took a lot of stick in the first half! After the game a number of 49er fans around us congratulated me afterwards. Shook my hand- that took guts and a helluva a lot of class. May the best team win….

  5. norcal73

    Matt Breida hasn’t done anything with the Dolphins and probably will be cut after this season.

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