--The 49ers have not had much luck in drafting kickers. Last year, they selected Jeff Chandler in the fourth round of the draft and paid him a $330,000 signing bonus. But he failed to make it through his second season with the club when they released him this week.
"After visiting with the coaches we decided that
we needed to make a change at kicker," 49ers general manager Terry Donahue said.
"It was a difficult decision, but Jeff has been struggling with his consistency
and kickoff depth."
Not since 1975-'76 when the 49ers drafted
Steve Mike-Mayer in the third round has the team drafted a kicker that lasted
two full seasons. Mike-Mayer did not last a third. The 49ers have drafted five
kickers since Mike-Mayer.
--When the 49ers signed kicker Owen Pochman, he became the first left-footed kicker in team history.
"The only adjustment is just getting in sync with the snapper and holder,"
Pochman said. "I understand (holder) Bill LaFleur is a good athlete, so he just
has to get used to holding his hand differently."
LaFleur had a
rough day at practice on Wednesday, as he mishandled a snap during field-goal
practice in front of the team. The mechanics of placing a ball down are
reversed, as instead of having the left hand on top and spinning the ball with
the right hand, he will have the right hand on top while spinning the ball with
his left hand.
"I don't want to glamorize this more than what it
is," LaFleur said. "I'm not comfortable with it yet, but I'll get
--Lost in all the uproar over his reception at the end
of regulation, receiver Cedrick Wilson had one of the best games of his NFL
career. Wilson caught four passes for 57 yards, including the 29-yard reception
as the clock expired at the end of regulation.
Wilson received all kinds of
national attention for trying to score on the play instead of going down, which
would have allowed the 49ers an opportunity to kick a last-second field
"It was a nice game for me, hopefully I can have better,"
Wilson said, while laughing, "but that one play really just jacked it all
--Niners running backs Garrison Hearst and Kevan Barlow are
expecting the Cleveland Browns defense to pay extra attention to their run
defense this week, on the heels of Baltimore's Jamal Lewis rushing for an
NFL-record 295 yards on 30 carries against them last week.
can bet they're going to be ready for our running game," Hearst said. 'We expect
that. Our thing is to go out and do what we do offensively and mix it up like we
do and still try to establish running game."
"Normally when a defense gets run over like that, the next week they want to
prove they're not soft on the run. They're probably emphasizing in practice this
week, don't let the ball get run on us. They're going to be there in the
--When Kwame Harris lined up with the starting unit
against St. Louis, it was the first time the 49ers have started a rookie at left
tackle since 1953. In 1953, two rookies, Doug Hogland and Hal Miller, started at
--RT Scott Gragg should be ready to return to the
starting lineup this week after missing the first two starts with a high left
--LT Derrick Deese is battling a chronic right
ankle problem and it will not be known until later in the week if he'll be
available to play in Sunday's game. After coach Dennis Erickson said all last
week that Deese would be available against the Rams, he was a late scratch from
the starting lineup.
--CB Rashad Holman, originally expected to
be out of action for three weeks, has returned to practice and might return to
his role as the team's nickel back in Sunday's game against the
--LB Julian Peterson, coming off his first trip to the
Pro Bowl, has gotten off to a strong start this season. Peterson has two sacks
for minus-21 yards, forced two fumbles and recovered one.
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