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San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th125.1 (11th)232.3 (17th)
Defense2nd84.9 (5th)221.1 (10th)

49ers report: Strategy and personnel

The Sports Xchange
 
Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes
 

The 49ers might keep four quarterbacks on their roster this season if third-stringer Cody Pickett adapts to a role in which he plays some receiver and special teams, 49ers coach Mike Nolan said.

Pickett turned down an opportunity to hone his quarterback skills in NFL Europe this spring. He believes the decision has paid off because the 49ers later lost offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy, who became Packers head coach, and installed a new offense with coordinator Norv Turner.

Pickett is competing for the No. 3 quarterback job with Jesse Palmer, behind starter Alex Smith and backup Trent Dilfer. But Pickett might have a lot more on his plate this season.

"We've met with him (about an expanded role)," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "Some of the passing days, he went out and played a little wide receiver. We're trying to give him a role of 'slash.'"

Nolan said about the only way that Pickett will get a chance to play this season, barring injuries to the players in front of him, is if he can become a contributor as a spot player on offense and special teams.

FRANCHISE PLAYER
None.

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
S Marques Anderson; TE Steve Bush; DE Travis Hall; LB Saleem Rasheed.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: S Mike Adams; QB Ken Dorsey; FB Chris Hetherington; RB Maurice Hicks; TE Terry Jones; WR Jason McAddley; LB Brandon Moore; PK Joe Nedney; S Kris Richard; LB Derek Smith.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED
OG Larry Allen; WR Antonio Bryant; CB Sammy Davis; QB Trent Dilfer; WR Bryan Gilmore; CB Walt Harris; QB Shaun Hill; FB Moran Norris; QB Jesse Palmer; LB T.J. Slaughter; S Chad Williams.

PLAYERS LOST
FB Fred Beasley; LB Andre Carter; OT Anthony Clement; DE Chris Cooper; QB Ken Dorsey; WR Brandon Lloyd; WR Johnnie Morton; LB Julian Peterson; CB Ahmed Plummer; WR Rashaun Woods.

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