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2012 Draft Prep: 12-team PPR mock draft

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The biggest difference in PPR leagues from standard formats might be when quarterbacks are drafted. With the additional value given to running backs and receivers, quarterbacks tend to fall on Draft Day.

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That happened in this draft. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees went in Round 1 as expected, but Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton fell to Round 3. Now, that likely won't happen in most leagues, but you shouldn't reach for a quarterback in this format even with six points for passing touchdowns.

In most standard leagues, quarterbacks are the highest-scoring players. Last year, 18 of the Top 30 players in a standard league were quarterbacks based on total Fantasy points. But in a PPR league, that number was reduced to just 14 quarterbacks.

You can afford to wait on quarterbacks in this format, and in this league 15 running backs, seven receivers and two tight ends were drafted before Stafford at No. 28 overall (I took Newton two picks later at No. 30). The next quarterback after that wasn't drafted until No. 59 overall with Matt Ryan and Michael Vick went one pick later.

Another difference is when the better receiving options are drafted. For example, in this league Jimmy Graham went in Round 1 at No. 12 overall. Darren Sproles was drafted at No. 14 overall in Round 2 ahead of Steven Jackson, Ryan Mathews and Trent Richardson. And Wes Welker was the No. 3 receiver drafted ahead of Andre Johnson and Julio Jones. Roddy White also went ahead of Jones.

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I like the Graham pick, but Sproles went too soon. Welker is worth the risk there, but I'd still draft him after Johnson and Jones even in this format. There were some other interesting picks, which you can see here.

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In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving, one point for every 25 yards passing and one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

Our draft order is as follows ...

1. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
2. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
5. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
6. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
8. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
9. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
11. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Brinson Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2 White Arian Foster, RB, HOU
3 Di Fino LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Kopf Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
5 Darst Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
6 Eisenberg Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
7 Aizer Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
8 Madden Tom Brady, QB, NE
9 Hurcomb Drew Brees, QB, NO
10 Tobin DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
11 Richard Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
12 Towers Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Towers Matt Forte, RB, CHI
14 Richard Darren Sproles, RB, NO
15 Tobin Steven Jackson, RB, STL
16 Hurcomb Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
17 Madden Wes Welker, WR, NE
18 Aizer Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
19 Eisenberg Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
20 Darst Roddy White, WR, ATL
21 Kopf Julio Jones, WR, ATL
22 Di Fino Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
23 White Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
24 Brinson Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Brinson A.J. Green, WR, CIN
26 White Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
27 Di Fino Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
28 Kopf Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
29 Darst Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
30 Eisenberg Cam Newton, QB, CAR
31 Aizer Greg Jennings, WR, GB
32 Madden Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
33 Hurcomb Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
34 Tobin Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
35 Richard Doug Martin, RB, TB
36 Towers Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Towers Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
38 Richard Michael Turner, RB, ATL
39 Tobin Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
40 Hurcomb Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
41 Madden Kevin Smith, RB, DET
42 Aizer Steve Smith, WR, CAR
43 Eisenberg Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
44 Darst Donald Brown, RB, IND
45 Kopf Frank Gore, RB, SF
46 Di Fino Marques Colston, WR, NO
47 White Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
48 Brinson Antonio Gates, TE, SD
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Brinson Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
50 White Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
51 Di Fino Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
52 Kopf Eric Decker, WR, DEN
53 Darst Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
54 Eisenberg Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
55 Aizer BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
56 Madden Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
57 Hurcomb Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
58 Tobin DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
59 Richard Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
60 Towers Michael Vick, QB, PHI
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Towers Miles Austin, WR, DAL
62 Richard Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
63 Tobin Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
64 Hurcomb Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
65 Madden Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
66 Aizer Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
67 Eisenberg Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
68 Darst Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
69 Kopf Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
70 Di Fino Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
71 White Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
72 Brinson Titus Young, WR, DET
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Brinson Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
74 White C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
75 Di Fino DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
76 Kopf Vernon Davis, TE, SF
77 Darst Eli Manning, QB, NYG
78 Eisenberg Robert Meachem, WR, SD
79 Aizer Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
80 Madden Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
81 Hurcomb Greg Little, WR, CLE
82 Tobin Philip Rivers, QB, SD
83 Richard Nate Washington, WR, TEN
84 Towers Jason Witten, TE, DAL
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Towers Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
86 Richard Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
87 Tobin Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
88 Hurcomb Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
89 Madden Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
90 Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
91 Eisenberg Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
92 Darst Michael Bush, RB, CHI
93 Kopf Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
94 Di Fino Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
95 White Tony Romo, QB, DAL
96 Brinson Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Brinson Ben Tate, RB, HOU
98 White Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
99 Di Fino Cedric Benson, RB, GB
100 Kopf Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
101 Darst Mark Ingram, RB, NO
102 Eisenberg Evan Royster, RB, WAS
103 Aizer Shane Vereen, RB, NE
104 Madden Fred Davis, TE, WAS
105 Hurcomb LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
106 Tobin Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
107 Richard Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
108 Towers Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Towers Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
110 Richard David Wilson, RB, NYG
111 Tobin Roy Helu, RB, WAS
112 Hurcomb Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
113 Madden Danny Amendola, WR, STL
114 Aizer Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
115 Eisenberg Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
116 Darst Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
117 Kopf Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
118 Di Fino Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
119 White Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
120 Brinson Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Brinson Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
122 White Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
123 Di Fino Randy Moss, WR, SF
124 Kopf Felix Jones, RB, DAL
125 Darst Mike Williams, WR, TB
126 Eisenberg Andrew Luck, QB, IND
127 Aizer Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
128 Madden Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
129 Hurcomb Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
130 Tobin Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
131 Richard Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
132 Towers Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Towers Santana Moss, WR, WAS
134 Richard Josh Freeman, QB, TB
135 Tobin Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
136 Hurcomb Ronnie Brown, RB, SD
137 Madden Randall Cobb, WR, GB
138 Aizer Brent Celek, TE, PHI
139 Eisenberg 49ers DST
140 Darst Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
141 Kopf Alex Smith, QB, SF
142 Di Fino Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
143 White Terrell Owens, WR, SEA
144 Brinson Eagles DST
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Brinson Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
146 White Steelers DST
147 Di Fino Ravens DST
148 Kopf Bears DST
149 Darst Jets DST
150 Eisenberg Brian Quick, WR, STL
151 Aizer Texans DST
152 Madden Giants DST
153 Hurcomb Packers DST
154 Tobin Patriots DST
155 Richard Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
156 Towers Cowboys DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Towers David Akers, K, SF
158 Richard Seahawks DST
159 Tobin Alex Henery, K, PHI
160 Hurcomb Mason Crosby, K, GB
161 Madden Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
162 Aizer Garrett Hartley, K, NO
163 Eisenberg Dan Bailey, K, DAL
164 Darst Jason Hanson, K, DET
165 Kopf Matt Prater, K, DEN
166 Di Fino Matt Bryant, K, ATL
167 White Randy Bullock, K, HOU
168 Brinson Nate Kaeding, K, SD
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.6 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
3.7 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
4.6 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
5.7 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
6.6 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
7.7 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
8.6 Lance Moore, WR, NO
9.7 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
10.6 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
11.7 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
12.6 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
13.7 Texans DST
14.6 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Aleese Kopf
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.9 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.4 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
4.9 Frank Gore, RB, SF
5.4 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
6.9 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
7.4 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
8.9 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
9.4 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
10.9 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
11.4 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
12.9 Alex Smith, QB, SF
13.4 Bears DST
14.9 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Drew Brees, QB, NO
2.4 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
3.9 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
4.4 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
5.9 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.4 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
7.9 Greg Little, WR, CLE
8.4 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
9.9 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
10.4 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
11.9 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
12.4 Ronnie Brown, RB, SD
13.9 Packers DST
14.4 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
2.1 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.12 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.1 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
5.12 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
6.1 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
7.12 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
8.1 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
9.12 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
10.1 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
11.12 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
12.1 Santana Moss, WR, WAS
13.12 Cowboys DST
14.1 David Akers, K, SF
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
2.2 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
3.11 Doug Martin, RB, TB
4.2 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
5.11 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
6.2 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
7.11 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
8.2 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
9.11 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
10.2 David Wilson, RB, NYG
11.11 Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
12.2 Josh Freeman, QB, TB
13.11 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
14.2 Seahawks DST
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.8 Roddy White, WR, ATL
3.5 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
4.8 Donald Brown, RB, IND
5.5 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
6.8 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.5 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
8.8 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
9.5 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
10.8 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
11.5 Mike Williams, WR, TB
12.8 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
13.5 Jets DST
14.8 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
2.7 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
3.6 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
4.7 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
5.6 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
6.7 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
7.6 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
8.7 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
9.6 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
10.7 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
11.6 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
12.7 49ers DST
13.6 Brian Quick, WR, STL
14.7 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.3 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
3.10 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.3 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.10 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
6.3 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
7.10 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
8.3 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
9.10 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
10.3 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
11.10 Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
12.3 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
13.10 Patriots DST
14.3 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
3.3 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
4.10 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.3 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
6.10 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
7.3 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
8.10 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
9.3 Cedric Benson, RB, GB
10.10 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
11.3 Randy Moss, WR, SF
12.10 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
13.3 Ravens DST
14.10 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Tom Brady, QB, NE
2.5 Wes Welker, WR, NE
3.8 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.5 Kevin Smith, RB, DET
5.8 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.5 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
7.8 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
8.5 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
9.8 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
10.5 Danny Amendola, WR, STL
11.8 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
12.5 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
13.8 Giants DST
14.5 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.11 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
3.2 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.11 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
5.2 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
6.11 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
7.2 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
8.11 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
9.2 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
10.11 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
11.2 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
12.11 Terrell Owens, WR, SEA
13.2 Steelers DST
14.11 Randy Bullock, K, HOU
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.12 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
3.1 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
4.12 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
5.1 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
6.12 Titus Young, WR, DET
7.1 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
8.12 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
9.1 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
10.12 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
11.1 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
12.12 Eagles DST
13.1 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
14.12 Nate Kaeding, K, SD

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Player News
Titans' Lewan says QB Mettenberger still views himself as starter
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Even though the Titans drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second-overall pick, tackle Taylor Lewan said that QB Zach Mettenberger, who started six games last season as a rookie, still regards himself as the starter, reports the Tennessean.com.

"That is the mentality that Zach has. He thinks of himself as a starter, and the guys in the locker room do also," Lewan said. "I don't think he is going to give it up easily,"
Lewan was the Titans' first-round pick in last year's draft.

Browns' Pettine: Josh McCown favorite to enter camp as starter
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Browns coach Mike Pettine said in a radio interview Monday that it's "fair to say" that Josh McCown will enter camp as the team's starting quarterback, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

Pettine had said in April that he wasn't ready to name McCown the likely starter for anything, but after the Browns came out of draft weekend without a new quarterback on the roster, it appears the former Buccaneers starter is in line to open camp atop the depth chart at the position.

McCown started 11 games with the Buccaneers last season, completing 56.3 percent of his passes while throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.


Bengals' Tyler Eifert (shoulder) on track for start of camp
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is on target to participate from the start of training camp, Bengals.com reports.

Eifert tore his labrum last offseason and dislocated his elbow in the first quarter of his first regular-season game. Rather than return late in the year, he and the team opted for season-ending shoulder surgery. The tight end said that his elbow has been cleared and he's waiting to receive clearance on his shoulder in a few weeks.

"I tried to play through the year. Once I had elbow surgery and I wasn’t going to come back, then I just got the shoulder done," Eifert said. "That’s why I’m excited now because I’m feeling strong, feeling upbeat. I’m not in any pain. It feels good."


49ers' Justin Smith to announce retirement decision in May
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) 49ers defensive end Justin Smith plans to sit down with team officials in May and decide whether he'll return for one more season, the Sacramento Bee reports.

"You'll know in about three weeks or so," Smith said Monday.

Smith wouldn't say which way he was leaning. He indicated that the the team's decision to draft a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft did not signal his impending retirement.

"We gave Justin liberty to make his own decision on his time frame," Baalke said after selecting Arik Armstead Thursday. "We went into the draft not thinking about what decision Justin’s going to make or not going to make. We just went in to find the best football player, the best system fit that we could."


Texans agree to four-year extension with LB Whitney Mercilus
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The Texans have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker Whitney Mercilus, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus will receive $26 million under the terms of the deal, which will keep in Houston until 2019, ESPN reports. He has missed just one game in his first three years with the Texans, racking up 122 total tackles and 18 sacks while forcing four fumbles.


Titans tailoring offense to Marcus Mariota's strengths
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Titans general manager Ruston Webster reiterated Monday that coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff have begun tailoring the offense to fit the strengths of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, NFL.com reports.

"Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set -- he has a special skill set. There's really not much he can't do from physical standpoint and he's very bright. That combination is going to allow him to do his own adapting to the NFL game but our coaches have worked very hard on coming up with a system within our system for Marcus. I think it will work well."

The Titans believe that Mariota will work fine under center and reading defenses despite not being asked to do so while playing at Oregon.


Cardinals' Carson Palmer (knee) participates in drills Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (knee) worked out Monday, participating with the first-team offense in all drills, NFL.com reports.

Though the action wasn't close to replicating game-like conditions, the quarterback said he received a big mental boost by joining his team after missing the last eight games of the season due to a torn ACL.

"You want all your guys out there," Palmer said. "I know I want my five starting linemen and my two starting receivers. You don’t ever want to see guys on the sidelines. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to do everything once OTAs start, but I’ll be able to do just about everything. It’s important (to participate) because I enjoy it. I can’t wait for tomorrow and I can’t wait for every day."

Palmer said the injury forces him to "start over from scratch" mechanically, as he works to regain the footwork and balance needed to be successful in the pocket.

“All those little things that still go through my head every couple reps, I’m fighting to get to the point where you just don’t think about that anymore,” Palmer said. “It just becomes natural. Just ingraining all those small mechanical movements is something that takes repetition after repetition.”


49ers GM says LB Aldon Smith developing as leader for team
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said that linebacker Aldon Smith has started to develop as a leader on the field and that he has a “a great look in his eye,” the team has reported.

"It’s a role I’m comfortable with,” Smith said. “I’m kind of one of the older guys on the team now. I’m one of the guys who has been here for a while, so I’m helping out people who need help with anything, whether that’s knowing where to go down here or football questions.”

Smith served a nine-game suspension during the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse.

49ers place Chris Borland on reserve/retired list
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The 49ers placed linebacker Chris Borland on the reserve/retired list Monday, CSNBayArea.com reports.

The move is a formality, as Borland announced his decision to retire in mid-March. The move clears $109.359 in immediate cap space. The 49ers didn't address the inside-linebacker position in this year's draft despite the retirements of Borland and Patrick Willis.


49ers waive/injured Chase Thomas
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The 49ers have waived/injured linebacker Chase Thomas, the team announced Monday.

Thomas made two special-teams tackles in five games played with the 49ers last season. He tore an ACL while working out earlier in the offseason and will presumably miss the entire 2015 season.


 
 
 
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