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  1. Antonio Smith brings grit, humor to Raiders

    Bill Williamson

    ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders are enjoying the Ninja Assassin experience. Antonio Smith was an immensely popular player for the Houston Texans and their fan base for the past five seasons. This year, he departed for the Raiders on a two-ye...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  2. No regrets for Raiders as Pryor returns

    Bill Williamson

    ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders fans will see a familiar sight Thursday night when the Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason finale. They will again witness Terrelle Pryor trying to prove himself. But this time the talented, but ra...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  3. Eric Reid impresses new position mate

    Bill Williamson

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Safety Antoine Bethea fancies himself a fan of the NFL. Predictably, he has an affinity for the players who roam the same position that he does. So, he had a cursory knowledge of Eric Reid, who shined as a rookie last year. ...

    Blog | July 26, 2014
  4. 49ers' top play winner: The Catch

    Bill Williamson

    Score: 49ers 28, Cowboys 27 Date: Jan. 10, 1982 Site: Candlestick Park The fans got it right picking The Catch. Was this really a choice? That is no disrespect to Joe Montana hitting John Taylor to win the Super Bowl in 1989 or to Steve Yo...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  5. Poll results: RB strongest position

    Bill Williamson

    We went into this week's poll knowing the San Francisco 49ers are a loaded team with many positions of strength. The result of the poll backed up those thoughts. We had a very tight vote as fans voted for the top position on the 49ers' roster. In ...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  6. McDermott hopes his 2nd season is a snap

    Bill Williamson

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the biggest training camp surprises last year was when rookie Kevin McDermott beat out Brian Jennings for long-snapping job. Jennings was with the 49ers for 14 years and was a fan favorite. Many were shocked McDerm...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  7. Jim Harbaugh once buzzed George Seifert

    Bill Williamson

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- George Seifert is a big Jim Harbaugh fan. Now, 19 years ago? Not so much. Harbaugh was and still is known for his game-day intensity. It got the best of him after he quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts to a win over the ...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  8. Poll results: Cant wait to see Ward

    Bill Williamson

    The top of the San Francisco 49ers' draft class has caught the imagination of fans. In our poll this week, we asked readers to vote on which recently drafted 49er they were most looking forward to seeing play. Predictably, the winner was first-rou...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  9. Poll results: Less is more in draft picks

    Bill Williamson

    The San Francisco 49ers have six picks -- the most in the NFL -- in the first three rounds of May 8-10 draft. With a loaded roster, it is no surprise many fans want to see the team get quality over quantity. In our poll this week, we asked readers...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  10. Poll results: Pass-rusher is a draft priority

    Bill Williamson

    According to our poll this week, it seems fans definitely want to see the San Francisco 49ers nab a pass-rusher in the May 8-10 draft in light of Aldon Smith's off-field troubles. We asked when (and if) the 49ers should address the position in the...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  11. 49ers' offseason inactivity not a rarity

    Bill Williamson

    Some fans of the San Francisco 49ers are a bit apprehensive that the team has not been overly busy in bringing in new talent this offseason. While concentrating on keeping their own free agents, the 49ers added just four veterans. They signed safe...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  12. Poll results: Gilbert is the CB target

    Bill Williamson

    In no surprise, fans want to see the San Francisco 49ers go big in their quest for a rookie cornerback. In our poll this week, we asked readers which cornerback fans want to see the team take in the first round. As of 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, the w...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  13. Poll: Which cornerback in the first round?

    Bill Williamson

    We asked fans last week in this online poll if they wanted to see the San Francisco 49ers draft a receiver or a cornerback in the first round. Cornerback won in a landslide. Now we ask which cornerback do you want to see the 49ers take? This is...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  14. Chat with NaVorro Bowman

    Bill Williamson

    Wow, here's a great opportunity. As part of his visit to ESPN headquarters, San Francisco 49ers star inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman will chat with fans. It starts at 3:15 p.m. ET. Folks, this is a cool deal. I hope you take advantage....

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  15. Take a spin on the NFL draft machine

    Bill Williamson

    Who doesn't love the NFL draft? The annual NFL player selection process starts in 45 days. In one of my favorite ESPN.com features, fans can work up their own mock draft for the entire seven-round process in our draft machine. The 49ers are exp...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  16. Marcus Lattimore chat wrap

    Bill Williamson

    San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore chatted with ESPN readers Friday morning. Here are some highlights: Scott from SD: Die-hard fan here in South Dakota, Marcus. It's cold here. COLD. How is the knee holding up? Toughest part -- phys...

    Blog | March 21, 2014