49’ers Ink Former Vikings QB Christian Ponder

After the injury to Thad Lewis left the Niners a little shorthanded at QB, the team made a roster move, as they picked up former Vikings and Ravens QB Christian Ponder.

Ponder, who hasn’t thrown a pass since 2014, signed a one-year deal to come in and try and compete to stay on the teams’ roster.

Ponder has 36 career starts at the pro level. He spent time with the Broncos last season, but was quickly cut free.

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49ers Lose QB Thad Lewis for 2016 with a Torn ACL

Thad Lewis

49ers backup quarterback Thad Lewis suffered a torn ACL in Sunday night’s preseason loss to the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Marc Sessleer of NFL.com.

Lewis was hurt during the third quarter after completing 12 of 21 passes for 97 yards. The 28-year-old signal-caller followed coach Chip Kelly west from Philadelphia, but it’s fair to wonder how many more stops Lewis will make during his journeyman career.

The injury leaves San Francisco scrambling for another camp body. With Colin Kaepernick nursing a sore shoulder and rookie Jeff Driskel looking especially green throwing the ball against Houston, the Niners could use another arm.

Kelly Says QB Gabbert Has Had an Up and Down Camp for the Niners

49ers head coach Chip Kelly offered termed quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s performance “up and down,” Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

“It was up and down, both Blaine and our first-team offense,” Kelly said. “I think that first drive, a couple balls he probably wants back, trying to get us on track.  But I think once they settled down, got into a rhythm, I thought they did a really nice job of executing.”

When asked if Gabbert has a leg up in the quarterback competition with Colin Kaepernick, Kelly said,  “I don’t look at it as a leg up. We’re just going to judge them on the opportunities to get in there and go.”

“So if Colin gets in there and does a great job when he’s in, I’m not going to say, ‘Well, he didn’t get as many snaps as Blaine.’

“They’re going to be judged on who moves our offensive football team the best, who protects the football the best, gives us an opportunity to win games.”

49ers WR Eric Rogers Out for the Season with a Torn ACL

Eric Rogers

49ers head coach Chip Kelly said that Eric Rogers, who led the Canadian Football League in receiving yards last year, tore his anterior cruciate ligament Thursday and will miss the season, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Rogers, 25, left practice after he fell while running a route during an 11-on-11 drill. The severity of his noncontact injury was revealed after the wide receiver had an MRI exam Thursday night. Kelly said the 49ers would sign a receiver to the 90-man roster.

“It’s a real big blow for him,” Kelly said. “He was doing a great job for us. Really feel for him. That transition from the CFL — had a great spring for us and was really pushing.”

Rogers, who has never played in an NFL regular-season game, had 1,448 receiving yards, tied for the CFL lead in receiving touchdowns (10) and was third in receptions (87) last season with Calgary.

49’ers Extend Deal for LB Navorro Bowman From Three Years Into Seven

Navarro Bowman

The 49’ers have agreed on a contract extension with linebacker Navorro Bowman, as the veteran linebacker inks a deal that will keep him in San Fran for a long time to come – making quite a bit of money.

Bowman was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and last season had 154 tackles to go along with 2.5 sacks for the Niners.

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Kelly Says 49ers Have No Interest in Adding Former Eagles QB Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles posted a record of 14-4 with Nick Foles as quarterback during the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

But Kelly pulled the trigger last year on a trade that sent Foles to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford.

With Foles available on the open market after the Rams released him this week, it is no surprise Kelly and the 49ers have decided to stick with Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bayarea reports.

“I’m a big fan of Nick, but right now our eggs are in Kap and Blaine’s basket, and we’re going to see what those guys can do,” Kelly said Monday morning during his weekly show on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac Show.”

“And (we’re) very confident in those guys and it has really nothing to do with Nick, but it has to do a lot with both Blaine and Kap, in terms of where they are and giving them an ample shot at being the quarterback. I think if you have three guys in the mix, it gets really diluted and now you’re not going to get enough reps for anybody to make a determination of who the quarterback is going to be.”