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Monday, August 31, 2015

San Francisco 49ers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 31, 2015 - kicker Corey Acosta released
"Rookie kicker Corey Acosta, who made all four of his field-goal attempts in the preseason, was cut today by the 49ers, he announced on his Twitter account. 'Well it was a fun ride and amazing experience, but my time with the 49ers has come to an end. Looking forward to wherever may be next,' he wrote. Acosta, 24, went undrafted out of Southern Mississippi where last year he went 19-25 on field-goal tries, including 2-3 from 50 yards or more. He hit a 50-yard attempt Saturday in Denver." - Sacramento Bee

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May 2, 2015 - punter Bradley Pinion drafted
The 49ers selected Clemson punter Bradley Pinion with the 29th pick of the 5th round.

March 6, 2015 - long snapper Kyle Nelson re-signed
The 49ers reached a new deal with long-snapper/tight end Kyle Nelson on Friday, according to a national report.... Nelson, 28, was inked to a four-year contract extension and figures to be the team's primary long-snapper in 2015. He is currently the only long-snapper on the roster and appeared in all 16 games this past season. Nelson also provides emergency depth at tight end." - CSN

November 9, 2014 - Phil Dawson kicks game tying and game winning field goals over Saints
"The 49ers pulled out a 27-24 overtime win over the Saints on Sunday thanks to outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who sacked quarterback Drew Brees and forced a fumble rookie linebacker Chris Borland recovered. The turnover set up Phil Dawson’s game-winning 35-yard field goal on the next play with 5:18 left.... Trailing 24-21, the 49ers sent the game to overtime thanks to a huge play from quarterback Colin Kaepernick with less than two minutes left. On 4th-and-10 from the 49ers’ 20-yard line, Kaepernick rolled right, scanned the field for several seconds, stopped, planted and uncorked a 51-yard pass to Michael Crabtree, who had snuck behind the secondary. After three straight incompletions, the 49ers tied the game 24-24 on Phil Dawson’s 45-yard field goal with 44 seconds left." - SF Gate

October 19, 2014 - Phil Dawson kicks 350th career field goal
"Phil Dawson became the 17th player in NFL history to make 350 field goals, doing so on a 22-yard effort in the second quarter. Dawson missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt wide left in the first quarter, ending a streak of 10 consecutive successful kicks. His other two missed field goals this season also came on the road, at Dallas and Arizona." - Mercury News

October 8, 2014 - kicker Phil Dawson wins weekly conference honors
"Phil Dawson has won his third NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award since joining the 49ers a year ago, and that three-peat is a franchise record by a kicker. Dawson made all five of his field-goal attempts in Sunday’s win over the Chiefs." - Mercury News 

October 5, 2014 - Phil Dawson hits five field goals in win over Chiefs
"Dawson, 39, supplied five more makes to his career field goal total of 348. Tack on an extra point and Dawson supplied 16 of San Francisco's 22 points in a five-point victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Dawson came up huge for the 49ers in a come-from-behind victory. He made kicks from 31, 55, 52, 27 and 30 yards out. 'No expiration date on Phil Dawson,' Jim Harbaugh said after the 49ers improved to 3-2 on the year. 'Let’s put that down. There is no expiration date on Mr. Phil Dawson'.... San Francisco scored one touchdown on its four red-zone possessions on the day, but Dawson's comfort in his new stadium made him a reliable weapon against Kansas City. 'I joked with you guys earlier that it only took me about 10 years to get comfortable in Cleveland,' Dawson, the former Browns Pro Bowler said. 'I still have a lot of work to do. Today was a good day. My existence is one kick at a time. Even if you have good results, you have to get ready for the next one'." - 49ers

September 28, 2014 - Phil Dawson hits four field goals in win over Eagles
"Dawson's four field goals were enough to more than offset two special teams gaffes by the 49ers in a 26-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium on Sunday.... Dawson's first field goal gave the 49ers their first points. He later cut the Eagles lead to 21-13, turned a deficit into a 23-21 lead and stretched the lead to five midway through the fourth quarter. His fourth field goal turned out to be especially huge, given the Eagles second-to-last drive reached the 49ers 1-yard line. They were forced to go for a touchdown rather than a field goal but failed on two passes from the 1. 'It feels great to contribute,' Dawson said. 'The nature of special teams, though, is whether you're having a great day or the worst day ever, it's one shot at a time. And you never know when that's going to come'." - San Jose Mercury News 

August 30, 2014 - long snapper Kevin McDermott released, Kyle Nelson remains
"But a big surprise on cut-down day was the team’s decision to waive second-year long-snapper Kevin McDermott, the man who beat out Brian Jennings for the job a year ago. McDermott performed flawlessly for the 49ers as a rookie, but the 49ers opted to go with Kyle Nelson due to his athleticism to run down the field to make tackles, too. Nelson gives the 49ers added value as a tight end. He caught six passes for 21 yards in the exhibition season, including two touchdowns in the 49ers’ 40-13 victory over the Houston Texans on Thursday in the finale." - CSN Bay Area

August 24, 2014 - breaking in the sod
"The surface at Levi’s Stadium was dotted with divots by the end of the game, but overall footing didn’t appear to be a significant issue. That, of course, wasn’t the case Wednesday when the 49ers ended practice at the stadium early because the sod was coming up in large chunks. 'I’m just amazed it was that playable given that it was put in (Friday),” placekicker Phil Dawson said.... Not that everything went smoothly. Dawson came up limping late in the second quarter when his plant foot slipped on an extra-point attempt. Dawson, who stayed in the game and made a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, clearly wasn’t eager to assign blame to the new field for his shaky footing. 'They weren’t all perfectly clean,' said Dawson, a 15-year veteran. 'But when you’re 39 everything hurts anyway.' Asked if he limped off after his extra point because of poor footing, he smiled: 'I think I’m fine'.” - SF Gate

August 21, 2014 - sod replacement
"The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi's Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping....  'It's a beautiful field for a first-year field,' veteran placekicker Phil Dawson said this week. 'Those guys are working their brains out to get that thing ready.' Dawson missed wide right on first-half field goal attempts from 55 and 44 yards in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Denver Broncos. He said there are always adjustments with new grass. The field looked dry in places and chunks of sod could be seen missing in places where it apparently didn't root properly. 'We're all kind of in foreign territory here and learning as we go,' Dawson said. 'There were a lot of new experiences, not just wind but the footing on the field. It's the first time the big boys have been out there and trudging around and seeing how the field held up. There's a whole lot going on all at once. ... If your technique requires a six-inch step and your six-inch step goes in a divot or something like that, it can affect things. That's not unique to fields we play on. I have pretty good experience playing on fields that are less than ideal, so I'll just have to draw on those experiences'." - Yahoo

August 17, 2014 - kicker Phil Dawson misses twice in new venue
Kicker Phil Dawson has been fretting about the wind and weather at the 49ers' new stadium since he arrived last season. His performance Sunday won't allow him him sleep any easier. Going into a breeze in the first quarter, Dawson was short and wide right from 55 yards. He also missed – wide right – with the wind at his back from 44 yards. One thing to keep in mind: He also missed a 44-yarder in his first game at Candlestick Park in last year's preseason home opener. He went on to hit 32 of 36 attempts in the regular season, including a franchise record 27 straight." - Sacramento Bee
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August 8, 2014 - Punter Colton Schmidt
"Schmidt is not going to make the team as long as Andy Lee is healthy. But he put some very good game film together by pinning two punts just outside the Ravens goal line (though one was called back on a penalty)." - Sacramento Bee
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August 4, 2014 - kicker Phil Dawson discusses kicking in new stadium 
"Kicker Phil Dawson and punter Andy Lee started getting a feel for the winds and nuances of Levi's Stadium long before Monday, so this was just another opportunity to get better acquainted. 'There's a whole lot of learning that needs to go on,' Dawson said. 'Those two preseason games are going to be huge in terms of gathering information and trying to come up with a plan.' The learning curve might take all season, Dawson said. He spent his first 14 NFL seasons dealing with the wind, snow and whatever else Mother Nature threw his way in Cleveland. He signed with the 49ers last offseason and made a seamless transition kicking at Candlestick Park. The early signs are that he's going to have his hands full in the new stadium, too. 'Candlestick swirled a lot, and I'm afraid this one is awfully similar,' Dawson said. 'You'll be going along and think you kind of got it all figured out, and then something will change. The wind comes and goes'." - Contra Cost Times 

August 2, 2014 - coach Harbaugh discusses kicking in new stadium
"What kind of feedback have you gotten from K Phil Dawson and P Andy Lee about kicking in here so far because they've been every other day in camp, right? Coming over here and kicking in the stadium. 'Yeah. Talked to Phil about it and he's encouraged. He feels like it's going to be a great place to kick. It's part of the process. We've got to get used to it. We've got to get used to the new stadium, new wind, new grass, everything. We can mark our territory soon as we possibly can. Get used to it as much as we possibly can before we play our first game there.'

Do you have any indications how that wind is going to play? You've been on that practice field for three years, but do you have an idea how it's going to play in there as far as for the kickers, for the quarterbacks? 'They're talking about it, they're looking, they're trying to get keys. Where the flags blow, getting the reference point, then find out what it's doing on the field. Is it exactly the same as what the flag is? Sometimes it's opposite. Sometimes it swirls. So, that's part of the process of getting used to it." - Niners Nation

July 25, 2014 - long snapper Kyle Nelson signed
"Nelson, a tight end and long snapper, was in the 49ers’ 2012 training camp and spent part of the 2013 offseason with them.... Nelson played in 11 games last season with the Redskins. He spent last year’s training camp with the Seahwawks, and the Redskins signed him Oct. 15. He’s also had stints with the Saints, Chiefs, Eagles and Chargers." - Mercury News

March 11, 2014 - kicker Phil Dawson re-signed
"Now that Phil Dawson has re-signed with the 49ers for two more seasons, he'll have to learn the nuances of kicking in their new $1.3 billion home. Levi's Stadium's wind patterns already have Dawson's attention as much as the 49ers' infamous old field, Candlestick Park. 'We'll see about the wind. I'm definitely going to try to get in there,' Dawson said Tuesday on a media conference call. 'I watched the video on the other day, and as everyone was marveling at the (installation) of automatic goal posts, I was just staring at the flags that fluctuated.'... Dawson, after 14 seasons with the Browns, proved a phenomenal pickup last spring for the 49ers. He totaled the second-most field goals in 49ers history (32), including a franchise-record 27 in a row at one point. He made walk-off field goals in the 49ers' regular-season finale at Arizona and again the following week in their wild-card playoff win at Green Bay. He made all seven of his field-goal attempts in the playoffs, and 32 of 36 in the regular season." - San Jose Mercury News

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