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September 4, 2011
49ers begin building practice squad

Here's a partial list of the players the 49ers have added to their practice squad today, according to the players' agents. The team is expected to send out a full list in the near future. Note I: The practice squad tends to fluctuate, as McLeod Bethel-Thompson found out this morning, and may change over the next few days. Note II: The 49ers did send a full list confirming these seven additions.

1. Center Chase Beeler -- The former Stanford center got a jump start on his fellow undrafted rookies by joining some of the 49ers players in workouts during the lockout. Beeler is smart, knows the offense and is a good technician. He needs to add size and strength, and the practice squad is a good place to do that.

2. Tight end Konrad Reuland -- He was the garbage man of training camp, catching everything - even the ugly passes - that came his way. Reuland also needs to gain strength and become a better blocker. He has the frame and the work ethic to make that happen.

3. Receiver Joe Hastings - The former Washburn receiver wasn't as big as fellow undrafted rookie Chris Hogan nor as fast as Tyler Beiler. But he was quick, ran excellent routes and was not slowed by injuries like Hogan and Dontavia Bogan. Hastings often challenged the first-team defense in practice, which will be his main role this season.

4. Cornerback Cory Nelms - The 49ers like to hold onto promising, young cornerbacks, and Nelms fits that description. With a slough of injuries at the position, Nelms saw a lot of practice time and showed steady improvement throughout training camp. Nelms has excellent speed, having run a 4.38-second 40 at his pro day at Miami. A former track star, Nelms holds the school record for the 110-meter high hurdles at Miami.

5. Offensive lineman Derek Hall -- Another former Cardinal, Hall played tackle at Stanford but was moved to guard by the 49ers. Hall has excellent size. By the end of training camp, he was working with the second-string line at right guard.

6. Outside linebacker Monte Simmons -- While Aldon Smith's wingspan drew a lot of attention this summer, Simmons' is nearly as impressive. At about 230 pounds, however, Simmons, who played at Kent State, doesn't have Smith's strength at this point, which is why the 49ers want to develop him on the practice squad.

7. Running back Xavier Omon -- The 49ers had three Top 25 running backs in the preseason with Omon ranking third on the team in yards. He's a big back with a straight-ahead style whom the team could call up if there are injuries elsewhere.

***UPDATE 11:30 a.m.**** The 49ers initially signed former Sacramento State quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad but released him after adding another rookie passer, Scott Tolzien, to the 53-man roster. The last spot likely will go to linebacker Keaton Kristick, who was cut to make room for Tolzien.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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