Sakamoto: Tracking Progress of 49ers’ WR DeAndre Smelter via my iPhone


Six months ago, I caught a glimpse of San Francisco 49ers rookie WR DeAndre Smelter jogging along the team’s sideline during practice…

#49ers WR DeAndre Smelter finally cutting in practice. The rookie from Georgia Tech will fight to make the 53-man roster next year. #NinerFans #SpotSakamoto #ForeverFaithful

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A drill that saw Smelter running at half speed, he then practiced on cutting while turning up field…


Another look at the 49ers rookie WR DeAndre Smelter as he runs his routes. #ForeverFaithful #SpotSakamoto #NinerFans #49ers

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Fast forward to two weeks ago and Smelter told us he was ‘eager’ to learn his new role on the team now that he’s 100%…

#49ers WR DeAndre Smelter talking to us live from the media workroom! #SpotSakamoto #NinerFans #NinerEmpire #ForeverFaithful

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We haven’t seen him at 100% until now…


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