Midweek is officially here, so practice will amp up as the San Francisco 49ers prepare for their Week 11 matchup against the division-rival Seattle Seahawks. After snapping the team’s losing streak, quarterback Blaine Gabbert prepares to make his second straight start for the 49ers. Against the Falcons — Gabbert’s first start since the 2013 season — the former first round pick finished 15-for-25 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. It was his fourth-straight start throwing two or more interceptions.
The 49ers have not been victorious at CenturyLink Field since 2011.
On Tuesday, San Francisco lost a pair of players from its practice squad. Wide receiver Andrew Turzilli was signed by the Tennessee Titans, and center Brian Folkerts was claimed by the St. Louis Rams. Both players had been signed by San Francisco on Oct. 13.
Turzilli was added to the Titans active roster, taking a big step forward in his NFL journey. The 6-foot-4, 195 pound receiver caught 10 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns last season for Rutgers. The return to Tennessee is a homecoming of sorts — the Titans signed Turzilli as a priority free agent immediately following his not being selected in the draft. He joined the 49ers after sustaining a high ankle sprain during training camp and reaching an injury settlement with the Titans.
“I was in a great situation where I was, but you can’t pass up a situation to go to the active roster. Plus, I know the system here, and all the coaches and players here. So I feel like it’s a good fit,’ Turzilli said to the Titans website. “If the coaches have confidence in me to play me, to activate me, I definitely feel confident…I’m just leaving it into the hands of the coaches.”
Brian Folkerts played in 26 games over the past two seasons for the Carolina Panthers. Folkerts was cut by the Panthers to make space on their 53-man roster. During his tenure, he saw time at center, guard and on special teams. Before playing for the Panthers, Folkerts was a starting fullback for one season with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. He leaves San Francisco to join a Rams squad which currently sits second in the NFC West with a 4-5 record. He is an alumnus of Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis, and went undrafted out of Division II Washburn University in 2012.
Folkerts is the second offensive lineman to be signed from San Francisco’s practice squad this season — back in October, the Philadelphia Eagles signed tackle Tanner Hawkinson.