Kyle’s update, 11:26 AM PT: The 49ers announced the signing of Sharpe and that they released tight end Troy Fumagalli from the practice squad. The team also opened the practice windows for LB Azeez Al-Shaair, Elijah Mitchell, and Colton McKivitz.
It’s important to note that it doesn’t necessarily mean each player would return Sunday. But each player being on the practice field is a step in the right direction. Also, Kyle Juszczyk, Deebo Samuel, Jason Verrett, and Jauan Jennings were all practicing — although there was still no sign of defensive tackles Arik Armstead or Javon Kinlaw.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the San Francisco 49ers are signing wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to their practice squad. Sharpe caught 25 passes last year for the Atlanta Falcons and worked out with the Niners last week.
The 49ers have signed and re-signed countless players to their practice squad this season, so I wouldn’t rush to any judgments as to if this is a direct correlation to somebody on the active roster missing time. However, it’s certainly worth monitoring the status of wideouts Deebo Samuel and Jauan Jennings.
Sharpe’s best game last season came against the Carolina Panthers, where he caught five of six targets for 58 yards. He had another 50-yard game two weeks before, in Week 5 of 2021, against Robert Saleh’s Jets, where Sharpe caught four passes for 53 yards.