49ers’ latest roster moves point to Deebo Samuel optimism against Cardinals – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

The 49ers will be down one receiver against the Arizona Cardinals, so the club elevated veteran receiver Willie Snead from the practice squad on Saturday.

Cornerback Kendall Sheffield was also promoted, and is scheduled to make his debut for the 49ers in a Week 4 game at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers signed Sheffield, a three-year NFL veteran, to their practice squad on Wednesday after he was released by the Houston Texans in August.

The decision to bring in just one receiver from the practice squad appears to be a sign of widespread optimism that receiver Deebo Samuel will be available to play.

Meanwhile, Juwan Jennings, who shares No. 3 receiving duties with rookie Ronnie Bell, will not play Sunday due to a shin injury.

Jennings did not practice this week and was listed as “questionable” on the 49ers’ official injury report.

Samuel (ribs, knee), running back Elijah Mitchell (knee), linebackers Dre Greenlaw (ankle) and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (ankle) were listed as questionable.

If Mitchell doesn’t suit up, second-year player Ty Davis-Price will join Christian McCaffrey and Jordan Mason as running backs available for Sunday’s game.

Snead, 30, saw action in four 49ers games last season. He played 30 offensive snaps and didn’t catch a pass. He also participated in 38 plays on special teams.

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In eight previous NFL seasons, Snead appeared in 99 games with 48 starts, primarily with New Orleans and Baltimore.

Snead has 279 career receptions for 3,431 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Sheffield (27 years old) appeared in 38 games, including 20 starts, in three seasons (2019-21) with the Atlanta Falcons.

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