The San Francisco 49ers have made another transaction to offset one of many injuries that have occurred this offseason. The Niners signed former Washington Redskins wide receiver Lance Lewis to a two-year deal after waiving wide out Chuck Jacobs.
During the 49ers pre-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, Jacobs returned a kick late in the fourth quarter and was forced out of bounds but landed awkwardly. Jacobs originally thought he merely hyperextended his leg, but unfortunately for the 24-year old, it was much worse…he tore the ACL in his right knee.
While Jacobs was certainly a long shot to make the roster come week one, the news of the injury was certainly hard for cornerback Chris Culliver.
"That hurt me. That was my guy," said Culliver. "That was my guy who worked out with me in the offseason, that was my guy who kind of stuck around and understood the process I was going through." Thursday marked the first game back for Culliver since he tore his ACL during training camp last year.
Jacobs spent the entire 2013 season on the team's practice squad and was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State by the Niners in May of 2013.
As for Lewis, he has only appeared in three career games and has yet to make a catch. Lewis was originally signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Redskins in 2013 but was released in December before signing on with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, where he spent the remainder of the season. The Cowboys waived the 25-year-old back in May.
A product of East Carolina University, Lewis spent two seasons with the Pirates (2010-2011) where he accumulated 149 catches for 1,716 yards and 22 touchdowns, while appearing in 22 games. During his first season with ECU, after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, Lewis recorded 89 receptions for 1,116 yards and 14 TD's and earned Second-Team All-Conference USA honors. However, injuries would plague his 2011 season, but Lewis still managed to grab 60 passes for 600 yards and eight touchdowns.
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