49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was set for a plea hearing in Santa Clara on Monday, but it will take place next week instead.
The hearing has been set for May 8 so that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office has more time to review new evidence provided by Foster’s former girlfriend Elissa Ennis. Foster is charged with domestic violence and forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, but Ennis’ attorney said last week that she was injured in an altercation with another woman and not by Foster.
From that perspective, the 30,000-foot view of this draft isn’t so hot. The Bucs ranked 29th in scoring in 2014, 20th in 2015 and 18th each of the past two years. Of this group, only Mike Evans panned out. He’s a bona fide No. 1 receiver who influences coverages snap after snap and, lately, can align in multiple positions.
Newman turns 40 in September, making him the oldest active defensive player in the league.
He played the third-most snaps among the Vikings’ cornerbacks last season, 555, while seeing action in all 16 games with seven starts. Newman did have a career low in tackles and made only one interception, but he still filled a valuable role on the team.
Newman has spent the past three seasons in Minnesota, re-joining Mike Zimmer. The two were together in Dallas from 2003-06 and in Cincinnati from 2012-13.
He has the most career interceptions among active players with 42.
He reads plays well, making it hard for opponents to get him in a run-pass bind. White’s upside is limited, but he can develop into a useful nickel package defender. The Chargers cannot go wrong as long as they keep taking middle-of-the-field defenders who can actually tackle.