Head coach Kyle Shanahan said that he has "been a fan of [Celek] throughout his career," which bodes well for the tight end's chances of making the 53-man roster as the 49ers head towards training camp, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
McDonald (shoulder) -- who was subject of trade talks during the draft -- remains with the 49ers for the time being, but will have to earn his spot as the team's top tight end, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Buckner will take fewer snaps this season under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports. "When you look at a guy like Buckner last year having played almost 1,000 snaps -- in my mind, that's criminal," Saleh said. "Ideally, all of them are working about 500, 600 snaps and trying to utilize everything they've got every snap that they're on the football field."
Hoyer looked poised leading the first-team offense during OTAs, in part because of his previous time spent in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. "It's definitely easier for me to call the plays this time around," the veteran quarterback noted. "I remember last time kind of having to think about it, whereas now I find myself knowing that when Kyle starts to call a play I can kind of put it together. ...It comes naturally to me."