On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers released tight end Nate Byham. The former 49ers sixth-round pick in 2010 had missed the last two weeks of training camp and all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp. It was reported Byham missed the last two weeks of training camp because of aggravating his ACL injury.
In his rookie season in 2010, Byham started three games for the 49ers and recorded five receptions for 27 yards. Byham was fighting for a role as the No. 3 tight end on the roster behind Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker. Also in the mix at tight end are Demarcus Dobbs, rookie Garrett Celek, Konrad Reuland and recently signed Joe Swayer. As of now, Dobbs is leading the position battle and has the best chance to make the team as the No. 3 tight end. Dobbs is a converted defensive lineman who will play both positions should he make the regular season roster.