The San Francisco 49ers made official Wednesday afternoon the hiring of Mexican offensive lineman Alfredo Gutiérrez on their practice team as part of the NFL International Pathways program.
Gutiérrez will be in his first year with the training squad and will be the 17th element in the San Francisco practice team, thanks to the international exception that he has on the roster, like any of the 14 players in the program who are currently in equal number of teams in the League.
Gutiérrez was assigned to the 49ers last May and is the second player in consecutive seasons to graduate from the Tecnológico de Monterrey Major League program that is assigned by NFL Internacional Pathways to teams, along with guard Isaac Alarcón, who is about to start. his second year with the Dallas Cowboys.
“He’s playing and getting better,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told the press covering the team a couple of weeks ago. “He’s representing Mexico well. He’s doing a good job. We’ve enjoyed it here. It’s been nice.”
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“He’s a big guy. I think he’s getting used to what we do.” “Some of the things we’ve asked him to do in career play-blocking have been new to him. But we’re enjoying him being here with us.”
In addition to Gutierrez, the 49ers announced Wednesday the signing of 12 more players to their practice team:
Defensive linemen Alex Barrett and Darrion Daniels; wide receivers Travis Benjamin and River Cracraft, offensive linemen Corbin Kaufusi, Colton McKivitz and Senio Kelemete; fullback Josh Hokit; tight end Jordan Matthews; safety Jared Mayden; linebacker Elijah Sullivan, quarterback Nate Sudfeld; a three-season NFL veteran.
The 49ers also reported the one-year hiring of offensive lineman Jake Brendel and cornerback Dontae Johnson.
To make room on the active player roster, San Francisco placed cornerback Davontae Harris and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst on the disabled list, who will be eligible to return after Week 6 of the regular season.