49ers sign UDFA Jason Schepler to 3-year deal
The former Northern Illinois fullback/tight end Schelpler had been invited to the 49ers’ rookie minicamp over the weekend and was able to turn that opportunity into an NFL contract for himself. The 23-year-old Schepler is the 90th man join the 49ers’ offseason roster. According to NFL rules, each team is allowed a maximum of 90 players on their roster heading into training camp. The 49ers could still make changes if they still desire to add a player by releasing someone else signed earlier onto the roster.
Schepler was a key blocker for the Huskies, starting 26 of 49 games at Northern Illinois. The 6-foot-2, 274-pound Schepler finished his collegiate career with 14 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
As a senior, Schepler caught three passes for 65 yards helping the Huskies earn a berth in the Orange Bowl and earning second-team Academic All-American honors at the end of the season. Schepler also helped the Huskies to finish 12th in the FBS in rushing last season with 238.2 yards per game.
He used a medical redshirt in the 2011 season after suffering a knee injury in spring drills that season. However, a season prior to that, Schepler caught a career high eight passes for 93 yards at Northern Illinois.
He is expected to serve in a combo blocking role during the 2013 season to help the 49ers fill the void left by tight end Delaine Walker, also a standout special teams player and a solid blocker on the edge, who signed with the Tennessee Titans during free agency. Schelper is unlikely to be a factor on 49ers’ incumbent starting fullback Bruce Miller’s playing time next season.