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  • By Peter Panacy
    April 27, 2018 at 6:28 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers grabbed offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey in Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft, and then followed up with a Round 2 selection of wide receiver Dante Pettis. Now it's time to focus on the defense. The San Francisco 49ers chose to upgrade the offense over the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, taking Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey at No. 9 overall and then Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis after a trade-up in Round 2. These two moves might have shocked a few fans, who thought the Niners' first two picks would have focused on the defense. That said, there are still some options for San Francisco in Round 3. And the two names to watch here are Florida State edge rusher Josh Sweat and Stanford cornerback Quenton...
  • By Peter Panacy
    April 27, 2018 at 1:40 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers appeared to pull off something of a shocker at No. 9 in the 2018 NFL Draft, grabbing Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey instead of one of the top-name defenders. But subsequent moves, like trading fellow OT Trent Brown to the New England Patriots, justify the selection a lot. Raise your hand if you were among those who felt the San Francisco 49ers would take an offensive tackle with their first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Well, that's what they did, grabbing Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey at No. 9 overall. Not Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 11), not EDGE Marcus Davenport (No. 14), not linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (No. 16) and not defensive back Derwin James (No. 17). No, San Francisco elected to go...
  • By Peter Panacy
    February 7, 2018 at 3:30 PM
    New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels recently withdrew his accepted head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts at the final minute. Considering he was on their radar a year ago, the San Francisco 49ers can feel fortunate things panned out the way they did. Just over a year ago at this time, San Francisco 49ers fans were awaiting news who would be the next head coach of the franchise. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was one of the final names to replace one-and-done head coach Chip Kelly. And McDaniels seemed like a good hire, heading towards a victory in Super Bowl LI and at the helm of one of the most successful offenses in recent years. But as he appeared to be the leading Niners candidate,...
  • By Peter Panacy
    November 2, 2017 at 10:26 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers' trade for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has taken a huge need off the board heading into 2018. While plenty of other needs remain in the NFL Draft, the Niners should be inclined to focus on the offensive line first before worrying about other positions. It's not the sexy way to go, per se, but the San Francisco 49ers should use their first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to select the best offensive lineman available. The Niners are likely to secure one of the top three picks in April's draft. After landing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo via a trade with the New England Patriots, trading down from whatever high-level spot San Francisco ends up in is a real possibility. And wherever the 49ers wind up, their No. 1 priority should be their...
  • By Peter Panacy
    October 15, 2017 at 8:28 PM
    Week 6 turned out to be a major turning point for the San Francisco 49ers, as the team elected to focus more on 2018 by releasing linebacker NaVorro Bowman and benching quarterback Brian Hoyer for the rookie, C.J. Beathard. If you thought the 2017 season was going to be about wins and losses for the San Francisco 49ers, you were wrong. Week 6 was a major paradigm shift for the organization, marked by two key events -- the release of linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday and then Sunday's benching of starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for the rookie, C.J. Beathard, in the second quarter of the Niners' eventual 26-24 loss to the Washington...
  • By Peter Panacy
    October 6, 2017 at 8:10 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers visit the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5, and these four one-on-one matchups will play major roles in determining whether or not the Niners pull off their first victory of 2017. Week 5 might provide the first real chance for a San Francisco 49ers victory over a quarter of the way through 2017. The Niners visit the 1-3 Indianapolis Colts, who are coming off an ugly 46-18 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football a week ago. And with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) sidelined, that's one particular matchup head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. don't have to worry about. But there are a number of other key matchups the 49ers will have to win if they hope to end their four-game losing streak to start the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    September 18, 2017 at 12:37 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have kicked off the 2017 regular season with a 0-2 record and have yet to discover any sort of offensive continuity, suggesting the Niners are right where many thought they would be at this point during the team's rebuild. Two weeks into the 2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers are 0-2 and are one of just three teams yet to score a touchdown (the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants -- playing on Monday Night Football). On one hand, it's a bad look for head coach Kyle Shanahan -- the offensive genius, who led one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL last season as coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Shanahan was supposed to install some life into this group, despite lacking a good enough crop of offensive...
  • By Peter Panacy
    September 2, 2017 at 9:16 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers might want to consider targeting former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Pierre Desir, who was waived Saturday. The move would reinforce a questionable Niners secondary. All 32 NFL teams trimmed down their rosters to 53 players ahead of the September 2 deadline and, as always, there were a few surprises. One of those was Seattle Seahawks cornerback Pierre Desir, who didn't make San Francisco's NFC West rival's cut. And with cornerback questions of their own, the 49ers would be wise to target him. Pierre Desir was the top Preseason cornerback in the entire NFL, per PFF. Let that sink in...
  • By Peter Panacy
    September 1, 2017 at 7:45 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers received some tremendously impressive play from undrafted free-agent safety Lorenzo Jerome, which could afford the Niners to move their likely starting safety, Jimmie Ward, back to cornerback. Here's an out-of-the-box argument, but the San Francisco 49ers should consider starting Lorenzo Jerome at free safety and moving Jimmie Ward back to cornerback. The Niners' full wave of roster cuts isn't complete yet, and there remains the outside chance Jerome -- an undrafted free agent -- doesn't make the 53-man roster. It's also possible a massive rain storm hits Northern California in July. Possible, but not likely at all. It's also possible...
  • By Peter Panacy
    September 1, 2017 at 11:29 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their 2017 preseason with a 23-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday night. As roster cuts approach, let's look at the Niners' biggest winners and losers from this exhibition period. NFL roster cuts are looming, and the San Francisco 49ers will have to trim their 90-man offseason roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on September 2. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad finished 2-2 during the preseason -- a somewhat meaningless record, although there are some clear-cut winners and losers from the four games leading up to actual football. Some of the preseason losers will find themselves a part of those cuts. Winners might be cut as well. That's just how the NFL works. Regardless, let's...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 13, 2017 at 10:37 AM
    49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne had a strong showing during San Francisco's preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Clearly on the bubble, what are his chances for making the Niners' 53-man roster this season? San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has emerged as something of a hot topic during training camp and early in the preseason. Bourne's latest efforts -- a four-catch, 88-yard and one-touchdown performance versus the Kansas City Chiefs -- certainly help the undrafted free agent's chances to land on the 53-man roster this season. His biggest splash came on a 46-yard touchdown reception from rookie quarterback C.J....
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 5, 2017 at 3:37 PM
    San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Joshua Garnett suffered a knee injury during Saturday practices at training camp. While it's uncertain how long he'll be out, let's look at some possible replacement options. The San Francisco 49ers received their first bit of serious-injury news this weekend, as the team lost both linebacker Malcolm Smith (chest) and offensive guard Joshua Garnett (knee) to injuries during practice. During his post-practice press conference, head coach Kyle Shanahan remarked Garnett's injury could require surgery. 49ers fearing long-term injury with Malcolm Smith (chest). Joshua...
  • By Peter Panacy
    July 29, 2017 at 5:26 PM
    San Francisco 49ers safety Lorenzo Jerome has made some noteworthy plays over the first two days of training camp. With depth an issue at the position, and Jimmie Ward injured, how will Jerome's efforts impact the regular-season depth chart? Undrafted free agents are rarely storylines at NFL training camps. But this isn't the case for San Francisco 49ers rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome. Jerome has been one of a number of standouts ever since the Niners began their on-field practices during camp on Friday, July 28. The former St. Francis (PA) defensive back, of course, came to the 49ers following the 2017 NFL Draft after going undrafted. Earlier this offseason, I included Jerome as...
  • By Peter Panacy
    June 30, 2017 at 11:48 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers are going through a major roster overhaul this offseason, which opens up the door for trade possibilities before the start of the 2017 season. Here are three players the Niners should consider moving before Week 1. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has already turned over 50 percent of the roster from last February -- a testament to the first-year executive's efforts to change a 2-14 team back into a playoff contender. It's going to take time, of course, but there are still some more moves that could be made this offseason. The 49ers' overhaul puts them in a unique...
  • By Peter Panacy
    June 22, 2017 at 2:29 PM
    Despite a massive offseason turnaround, the San Francisco 49ers are still projected to be very bad in 2017. Looking at Vegas odds and the upcoming schedule, what's a realistic win total for the Niners this season? Well, anything better than a 2-14 record would be a major improvement for the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. Niners general manager John Lynch has done yeoman's work in reassembling what was a talent-void roster entering this offseason. His free-agent pickups improved the middle class, as NFL Network Ian Rapoport (h/t KNBR 680) put it, and the overwhelming consensus among experts and pundits suggest Lynch had a phenomenal...
  • By Peter Panacy
    May 28, 2017 at 5:13 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers are experimenting with a variety of changes along their offensive line this offseason. And it remains the lone unit with the most question marks heading into 2017. Yes, the San Francisco 49ers offensive line was much better in 2016 than it was the year prior. Fans didn't have to deal with watching former Niners linemen Jordan Devey or Erik Pears act as team turnstiles like they did in 2015. And yet this moderately improved 2016 O-line wasn't exactly stellar. According to Football Outsiders, San Francisco's O-line ranked 30th in pass protection and dead last in run support. The 2017 NFL Draft didn't provide a lot of options for general manager John Lynch...
  • By Peter Panacy
    May 26, 2017 at 9:09 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers brought in a number of undrafted free agents following the 2017 NFL Draft, and let's look at those with the best chance of making the 53-man roster this season. Undrafted free agents are almost always roster fillers, and rarely do they get the chance to make a regular-season roster. At best, some wind up on the practice squad and are given a season or two to develop their pro-level skills with the hopes of being promoted -- or signed by another team -- at some point later on. The San Francisco 49ers are in a unique situation though. Going through a complete roster overhaul, the Niners can afford to give serious consideration to UDFAs who distinguish themselves in the various minicamps, OTAs, training camp and the preseason....
  • By Peter Panacy
    May 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have added some competition at running back behind presumed No. 1 Carlos Hyde. With additions like rookie tailback Joe Williams from the NFL Draft, how will the depth chart look in Week 1 of the regular season? Despite boasting the NFL's fourth best rushing offense in 2016, the San Francisco 49ers certainly weren't content about their ground attack entering this offseason. The incumbent No. 1 runner, Carlos Hyde, failed again to reach the 1,000 rushing-yard mark last season -- a year marked by even more injuries and the inability to truly carry an offense on his shoulders. Granted, the Niners didn't exactly boast a strong run-blocking offensive line. But it's safe to say the new 49ers brass is...
  • By Peter Panacy
    May 12, 2017 at 3:22 PM
    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent, yet he's still among the hottest of topics in heated debates between fans and analysts alike. Colin Kaepernick is the most divisive quarterback in San Francisco 49ers history. Maybe even the NFL. The 29-year-old is, of course, no longer with the 49ers. He's not with anybody. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, not a single team has reached out to Kaepernick's camp about a possible job in 2017. Why? Because Kap is polarizing. Perhaps the only place that would have embraced him was San Francisco -- a much more...
  • By Peter Panacy
    May 9, 2017 at 6:59 PM
    With a slew of changes this offseason, the 2017 San Francisco 49ers are both better and worse than you might think. The 2017 San Francisco 49ers will be a vastly improved team compared to last year's product. And yet the changes brought in by general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan aren't going to turn the Niners' fortunes around anytime soon. In many ways, San Francisco will be both better and worse than you might think this upcoming season. Let's start off with the problems. Those are always the tougher pills to swallow. How the 49ers Are Worse The 49ers aren't suddenly going to be a playoff team in 2017. No, this rebuild will take time. We get that. But there are a number of pressing issues not quite...
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