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Al Sacco on 95.7 The Game: “The guy I would watch this year is Bruce Ellington”

Aug 7, 2016 at 7:13 AM--


Our own Al Sacco joined Zakariah and Daryle "The Guru" Johnson on 95.7 The Game on Saturday to discuss the San Francisco 49ers.

Sacco discussed the quarterback competition in San Francisco, first speaking about Colin Kaepernick. "It seems like with me, the more he's asked to do, the worse he gets," he said. "If they want him to carry more of the offense, he's not able to do that."

He went on to discuss Blaine Gabbert, who he admitted isn't great either. He brought up Gabbert starting his NFL career by being thrown to the wolves on a Jacksonville Jaguars team that wasn't very good. "He might have been the worst starting quarterback in the league for the two plus years he was there. Fast forward to last year with the 49ers and he improved dramatically from what he was. And again, I'm not saying he was a Pro Bowler by any means, but if you look at his stats over eight games, he threw for 2,000 yards and completed 63 percent of his passes. And he improved that much under Tomsula and Geep Chryst. And if he can do that under them, can he keep getting better under Chip Kelly?"

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Sacco went on to discuss the stigma that exists in the NFL about instant success with young quarterbacks. "It takes quarterbacks time sometimes," said Sacco. While he doesn't believe that Gabbert will ever be a Pro Bowler, he believes that he can "hold the fort" for the team.

Due to his contract, Sacco feels that the 49ers would love to have Kaepernick step up and be the quarterback, but he doesn't think that will happen.

While the wide receiver depth looks dreadful this season, Sacco believes that one player within the group may shine. "The guy I would watch this year is Bruce Ellington," he said. "I really think, out of the slot, he's going to get a lot of targets this year. You could see him leading the team in receptions. I wouldn't be surprised if he pulled down 70 or 80 balls this year. I really wouldn't."

Sacco went on to discuss Trent Baalke's job security, his questionable drafts, NaVorro Bowman's contract extension, and more.

You can listen to the entire segment here on 95.7 The Game.




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