Podcast: 49ers Dominate Dolphins And Lose Jimmy G →
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


49ers vs Chargers Week 4 Preseason Preview: What to Watch For

Matt Andruscavage
Aug 29, 2019 at 8:39 AM


When and Where: Thursday, August 2019 - 6 pm PST (9 pm EST) at Levi's Stadium

Watch or Listen: How to watch or listen to Chargers at 49ers

Synopsis


It's the final preseason game for the San Francisco 49ers and while the starters will be resting and preparing for Week 1, here are some notable position battles to keep an eye on tonight:

1) C.J. Beathard's final opportunity


While Coach Kyle Shanahan has stated that the 49ers will be keeping three quarterbacks, many do not believe it to be true. There are other players who could be better suited to make the final 53, but tonight will be Beathard's final chance to have a good game and push projected backup Nick Mullens for the number two spot.

Beathard has battled hand and thumb injuries making it more difficult for him to get playing time, but the issue has also been when he has been in the game. The numbers haven't been great. He will have a chance tonight to silence the doubters.

2) The Last Running Back Spot


Jerick McKinnon could be headed to season-ending injured reserve, which opens the door for one more running back. Jeff Wilson Jr. has the inside track but could be challenged by Brandon Wilds and Austin Walter. Wilds has had a good preseason and was re-signed this week. My money is on Wilson, but Wilds will have chances.

3) Richie James and Jordan Matthews


With Trent Taylor recovering from surgery and the possibility of the 49ers keeping seven receivers, tonight will be important for both Richie James and Jordan Matthews. James has been the team's best receiver this preseason and has also done well on special teams, while Matthews has been good in spots. Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, Jalen Hurd, Taylor, and probably Kendrick Bourne are locks. There may be one or two additional spots initially, but both will need to have good days to have a chance.

4) Kevin Givens, Jeremiah Valoaga, Azeez Al-Shaair, and Jimmie Ward


While there are other defenders who will see action as they fight for a spot, Kevin Givens, Jeremiah Valoaga, Azeez Al-Shaair, and Jimmie Ward are the players most likely to make the team. Givens, an undrafted defensive end, has had good outings, and with the injury to Kentavius Street, there is an opportunity for him, though Damontre Moore has the edge. Jeremiah Valoaga has collected sacks and has pressured the quarterback consistently. Azeez Al-Shaair may also be too good to keep off the roster and can provide much-needed depth.

Jimmie Ward has been good when he's healthy lately and another quality game would ensure a spot on the roster.

Other Notes:


  • Kentavius Street will have his knee scoped and could be placed on season-ending injured reserve
  • Jerick McKinnon suffered another setback and may also be placed on season-ending injured reserve
  • Nick Bosa could play Week 1 as his recovery is going well
  • Dee Ford is ready for Week 1
  • Weston Richburg is back but could be eased back into the starting lineup. He may not start Week 1.
  • Jalen Hurd has a lingering back issue that could keep him out of the active 46 for a couple of weeks
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Transcripts: Jimmy Garoppolo, DeMeco Ryans, Chris Foerster preview 49ers-Dolphins Week 13 matchup

By Site Staff
Dec 1

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, and offensive line/run game coordinator Chris Foerster spoke with reporters after Thursday's practice. The team is preparing for its Week 13 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Here is everything they had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. QB Jimmy Garoppolo I know you want to score as many points as possible every game, but sometimes you have games where bigger numbers are needed. 2019 in New Orleans for example, is that the type of game that you're kind of anticipating this week and how much do you talk about it? "It's really not talked about a whole ton. I think as an offense, you



49ers-Dolphins: How to watch, stream, and listen to the Week 13 matchup

By Site Staff
Nov 30

The San Francisco 49ers take on the Miami Dolphins at Levi's Stadium this week in the second of a three-game homestand. This game marks the 14th meeting all-time between the Niners and the Dolphins and the second time that the Dolphins have visited Levi's Stadium. The Dolphins lead the all-time series between the two teams, 8-6. Previous game The 49ers are coming off a 13-0 win against the New Orleans Saints. On offense, the 49ers tallied 317 total yards, with 222 yards coming through the air from QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who completed 27 of his 36 passing attempts, including a five-yard touchdown pass to WR Jauan Jennings, which was his first touchdown reception of the season. Jennings finished the game with six receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown, while WR



Watch: 49ers WR Jauan Jennings hauls in tipped pass for TD vs. Saints

By David Bonilla
Nov 27

Kudos to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings for staying with the football and hauling in a tipped pass against the New Orleans Saints. Safety Tyrann Mathieu got his hands on the Jimmy Garoppolo-thrown pass in the end zone, trying to break up the play, but the 49ers' third-year wideout kept his eyes on the ball and came down with it in the end zone. The impressive catch gave the 49ers a 10-0 lead heading into halftime at Levi's Stadium. San Francisco seeks to earn its fourth consecutive win and improve to 7-4 on the season. Jennings had five catches for 43 yards and the score on six targets in the first half. You can watch Jennings' touchdown catch



49ers Notebook: Shanahan happy with backup RBs in Mitchell's absence; 49ers overcome unusual week; Saints' impressive streak snapped

By Kirk Larrabee
Nov 27

It was a strange week for the San Francisco 49ers, who had to work through an unusual schedule that saw them arrive home from their Monday night game in Mexico City in the early morning hours on Tuesday, followed by Thanksgiving on Thursday. Still, they managed to work through it and prepare themselves to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and in the end they came out on top with a 13-0 win. How did the 49ers work through that schedule? We'll look at that in this version of 49ers Notebook, along with some postgame thoughts from head coach Kyle Shanahan on the running back situation, a look at an impressive streak the 49ers snapped on Sunday, and much more. Let's get it started... (See also:


Featured

More by Matt Andruscavage

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone