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  • By Benjamin Bradley
    Sep 9, 2015 at 2:29 PM 15 comments
    Ever since Colin Kaepernick became the 49ers' starting quarterback in 2012, the football world has been enamored with his athleticism, both fans and critics alike. After all, watching Kaepernick take off down the field is like witnessing a long-striding gazelle bound across open plains: it's a rare display of natural talent. It's this same talent that has put his every move under the microscope this offseason. An exodus of players. Ongoing trade rumors. Refined mechanics. A new offense. A lackluster preseason. Just name your poison and chances are Colin Kaepernick has been subjected to it. Now you can add this to the list, courtesy of Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post:...
  • By Benjamin Bradley
    Aug 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM 7 comments
    While Jarryd Hayne has been making a habit of burning up the field, Coach Jim Tomsula has been doing his best to put out the flames. Taking to the podium after the 49ers' second preseason game, Tomsula tried to temper expectations, saying that Hayne "Still has a long way to go." It was an admirable, if not futile, attempt. The bandwagon for the rugby-star-turned-NFL-running-back is crowded—what with a whole continent already onboard—and folks are squeezing on while there's still room (heck, the guy even has his own jersey for crying out loud). Tomsula might be right to ward off any high expectations for the NFL rookie. After all, it's only been two games and we've seen a limited sample of Hayne's work. Even so, Hayne is arguably the most promising return...
  • By Benjamin Bradley
    Aug 16, 2015 at 1:03 PM 48 comments
    Did Jarryd Hayne's performance on Saturday secure him a roster spot as a running back? The short answer: no. Despite tearing off a 53-yard run and holding his own in pass protection, Hayne's contributions as a running back won't keep him on the 53-man roster—not with Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendal Hunter, and fourth-round pick Mike Davis in front of him. But his contributions as a returner might. Yes, it's preseason. Yes, it's that time when backups strut their stuff and coaches resort to vanilla play calls. So it's really too early to make predictions, right? But common-sense be damned, let's talk predictions. In his first NFL game, Hayne displayed a combination of swagger, confidence, and big-play ability that the Niners have been lacking...
  • By Benjamin Bradley
    Aug 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM 7 comments
    Well, it finally happened. Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins is out of San Francisco and on his way to the Kansas City Chiefs, in exchange for another struggling receiver, Jonathan Baldwin. After a virtually non-existent rookie campaign and an offseason filled with headlines scrutinizing Jenkins' future with the 49ers, the move isn't all that surprising. The similarities between Baldwin and Jenkins are interesting. Both were first-round selections, with Baldwin taken 26th overall in the 2011 draft and Jenkins taken at the 30th spot in the 2012 draft. Both had poor rookie seasons, albeit for vastly different reasons. Baldwin injured his wrist in a brawl with then-teammate Thomas Jones, while Jenkins sat buried in the depth chart – contributing nothing but a single dropped pass....
  • By Benjamin Bradley
    Aug 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM 0 comments
    One of the many questions heading into the San Francisco 49er's 2013 season is how productive running back Frank Gore will be. Gore turned 30 in May, a number that often marks the beginning of the end for a tailback. Along with this, fellow running backs LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter have spent most of their young careers in Gore's shadow, and appear ready to compete for the spotlight. Factor in the quick legs and strong arm of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Gore's statistical contributions seem even more limited. But Gore isn't a stranger to adversity. After sustaining multiple knee injuries in college and dropping to the third round of the 2005 draft, Gore has proved his doubters wrong by staying healthy and maintaining a high-level of production late into his...
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