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  • By Chaz Inouye
    Sep 28, 2018 at 9:37 AM 2 comments
    The 49ers were dealt a huge blow this past Sunday when franchise quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, was lost for the season after sustaining a torn ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs. Garoppolo was the primary reason for the optimism surrounding the 49ers after leading the team to five straight wins to end the 2017 season. On top of Garoppolo's return and contract extension, the 49ers went out and signed Jerick McKinnon, Richard Sherman, Weston Richburg and drafted Mike McGlinchey to be starters. All players were considered "upgrades" over the starters they replaced. The 49ers then became trendy picks to make the playoffs and potentially compete with the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC West division title. The season couldn't come soon enough, as this was the most...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Aug 31, 2018 at 5:38 PM 2 comments
    One of the most notable draft picks from 2017, running back Joe Williams, was cut by the team today in just his second season with the 49ers. Williams spent all of 2017 on IR due to an "ankle injury" and was projected to make a run at a roster spot early in the off-season. The selection of Williams in last years' draft was put into the spotlight due to several reasons. Peter King, a prominent writer for Sports Illustrated at the time, documented his take on the 49ers' draft as a guest from inside the teams' draft war room. One of the main stories that King chronicled was the selection of Joe Williams. What came out of the story was how enamored Kyle Shanahan was with Williams. It was perceived that Williams was the one guy who Coach Shanahan wanted on Day 3 of...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Aug 18, 2018 at 10:29 AM 1 comment
    The 49ers have been in Houston this week for joint practices and will play the Texans tonight at NRG Stadium. The top battles heading into training camp were arguably guard, wide receiver, and linebacker. Injuries from this past week add to that list, and have allowed players fighting for jobs the opportunity to earn a spot. The 49ers' top two running backs, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida, will most likely be out of action until Week 1. McKinnon sustained a calf injury in practice earlier this week and Breida injured his shoulder in last week's game against the Cowboys. To make up for the losses, the 49ers went out and signed free agent running back Alfred Morris, with whom Coach Shanahan is very familiar. Morris had his best years as a pro with the...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:13 AM 3 comments
    The 49ers are set to continue their off-season program when training camp begins on July 26th. Training camp in 2018 will look very different than last year, when the team had various roster spots up for grabs in an obvious rebuilding year. The team needed players in 2017 so badly that it held an open audition for spots on the roster during the off-season. Since then, the 49ers have increased their overall talent and depth with a solid 2017 draft class and key free agent acquisitions over the last two years. Needless to say, it will not be necessary for an open audition, and the team should already have its focus on the 53-man roster. With the competition increasing significantly at nearly every position on both sides of the ball, there will be several spots to...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Jun 25, 2018 at 12:46 PM 2 comments
    The 49ers had a lot riding on the 2017 NFL Draft. It was the first ever draft for new GM John Lynch and the beginning of a massive rebuilding project. On the bright side, the 49ers were set up nicely in the 2017 Draft through previous trade and compensation picks. Out of ten total picks, the 2017 draft class produced six projected starters for 2018. Lynch selected Solomon Thomas as the third overall pick after trading down one spot with the Chicago Bears. After selecting Thomas, the 49ers chose four other players who are projected to start in 2018: LB Reuben Foster, CB Akhello Witherspoon, TE George Kittle and FS Adrian Colbert. Slot WR Trent Taylor could also be included as a sixth starter with the 49ers' offense often using 3 WR sets. Here's a quick look at...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Jun 19, 2018 at 1:12 PM 0 comments
    My how things have quickly changed. A player who the 49ers and fans loved to hate is now an integral part of the franchise going into the 2018 season. Sherman was once known for his antics towards the 49ers such as calling out Michael Crabtree on national television after the NFC Championship game in 2014. He went on to eat a turkey leg on the 49ers team logo postgame after the Seahawks decidedly beat the 49ers on Thanksgiving Day later that year. Fast forward to 2018 when in an unexpected twist, the Seahawks decided to cut their defensive stalwart due to an Achilles injury and salary cap implications. Per, Sherman carried a $13.2 million cap hit and the Seahawks were able to save $11 million by cutting him. The 49ers quickly moved on...
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