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  • The San Francisco 49ers' second-year linebacker, Fred Warner, spoke with reporters last week. He started 16 games during his rookie campaign while racking up a team-leading 124 combined tackles, six passes defensed, and a forced fumble. A lot is expected from Warner during his sophomore campaign. He has already established himself as one of the team's best young players. The question thrown at Warner last week was who he sees as a potential sleeper in 2019. Warner thought about the question for a moment and then responded. "The guys who have been here, there's a lot of guys who have stepped up," Warner said. "But somebody who has been flying under the radar I think should be mentioned is Alex Brown, a corner that's came in. He's done an outstanding...
  • By David Bonilla
    12 hrs ago 5 comments
    No, this isn't a story from 2017 when Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers were still heavily linked to quarterback Kirk Cousins. I can understand your confusion. The team moved on after acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots and Cousins, formerly with Washington, signed on with the Minnesota Vikings. Both quarterbacks did well for themselves contract-wise. Garoppolo ending up receiving a five-year deal worth up to $137.5 million while Cousins signed a three-year deal worth $84 million. The only difference is that Cousins' contract is fully guaranteed, so the Vikings are locked into a whole lot of money for their quarterback. A season-ending ACL injury ended what was to be Garoppolo's first full season as a starter. He is...
  • By David Bonilla
    15 hrs ago 0 comments
    Don't write off Marquise Goodwin after one down season. He had his best season as a pro during his first year with head coach Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers. Goodwin registered career-highs in catches (56) and receiving yards (962) in 2017. Goodwin caught a career-high four touchdowns this past season, but those other two categories saw a significant drop in production. He finished 2018 with 23 receptions for 395 yards. It wasn't quite the encore performance the veteran receiver or the fans anticipated. Like much of the 49ers roster, Goodwin had to deal with injuries last year and even missed a couple of games due to a personal issue. He started eight...
  • By David Bonilla
    18 hrs ago 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has noticed a much different Dante Pettis out on the practice field compared to a year ago. That bodes well for the second-year wideout and the 49ers offense, which lacked a single 500-yard wide receiver last season. "He's coming out of breaks with power," Garoppolo told reporters this past week. "His speed, it doesn't look like he's moving very fast, but he really is. It's a weird thing for a quarterback to get used to. He's different than most guys running. "Where Marquise (Goodwin) looks like he's running really fast — and he is running really fast — where Dante it's different. Being able to...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 14, 2019 at 4:16 PM 9 comments
    Joe Montana turned 63 years old on Tuesday and his NFL playing days have been catching up with him over the years. He had replacement surgery on his throwing shoulder two weeks ago, but infection has created complications. Montana is in Pebble Beach serving as an honorary ambassador at the U.S. Open. He has been posing with fans and signing autographs all while having his arm in a massive brace. Montana will require follow-up surgeries to correct the resulting complications. "I could live with a lot of it, but then I got to where I couldn't lift my arm past my shoulder, so I decided to do something about it," Montana said...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 14, 2019 at 3:44 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch played four seasons (2004–07) with the Denver Broncos. He jumped on a call with NFL Network on Friday to share his thoughts on the recent passing of longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen following a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 75 years old. Lynch and Bowlen developed a friendship following the former NFL safety's playing days, and he saw the Broncos owner as a mentor. Lynch, a member of the Broncos' Ring of Fame, posted the following via Twitter following the word of Bowlen's passing. On top of all of these Hall of Fame worthy...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 13, 2019 at 4:28 PM 0 comments
    Aside from a Pro Bowl season in 2015, cornerback Jason Verrett has suffered through an injury-plagued NFL career. He's hoping a new coaching staff and a change in scenery will turn things around. Richard Sherman, who knows a thing or two about cornerback play, described Verrett as one of the best corners in the game. "He's just a pest," Sherman said in May. "He's always there. He's always close to the ball. Even when the receiver is making a catch, it's really a tough, contested catch." Verrett hasn't practiced with Sherman or any of his new teammates this offseason. The cornerback is rehabbing from a torn Achilles he suffered last summer and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 13, 2019 at 12:38 PM 2 comments
    It sounds like Ahkello Witherspoon has a leg up on the competition for the starting cornerback job opposite Richard Sherman. After an inconsistent sophomore campaign in 2018, the third-year cornerback has impressed this offseason. At least, that's the take from a couple of well-respected San Francisco 49ers beat writers. Witherspoon started the majority of the games opposite Sherman last season but a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) during Week 15 created an opportunity for Tarvarius Moore, then a rookie, to start the final two games of the year. Witherspoon, a third-round draft pick in 2017, has appeared in 26 games with 21 starts over during his two NFL seasons and registered 69 tackles, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. He...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 13, 2019 at 10:22 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers hosted more than 50 Santa Clara foster youth at Levi's Stadium on Wednesday night, per a press release issued by the team. The organization took an opportunity to honor the group for graduating from high school, obtaining a GED, earning a vocational program certificate, or acquiring an associate, bachelor or master degree during the 2018-2019 academic year. The annual event, which is in its second year, included an awards ceremony and dinner. One of the 49ers players who addressed the graduates was rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who himself spent years in foster homes. Also in attendance was defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and offensive lineman Ben Garland. "A lot of people can't relate to us," Greenlaw said during his speech. "We're a...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:16 AM 0 comments
    Linebackers Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander didn't have a chance to take part in the San Francisco 49ers' offseason program. Alexander is rehabbing from an ACL injury he sustained in October. Warner recently underwent a clean-up procedure on his knee. Both linebackers are expected to be full-go for training camp. It will be their first opportunity to line up next to one another. Up until now, the two could be seen lined up next to each other on the sideline. While they are often diagnosing what's happening on the practice field, Warner admits they spend a lot of their time trash-talking at the offense. Maybe that's a preview of things to come for the 49ers' new linebacker duo. The two are expected to start at the WILL and MIKE linebacker spots....
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 4:46 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard spoke with reporters on Tuesday and shared that he believes the looming quarterback competition has made him better. It was Nick Mullens' turn on Wednesday to address how the battle for the backup job behind Jimmy Garoppolo has brought out the best in him. "That's what competition is," Mullens said. "You work every day. You do your best. Just let the chips fall where they may. And me and C.J., I think, are both playing at a pretty high level, so it's a lot of fun just getting better every day." Mullens, like Beathard, is entering his third NFL season. Both have seen meaningful in-game snaps and have several...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 3:39 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is finally starting to feel comfortable with his roster's depth. His team has had unfortunate luck with injuries over the past two seasons. The team was going through a massive rebuild and couldn't compensate for the losses. Shanahan is hopeful this year will be different. Of course, ideally, he hopes there are no significant injuries. However, it's unrealistic to assume a team will remain completely healthy through a rigorous 16-game season. Should the 49ers be struck with injuries, Shanahan believes they are better prepared to overcome any losses. "It's the first year that we can overcome injuries, and you have to be in that situation," Shanahan said. "Everybody's going to get hurt, and you can always...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 3:12 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers will enjoy about six weeks off after Thursday's team meeting and "family day" in Santa Clara. Head coach Kyle Shanahan will stress the importance of staying in football shape during that span between the offseason program and training camp. Doing so could make or break your NFL career. "You can't stress enough how important it is," Shanahan said after Wednesday's practice. "Everything about what these guys do and how their year is going to go, you have to stack days up in this league. If you think you can just take 30 days off and stuff, you are going to be in such a rude awakening." Shanahan noted that it is sometimes hard to convince rookies because they were the best at the college level and able to enjoy periods of...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 2:37 PM 0 comments
    There was no need for rookie defensive end Nick Bosa to rush back from his low-grade hamstring strain. He feels he is almost healthy and had the injury occurred during the regular season, there might have been more urgency. Luckily, the injury occurred well before training camp. On Wednesday, the 49ers held their final practice until late-July. There was no reason to try and get him back for the conclusion of the offseason program when it is more important to have him ready for training camp. While coaches will depart on Thursday, the players are allowed to remain at the team's facility through next week. Bosa plans to take advantage of that benefit. "I'm going to keep training with the staff here and then I'm going to head home and get with (my...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 1:28 PM 0 comments
    Running back Jerick McKinnon suffered a torn ACL on September 1. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with the same injury about three weeks later. Linebacker Kwon Alexander sustained the same injury on October 21. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan sounds confident that all three will be ready for the start of training camp in late-July. "I'm hoping that [McKinnon is] going to be full-go day one, just like Jimmy," Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday. "Then we'll decide how we want to treat them with reps and stuff like that because you've got to be smart with guys coming off an ACL (injury), just like Kwon. "We're hoping that they're all ready day one, and I think they've got a very good chance to be." While Garoppolo has...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 12:06 PM 1 comment
    Jimmy Garoppolo has been held out of 11-on-11 team drills up to this point. That changed on Wednesday. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been limited as he continues to recover from the ACL injury he suffered in late-September. He was not expected to take part in 11-on-11 drills until training camp. Multiple reporters observed Garoppolo take a rep during team drills on Wednesday, completing a pass to second-year wide receiver Dante Pettis. Then the quarterback continued the drive minus the defensive linemen (11-on-7), moved the offense down the field, and threw a touchdown pass to Pettis. The defensive linemen left the field because Shanahan got a bit anxious after watching them rush his franchise quarterback. "I told the D-line, 'Just stand...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 11:21 AM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are holding their final practice of the offseason program today. After that, the team will break for six weeks and reconvene in late-July for training camp. One of the biggest offseason stories has been the progress of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is returning from an ACL injury suffered during Week 3 of last season. To say that he had a strong finish to the 2017 season would be an understatement. He won each of his five starts and earned a career-high Pro Football Focus grade of 86.6. Garoppolo's grade took a hit in his limited play last season. It fell to 62.6 based on the snaps he took before his season-ending injury. Which Garoppolo will the 49ers see during the upcoming season? Will it be the game-changing 2017...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 12, 2019 at 10:22 AM 1 comment
    Dante Pettis' rookie season is behind him. The San Francisco 49ers' second-year wide receiver recently sat down with Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area for the latest 49ers Insider Podcast and was asked how his quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, has looked this offseason compared to last year. There's just one problem. Pettis isn't really sure how Garoppolo looked last year. He was a rookie back then and was trying to figure things out himself. Pettis was in survival mode. "If the ball came to me, it was like cool, awesome, that's great," Pettis told Maiocco. He wasn't necessarily concerned with how the football got to him or who threw...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 11, 2019 at 4:19 PM 0 comments
    The Oakland Raiders have been selected to appear this year on "Hard Knocks," which is produced by NFL Films and HBO. NFL teams are eligible unless they have a first-year head coach in place, made the playoffs in the past two seasons, or appeared on "Hard Knocks" in the past 10 years. #HardKnocks with the Oakland @Raiders ☠️Coming to @HBO on August 6!...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM 0 comments
    Nick Bosa's participation in the San Francisco 49ers' offseason program was cut short by a low-grade hamstring strain suffered early during organized team activities. The 49ers won't take any chances, which means he won't return to practice until training camp in late-July. The coaching staff knows what it has in Bosa. It spent a lot of time studying and getting to know the young pass rusher leading to the draft. Head coach Kyle Shanahan discussed Bosa with reporters on Tuesday and was asked what his impression of the rookie has been so far. "For not being out there very much, I've been very impressed," Shanahan responded. "He's been one of the guys. He's not too loud, doesn't try to stand out but also doesn't sit there and hide in the corner. He's...
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