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  • By David Bonilla
    21 hrs ago 1 comment
    Peter Schrager recently asked two NFL Network analysts, Shaun O'Hara and Michael Robinson, which second-year player they believe is poised for the best sophomore season this year. O'Hara picked Marquise Brown of the Baltimore Ravens while Robinson went to the NFC, choosing Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers. Robinson questioned O'Hara's selection of Brown because of the Ravens' dedication to rushing the football. While Baltimore ranked No. 27 in passing with 3,225 yards, it ranked No. 1 rushing with 3,296 yards — 1,206 of which was contributed by quarterback Lamar Jackson. Meanwhile, San Francisco ranked No. 13 in passing with 3,792 yards and No. 2 rushing with 2,305 yards. "It's got to be Deebo [Samuel]," Robinson said while explaining...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 5, 2020 at 11:24 AM 0 comments
    Sadly, some individuals will say the right thing only because it is perceived to be the right thing to do. That isn't the case for everyone, though. Many don't just say the right things, but they also put their words into action when the time comes to do so. Peter Schrager, this week, pointed to two NFL coaches who not only talk the talk but also walk the walk when it comes to giving minorities in the league a chance to rise through the ranks. The first is Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians. The second is San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. "[Shanahan] could hire anybody he wants," Schrager said on Good Morning Football. "Who is his defensive coordinator? Robert Saleh, a minority. Who is his special teams coach he took with him from...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 5, 2020 at 9:21 AM 0 comments
    To say that this NFL offseason has been an abnormal one for players and coaches alike would be an understatement. To say that the past few months have been abnormal for almost anyone would be an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we all work and live. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, like his players, is eager to get back to work. Face-to-face work, that is. The 49ers have been working hard, after all. They have just been doing so virtually. Video conferences have replaced meeting rooms. Home gyms in garages have replaced team workout facilities. During a typical NFL offseason, teams would be headed down the home stretch of their offseason programs right about now. Players would be getting...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 5, 2020 at 7:29 AM 1 comment
    Kyle Shanahan didn't beat around the bush on Thursday while speaking to reporters about the country's racism problem. The San Francisco 49ers head coach spoke passionately about the topic, all while saying the right things. And, as is always the case with Shanahan, you could tell it was the truth. Shanahan isn't one to avoid a topic. He will speak his mind, and you will get an honest answer to your question. That's why the media loves talking to the coach and why players love working with him. 49ers tight end George Kittle sat down with Will Compton and Taylor Lewan on the Bussin' with the Boys podcast and was asked what it's like to play for...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 4, 2020 at 4:58 PM 0 comments
    Every year, undrafted free agent rookies face the daunting uphill battle to make NFL rosters. They have to prove themselves from the moment they are signed, or their pro football careers could be short-lived. This year's offseason is no different. It does, however, present new, unexpected hurdles for the latest crop of rookies, like running back JaMycal Hasty. He is among 10 first-year players signed by the San Francisco 49ers since the draft. This is no ordinary offseason. Hasty and his rookie teammates haven't had an opportunity to make their case on the practice field. That's because the COVID-19 pandemic has limited NFL team activities to virtual meetings with no on-field or in-person activities allowed. That is a significant disadvantage for any...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 4, 2020 at 3:02 PM 1 comment
    A limited number of coaches from each NFL team will be returning to their facilities on Friday. That won't include the San Francisco 49ers, who will continue working remotely due to local restrictions in place amid continued concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Thursday morning that the NFL anticipates the 49ers being the only team that won't have some coaches re-enter their facility this week. Head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters via a video conference call on Thursday and discussed whether or not the limitation creates a disadvantage for his squad. "I mean, it is what it is. I'm not too upset...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 4, 2020 at 2:45 PM 0 comments
    Jimmy Garoppolo doesn't spend a whole lot of time responding to or even listening to the outside noise during the offseason. If he did, he would have heard several in the media sharing their doubts surrounding the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and placing much of the blame for February's Super Bowl loss on his shoulders. 49ers teammates have come to their quarterback's defense this offseason because questions surrounding Garoppolo seem unavoidable. Head coach Kyle Shanahan on Thursday spoke with local reporters for the first time since after the draft, doing so via a video conference call. Of course, the inevitable question about Garoppolo surfaced. The coach was asked how much his quarterback has progressed in his knowledge of the offense this...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 4, 2020 at 1:29 PM 2 comments
    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season. He tried to make others aware of the social injustice that exists in the country during that final year, but his efforts were met with criticism and perceived as controversial by those who did not understand the message. All some saw was a man seemingly disrespecting a symbol of this country, and the military that protects it. Many believe that cost the quarterback his job in the NFL. Years later, some of his critics are barely starting to realize what was happening in 2016. They are beginning to understand what Kaepernick was trying to do. 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman spoke this week about Kaepernick's past efforts. "He was really...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 4, 2020 at 1:02 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media for the first time since the NFL schedule was released nearly a month ago, to local reporters for the first time since after the draft, and for the first time since the most recent heinous crimes of social injustice. Shanahan, during a video conference call on Thursday, spoke a great deal about his feelings surrounding the racism that, sadly, continues to exist. "I think one thing that bothers me the most," Shanahan said, "just throughout this all, and throughout my own life experiences and stuff, is racism is a big deal in our country right now. That's a fact. That's not debatable. It's always been a big deal, and it is today just like it was 100 years ago." The coach was passionate...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 4, 2020 at 9:07 AM 3 comments
    As anticipated, a limited number of NFL coaches will begin re-entering their team facilities on Friday. The San Francisco 49ers are the only team not expected to do so, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. More on the NFL welcoming back coaches: The league anticipates only the #49ers not be able to get to their facility tomorrow. The team is aware and supportive of the plan and has been in communication with its local authorities to obtain all necessary permissions when available.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 4, 2020 at 7:22 AM 0 comments
    Three San Francisco 49ers players graced Pro Football Focus' list of the NFL's 50 best players entering the 2020 season. Two were defensive stars, while the third and highest-ranked is one of the best young stars in the league. The lowest-ranked 49ers player is defensive end Nick Bosa, the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He came in at the No. 41 spot. "He broke the PFF record for total pressures from a rookie that had stood since Aldon Smith's 60 back in 2011," wrote Sam Monson, "and Bosa even continued his dominance into the playoffs and the Super Bowl. It's just one year of play, but considering how good he was in college and the fact that his one...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 3, 2020 at 11:42 PM 2 comments
    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees drew criticism from many inside and outside of the sports world on Wednesday by exhibiting a failure to understand why a player would choose to peacefully protest during the national anthem. "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America, or our country," Brees told Yahoo! Finance. San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was among many of Brees' critics, which included Niners Kwon Alexander, Arik Armstead, others sports stars, and even Saints teammates Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Thomas. "It's unfortunate because I considered you a friend," an...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 3, 2020 at 4:10 PM 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman believes Drew Brees is "beyond lost" after the New Orleans Saints quarterback made comments about kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social injustice. The topic, of course, has been thrust back into the forefront, given recent events. "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America, or our country," Brees told Yahoo! Finance (h/t to Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports for the find and the transcription). Sherman is among the many NFL players disappointed in Brees' recent comments. The Saints quarterback even mentioned his two grandfathers...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 3, 2020 at 11:45 AM 0 comments
    Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young knows a thing or two about rebounding. He followed back-to-back defeats to the Dallas Cowboys in NFC Championship games with a Super Bowl XXIX victory and Super Bowl MVP honors to close out the 1994 season. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could be on the cusp of doing the same thing after a disheartening defeat in Super Bowl LIV, and Young feels the setback could be a source of motivation moving forward. "When you get there, and you don't get it done, that's — you don't get it done, so you eat that," Young recently told David Lombardi of The Athletic. "And...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 3, 2020 at 9:48 AM 0 comments
    Wide receiver Trent Taylor is among the San Francisco 49ers' reinforcements who are expected to give the offense a boost during the upcoming season. He — along with Jalen Hurd — spent most of last season on injured reserve and didn't appear in a single game during the team's Super Bowl campaign. Taylor dealt with a foot injury that he suffered during an August practice. That came after feeling limited as he recovered from back surgery in 2018. The receiver has been catching passes from his quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, and is feeling great while doing so. That is good news for the 49ers passing game as the team endeavors to return to the Super Bowl following a disheartening defeat in the big game in February. "I'm getting back to my...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 2, 2020 at 7:34 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers have taken part in joint practices with other teams in recent years. Last year, the team practiced with the Denver Broncos at their facility in Colorado. It practiced with the Houston Texans in 2018. The NFL has put a hold on joint efforts for one offseason, amid continued concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The league informed the 32 NFL teams on Tuesday that training camps must be conducted at team facilities this year, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network and as reported by Nick Shook of NFL...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 2, 2020 at 4:38 PM 3 comments
    Jerick McKinnon continues his offseason work and journey back onto the football field for the first time since 2017. The San Francisco 49ers signed the running back in 2018 with the intention of making him a featured weapon on offense. McKinnon hasn't yet played a regular-season snap for the team after suffering a season-ending ACL injury just a week before his regular-season debut. A setback before the 2019 season once again landed McKinnon on injured reserve. Rischad "The Footwork King" Whitfield posted the following video of McKinnon showing off his footwork while training this offseason (h/t to Patrick Tulini for the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 2, 2020 at 1:40 PM 4 comments
    Safety Eric Reid shared his opinion of the $1 million donation over the weekend by the San Francisco 49ers to local and national organizations that are working to create change against discrimination. He didn't think much of the initial comments by the team's CEO, Jed York, surrounding the pledge, and said that his opinion is based on past experience. You can read more about that here. On Tuesday, many on social media are taking part in a #BlackoutTuesday campaign with the intention of spreading awareness surrounding social injustice and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 2, 2020 at 7:00 AM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has had his share of doubters this offseason. Don't tell the Niners' new offensive tackle, Trent Williams, that Garoppolo is a question mark for the team. It doesn't sound like the seven-time Pro Bowler believes that. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media spoke with Williams last week and asked the veteran offensive lineman about his new quarterback. The full interview finally aired this week on the RapSheet + Friends podcast. "I think Jimmy G is awesome," Williams told Rapoport. "I think he's proven he's a quarterback you can win with. In this league, that's just hard to find. Quarterback is the toughest position to pin down. I think that's why you see the contracts where they are. "So, having a...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 1, 2020 at 9:59 PM 3 comments
    In the days after the Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was asked about his contract situation as he packed up his locker and got ready to head into the offseason. He, of course, didn't comment and directed all questions toward his agent, Jack Bechta. So, this week, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area went to Bechta, who joined his 49ers Insider Podcast. Naturally, the conversation led to his client's contract situation. On Friday, Michael Silver reported on NFL Network that San Francisco and Kittle's agent aren't close when it comes to the contract talks, and that nothing has really moved since the weeks following the Super Bowl. "I don't think the tight end market is cutting it,"...
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