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  • By David Bonilla
    13 hrs ago 2 comments
    Mike McGlinchey will see a different face when he looks across the San Francisco 49ers offensive line this season. His former teammate and close friend, Joe Staley, called it a career in April. He is replaced by seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams, whom the 49ers acquired from Washington via a trade. Early into training camp, Williams has already made an impression on McGlinchey. "He's been an unbelievable guy to work with over the last two weeks or so," McGlinchey told reporters on Monday via a video conference call. "Just in walk-throughs, you still kind of get a little jaw-dropped by how smooth and how much of an athlete he truly is at his size. "It's going to be cool to pick his brain over the next couple of weeks here, going...
  • By David Bonilla
    15 hrs ago 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Fred Warner said last week that the team's strong locker room would be an advantage while fending off COVID-19. "I think we have one of the best locker rooms, one of the best groups of men in the whole NFL in our building," Warner told reporters via a video conference call. "I feel like everybody understands the situation and is willing to make the sacrifices needed." Warner noted that he has no plans to babysit any of his teammates. The players should already know the necessity to stay safe when they exit the 49ers facility. Offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey was asked about the team's mentality when...
  • By David Bonilla
    16 hrs ago 0 comments
    Proving one's versatility will be essential for any player looking to earn a roster spot with the San Francisco 49ers this season. It always has been. You never know when one or two injuries will force an offensive tackle to move inside or a tight end to play fullback. That requirement is heightened across the league this year because no one knows what impact COVID-19 will have on a roster or the NFL as a whole. What if the virus knocks out half of your starting offensive line before a game? "Versatility is going to be absolutely huge," offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey told reporters on Monday via a video conference call. "It's going to make or break guys having jobs, and make or break situations to fill our roster because we can get into any situation at any...
  • By David Bonilla
    17 hrs ago 0 comments
    Arik Armstead, on Monday, during a video conference call with reporters, was asked about his teammate, second-year defensive end Nick Bosa. The veteran has been impressed with the young defender. Everyone has. Bosa had one of the more impressive rookie campaigns we've seen from a defensive lineman and looks to be a cornerstone that the San Francisco 49ers defense will continue to build around. And we may have just scratched the surface with what we've seen from Bosa. Armstead was asked about the young pass rusher's potential ceiling. "I don't like to put ceilings on anybody," Armstead responded. "I think very highly of Nick, and I think he can do anything he wants to out there. He's extremely talented, and he works extremely hard, so the sky's the...
  • By David Bonilla
    17 hrs ago 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead and his teammates were eager to get back to work after an unusual offseason filled with virtual meetings and training on their own. The goal has remained the same since February: Return to the Super Bowl and, this time, emerge as champions. "We all have that engrained in our brain, and it's all motivating us and pushing us to get back there," Armstead told reporters on Monday via a video conference call. "I think we had such an amazing year last year, and we want to continue to get better and move forward. So, I know we're all excited to get back to work and try to get back to a Super Bowl and win this time." Armstead confirmed that he would continue to play along the edge in base formations and then move inside...
  • By David Bonilla
    17 hrs ago 2 comments
    NFL Network's Mike Silver today provided an update on the contract negotiations between the San Francisco 49ers and thier All-Pro tight end, George Kittle. Head coach Kyle Shanahan noted last week that general manager John Lynch has been working diligently to get a long-term deal done. Kittle is entering the final year of his rookie contract. "I know right now, as we speak, every day, I know John's upstairs working his butt off talking to Kittle's agent, and those two are trying to work it out," Shanahan said. It doesn't sound like too much progress has been made, according to Silver. "I talked to Kittle's agent, Jack Bechta, yesterday,"...
  • By David Bonilla
    21 hrs ago 0 comments
    The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, is getting a lot more work done this offseason. That could mean trouble for opposing offenses and an even more impressive season than his rookie campaign when he racked up nine regular-season and four postseason sacks. Bosa's offseason and training camp last year were hampered by hamstring and ankle injuries. Before that, he was coming off surgery to repair a core muscle injury. That didn't allow Bosa to maximize his offseason training with his brother and trainer. Throw into that the hectic schedule of visiting with NFL teams leading to the draft, and it makes the defender's accomplishments during his first NFL season even more impressive. "I feel like I'm...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 10, 2020 at 6:03 AM 0 comments
    Scott Spratt of Football Outsiders, in a feature for ESPN, ranks four NFL teams ahead of the San Francisco 49ers when it comes to their under-25-year-old talent heading into the 2020 season. They are the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, and Buffalo Bills. The blue-chip players who contributed to the 49ers' ranking are defensive end Nick Bosa, linebacker Fred Warner, and wide receiver Deebo Samuel. Bosa contributed to the 49ers defense's much-improved pass rush, finishing last season with 62 quarterback hurries, according to Football Outsiders. That number will differ depending on the source you...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 9, 2020 at 6:41 PM 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is less than two months removed from the Jones fracture of the left foot suffered during a player-organized practice in Tennessee. He recently showed off his rehabilitation progress as he works on putting pressure on the injured...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 9, 2020 at 1:04 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers today officially announced they have signed tight end Jordan Reed to a one-year deal. News of the signing was first reported on August 3 by Adam Schefter of ESPN. Below is a rundown provided by the 49ers Communications staff. Reed (6-2, 242) was originally drafted by Washington in the third round (85th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Throughout his seven-year career (2013-19), he has appeared in 65 games (35 starts) and registered 329 receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns. Reed has also started one postseason game where he recorded nine receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown. A member of the Pro Football...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM 4 comments
    There were some San Francisco 49ers fans who were surprised to see one name noticeably omitted from the Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists when the list of 15 was revealed on January 2. Much to their disappointment, former linebacker Patrick Willis didn't make the cut. There was much debate whether or not Willis' shortened career would hinder his chances of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He'll probably get in there — eventually. But for now, he'll have to wait. The 49ers made Willis the No. 11 overall draft pick in 2007, and he spent eight seasons with San Francisco before retiring after the 2014 season. One NFL Media analyst wasn't just stunned that Willis wasn't a finalist, he was shocked...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 8, 2020 at 2:43 PM 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers players and staff walk by one another with masks over their faces and monitors around their necks, tracking if they come within six feet of each other. They add time to the start of the day, accounting for the process of just getting in the door. "Your morning takes longer to come in," quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters this past week. "You've got to go through all the testing, answer the survey, and all that. There's a lot of little pieces that go into it, but it's like anything; it's part of your routine now. "It's just kind of getting used to it, and you adapt to it. But, I think the biggest difference is just the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 8, 2020 at 1:38 PM 0 comments
    Who doesn't love a good random ranking during training camp? NFL Media posted its list of the league's 30 best players over 30, and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman comes in around midway through the ranking. A player will have to be 30 years old as of the scheduled start of the season on September 10 to qualify for this ranking. Sherman is 32. Then the players are ranked by Ali Bhanpuri and Tom Blair according to who they feel is best right now. Sherman came in at No. 16, one spot ahead of future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bhanpuri and Blair wrote the following about...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 8, 2020 at 10:51 AM 0 comments
    Joe Staley revealed to ESPN last month that he had lost 50 pounds since retiring. The former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman recently shared the following photo of his new self on Instagram (h/t to Grant Cohn for the find). A slimmer @jstaley74 is enjoying life after football. It's always good to see the #49ers icon....
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 8, 2020 at 9:51 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have signed veteran offensive lineman Spencer Long, according to his agent. Congratulations to client @slong_61 on signing with the NFC Champion @49ers #nextchapter— JL Sports (@JLSports3) August 8,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 8, 2020 at 9:12 AM 0 comments
    Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 69.1 percent of his pass attempts. Most would agree those are pretty good numbers for a quarterback who just completed his first full NFL season as a starter. Add to that a division championship, the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and a trip to the Super Bowl, and you might be scratching your head as to why ESPN and Pro Football Focus identified Garoppolo as their 49ers bounce-back candidate — a player who "struggled in 2019 but could bounce back in 2020." A lot of the reasoning has to do with Super Bowl LIV. Pro Football Focus...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 7, 2020 at 2:32 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers haven't officially announced the Jordan Reed signing. That's because the veteran tight end still has to pass his COVID-19 tests (yes, plural) and physical before joining his new teammates for training camp. But the signing is as good as done. Both general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have already discussed the addition with the media. The latter took it a step further. Shanahan is obviously salivating at the thoughts of what Reed can do for his offense, confirming that he plans to utilize both Reed and All-Pro George Kittle on the field at the same time. "If you have tight ends on the field who can run-block, that means you're going to get three linebackers out there instead of two and a nickelback," Shanahan explained...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 7, 2020 at 10:31 AM 1 comment
    Mike Clay of ESPN continued his annual tradition of ranking each positional group for all 32 NFL teams, looking at 10 key offensive and defensive positions. During the process, he also commented on each category's best, shakiest, and "on the rise" groups, along with the ones to watch. The strength of the San Francisco 49ers defense last season — its edge rushers — came in as Clay's best in the game when compared to those from around the league. "Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford combine to form the league's best edge rushing trio," wrote Clay. "Bosa and Armstead combined for 19.0 sacks and 105 pass-rush wins...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 7, 2020 at 6:52 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers will honor San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark and his jersey number today, August 7, which has been dubbed "87 Day," the team announced on Thursday. "In addition to honoring Clark, the ultimate teammate, '87 Day' serves to raise awareness and generate donations for The Golden Heart Fund," the 49ers wrote in a statement. "The preferred charitable cause of Clark, the Golden Heart Fund was created to serve current and future 49ers alumni during times of need for financial, medical, psychological or emotional support. To donate, please visit goldenheartfund.org and click 'donate.'" The 49ers expressed their continued commitment to supporting the fight against ALS, the disease that took Clark's life in 2018. While fans cannot...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 7, 2020 at 6:41 AM 0 comments
    Pro Football Focus released the San Francisco 49ers edition of its 2020 NFL Team Preview Series. The feature by Steve Palazzolo evaluates each position group heading into the upcoming season. Below are some key statistics pointed out within the preview, which fans may find interesting. Quarterback Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo finished last season with the 13th-best overall Pro Football Focus grade (77.5, including playoffs) among quarterbacks. 55.1% of Garoppolo's passing yards came after the catch, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL. Running Backs Running back Raheem Mostert had the fourth-best...
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