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  • John Lynch got his first taste of front office life with the Denver Broncos, the team with which he played four seasons. The Broncos general manager, John Elway, took a similar path as Lynch, who is now the San Francisco 49ers general manager. Elway is a player turned general manager and went on to build a Super Bowl-winning team. Lynch is also a player turned general manager. Although, his path took a detour into the broadcast booth. Lynch is also working to build a Super Bowl-caliber team and feels the 49ers are close. Over several offseasons, Elway invited his friend, Lynch, to come to Denver and scout players for him and his staff. "I was able to do that, and it started to kind of get my interest in, perhaps if the right situation ever came...
  • Denver Broncos reporter and analyst, Benjamin Allbright, called Marquise Goodwin the most impressive San Francisco 49ers wide receiver during the joint practices between the two teams. Goodwin has been easily the most impressive Niners WR the last two days.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 17, 2019 With all the offseason hype surrounding some of the 49ers' younger receivers, it's easy to...
  • San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch was asked on Saturday if any Denver Broncos stood out to him during the two teams' joint practices. "That 58 was alright," Lynch said with a smile. "He's quite a player. They've got a nice roster, so I think there's reason to be excited." No. 58, by the way, is seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller. Yeah, he is quite a player. Odds are he won't be available via a trade. Other players might be, though, on both squads. The 49ers know that. The Broncos know that. There is no doubt that some conversations might have already taken place. Usually, those types of talks involve one general manager asking another where he feels his team is pretty deep — maybe too...
  • By David Bonilla
    2 hrs ago 1 comment
    Mike Shanahan had a few opportunities to return to coaching. The perfect situation never seemed to present itself, though. He won two Super Bowl championships coaching the Denver Broncos after winning a championship as an offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. All Shanahan wanted was another shot at being part of a championship-caliber team. So for him to return, it would have had to have been the perfect situation. That meant having an owner, general manager, and quarterback who were on the same page as him and working cohesively as a unit. "If it doesn't happen, the chances of you winning a Super Bowl aren't very good," Shanahan told reporters in Denver on Saturday. "If that situation happened, I was going to take it. If...
  • By David Bonilla
    20 hrs ago 6 comments
    Tarvarius Moore could find himself as the favorite to be the San Francisco 49ers' starting free safety come Week 1. He's taken the majority of the first-team reps on defense during training camp but has been given no guarantees when it comes to his place on the depth chart. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh admits that Moore has made great strides this offseason after transitioning from cornerback. He still wants everyone to feel like they are not only competing for jobs but roster spots. Saleh seems intent on making the media believe that Jimmie Ward could make a late entrance into the starting free safety competition and possibly win it. But the often-injured defensive back still hasn't taken part in team drills since fracturing his collarbone in...
  • By David Bonilla
    20 hrs ago 4 comments
    The NFL has fined San Francisco 49ers safety Adrian Colbert $28,075 for unnecessary roughness in last weekend's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Fine: #49ers S Adrian Colbert was fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness vs. Dallas, Aug. 10. He lowered his head on a hit that injured #Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson, leading to Colbert's ejection.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)...
  • By David Bonilla
    21 hrs ago 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers participated in the last of two joint practices with the Denver Broncos at the UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. The 49ers will hold a walkthrough on Sunday, which is closed to the media, before the two teams face each other in a preseason game at Mile High Stadium on Monday night. Quick Notes RB Raheem Mostert (concussion), RB Matt Breida (shoulder), and DT D.J. Jones (knee) returned to practice. General manager John Lynch informed reporters before practice that G Mike Person suffered a foot strain on Friday and is day-to-day. "Person made it through practice, had a little bit of a scare after,"...
  • By David Bonilla
    21 hrs ago 2 comments
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan plans to have quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo play during Monday night's preseason game against the Denver Broncos. How much he will play has not yet been determined. Several factors will go into deciding the quarterback's snap count. One of the factors is a review of the practice film from the last two days of joint practices between the 49ers and Broncos, said Shanahan. Another is the health of the 49ers offensive line, which lost another starter during Friday's practice. Right guard Mike Person left the field with what initially looked like a serious injury. The 49ers reported on Saturday morning that Person sustained a foot...
  • By David Bonilla
    22 hrs ago 2 comments
    As previously reported, former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan was on hand in Denver over the last two days to watch his son, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, and his team practice against the Broncos. The two squads will play a preseason game against each other at Mile High Stadium on Monday night. The elder Shanahan spoke with reporters after Saturday's practice and briefly discussed what last season's study sessions with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo were like. Garoppolo, as you likely know, was recovering from an ACL injury suffered early in the season. Kyle Shanahan felt it might be more beneficial for the quarterback to spend time with his...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 17, 2019 at 9:47 AM 1 comment
    New defensive line coach Kris Kocurek is making an impact on the San Francisco 49ers and is doing so with his vocal and often not-safe-for-work style of teaching. It's who he is. Kocurek is loud, full of energy, and his players love him. The 49ers are in Denver taking part in joint practices with the Broncos before Monday night's preseason game at Mile High Stadium. Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area caught a video of Kocurek working on individual drills with his defensive linemen. The video also shows Broncos players walking by and taking notice of the very vocal and "colorful" coaching style of...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 17, 2019 at 9:07 AM 2 comments
    Second-year linebacker Fred Warner is a different player this offseason. He seems more confident and vocal during practices. While some of that can be traced back to having a year of NFL experience under his belt, a lot of it is the result of a new teammate. The San Francisco 49ers signed Kwon Alexander in March after the team's decision-makers couldn't help but notice the impact the linebacker was having in Tampa Bay both on and off the field. General manager John Lynch saw natural leadership that he felt would benefit his 49ers defense. That's why, despite coming off an ACL injury, San Francisco aggressively pursued Alexander. One of the biggest beneficiaries of having Alexander around is Warner. Alexander brings out new energy in the younger...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 17, 2019 at 8:09 AM 2 comments
    San Francisco 49ers fans received a bit of a scare when reports circulated that starting right guard Mike Person was seen after Friday's joint practice with the Denver Broncos getting around on crutches and wearing an orthopedic boot over his left foot. The situation seemed less dire when Matt Barrows of The Athletic, who initially noticed Person's condition, later reported that the injury might not have been as serious as it first appeared. That was confirmed by general manager John Lynch on Saturday morning, who said Person suffered a foot strain and is...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 5:30 PM 5 comments
    Monday night's preseason game will feature 39-year-old San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan on one sideline and 60-year-old Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio on the other. Shanahan is seen as part of the new younger wave of coaches taking over the NFL. He blasts music during his practices and named his son, Carter, after rapper Lil Wayne. Fangio, a defensive mastermind who was once a coordinator with the 49ers, is just six years younger than Shanahan's father, former NFL coach Mike Shanahan, and doesn't care for music during practices. The two have great respect for one another but might have slightly different views on specific NFL topics like if preseason games are even necessary. Fans don't enjoy paying NFL prices to watch the starters play for two or...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 4:40 PM 3 comments
    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello went against his old team for the first time. Although, it was only a joint practice. Still, the new Denver Broncos offensive coordinator was impressed with the energy of the 49ers defense during Friday's practice. He sounded less impressed with his offense. "I thought it was very choppy, and I thought it felt like they got after us up front a little bit," Scangarello told reporters after the practice. The 49ers defense was loud on Friday, and several in attendance felt the unit outperformed its counterparts, at least in intensity. Scangarello was asked what his message to the offense was after the practice. "My message is we've got to meet their intensity," he responded....
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:49 PM 4 comments
    Some will say that the best ability for a football player is availability. That's why many among the Niner Faithful don't want to see the starting free safety job just handed to Jimmie Ward when he returns to team drills — whenever that will be. Ward has not been full-go since fracturing his collarbone during practice on May 23. If this latest injury were an anomaly, the fan base probably wouldn't have an issue with the San Francisco 49ers handing Ward the starting job upon his return. It wasn't a one-time thing, though, and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh always seems to give the often-injured defensive back the benefit of the doubt. As do the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 2:36 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers participated in the first of two joint practices with the Denver Broncos at the UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. The second practice will take place on Saturday with the 49ers holding a walkthrough, which is closed to the media, on Sunday. The two teams will face each other in an exhibition game scheduled for Monday night at Mile High Stadium. Quick Notes T Joe Staley took part in practice after being limited on Wednesday due to some pectoral soreness. QB Jimmy Garoppolo bounced back from his five-interception practice on Wednesday by completing eight-straight passes against the Broncos defense to start team drills. Broncos S Justin Simmons later came away with a Garoppolo-thrown interception,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 12:50 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have waived Greg Mabin with a "waived/injured" designation after the 25-year-old cornerback suffered a calf injury during practice on Wednesday. The team also officially announced the signing of cornerback Quinten Rollins to a one-year deal, which was first reported by Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Mabin as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa on May 1, 2017. He spent time with the Buffalo Bills before being signed to the 49ers practice squad on October 18, 2017. San Francisco promoted Mabin to the active roster on November 1, 2017. Mabin appeared in 13 games with one start in 2018...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 12:37 PM 2 comments
    Any day you ask new San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander how he is feeling, he will confidently respond, "Legendary." That's more than a description to Alexander. It's a mindset. "I don't like to use the word ['good'] because I'm trying to be better than that," the linebacker said in July. "So I use ['legendary'] just to keep my mindset where it needs to be, and that's what it is." Alexander, like other 49ers teammates, is returning from an ACL injury. His was suffered during Week 7 of last season, and the linebacker landed on injured reserve on October 22, 2018. Alexander became a free agent in March, and the 49ers made him one...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 12:08 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers certainly don't need any more injuries. That's what makes a sight after Friday's joint practice with the Broncos so concerning. Starting guard Mike Person was getting around on crutches and with his left foot in an orthopedic boot, according to multiple reports. Later, he was driven away on a cart. No one noticed what happened and the 49ers have not yet officially commented on the injury. Starting right guard Mike Person on crutches and with a walking boot on left foot after practice. Did not see him go down during the session.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows)...
  • By David Bonilla
    Aug 16, 2019 at 11:45 AM 1 comment
    Jimmy Garoppolo had to know the questions were coming. His five-interception performance during Wednesday's practice made headlines, both locally and nationally. That might sound a bit absurd to most, but in this day of social-media overreaction, it is what it is. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is in the Denver area with his teammates for joint practices against the Broncos but still couldn't escape the story. Garoppolo was half laughing when asked about the headline-grabbing practice. He admitted to initially being angry about the multi-interception outing earlier in the week. "You guys are seeing me a couple of days removed, but that day I was pretty ticked off," Garoppolo told reporters at the UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado....
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