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  • By John Conforti
    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM 11 comments
    In only eleven snaps on defense before leaving the game with an injury that wound up being far less serious than it looked, Reuben Foster was able to show everyone why he was considered the top linebacker prospect in the 2017 draft. He had accumulated three quick solo tackles and broke up another pass before leaving the game early with a lower leg injury. On the other hand, the 49ers' other first-round pick from the 2017 draft, Solomon Thomas, was available the entire game and played the third most snaps of any defensive lineman on the 49ers. Thomas had a relatively quiet game, netting two tackles, but more importantly, he was unable to generate any sort of pressure on Cam Newton. While this held true for just about all of the defensive players in week one, it is perhaps most...
  • By John Conforti
    Aug 14, 2017 at 7:12 PM 0 comments
    With one game of the preseason in the bag, 49ers fans were able to get their first views of the 2017 squad. Despite some solid play from back-ups against other back-ups, this year does not figure to be too promising from a wins and losses standpoint. However, this should not be surprising for a squad coming off a 2-14 season and entering the first year of a true rebuild under a new front office and coaching staff. The fact is, rebuilds take time. With a roster as talent-deprived as the 2016 team, the 49ers are still likely a couple years away from truly contending. Much of the roster, including entire position groups, needs to be rebuilt. In their first season, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan already appear to have done an admirable job of putting together a formidable front...
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