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    Justin Wong has been writing for the 49ers Webzone since 2017 while also running an NFC West blog and podcast called Just The West. Feel free to follow him, or direct any inquiries to @JustTheWest on Twitter.

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  • By Justin Wong
    May 8, 2020 at 8:16 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers' 2020 schedule has been released--pending any sort of changes, of course. Games may be subject to change during this particular time with COVID-19; it's possible some games could have little to no attendance or perhaps they will be delayed altogether. Nonetheless, I wanted to give my initial thoughts on the 49ers' schedule. They currently have the fourth toughest schedule (.527) with five prime time games along with some interesting tidbits: The 49ers will face six playoff teams in seven matchups during the upcoming season—the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, New Orleans...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 28, 2020 at 7:30 AM 8 comments
    The 2020 NFL Draft is officially in the books as the San Francisco 49ers come away with five players to round out their draft class. The 49ers entered the draft with two first-round picks and not much else; previous trades for edge Dee Ford and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders gutted their day two picks. Many expected the 49ers to recoup draft capital in the mid-rounds via trade. 49ers general manager John Lynch was certainly active in the trading scene but not in the way most expected. I recognize that instant draft day grades can grow tiresome year-over-year when the true value of these draft picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. However, it's important to understand the context as to why the 49ers drafted these players with respect to team...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 25, 2020 at 9:40 PM 3 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' day three picks. The 49ers traded linebacker Eli Harold in 2018 to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick. Fast forward to now and with the 217th pick in the NFL Draft, the 49ers select...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 25, 2020 at 8:40 PM 0 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' day three picks. The 49ers traded the 210th pick and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 190th in the NFL Draft to select Georgia tight end, Charlie...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 25, 2020 at 7:32 PM 0 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' day three picks. The San Francisco 49ers traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the 153rd pick to select West Virginia offensive tackle, Colton...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 24, 2020 at 5:15 PM 9 comments
    Could the San Francisco 49ers have another trade up their sleeves on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft? Julie Donaldson of NBC Sports Washington is reporting possible movement from the Washington Redskins. Sources tell me an NFC team has been interested Trent Williams, it is believed to be 49ers. Makes sense. Kyle Shanahan was w/ the Redskins when Trent was drafted, Joe Staley is 35, want to win now. No deal has been made. Also, does not appear MINN has any interest at this time.— Julie Donaldson (@JDonaldsonNBCS)...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM 3 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' first-round picks. The San Francisco 49ers traded the 31st, 117th (Buccaneers), and 176th pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 26th pick to select Arizona State wide receiver, Brandon...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 24, 2020 at 1:50 PM 0 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' first-round picks. The San Francisco 49ers traded the 13th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the 14th and 117th pick. San Francisco subsequently selected South Carolina defensive tackle,...
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 31, 2019 at 6:22 PM 2 comments
    With the 49ers up 13-0 at halftime, everything was finally going in their favor; the 49ers had not beaten the Seahawks in Seattle since 2011. Even better, it was the first time in two years the Seahawks had been held scoreless in the first half. The 49ers' defense stopped them on a 4th-and-inches run at the 49ers' 31-yard line with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch at the helm. Nick Bosa threw Tyrone Swoopes out of the way to stop Marshawn Lynch on fourth down. The broadcast showed Bosa and DeForest Buckner laughing after the play at the idea of blocking him with a tight end....
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 23, 2019 at 2:54 PM 0 comments
    Down 10-21 in the first half, it certainly didn't go down like the 49ers' first outing in NFL Week 5 against the Rams—but they found a way to win. With less than a minute of play, key catches by 49ers receivers Kendrick Bourne and Emmanuel Sanders made all the difference, as they set the team up for a narrow 34-31 victory. Does Jimmy Garoppolo have the clutch gene? Garoppolo converted on two 3rd-and-16 situations on the final drive of the game. Wild #49ers stat: according to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight was only the second...
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 17, 2019 at 2:02 PM 0 comments
    After three intense games against the Packers, Ravens, and Saints, Sunday's loss to the Falcons was a major letdown as the 49ers faltered 22-29 at home. Despite the loss, the 49ers clinched a playoff berth with the Rams' loss to the Cowboys. It's probably not the best way to make the playoffs but... Me, being supremely calm about the #49ers loss to the #Falcons while the rest of...
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:34 PM 0 comments
    In what was arguably the best game of the season, the 49ers went head-to-head with the Saints in a 48-46 shootout as 49ers kicker Robbie Gould kicked the game-winner in the waning seconds of regulation. Here are your Week 14 Studs and Duds of the game. The 49ers are now back atop the NFC West division with a 11-2 record as the Seahawks subsequently lost to the Rams on Sunday Night Football. With victories over the Packers and Saints, the 49ers technically have the tie-breaker for the top overall seed in the NFC Conference—albeit the outcome of the final three games of the season. Studs Kyle Shanahan It's rare that a defense allows the opposition to hang 46 points and still come away with a win...
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 3, 2019 at 4:24 PM 0 comments
    After a narrow loss at the leg of Ravens kicker Justin Tucker with a game-winning field goal kick, here are your Week 13 Studs and Duds of the game. The 49ers now sit with a 10-2 record but have dropped to the No. 5 seed in the National Football Conference, as the Seattle Seahawks, who own an identical 10-2 record, defeated the 49ers in their first matchup and currently stand atop the NFC West Division. The #49ers woke up the #1 seed and go to bed the #5 seed. Life comes at you fast. And also, that just doesn't seem right.—...
  • By Justin Wong
    Nov 25, 2019 at 5:10 PM 2 comments
    After a convincing win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, here are your Week 12 Studs and Duds of the game. The 49ers are now two games ahead of the Packers in the NFC overall and maintain a one-game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West division with a 10-1 record. Studs Contract Year Players Defensive back Jimmie Ward and defensive end Arik Armstead were former first-round draft picks in the 2014 and 2015 drafts, respectively, and were often maligned by fans because of their inconsistent play. Injuries have obviously been a factor but heading into this season, it was a big question mark whether either player would feature in the long-term plans of General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle...
  • By Justin Wong
    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:49 PM 2 comments
    Below are the Studs and Duds of the game as the 49ers rallied from a 16-point deficit to sweep the Arizona Cardinals, 36-26. Studs The Replacements In their most crucial moments, it was the replacements who stepped up for the 49ers. They may have played in limited snaps, but you saw across the board how players made the best of their opportunities. It's likely they'll see their numbers called more often in the ensuing weeks. The 49ers were down 0-16 with about nine minutes left in the second quarter. Up to that point, the offense had only generated 10 yards of total offense. On the first play of the drive, the 49ers dial up a screen pass to receiver Richie James Jr. to the left for a 57-yard gain and...
  • By Justin Wong
    Aug 31, 2019 at 1:36 PM 5 comments
    With today being the deadline for NFL teams to cut their rosters from 90 to the final 53-players, here are a couple of quick reactions for the San Francisco 49ers. Wow, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was true to his word when asked about keeping three quarterbacks on the roster. Personally, between Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard, I would've swallowed my pride and sided with Mullens. The 49ers seem persistent to get value for their quarterbacks and perhaps that could still happen via trade. Nonetheless, it's problematic when you consider the 49ers have other positions of need. It was a long time coming for the oft-injured guard. Former General Manager Trent Baalke traded back into the first round to draft guard Joshua Garnett in 2016. Since then, Garnett has...
  • By Justin Wong
    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:46 PM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are 2-0 at the midway point this preseason. I don't take particular notice on preseason records but more importantly—I'm more concerned about the execution. Through two weeks, whose stock has risen and whose has fallen this preseason? Stock Up Deebo Samuel Deebo Samuel is looking primed to provide the offense with an immediate spark. The 49ers' second-round pick has made a 45-yard play in every game this preseason whether it's been through the air against the Cowboys or on a run against the Broncos. It's only been a small sample size so far but Samuel is making a case for more playing time in his rookie...
  • By Justin Wong
    Jul 25, 2019 at 5:30 PM 0 comments
    While there are questions looming on the interior of the offensive line, the future of the tackle position looks relatively bright. Upside: The starting bookends look to be a mainstay with veteran Joe Staley at left tackle and second-year Mike McGlinchey at right tackle. Staley continues to play at a high level while McGlinchey could be groomed to be his eventual replacement. Staley took McGlinchey under his wing last season which has paid dividends towards McGlinchey's development and overall continuity at offensive line. General Manager John Lynch surprised everyone last year when the team nabbed McGlinchey with the...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 29, 2019 at 7:02 PM 8 comments
    Standing atop the third round with the 67th overall pick, many 49ers fans were expecting General Manager John Lynch to look at addressing either the secondary or offensive line; they had just selected wide receiver Deebo Samuel in the second round. Samuel is a great prospect in his own right, but at 5-foot-11, most of his work was done primarily on underneath routes as a slot receiver. It turns out, the 49ers decided to double down on the position. Enter Baylor receiver Jalen Hurd, an intriguing prospect at 6-foot-5 and 226 pounds who was previously a running back for two seasons with the University of Tennessee before transferring to Baylor—and making the switch to wide receiver. Hurd had to redshirt the 2017 season, but in his brief time at Baylor, he finished the...
  • By Justin Wong
    Mar 11, 2019 at 3:16 PM 2 comments
    As of today, NFL teams can now negotiate with prospective free agent players with plenty of sports news talk in between. NFL free agency officially begins on March 13th at 1PM PST and already, the San Francisco 49ers made headlines. NFL Network Ian Rapoport reported the 49ers reached an agreement with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander on a four year/$54 million deal. There are also rumors swirling that the 49ers are still looking into trading for New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. With an estimated $65 million in cap room to spend, let's preview another potential 49ers' target in Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell...
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