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  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 4, 2021 at 3:29 PM 0 comments
    It doesn't sound like the 49ers have much to worry about when it comes to the knee problems that sidelined rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw for the final two games of the 2020 regular season, based on comments from team general manager John Lynch on Monday. Kinlaw sustained the injury during the 49ers' 41-33 Week 15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Lynch was asked during his year-end press conference if Kinlaw's injury was related at all to knee tendinitis that flared up during the predraft process in the early part of 2020. The general manager responded by saying that Kinlaw's latest knee problem was simply a result of a hard bump he took to his knee when chasing down Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton. "I guess when you say tendinitis, tendinitis is just some...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 4, 2021 at 3:10 PM 0 comments
    It's possible that fullback Kyle Juszczyk has played his final game in a San Francisco 49ers uniform, but if that proves to be the case, chances are the team will put up a fight before letting it happen. The pending free agent status of Juszczyk was one of many topics discussed during the 49ers' year-end media sessions on Monday, with both Juszczyk and general manager John Lynch issuing comments on the subject. Juszczyk was visibly and audibly emotional when talking about the possibility of his time coming to an end, saying, "It hits a little bit harder when it's reality and it's right here in your face. It's definitely hit me a little bit different this week." The 49ers face a tough reality this...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 4, 2021 at 2:14 PM 1 comment
    There's good news and not-so-good news for the San Francisco 49ers on the defensive end front as the 2020 season comes to a close. No position on the San Francisco 49ers was hit harder with injuries over the course of the 2020 season than defensive end, with the absences of Nick Bosa and Dee Ford in particular resulting in a significant negative impact for the team's pass rush. But while all signs are positive in terms of Bosa being ready for the 2021 season, it sounds like things aren't as certain when it comes to Ford. 49ers general manager John Lynch discussed the current status of each player during his year-end press conference on Monday, and while his tone was upbeat about Bosa's recovery from a season-ending torn ACL, he sounded much less optimistic in...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 4, 2021 at 12:09 PM 0 comments
    If cornerback Jason Verrett decides to stay with the 49ers past the 2020 season, perhaps the team's training staff may deserve some credit for an assist. Verrett is one of the most intriguing cases among the long list of impending free agents on whom the 49ers must come to a decision before the start of the 2021 league year on March 18. Verrett has a long and difficult injury history that limited him to just six total game appearances from 2016 to 2019. But at age 29, he was finally able to stay mostly healthy throughout 2020 and put on a performance that showed he is still capable of being the type of player he was early in his career when he was selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl as a...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 4, 2021 at 11:21 AM 0 comments
    Deebo Samuel has faced his share of injuries throughout his football career, but nothing ever hit him as hard from a mental perspective as what he went through in 2020. Fortunately, the challenges Samuel faced in 2020 are now almost completely in the rearview mirror, and as a result, he's itching to jump into the offseason and get prepared for 2021. Samuel spoke in detail with reporters Monday about what he went through in 2020, revealing that he faced a level of emotional challenge along the way that he hadn't experienced previously in his career. Samuel went through two injury-shortened seasons during his college days at the University of South Carolina, but a Jones fracture in his foot he sustained during an offseason workout in June followed by hamstring...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 3, 2021 at 8:17 PM 0 comments
    Even if he doesn't seem overly impressed with what he accomplished in his third NFL season, Jeff Wilson certainly made his case throughout the year that he belongs as one of the top two running backs for the San Francisco 49ers in the foreseeable future. Wilson capped his season with a touchdown run and a touchdown catch in the 49ers' 26-23 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, giving him a total of ten on the season (seven rushing, three receiving). Those are impressive numbers, but that accomplishment was overshadowed in his mind by what the team wasn't able to do in 2020. "That's not a big a deal. I guess it's nice, but we didn't win," Wilson said after the loss to the Seahawks. "We didn't have a winning season because of it, so that's pretty much...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 3, 2021 at 7:22 PM 1 comment
    There are times when a winning team running an unnecessary play with the game in hand would be something that falls under the category of poor sportsmanship, but it turns out the Seattle Seahawks had a good reason to do so against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Seahawks had the lead and the ball with 22 seconds to play in their 26-23 win over the 49ers, which is a situation where teams would usually kneel on the ball to run out the clock. But they decided instead to run a short five-yard pass play to wide receiver David Moore, which left some observers confused. After the game, it was revealed the Seahawks ran the play for Moore so he could get a performance bonus of $100,000. Moore's contract stipulates that he gets the bonus for 35 receptions on the...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 3, 2021 at 6:56 PM 0 comments
    Like so many around the world, the way the San Francisco 49ers reacted to the end of 2020 can be summed up in one word -- relief. Of course, things got quite unusual for the 49ers towards the end of 2020, given the fact the team had to live in a hotel in Arizona for over a month in order to finish its season after local COVID-19 ordinances in Santa Clara shut down any remaining home games. The 49ers' season came to an end with a 26-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, which means the players, coaches, and staff will now get the chance to go home -- and in some cases see their families -- for the first time in 32 days. It's understandable then that after that loss to the Seahawks, 49ers players and head coach Kyle Shanahan showed visible happiness that 2020...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 3, 2021 at 5:52 PM 2 comments
    Kendrick Bourne is one of several players on the San Francisco 49ers who may have played his final game with the team on Sunday, but it sounds like he'd prefer to extend his time in the Bay Area well past this season if he has any say in the matter. Bourne just finished his fourth season with the 49ers and is now slated to be an unrestricted free agent after re-signing with the team as a restricted free agent in the spring. Bourne has 132 catches for 1,693 yards and 11 touchdowns since joining the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Washington in 2017. He has also established himself over his career as one of the team's top depth options at receiver, but the 49ers have a number of key players to re-sign this offseason in addition to Bourne and a limited amount of...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Jan 3, 2021 at 4:29 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers gave the Seattle Seahawks all they could handle on Sunday, but the Seahawks rode a fourth-quarter rally to a 26-23 win in the regular-season finale for both teams at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The 49ers held a 16-6 advantage over the Seahawks early in the fourth quarter, but the Seahawks put together their first two...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 31, 2020 at 5:28 PM 1 comment
    Like most NFL rookies, 49ers defensive tackle and first-round draft pick Javon Kinlaw has had his share of ups and downs during his initial NFL season. And fairly or unfairly, he's even heard his share of criticism along the way as a result. But on Thursday, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh gave a glowing evaluation for how Kinlaw has performed as a rookie while expressing optimism over what Kinlaw's career will look like in the future. Kinlaw has 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and one touchdown this season after being selected by the 49ers with the 14th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He came into the NFL with big shoes to fill after the 49ers decided to...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 31, 2020 at 4:59 PM 0 comments
    George Kittle's NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season went up in smoke recently thanks to Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. But Kittle isn't upset about it at all, to say the least. As a matter of fact, Kittle told reporters during a media session today he's excited about Kelce's success and that he's already looking forward to trying to recapture the record next season. "I'm happy that he broke my record because it gives me something else to go after again next year. That's what I'm looking forward to," Kittle said. Kittle previously set the mark in 2018 when he hauled in 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns. Kittle set his record by catching nine passes for 149 yards during the final game of the...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 31, 2020 at 4:27 PM 0 comments
    Mike McGlinchey doesn't agree with every criticism that's been thrown his way throughout the 2020 season, but the 49ers' starting right tackle did admit during a media session earlier today that he has some work to do on his overall game once the offseason arrives. McGlinchey, who is about to conclude his third season with the 49ers after being selected with the ninth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, spoke at length today about some of the struggles he's had during the 2020 campaign. As has been the case throughout his career, McGlinchey has drawn praise for his work in the running game but left some questions about his performance in the passing game (for example, NFL analysis web site Pro Football Focus gave McGlinchey a career-high grade for run blocking this season but...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 26, 2020 at 8:36 PM 1 comment
    The 49ers haven't always been able to run the football this season the way they grew accustomed to in 2019, but their 20-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday provided a glimpse of what they hope to achieve with their running game every week. The running attack was clicking for the 49ers Saturday, with running back Jeff Wilson being the beneficiary. Wilson ran for a career-high 183 yards on 22 carries in the win, besting his previous mark of 112 yards on 17 carries that he set in a 33-6 win over the New England Patriots on October 25. After the game, Wilson made it a point to give credit to the men in front of him for paving the way towards his career day. "Our O-line and our receivers, those guys did tremendous today," Wilson told reporters...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 26, 2020 at 7:46 PM 0 comments
    If Ahkello Witherspoon is in his last days as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, at least he seems to be set to go out with a bang instead of a whimper. Now in the fourth and final season of his rookie contract with the 49ers after being selected by the team in Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft, Witherspoon's topsy-turvy stay in the Bay Area looked almost certain, as of a few weeks ago, to be coming to an end. He began his time with the 49ers as a promising rookie who seemed to be well on his way towards becoming a long-term starter at cornerback. But injuries and inconsistencies plagued him over the next two seasons to the point where he began to take a back seat to other players. Then, earlier this season, Witherspoon was relegated to...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 26, 2020 at 6:44 PM 0 comments
    C.J. Beathard's four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers have been a roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys. But if he happens to be in his final days with the team, he couldn't have chosen to end it in a better way. Beathard has seen his share of reps as the starting quarterback since being selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft but has also seemed like the odd man out at times ever since Nick Mullens moved into the No. 2 role in 2018. He's been forced to wait his turn since then, while also experiencing a stunning tragedy along the way when his brother Clay was stabbed to death at age 22 outside a Nashville bar on December 21, 2019. Roughly one year after his brother's death, Beathard was given the chance to start for the first time...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 26, 2020 at 5:25 PM 0 comments
    Robbie Gould picked an inopportune time to have his worst performance of the 2020 season in his team's 20-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, but it doesn't sound like the 49ers will be holding it against him when they make a decision on his future. Gould was uncharacteristically erratic against the Cardinals, missing field goal attempts from 41 and 37 yards as well as an extra point. His misses kept the Cardinals within one score on their final drive, leaving the game in doubt until the 49ers defense shut the door with 20 seconds to play. Gould had been having a strong year to that point, connecting on 34 of 35 extra points and 19 of 21 field goals with his lone misses coming on attempts of more than 50 yards. Gould's rough outing against the...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 26, 2020 at 4:30 PM 0 comments
    The injury-depleted San Francisco 49ers weren't expected to have much of a chance against the playoff-contending Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, but they played the role of spoiler with aplomb and delivered a satisfying and unexpected 20-12 win over the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The 49ers were without a number of key players on...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 24, 2020 at 4:56 PM 0 comments
    With just two games left to play in the regular season and no chance for the team to make the playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers could have just decided to play it safe with All-Pro tight end George Kittle and sit him out the rest of the way instead of putting him back on the field after missing the last six games with a fractured bone in his foot. But the team decided not to go that route, choosing instead to leave the door open for Kittle to return this week against the Arizona Cardinals (4:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. PST, Saturday). The 49ers announced Friday they would be giving Kittle the green light to return, and not surprisingly he showed no hesitation in jumping at the opportunity. "He (49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan) asked me if I wanted to play, and I said,...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Dec 24, 2020 at 4:14 PM 0 comments
    49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan gave some injury-related updates on quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens and cornerback Richard Sherman Thursday, delivering some good news on Garoppolo and some not-so-good news on Mullens and Sherman. Shanahan gave his thoughts on how Garoppolo has looked since the team opened his 21-day practice window to return from injured reserve earlier this week. Garoppolo has been on injured reserve since November 5 due to an ankle injury and may not play again this season, but the early prognosis on where he is at the moment sounds positive. "I thought he looked good," Shanahan told reporters Thursday. "Just having him out there throwing again -- always when Jimmy's out there throwing it's usually pretty impressive. We didn't move...
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