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  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:33 PM 1 comment
    With All-Pro tight end George Kittle sidelined with a knee issue and a number of wide receivers dealing with injuries of their own, the 49ers needed someone to step up and carry the weight in the pass-catching department against the New York Jets on Sunday. Needless to say, veteran tight end Jordan Reed answered the call in a big way. Given his extensive injury history, it was hard to know what to expect from Reed after he signed with the 49ers in August. Reed missed the entire 2019 season after sustaining the seventh known concussion of his career and was limited to 65 total games over his first seven NFL seasons. But after being brought along slowly during training camp, Reed began to show signs of still being the type of player he was earlier in his career...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 3:59 PM 0 comments
    Rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk made his NFL debut for the San Francisco 49ers against the New York Jets on Sunday and came away with an experience that left him with some positives and some negatives. Aiyuk notched two catches for 21 yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets after missing the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals while recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in training camp. His first catch was a bit of an odd one, as he came away with the ball in his hands after running into wide receiver Kendrick Bourne: Here is Brandon Aiyuk's first career NFL catch...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 2:53 PM 0 comments
    The last thing the San Francisco 49ers want right now is to play another game on the turf at MetLife Stadium after what they went through Sunday afternoon, but that's exactly what they'll have to do next week when they come back there to face the New York Giants. The 49ers were able to cruise Sunday to a 31-13 win over the New York Jets on the stadium's new turf, which was installed over the offseason. Both the 49ers and Jets came out of Sunday's game with a number of injuries, and while not all of those may be able to be blamed on the turf, the 49ers made it clear following the game they found the new surface to be problematic. "It's new turf, new field turf. It's always pretty tricky to play on until it's nice and -- not beat up, but nice and worn down and...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 2:25 PM 0 comments
    With as many players as the 49ers currently have on the sidelines due to injuries, chances are the team will be scanning the free agent market in the days ahead to see who can be brought in to help. But while they will certainly be open to the possibility of adding new players to the roster, they also expect the players they currently have to step up. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan discussed the issue after Sunday's 31-13 win over the New York Jets, which saw the team lose quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (high ankle sprain), defensive linemen Nick Bosa (knee/possible ACL tear) and Solomon Thomas (knee), and running backs Tevin Coleman (knee) and Raheem Mostert (knee). Those injuries are in addition to a long list of previously-injured players that includes tight end...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 1:01 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers rebounded from a frustrating Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a one-sided victory over the New York Jets on Sunday, but the win may have come with a heavy cost that will be felt for the foreseeable future. The 49ers ran away from the Jets 31-13 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in a game that saw the team lose running...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 11:42 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers made a quarterback change in the second half of Sunday's game against the New York Jets, replacing injured starter Jimmy Garoppolo with backup Nick Mullens after halftime. Garoppolo took a hit to the ankle early in the first quarter of Sunday's game and hobbled throughout the remainder of the first half before staying in the locker room for the start of the second half. Garoppolo was on point during the first half despite the injury, finishing 14 of 16 for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Mullens threw his first passes for the 49ers since 2018. During that season, Mullens threw for 2,277 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while Garoppolo was sidelined with a torn ACL. The team's third-string quarterback, C.J. Beathard, was left...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 10:33 AM 0 comments
    The seemingly neverending injury news got worse in a hurry for the San Francisco 49ers against the New York Jets on Sunday as defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas were carted off the field in the first quarter due to a knee injury. Bosa went down with the injury after a first down run from Jets running back Frank Gore. Bosa was visibly in pain on the turf before trainers carted him to the locker room. Here's the play where Nick Bosa gets hurt 😬 (via @dieter) ...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:24 AM 1 comment
    The 49ers will be without injured tight end George Kittle against the New York Jets this afternoon but are hopeful he'll be ready to play in time for next week's game against the New York Giants, according to reports from Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Both reporters weighed in on Kittle's status earlier this morning while also shedding some light on the nature of his injury, which occurred during the 49ers' Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Schefter wrote earlier this morning that Kittle has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee "that would sideline most players for a few weeks" but is showing...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 18, 2020 at 4:37 PM 0 comments
    There's probably a number of people who never expected to see New York Jets running back Frank Gore still going strong in the NFL at age 37, but his former teammate Jimmie Ward isn't one of them. Ward is one of three current 49ers players who were on the roster when Gore was last with the team in 2014, with long snapper Kyle Nelson and cornerback Dontae Johnson being the others. Gore was a model of consistency back then, having rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight of nine seasons going back to 2006, and had just wrapped up a season of 1,106 yards and four touchdowns when he and the 49ers didn't come to terms on a new contract after the 2014 season. Gore will face off against his former team when the 49ers face the Jets on Sunday, the second time he's done so...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 18, 2020 at 3:15 PM 0 comments
    It sounds like a safe bet that wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will be on the field for the 49ers against the New York Jets this weekend, even though he only has one practice under his belt after officially joining the team Friday. The 49ers officially announced the signing of the veteran receiver late Friday morning after his agent revealed earlier in the week Sanu would be joining the team on a one-year deal. Sanu, 31, brings some much-needed depth to a 49ers receiving room that has been decimated by injury and also has the ability to step in and contribute right away after spending a season in Shanahan's system while Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2016. Shanahan expressed confidence earlier in the week in Sanu's ability to help the 49ers...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 18, 2020 at 2:55 PM 0 comments
    Defensive end Dee Ford was an unexpected addition to the list of injured San Francisco 49ers players earlier this week, and as of Friday afternoon, his playing status for Sunday's road game against the New York Jets remained uncertain. Ford appeared on Thursday's injury report as a non-participant in practice due to a neck injury and has since been ruled as questionable for Sunday's game. 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh didn't shed much light on the injury during his Thursday post-practice press conference, saying only that he was "not overly concerned" about Ford's condition. On Friday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan elaborated more on the injury while speaking to reporters and sounded somewhat less certain when it came to Ford's playing status for...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 18, 2020 at 2:16 PM 0 comments
    Bad news on the injury front keeps coming for the San Francisco 49ers, who on Friday announced they'd be without tight end George Kittle against the New York Jets this Sunday due to a knee injury. Kittle has been battling through the injury in recent days after sustaining it during the 49ers' Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Shanahan told reporters Friday the injury is one that would have resulted in a typical player being declared out earlier in the week, but Kittle's past resilience to injuries caused the team to wait until the last minute to make a decision. "We never really do that with George because of what he's shown us over these three years with him," Shanahan said during his Friday press conference. "We would have held out two more days to wait and...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 18, 2020 at 12:12 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers officially announced the signing of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu Friday, while placing wide receiver Richie James on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. Sanu, 31, is in his ninth NFL season after being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. Sanu spent four seasons with the Bengals before moving on to the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, where he remained until being traded to the New England Patriots in 2019. Sanu became a free agent after being released by the Patriots on September 3. The addition of Sanu (6-2, 215) boosts a depleted 49ers receiving corps that in...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 13, 2020 at 8:39 PM 0 comments
    2020, as everyone knows, has been an utterly horrible year for much of humanity. And on Sunday, during their Week 1 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers had to deal with the unusual circumstances the events of 2020 are presenting to NFL teams and found them to be quite noticeable, even if they weren't to blame for what went wrong in the game. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 49ers played their home opener Sunday in front of an empty stadium with piped-in crowd noise and socially distanced cheerleaders wearing masks. Sunday also marked their first time playing any sort of game during the 2020 season due to the fact that COVID-19 caused the NFL to cancel every game on the preseason schedule. To make matters worse, the 49ers had to continue to deal...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 13, 2020 at 8:06 PM 0 comments
    It's been a long time coming for running back Jerick McKinnon, but after more than two years of waiting, he finally has his first game in the books as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. McKinnon joined the 49ers in 2018 on a lucrative four-year deal worth $30 million after spending the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings. At the time, McKinnon was expected to take over as the lead back in San Francisco for the foreseeable future. But he wound up missing the entire 2018 season after suffering a torn ACL during a practice session days before the season opener, then experienced a setback the following year that caused him to miss the 2019 season as well. In the meantime, McKinnon watched from the sidelines as his friend and now former...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 13, 2020 at 6:43 PM 7 comments
    There's plenty of blame to go around for the 49ers' 24-20 season-opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but head coach Kyle Shanahan isn't about to single out his few healthy wide receivers as being part of the problem. Granted, it didn't help the 49ers' cause on Sunday that they were down to three healthy receivers by the time the game ended due to Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) being sidelined and Richie James (hamstring) exiting the game early. But, while Shanahan wasn't happy with how the offense performed as a whole, in particular its failure to convert more than two of its 13 opportunities on third and fourth downs, he felt the team's remaining receivers -- Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, and Dante Pettis -- did a solid job under the...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 13, 2020 at 6:02 PM 2 comments
    There's plenty of blame to go around for the 49ers' 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but one place the team will need to find some answers in a hurry is on offense, particularly in the passing game. On the surface, the numbers the 49ers put up through the air on Sunday don't look too bad, with starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo finishing with 259 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 103.0 rating on 19 of 33 passing. But on Sunday there were certainly some inconsistencies in Garoppolo's game, which showed up on third and fourth downs in particular. The 49ers converted just two of 11 third-down opportunities on Sunday, while also falling short on each of their two chances on fourth down. One of Garoppolo's touchdown passes came on a...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 13, 2020 at 4:29 PM 8 comments
    This wasn't exactly what the San Francisco 49ers and their fans had in mind to start the 2020 season. The 49ers headed into the season with high expectations after finishing 2019 with a 13-3 record and an NFC Championship. But the Arizona Cardinals got the 2020 season off to an unexpectedly dismal start for the 49ers Sunday with a 24-20 upset win at Levi's...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Sep 13, 2020 at 7:53 AM 0 comments
    The 49ers are continuing to show interest in adding veteran pass rusher Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, according to a Sunday morning report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Ansah, 31, was brought in by the 49ers in early August for a COVID-19 test and a physical but did not sign a contract. Rapoport says the 49ers plan on bringing him again for a visit and another COVID-19 test today, which shows he still remains on the team's radar. Help on the way for the...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Aug 28, 2020 at 3:59 PM 0 comments
    Like every NFL player, 49ers running back Tevin Coleman wrestled over the offseason with the tough choice of deciding whether or not to play football while COVID-19 continued to spread throughout the United States. But, with an assist from his family, Coleman decided it would be best to return to Santa Clara and join the 49ers as they embark on their mission to return to the Super Bowl. Coleman spoke about his decision while speaking with reporters following the 49ers' practice session on Friday. "It was very difficult to make that decision, but with the support of my family – my wife, my kids – they convinced me to come down here and just focus on work and playing football," said Coleman. The 49ers had two players decide to opt out of...
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