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  • By Peter Panacy
    August 14, 2018 at 2:57 PM
    San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis has flashed some skills on the gridiron. But with the Niners visiting the Houston Texans for Week 2 of the preseason, Pettis had the chance to take some batting practice in at the Astros' Minute Maid Park. Well, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis isn't just known for his exceptional speed and route-running abilities. Apparently he can hit the long ball pretty well too. The Niners, of course, are in Houston for their exhibition bout versus the Texans this Saturday, Aug. 18. But with a day off on Tuesday, Pettis had a chance to meet up with his father, Gary Pettis, who just happens to be the Houston Astros' third base coach. And the younger Pettis managed to squeeze in a little bit of batting...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 9, 2018 at 11:11 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers pulled off a come-from-behind 24-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the preseason Thursday night. But as the injuries piled up, the victory seemed more costly than rewarding. On a positive note, the San Francisco 49ers are 1-0 this 2018 preseason, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo still hasn't lost a game in which he's...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 9, 2018 at 9:35 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers found themselves trailing 14-10 after the first half of their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. But long after the starters were out, wide receivers Dante Pettis and Richie James made some headway. The San Francisco 49ers' first-team offense didn't gain a lot of headway when the Niners hosted the visiting Dallas Cowboys Thursday night for both teams' preseason debuts for 2018. And while the majority of the action early on focused on a swarm of injuries the 49ers were dealing with right off the bat, it was good to see a couple of rookie wide receivers, Dante Pettis and Richie James, make some nice contributions during...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 9, 2018 at 8:53 PM
    49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo saw just one drive during San Francisco's 2018 exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. "Meh," would probably describe how San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fared in his team's preseason opener versus the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium Thursday. In fairness, Garoppolo and most of the Niners' starters saw just one offensive drive. And during that stretch, the franchise quarterback posted a 3-of-6 line for just 34 yards and a passer rating of 67.4 before giving way to No. 2 quarterback C.J. Beathard. Two of Garoppolo's tosses were awfully high. One, intended deep for tight end George Kittle, missed over the top. He also overthrew wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. On the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 9, 2018 at 8:33 PM
    49ers Webzone highlights the first half of action between the Niners and visiting Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the 2018 preseason. San Francisco started off on defense. Jimmie Ward got the start at cornerback in place of Richard Sherman, who was out with a nagging hamstring injury. And rookie seventh-round draft pick, defensive tackle Jullian Taylor, ended up getting the start at strong-side defensive end in place of Arik Armstead, who is also out with a hamstring issue. Meanwhile, linebacker Malcolm Smith exited the game early with a hamstring injury. Ward ended up giving up the first score of the game -- a 30-yard touchdown by wide receiver Michael Gallup, where Ward appeared to lose the ball in the sun. Still, Ward lost coverage and didn't look good doing...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 9, 2018 at 8:10 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers are dealing with a lot of injuries over the first half of their preseason opener versus the Dallas Cowboys. Well, Week 1 of the preseason hasn't been too kind to the San Francisco 49ers on the injury front, as they hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Linebacker Malcolm Smith suffered a leg injury in what was his first actual game in a Niners uniform (Smith missed all of the 2017 campaign with a pectoral injury). It got worse too, as tight end George Kittle suffered an apparent arm injury on a deep passing attempt, while defensive end Solomon Thomas exited with a head injury. Thomas, who registered three tackles and half a sack beforehand, had been flashing a lot of promise in limited action before exiting. The...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 9, 2018 at 6:12 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers kick off their 2018 NFL preseason against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night. A number of Niners on the exhibition injury report are expected, but there's one surprise. The San Francisco 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night at Levi's Stadium for Week 1 of the preseason. And while teams don't release "official" injury reports for exhibition bouts, there's insight on which Niners won't participate. Listed as OUT for Thursday night's game, per The Athletic's Matt Barrows: DT Arik Armstead (hamstring) LB Brock Coyle (hip) OL J.P. Flynn (knee) S Marcell Harris (Achilles) CB Richard...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 9, 2018 at 7:38 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers kick off their 2018 preseason with a home bout against the Dallas Cowboys. Let's take a look at some key things you'll want to watch for during the game. Alas, it's finally here -- an actual San Francisco 49ers game. The Niners host the Dallas Cowboys this Thursday for both teams' preseason opener. And while these contests are usually dominated by second- and third-string players, it's still good to watch teams actually go up against each other instead of the glorified practices we've grown used to in recent weeks. While head coach Kyle Shanahan likely has the vast majority of his starters and backups penciled in on the depth chart, these next four contests will be vital in determining how the back end of...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 5, 2018 at 3:09 PM
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard surprised head coach Kyle Shanahan by returning to practice Sunday after attending his grandfather's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Second-year San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard had a free pass to miss Sunday's training camp session, as he was attending his grandfather Bobby Beathard's induction ceremony to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the young quarterback made it back early, much to head coach Kyle Shanahan's surprise. "He surprised the heck out of me," Shanahan told reporters following the Niners practice. "I was in the middle of calling a play, and he was just staring at me. It shocked me. I didn't think he'd be here until after practice." The younger Beathard...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 5, 2018 at 2:26 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their ninth day of training camp practice Sunday and are now gearing up for their first preseason contest this week. Amid some notable injuries, here are some top takeaways from the day's session. The injury bug has officially bit the San Francisco 49ers, and Sunday's training camp session further reinforced that problem. Cornerback Richard Sherman, who exited practice early last Friday with a hamstring issue, was later diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. Head coach Kyle Shanahan later indicated that the Niners will hold Sherman out for at least a week, meaning he'll miss the team's preseason opener this...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 5, 2018 at 1:54 PM
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been developing a solid rapport with his receiving targets, especially second-year tight end George Kittle in recent days. While there's been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the budding on-field relationship between San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis in training camp, one bit of chemistry not to be overlooked is between Jimmy G and second-year tight end George Kittle. Kittle's 43 receptions for 515 yards in 2017 set a record. No other tight end, drafted in Round 5 or later in the modern football era, has posted those kinds of numbers before. And if one subscribes to the idea that players make their biggest maturation jumps between years one and two, it's...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 5, 2018 at 1:25 PM
    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who injured his hamstring during Friday's practice, is expected to miss the Niners' preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys this upcoming Thursday. The San Francisco 49ers will be without their No. 1 cornerback, Richard Sherman, when they take on the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium this Thursday for both teams' 2018 preseason opener. Sherman injured his hamstring during training camp practice last Friday while covering wide receiver Pierre Garçon. Sherman came up limping a bit, and the Niners held him out of the rest of camp. The three-time first-team All-Pro sat out of practices Sunday, and the Niners revealed the injury was a little worse than initially thought. "At least a week," head...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 5, 2018 at 1:06 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers had their ninth day of training camp practices Sunday. Here's what stood out as the Niners prepare for their opening preseason contest this upcoming Thursday. After a much-needed day off following a couple of sloppy training camp practices last week, the San Francisco 49ers kicked off day nine of training camp sessions on Sunday. Injuries had been a bit of a factor leading up to practice. Cornerback Richard Sherman, who tweaked his hamstring last Friday, was out. Rookie linebacker Fred Warner is still nursing a chest injury, and fellow linebacker Brock Coyle is expected to return next week after dealing with a hip injury. Offensive guard Joshua Garnett (knee) remained out too, although...
  • By Peter Panacy
    August 5, 2018 at 8:43 AM
    After taking a players' day off on Aug. 4, the San Francisco 49ers resume 2018 training camp on Sunday looking both to get healthy and find some focus after two relatively lackluster practices. 49ers Webzone breaks down what you should be looking for from this practice. The San Francisco 49ers had two of the tougher days of practice last Thursday and Friday. Niners Wire's Chris Biderman referred to day seven of practice as "sloppy," and that appeared to carry over into day eight, even prompting head coach Kyle Shanahan to interrupt the practice and initiate a not-so-friendly pep talk, according to...
  • By Peter Panacy
    July 29, 2018 at 3:04 PM
    On day four of San Francisco 49ers training camp, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo managed some impressive connections with wide receivers Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and the rookie, Dante Pettis. With the first week of San Francisco 49ers training camp in the books, it makes sense that a good chunk of the focus would be on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the passing game. While Garoppolo was mostly effective on day three of practice, he did miss a couple of deep shots in the direction of wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. The two stayed after Saturday's practice to work on the long connections, and that appeared to pay off nicely during Sunday's session. During a one-on-one drill, Garoppolo hit Goodwin for a long completion, as Goodwin was...
  • By Peter Panacy
    July 29, 2018 at 2:08 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers finished their fourth day of training camp practices, and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh spoke to the media about the day's defensive action. Richard [Sherman] was going every three plays today. Is that part of the progress and the game plan coming back from that [Achilles] injury? "Yeah, to get him back to speed. He missed all of OTAs, although he's been working with the trainers, so he's trying to get his football legs back. He doesn't have anything to prove. He has to just get back in shape and get his legs back." Where do you see him in that process? How close is he to being Richard Sherman?" "He looks really good. You know, Sherman will tell you. But his mindset, all...
  • By Peter Panacy
    July 29, 2018 at 12:42 PM
    San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh clarified the role defensive back Jimmie Ward will have with the team in 2018 after the Niners wrapped up their fourth day of training camp. Fifth-year San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward is, essentially, a "man without a position" heading into 2018. After being knocked out halfway through the 2017 season with a broken forearm, subsequently losing his starting free safety job to Adrian Colbert, Ward is now being tagged as an all-encompassing backup within the secondary. On the positive side of things, Ward has the versatility to play cornerback on both the outside and inside, as well as his natural safety position. Yet with Colbert and Jaquiski Tartt assuming the starting safety jobs in 2018,...
  • By Peter Panacy
    July 29, 2018 at 12:23 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their fourth day of training camp practice on Sunday, the second with pads on. With a players' day off on Monday, here's what stood out during the day's action. The first week of San Francisco 49ers training camp 2018 is now in the books, and Sunday's action reinforced a lot of what we've seen over this inaugural week of practice. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo bounced back on Sunday with a number of deep throws, which were a bit of a problem for him the day before. The Niners' increasingly hot running back competition picked up where it left off after day three, and that figures to be a hot topic heading into the second week of practice. Meanwhile, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman practiced in pads for the first...
  • By Peter Panacy
    July 28, 2018 at 3:00 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers wrap up their fourth day of 2018 training camp practices Sunday. Here's what you'll want to watch for during the final session of Week 1. The first week of San Francisco 49ers training camp is nearly in the books, and the Niners donned pads for the first time on Saturday in what head coach Kyle Shanahan called "our best day all around." Running back Matt Breida continued to be a force on offense, while linebacker Reuben Foster was flying all over the field in a fashion fans got to know a season ago. On top of that, rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis shook off some early camp struggles and looked far more fluid and decisive than the previous two days of practice. With an off day on Monday, Sunday's session will mark the close...
  • By Peter Panacy
    July 28, 2018 at 2:32 PM
    San Francisco 49ers rookie offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey got to don the pads for the first time in practice Saturday. Here's what he had to say of the experience. There's always a spotlight on rookie first-round NFL Draft picks, and San Francisco 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey is no exception. Already endearing himself to the fans over the Niners' first days of training camp by pumping up the crowd with the "rookie hype machine," the focus will also be heavily on his abilities on the field his rookie season. Saturday's camp practice marked the first time players put on the pads, which is a great indication for the guys in the trenches. "It's a lot of fun to put the pads back on again," McGlinchey told reporters after Saturday's session....
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