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    Peter Panacy has been writing about the 49ers since 2011 for outlets like Bleacher Report, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, and is occasionally heard as a guest on San Francisco's 95.7 FM The Game and the Niners' flagship station, KNBR 680. Feel free to follow him, or direct any inquiries to his Twitter account.

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  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 21, 2019 at 6:26 PM 3 comments
    When thinking about San Francisco 49ers wide receivers in 2019, most fans are probably eager to watch someone like second-year pro Dante Pettis or the Niners' Round 2 NFL Draft pick, Deebo Samuel. Maybe they're intrigued by fellow rookie Jalen Hurd or whether or not third-year pro Trent Taylor can bounce back from an otherwise disappointing 2018. Not too many are talking about wide receiver Richie James. But Bleacher Report's Kristopher Knox is, as he went through all 32 teams ahead of the upcoming 2019 season and listed each squad's secret weapon. Interestingly enough, James is that weapon for San Francisco. "The San Francisco 49ers...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 21, 2019 at 3:19 PM 1 comment
    It's pretty safe to say 2019 is going to be an awfully important year for the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Just under a year removed from his devastating ACL injury suffered in Week 3 last season, Garoppolo will look to finally live up to the lofty expectations placed on him when the Niners inked the quarterback to what was then a record-setting five-year, $137.5 million deal back in early 2018. Now entering year two of that deal, Garoppolo will need to live up to that contract, too. If all goes right, however, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Jimmy G could easily wind up in the discussion...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 21, 2019 at 12:05 PM 1 comment
    It's usually not a good idea to take a rookie defensive back and ask him to switch positions during his first year at the NFL level. But that's what the San Francisco 49ers did with former Southern Mississippi safety Tarvarius Moore after selecting him in Round 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft, hoping he'd transition to boundary cornerback. The move made sense at the time, especially after Moore flashed an impressive 4.32 40-yard dash during his pro day. With veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who was then newly signed, just crossing the 30-years-old threshold, finding a long-term replacement would be ideal. But defensive backs often struggle transitioning to the NFL. The routes are far more complex and the receivers are better and more physical. Not...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 21, 2019 at 9:24 AM 1 comment
    There was a big hope that the San Francisco 49ers' top pick from the 2017 NFL Draft, Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, would have a breakout year in 2018. It didn't happen, however. And a key reason was because of Thomas and his family losing his sister, Ella, to suicide in January of 2018. The loss affected Thomas significantly throughout the season, and Thomas reflected on how it hindered him over the course of the year to former 49ers reporter Joe Fann. "If I did good on something, I wouldn't care," Thomas said. "If I did bad on something I wouldn't care. I really didn't want to be around anyone. I'd say whatever I could to get through the day. It...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 21, 2019 at 6:02 AM 2 comments
    On a positive note, the San Francisco 49ers don't have to go into the 2019 season wondering what will happen at kicker. This, after the Niners and the veteran, Robbie Gould, hashed out a two-year deal last week, which could ultimately turn into a four-year deal, pending options. The deal, first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, is worth $10.5 million in guaranteed money due at the signing, and the contract could go up to $19 million if it extends over those four years. Quite a lot of money for a kicker, right? The annual average now makes him the highest-paid kicker in the league. Some may argue San Francisco is vastly overpaying Gould, who...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 17, 2019 at 12:36 PM 1 comment
    On one hand, finishing with a .500 record would be a massive improvement for the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 after winning a combined 10 games the past two seasons. And that's what Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr is predicting in his latest rundown of 2019 record predictions for each team across the league. Orr wrote: A lot of people are pegging this as the year that everything finally materializes in San Francisco. The problem? Their division is tough, and they have a super early bye week. There's a chance the 49ers glide into Week 4 at 2-1 or even 3-0 (Bengals, Steelers, Buccaneers), but the meat of their schedule is...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 17, 2019 at 11:08 AM 1 comment
    One of the members from the San Francisco 49ers' 2016 NFL Draft class is hanging up his cleats. According to a Wednesday report from ESPN's Field Yates, wide receiver and special teams contributor Aaron Burbridge is retiring. Broncos WR Aaron Burbridge, once a standout player at Michigan State, is retiring, per source. He entered the league as a 2016 sixth rounder of the 49ers, though injuries kept him off the field each of the last two seasons.— Field Yates (@FieldYates)...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 17, 2019 at 9:34 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers spent considerable effort upgrading their defensive front during the offseason, namely by bringing in former Kansas City Chiefs EDGE Dee Ford via a trade, then using the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa, widely viewed as the top overall prospect coming out in the draft. These efforts appeared to have caught the attention of the folks over at Pro Football Focus, who just ranked out all 32 teams' pass rushes heading into the upcoming 2019 campaign. PFF ranked the Niners eighth overall, citing the additions of both Ford and Bosa as key reasons why fans should be excited about San...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 17, 2019 at 8:26 AM 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is fast. After all, Goodwin recently won $1 million in the recent 40 Yards of Gold competition, and his accolades as an Olympic athlete haven't exactly gone unnoticed either. Goodwin's achievement caught the attention of Denver Broncos EDGE Von Miller, who took to Instagram to congratulate the Niners' speedy wideout. But not before a friendly suggestion the results may have been different if Miller had...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 3, 2019 at 5:05 PM 1 comment
    While training camp battles for backup positions aren't always that exciting, the San Francisco 49ers' pending camp battle between offensive linemen Shon Coleman and Justin Skule for a swing tackle role is of notable importance. If you were to ask fans which San Francisco 49ers backup training camp battle they wanted to watch, most would probably answer the bout for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Jimmy Garoppolo, poised to feature C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens. But another, less-heralded camp battle for 2019 features two scantly discussed players, offensive tackles Shon...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 3, 2019 at 1:55 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers understood they needed to get better, defensively, in 2019. Especially after boasting the league's fifth worst scoring offense last season. And while general manager John Lynch and Co. only made moderate additions within the secondary, the Niners did make a couple of substantial additions up front along the defensive line, namely acquiring edge rushers Dee Ford and Nick Bosa via a trade and the 2019 NFL Draft, respectively. Ford, who recorded a career-high 13 sacks and an NFL-leading seven forced fumbles last season, is pegged to be San Francisco's weak-side pass-rusher. Bosa, who was widely viewed as the No. 1 prospect in this year's draft, missed a good chunk of his final year at Ohio State with an abdominal injury and subsequent...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 3, 2019 at 12:58 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' top pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, established himself as one of the best rookie offensive linemen a year ago. But his pass protection will need some improvement entering 2019. With one year in the books, it's looking as if the San Francisco 49ers made the right choice in selecting former Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey with their first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. McGlinchey all but immediately secured the starting right tackle job, starting all 16 games and earning some pretty lofty accolades in the process. Pro Football Focus ranked McGlinchey the No. 3 overall run blocker among tackles in 2018, not...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 3, 2019 at 8:47 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers officially kick off their 2019 edition of training camp on July 26. Here are the five most notable storylines to pay attention to later this summer. There's less than a month before the San Francisco 49ers resume football activities, as 2019 training camp will kick off on Friday, July 26. There might not be as much buzz in 2019 as there was a year ago. After all, the Niners aren't coming off a five-game win streak to close out the previous season, as was the case this time back in 2018. Instead, plenty of attention will focus on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's efforts after tearing his ACL and the subsequent recovery. Fans will pay attention to the Niners' top pick from this year's NFL Draft, EDGE Nick Bosa, and how he's coming along. Yet...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 3, 2019 at 5:52 AM 10 comments
    With the 2010s coming to a close this season, 49ers Webzone goes back to look at the best 49ers player at each position this decade. The 2010s started off relatively well for the San Francisco 49ers, as the team reached three consecutive NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl under former head coach Jim Harbaugh between the 2011 and 2013 seasons. In the years since, of course, things haven't gone so well. But that doesn't mean San Francisco entirely lacked talent. So it's no surprise that the best players at each position largely center around those teams which were perennial playoff contenders. That said, with the 2010 decade winding down, a number of other players ended up solidifying themselves as the best at their positions on what would be...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 2, 2019 at 6:32 PM 5 comments
    To most non-San Francisco 49ers fans, this probably won't come as a shock. But in a recent top-25 ranking of the league's all-time quarterbacks, NFL.com's Elliot Harrison put the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, not Hall of Famer Joe Montana, atop the list at No. 1 overall. Montana was ranked No. 2. Few among the Niners Faithful are likely to agree with Harrison's placement. There could be a few recent converts, especially after Brady picked up ring No. 6 in the Pats' 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII last February. But regardless of the number of Super Bowls to Brady's credit, along with...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 2, 2019 at 3:49 PM 0 comments
    When the San Francisco 49ers selected Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd in the 2019 NFL Draft, veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews seemed to be on the periphery amid a deep position group. But that no longer seems to be the case heading towards training camp. The San Francisco 49ers struggled at wide receiver last year, with two-year pro Kendrick Bourne leading this group with a mere 487 receiving yards in 2018. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise the Niners made a lot of moves to shake up the position, including signing 26-year-old veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews to a one-year, $2 million deal with only $300,000 fully guaranteed. For San Francisco, it was a low-risk,...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 2, 2019 at 12:16 PM 0 comments
    Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ian Williams, who is now an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area and a regular media attendee for Niners games, spent some time with the team observing its workouts during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, recently. And after watching what San Francisco's new defensive line coach, Kris Kocurek, was doing with this unit, Williams feels as if the difference will be felt late in games. Williams appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco's 49ers Insider...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 2, 2019 at 11:55 AM 1 comment
    While the 2019 San Francisco 49ers may not be garnering quite the hype they were a year ago at this time, sparked by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and a five-game win streak to close out the 2017 season, there still appear to be notions the Niners are about to hit their stride anyway. At least according to Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr, who listed San Francisco as one of five teams on the cusp of opening up a Super Bowl window. Orr wrote: The Jimmy Garoppolo contract looks better with time, even though Garoppolo has more legitimizing to do on the field. To the 49ers' benefit, of the top 10 quarterback...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:46 AM 2 comments
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is considered an offensive genius. Even with an array of injuries last season, including a season-ending ACL tear suffered by starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Shanahan's offense still managed to gain 5,769 all-purpose yards -- a number which put the team right in the middle of the pack among offenses last season. Despite that, however, the Niners finished with the league's worst red-zone scoring offense, registering a touchdown in this area just over 41 percent of the time. There are more than a few reasons and ways to find blame. But none of that changes the fact that Shanahan and Co. will need to improve upon that number if...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jul 2, 2019 at 5:55 AM 4 comments
    San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk is the best player at his position in the entire NFL. There's no doubting that. Juszczyk is, after all, a three-time Pro Bowler and has represented the Niners in the league's all-star game in each of the last two seasons. And the Niners are essentially overpaying him. This isn't to say it's bad Juszczyk is on the team's roster. Head coach Kyle Shanahan requires a fullback in his offense, and Juszczyk offers more than just a traditional lead blocker in a run-heavy offense. Over his first two seasons with the 49ers, the 28-year-old has totaled 63 receptions for a combined 639 yards and two touchdowns. You won't find that kind of production from the scant few other fullbacks around the league. That...
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