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  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
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    Step aside, Jalen Hurd. Well, at least for today. While the 6'5, 220 third-year wideout has been the talk of the fans, especially after suiting up in pads for team activities Tuesday, Trent Sherfield was the man of the moment, as he gained praise for his performance from head coach Kyle Shanahan, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and special teams coordinator Richard Hightower. Sherfield's main moment came on a 65-yard touchdownn off of a deep pass from Trey Lance, who surprisingly joined the first unit for some snaps after Shanahan indicated that would not happen during Monday's press conference. Got the deep ball...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Aug 2, 2021 at 1:45 PM 1 comment
    Last week, Madden released their annual ratings for the top players at every position, which, like always, came with a barrage of controversy and angry fans. Trey Lance's rating came along with those first releases, earning a 74 overall, behind the likes of Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, who went with the two picks ahead of him in the 2021 Draft, respectively. Lawrence earned a 78, while Jets rookie Zach Wilson earned a 75. Justin Fields, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears, earned a 74, tying Trey Lance for the third-highest ranking, while Mac Jones of the Patriots came in 5th, earning a 71 overall. Interestingly, the rookie quarterback ratings came in the same order that these players were drafted this offseason. Lawrence went first, Wilson...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Aug 2, 2021 at 1:15 PM 1 comment
    Kyle Shanahan spoke with the media following Monday's practice, which was the fifth day of installation out of a planned seven day schedule. During the session, he was asked about the health of Jalen Hurd and his involvement with team practices, as Hurd has yet to play in an NFL game after being drafted in the third round of the 2019 Draft. "He's going out there doing routes on air and trying to get all that stuff in, just with the injuries he's been through. With his back stuff, we're trying to ease him in and we do have a plan to try to get him into team drills coming up here soon. Hopefully, he'll stay on track and be able to do that." Hurd first injured his back during joint practices with the Broncos during his rookie season, causing him to miss...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM 0 comments
    Trent Williams stepped up to the podium yesterday for his scheduled media session, which was the first time since March that he was available to the media. During the press conference, Williams expressed confidence in the San Francisco 49ers team around him, saying he believes that they are the "team to beat" this season. "I feel comfortable in the team we have," Williams said. "I feel like when [we got] all the guys on the roster on the field, I feel like we the team to beat. So, it's the first time in my career I walked into a situation with that type of confidence." Prior to last season, Williams had played nine years with Washington, never winning a playoff game. He missed the playoffs altogether last year as part of the injury-riddled 49ers that...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 25, 2021 at 10:45 AM 0 comments
    On July 6th, I gave my initial thoughts on what a Fred Warner extension could potentially look like and just two weeks later, the linebacker signed a massive extension to stay with the 49ers. Warner's five-year deal has a potential value of $95.225 million, including $40.5 million guaranteed. The extension kicks in during the 2022 season, not the upcoming year, keeping Warner's current cap hit the same at a very reasonable $3.636 million. Per Spotrac, Warner's cap hits are $8.164 million, $18.525 million, $22.1 million, $24.45 million, and $21.986 million from 2022–2026, respectively. He earns $40.5 million in total guarantees to go...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:45 PM 50 comments
    Earlier this week, on a Game Theory segment, Cynthia Frelund gave her argument for why the San Francisco 49ers will make the playoffs in 2021 after missing out in 2020. Frelund attributed their recent Super Bowl appearance as a factor in her decision as well as the multitude of injuries that affected the team last season. "They were in the Super Bowl just like five minutes ago and they had a whole bunch of injuries, but they get all those players back." Looking at the offensive side of the ball, Frelund highlighted star tight end George Kittle, who, according to Next Gen Stats, has averaged 8.0 yards after the catch per reception since 2018, which is the highest in the NFL given a minimum of 25 receptions. In addition to Kittle,...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 19, 2021 at 1:45 PM 43 comments
    Even though we are still in the midst of the 2021 offseason, it is never too early to look forward to the 2022 offseason. The 49ers were able to bring back several key players this offseason on one-year deals, but that means those players will once again be impending free agents. With that said, let's rank the top five 49er free agents in 2022 in terms of value. Honorable Mentions DT D.J. Jones Jones slots in as a honorable mention on this free agent list after returning to the 49ers on a one-year deal this offseason. Jones, a sixth-round pick in 2017, started every game he played last season, racking up 20 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, and three sacks. He makes this list as an...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:05 PM 92 comments
    Here's your recap of the top San Francisco 49ers-related stories from the past week. Richard Sherman Former 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested this week following a 'burglary domestic violence' incident and was booked at the Seattle Correctional Facility after being apprehended. Following his arrest, a disturbing video was released in which Sherman is seen apparently banging on the door of his in-laws' house and repeatedly shouting. In addition, Sherman is being investigated in connection to a...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 18, 2021 at 11:35 AM 0 comments
    K'Waun Williams is one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the NFL and a vital component of the San Francisco 49ers defense. There was some concern that he might be among several players slated to depart for other teams this offseason. However, Williams was re-signed to a one-year deal and, for the most part, San Francisco's brain trust managed to keep the team mostly intact. When healthy, Williams has proved his value. He showed that in 2019 during one of his best campaigns, posting an 80.3 overall Pro Football Focus grade during his over 700 snaps in the regular season. During the ensuring playoff run, Williams allowed just 66 receiving yards in three playoff games. Recently, Bleacher Report compiled a list of every NFL team's "secret weapon", where...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 9, 2021 at 1:40 PM 1 comment
    Earlier this week, Jerry Rice, who will participate in this weekend's Annual American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, went on to Brother From Another to discuss his football career. When asked about the moment he felt he mastered the wide receiver position, Rice simply said that he never did, despite his excellence at the position over his career, because he could always point out something to improve on. "I never had that complete game... I could always go back and I could look at that film and see something I could've done better." During the interview, Rice noted his knack for breaking down everything, no matter the stats for the game, as a part of his mentality to continue improving. "If I had a game...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jul 6, 2021 at 12:45 PM 1 comment
    With training camp just weeks away, the next task at hand for the 49ers is a potential Fred Warner extension Warner, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has been the heart of the 49ers defense since his rookie season, during which he started all 16 games. Being a one-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro selection, Warner is certainly primed for a potential record-setting extension, and it would be smart for the 49ers to lock up their star linebacker sooner than later. During his media availability, head coach Kyle Shanahan himself expressed the sentiment to get a deal done soon. "I want to get it done, personally," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier this offseason. "I kind of feel like I'd say the same about him as I did about...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 30, 2021 at 7:04 PM 0 comments
    During the annual State of the Franchise event, the 49ers finally revealed their much-anticipated red throwback uniforms, which they will debut in the upcoming NFL season. The jerseys, first hinted at in March, will come during the 75th anniversary of the football team, which will be an exciting element, especially with fans returning to stadiums for the 2021-2022 NFL season. The 49ers plan to wear the jerseys six times this season, with four being at home and two on the road. Those matchups are certainly some of the most important on the schedule: Week Three against Green Bay, Week Seven against Indianapolis, Week 10 against the Rams, Week 12 at Seattle, Week 15 against Atlanta, and Week 16 at Tennessee. With fans coming back to Levi's...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM 0 comments
    All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner participated in the 49ers annual State of the Franchise event alongside tight end George Kittle and commentator Greg Papa, and was asked about the thought of having fans back at Levi's Stadium, especially for the much-anticipated Week Three matchup against the Green Bay Packers. "That's going to be a special moment," said Warner, who embraced the possibility, stating that he thrives off the energy that fans bring to the stadium. After a season without fans for the most part and having to play some home games in Arizona, the 49ers are finally ready to welcome back fans for the upcoming season. In addition, the high...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 30, 2021 at 6:38 PM 0 comments
    Commentator Greg Papa interviewed head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch during San Francisco's State of the Franchise virtual event Wednesday evening, and the group reminisced on Shanahan being the Grand Marshall at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race earlier this month. Lynch, a former commentator himself, "was impressed" by Shanahan's energy during the event, as the group shared a laugh. That was a highlight of the Shanahan's offseason, as it was one of the first times being around a group of fans, and appreciated racer Jeff Gordon, a longtime 49ers fan. Shanahan looked forward to the experience prior to the race, as it was his first ever NASCAR event. "I am excited and honored to be the Grand Marshal for...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 28, 2021 at 2:45 PM 0 comments
    DraftKings has dropped its preseason odds for the main NFL awards, even though the start of the season is still more than two months away. According to the site, San Francisco's star pass rusher Nick Bosa has the fourth-best odds to win the Defensive Player of the Year for the upcoming season at +1100, behind Aaron Donald, Myles Garrett, and T.J. Watt. Donald, who won the award last year and has done so three times in the past four years, was unsurprisingly the favorite again, slotting in at +400. Garrett edged out 2020 runner-up T.J. Watt for the second-best odds at +600, while the Steelers star came in at +700. Ranking fourth, Bosa comes in higher than his brother, Joey Bosa, 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young, Khalil Mack,...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 28, 2021 at 12:15 PM 303 comments
    In the 2018 NFL offseason, Richard Sherman shocked the world by signing with his division rival, the San Francisco 49ers on a three-year, $39 million deal. Three years later, he returns to the free agency market, and is still looking for a home next year. Sherman, regarded as one of the top corners over the past decade, played in only five games last season due to calf injuries and has also torn his Achilles in the past, raising questions of whether he can still play at a high level. Regardless, the 49ers should love to bring him back, even as a depth piece, because of his leadership ability and football mind. However, don't count on it. This offseason, the 49ers brought back all three of their top corners last season: Jason...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM 318 comments
    After reaching the Super Bowl in 2019, the 49ers had a disappointing season in 2020, going 6–10, as they suffered several key injuries. Star pass rusher Nick Bosa and rotational piece Solomon Thomas both tore their ACLs during Week Two, effectively ending both of their seasons. Then, as the season progressed, Raheem Mostert, Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Dee Ford, and other valuable pieces all faced the injury bug, ending the 49ers' playoff hopes much earlier than expected. Coming into the 2021 season, the 49ers are once again tasked with heavy expectations, as they have a relatively healthy roster, and talent on both sides of the ball. During the offseason, the 49ers shocked the NFL world by re-signing almost all...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 25, 2021 at 12:15 PM 1 comment
    On Thursday, The Athletic's David Lombardi released footage showing Aaron Banks' friends and family reacting to the 49ers drafting him in the 2021 NFL Draft. Banks, a 6'5, 325 pound guard out of Notre Dame, was made a second round selection by John Lynch and the 49ers, as the team took him 48th overall in the Draft this past May. During the previously released phone call between Banks and Lynch, yells and screams were heard in the background. But in the new video, directly from Banks' friends and family, everyone can see the full emotional reaction during the moment. You've seen the 49ers' video of...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 25, 2021 at 10:50 AM 1 comment
    This week marked the beginning of the long-awaited "Tight End University," which was formed by 49ers tight end George Kittle, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, and former NFL tight end Greg Olsen. The event gathered around 50 NFL tight ends in the Nashville, Tennessee area, and its first day was spotlighted by the NFL on its Instagram story. To start the day, Olsen shared that the event would span over 2.5 days, covering everything about the tight end position. "We got 50 of the top tight ends in the NFL together for a 2.5 day summit on all things tight end. Day one today's been awesome." On the Pardon My Take podcast, Kittle said that a...
  • By Rohan Chakravarthi
    Jun 24, 2021 at 2:56 PM 158 comments
    Training camp is just over one month away, and is the next stage in the San Francisco 49ers' offseason program. While it may be a time to get reps for some players, others will be fighting for a roster spot, and maybe even a starter role. The main spotlight will be on the quarterbacks, despite coach Kyle Shanahan indicating on the TK Show podcast that it would be difficult for rookie Trey Lance to be the starter come Week 1. However, there are five other position groups that face implications as a result of the upcoming training camp battles. 1. Wide Receivers The first battle will come within the wide receiver group. The first two spots, filled...
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