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  • By David Bonilla
    11 hrs ago 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner had a team-leading 12 quarterbacks sacks last year. No other defender had six or more. The 49ers worked hard this offseason to bolster the pass rush, which tied for No. 22 in the NFL in getting to opposing quarterbacks. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan didn't just add one elite pass rusher to the defensive front. They brought in two. The team traded for Dee Ford in March and then used the No. 2 overall draft pick on Nick Bosa in April. Ford racked up a career-high 13 sacks last season. Pro Football Focus graded him as the league's best edge defender in 2018, and his 19 quarterback hits ranked fifth in the NFL among all defenders. Bosa recorded 17.5 sacks in just over two seasons with...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 25, 2019 at 3:47 PM 8 comments
    San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould was not in attendance during the team's mandatory minicamp earlier this month. He may not even be in attendance when the 49ers report to training camp on July 26. San Francisco used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Gould in February. The kicker has not signed the one-year contract, and it doesn't look like he plans on doing so anytime soon. Gould signed a two-year deal with the 49ers in 2017 and spent last season living out of a hotel with his family back in Chicago. That's where he has been all offseason — with his wife and three young boys. Gould requested a trade in April. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan said they have no intention of granting the request and expect Gould to be their...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 25, 2019 at 9:06 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers announced on May 30 that former NFL linebacker Chad Brown would be among the nine individuals to be part of the team's 2019 Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship. This is Brown's fourth NFL "internship," and he is assisting in coaching the defensive line. Brown joined "Good Morning Football" on Tuesday and shared his thoughts on the defensive front heading into the 2019 season. The team bolstered its pass rush this offseason with the additions of veteran Dee Ford and rookie Nick Bosa to complement defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. "There's certainly a lot of talent," Brown said. "In that defensive line room, five first-round...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 25, 2019 at 7:15 AM 2 comments
    San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida is preparing to enter his third NFL season after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He has proven himself to be an important part of Kyle Shanahan's offense and gained 814 rushing yards on 153 carries with three rushing touchdowns even while dealing with injuries last season. Breida also recorded 27 catches for 261 yards with two receiving touchdowns. Breida recently took time to answer several questions from fans via Instagram. Below are the questions sent to the 49ers running back, which have been edited for legibility. Breida's answers, however, are quoted exactly as they appeared (or close to it — minus emojis) within his Instagram story. Why did you pick No. 22 for your...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 24, 2019 at 6:56 PM 8 comments
    New San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jason Verrett is working hard to come back from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered last summer and posted video on Monday of his rehab progress. The veteran defensive player can be seen working out and doing drills on the Levi's Stadium field. #49ers CB @Jfeeva_2 posts video on his Instagram of his rehab progress. It's good to see. pic.twitter.com/oA542xUlpb—...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM 1 comment
    When the San Francisco 49ers finally sign their first-round selection (No. 2 overall), Nick Bosa, it will be to a four-year deal worth about $33.5 million. That is how much he will earn throughout his rookie contract. There is nothing for Bosa or his agent to negotiate on that front. All rookie contracts are for a length of four years under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the value is determined by where each player is selected. For example, No. 1 overall pick, Kyler Murray, signed a four-year deal with Arizona worth $35.16 million. It's not yet a big deal that Bosa has not signed his rookie contract. He is one of two 49ers draft picks who have not put pen to paper. The other is second-round selection, Deebo Samuel. Bosa is one of six first-round...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 24, 2019 at 1:02 PM 0 comments
    General manager John Lynch and pretty much anyone with the team will tell you that the San Francisco 49ers have the best fanbase in the NFL. They have to because they — you know — work for the team. While the national fanbase has always seemed strong, which is apparent during many road games, it's not the best in the league, according to a story from Emory University's Goizueta School of Business. The @dallascowboys,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 24, 2019 at 11:32 AM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers veterans and rookies will report to training camp at the SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara on July 26. The reporting date falls on a Friday this year with the first practice likely taking place the next day. 49ers coaches and staff will begin preparations earlier that week for the players' arrivals. Per the NFL, the #49ers will start training camp on July 26. Other important dates:* 7/15 Last day for franchised players to sign long-term deals* 8/10 First preseason game vs. Dallas* 8/31...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 24, 2019 at 9:50 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to appear in three prime-time games during the 2019 season. That's not bad for a team that finished last season with four victories and is entering the new season with several question marks. The 49ers have several players coming off significant injuries. They have multiple free agent acquisitions they've bet on to come in and make an impact. They have a lot of potential talent that needs to pan out for the team to turn a corner. Jimmy Garoppolo, who is returning from an ACL injury, is the primary reason for optimism. The team lost its franchise quarterback three weeks into last season and struggled down the stretch before winning two of its final four games. We asked fans which prime-time 49ers matchups they are...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 24, 2019 at 7:00 AM 1 comment
    "No one has been defined by a singular moment more than Dwight Clark." Those are Eddie DeBartolo Jr.'s words, and that's how "Letters to 87: Fans Remember the Legacy of Dwight Clark" opens in a forward by the former San Francisco 49ers owner. "Letters to 87" is an interesting take on a 49ers-related book. It's not just a celebration of Dwight Clark, the former NFL wide receiver whose catch in the back of the end zone during the NFC Championship game following the 1981 season launched a dynasty, but a stroll down memory lane for anyone who remembers that game against the Dallas Cowboys. For fans who are too young to remember the feeling of watching Clark leap into the air and wrap his fingertips around the Joe...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers have won just 10 games under the watchful eyes of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. Dealing with several injuries over the past two seasons has contributed to that disappointing win total. Despite the lack of success, many still view Shanahan as one of the league's brilliant young football minds. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah clearly has not lost faith in the 49ers coach. He joined the "Haberman and Middlekauff" podcast this week, and the trio briefly discussed Shanahan and his squad. Jeremiah believes San Francisco is close to turning a corner. It just needs to limit the injuries. "Look, I think he's going to be outstanding," Jeremiah told Guy Haberman and John Middlekauff. "The poor guy just needs people to...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 21, 2019 at 2:25 PM 2 comments
    Rookie wide receivers Deebo Samuel and D.K. Metcalf each found themselves listed on Fantasy Football Today's top 150 rankings earlier this month. The receivers were slotted next to each other with Metcalf at No. 123 and Samuel one spot later. That started a debate during the CBS Sports show on which rookie will be more valuable in 2019 for fantasy football fans. "It's going to be hard for me to see D.K. Metcalf getting a ton of catches," said Adam Aizer after watching a video of some poor route-running by the Seattle Seahawks rookie during the team's offseason program. Aizer does believe, however, that Metcalf can make an impact in the red zone and that's where quarterback Russell Wilson could target the big receiver. Despite being unable to envision...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 21, 2019 at 12:59 PM 4 comments
    Since before the San Francisco 49ers made defensive end Nick Bosa the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, there was some concern surrounding how well he would be accepted into the team's locker room. Bosa, after all, admits to using poor judgment when it comes to his social media activity. Then there was Bosa's past vocal support of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the pass rusher's criticism of Colin Kaepernick after the former 49ers quarterback knelt during the national anthem in protest of social injustice. The concerns surrounding Bosa's fit have mostly evaporated. His new teammates have had nothing but good things to say about the rookie pass rusher — even those with differing political opinions. The latest example is safety...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 21, 2019 at 10:57 AM 2 comments
    Can you envision the San Francisco 49ers finishing above .500 for the first time since 2013? If so, you might be interested in the latest NFC West over/under win totals from the online betting site, Odds Shark. After reaching the Super Bowl at the end of last season, the Los Angeles Rams are favored to rack up the most victories in 2019. The Seattle Seahawks come in second while the 49ers are close behind. Trailing with the lowest projected win total are the Arizona Cardinals. NFC West OVER/UNDER win totals:@RamsNFLO 10.5 EVENU 10.5...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 20, 2019 at 1:43 PM 12 comments
    Frank Gore, Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, and perhaps a few others. Those are the names of players many among the Niners Faithful would love to see have their numbers retired by the San Francisco 49ers. The last former player to receive that honor was Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, whose No. 80 was forever taken out of rotation in 2010. Rice's number may be the last retired, too — at least for a while. The 49ers' 12 retired numbers are tied with the New York Giants for the second-most in the NFL (the Chicago Bears have retired 14). By comparison, the Pittsburgh Steelers, a storied franchise itself, has retired just two numbers in its 86-year history. The 49ers have no plans to increase their total anytime soon. They are not closing the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 20, 2019 at 12:45 PM 2 comments
    Dante Pettis was the latest San Francisco 49ers player to be mic'd up during practice. Players are currently enjoying some time off before reconvening in Santa Clara for training camp in late-July, but the team released the video below featuring the second-year wide receiver during last week's minicamp. Note: While the tweet below states that the video is from organized team activities, the team's official YouTube page states that it is from minicamp. More specifically, it indicates that the video is from the June 12 practice, which closed out the minicamp and the offseason program with a Jimmy Garoppolo to Pettis touchdown, as shown in the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 20, 2019 at 11:44 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers unveiled the 49ers PRIDE fan club last month, becoming the first NFL team to create a club geared explicitly toward members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. The first team-sponsored club event will allow fans to join the 49ers front office during the San Francisco Pride parade on June 30. The 49ers also plan to set up watch parties for games during the upcoming season. "We're hopeful that other teams will follow suit," 49ers Chief Administrative Officer Hannah Gordon, who led the initiative, said during an NFL Network interview on Wednesday. "We've already heard from other teams who were really interested after we...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 20, 2019 at 8:41 AM 2 comments
    Defensive end Nick Bosa remains as one of just two unsigned San Francisco 49ers draft picks and one of the six remaining unsigned first-round draft picks. While fans would prefer to see everyone signed well before training camp, the rookie does not seem concerned about the negotiations and is leaving it in the hands of his agent. "I don't really deal with that," Bosa told reporters earlier this month. "I let my agent do that. I probably asked him about it once throughout this process, but I know it takes a little bit for that to happen for a lot of guys. I'm just patient, and I'll see what happens." Thanks to the CBA, there is nothing to negotiate as far as salary is concerned. How much a rookie deal is worth depends on where he was selected in the draft order....
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM 1 comment
    Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is preparing to enter his first NFL season. He has been impressed so far with the man who will be throwing him footballs in 2019, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo is returning from the season-ending ACL injury he sustained in late-September. Samuel joined NFL Total Access on Wednesday and discussed the San Francisco 49ers' franchise quarterback with Lindsay Rhodes, who asked how Garoppolo has looked this offseason. "Great," Samuel responded. "He's looking pretty good. He's moving well, and things like that." Garoppolo has received work during the 49ers' entire offseason program. He's gotten reps during everything minus 11-on-11 drills. Although, Garoppolo did...
  • By David Bonilla
    Jun 19, 2019 at 4:38 PM 0 comments
    Kyle Shanahan revealed last week that Deebo Samuel has been dealing with what the San Francisco 49ers head coach described as a "tweaked hip." It's an injury that has forced the rookie wide receiver to miss some practice reps during the team's offseason program. Samuel joined NFL Total Access on Wednesday and explained that the injury is nothing to worry about. In fact, had it occurred during the regular season, it would not have forced him to miss a game. "It wasn't nothing that serious," Samuel told Lindsay Rhodes. "It was, I think, just being cautious. Now is not the time to overstrain it. We have a month [left until training camp], and this...
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