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  • Golden Nuggets: The sky is falling
    by Joe the Wizard on May 24, 2019 at 9:00 am

    San Francisco 49ers links for Friday, May 24, 2019 Nick Bosa has a hamstring strain and Jimmy Ward broke his collarbone. Did anyone really think the 49ers were going to be able to rely on Ward being around to play free safety this season even before he broke his collarbone? The chances of either Ward or Jason Verrett making it all of the way through the 2019 season have always been pretty slim and the chances of both of them making it are pretty astronomical based on their past injury history. I have a hard time panicking over Ward breaking his collarbone when I never thought we could depend on him staying healthy in the first place. I stopped panicking when we did not get a free safety either in free agency or in the draft and became resigned to knowing that position was more than likely going to be the Achilles heel on our roster. Bosa on the other hand worries me. OTAs are very important for rookies and his injury puts him behind before he even gets to training camp. Any kind of further setback in training camp would be disastrous as far as putting our dream pass rush together in time for the start of the 2019 season. Perhaps our early bye week will be coming at a good time. Perhaps that will mark the point when we are also able to start using Kwon Alexander at linebacker and Jerick McKinnon is also back from his ACL? Perhaps it will be the point when Jimmy Garoppolo shakes off the rust and becomes a top ten quarterback? Perhaps that will be the week our team comes together. Perhaps we look at that bye week ten years from now as a turning point in the 49ers organization? Speaking of the defensive line, I found this link to an article written last February by Brad Almquist about Chris Kocurek: Why the 49ers hired Kris Kocurek to solve pass-rush crisis It talks about Kocurek making changes to the defensive line scheme and bringing in pass rushers that best fit his scheme. Now onto those sizzling hot links: Mike McGlinchey Expects Offseason Adjustments to Pay Dividends Kelana Martin Kyle Juszczyk sees the 49ers’ early bye week as a positive David Bonilla Juszczyk inspired by the atmosphere at Warriors and Sharks games David Bonilla 49ers DB Jimmie Ward suffers broken collar bone Chris Biderman Nick Bosa diagnosed with hamstring strain Kyle Madson 49ers Jimmie Ward breaks collarbone, Nick Bosa has low-grade strain Cam Inman Jimmie Ward to undergo surgery Friday but will return for camp Charean Williams […]

  • Report: 49ers DB Jimmie Ward suffers broken collarbone
    by Rob_Lowder on May 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    2019 seems to be picking up right where 2018 left off. The San Francisco 49ers’ injury luck isn’t getting any better. Defensive back Jimmie Ward suffered a broken collarbone during OTAs while diving for a football, per NFL’s Ian Rapoport. #49ers S Jimmie Ward did, in fact, fracture his collarbone, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. Out for the rest of the spring, though his exact timetable is not yet clear.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2019 This is a familiar tale for Ward, who’s ended four of his five seasons on injured reserve. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2014. His only full 16-game season was in 2016. His last three seasons have consisted of 11, seven and nine games. Despite the injury history, the 49ers still had a very high opinion of Ward. They surrended $8.5 million to Ward in 2018 when they picked up his fifth-year option. In March, the team re-signed Ward to a one-year, $4.5 million deal. The 49ers were hoping Ward would be the answer at free safety after neglecting the position both in free agency and the draft. The 49ers drafted Ward 30th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s only appeared in 51 games in his five-year career, starting 31. Ward totaled 207 tackles, 20 passes defensed, two sacks and two interceptions. […]

  • Nick Bosa diagnosed with hamstring strain, expected to miss a few weeks
    by Rob_Lowder on May 23, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    The 49ers’ No. 2 pick suffered a minor injury during OTAs. The San Francisco 49ers announced on Thursday that defensive end Nick Bosa suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will not practice the next few weeks while receiving treatment. Grade 1 is the lowest-degree of hamstring strain, resulting in tightness but maintaining the ability to walk normally, per NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco. The 49ers’ No. 2 pick injured his hamstring during 1-on-1 pass rush drills with the offensive line during Tuesday’s OTA practice. Bosa clutched his leg after the rep, moved off the field and watched the remainder of practice from the sidelines. Injury history was Bosa’s only red flag coming out of Ohio State. He suffered a torn ACL as a senior, ending his high school career. His time with the Buckeyes ended in similar fashion, with a core injury in 2018 ending his season after three games. Despite the concerns, Bosa’s skills as a pass rusher kept him at the top of draft boards and widely regarded as the nation’s top prospect. The 49ers will likely sideline Bosa until training camp, which doesn’t begin until late July. Outside of the NFL Combine, OTAs were Bosa’s first significant football action since suffering his injury in September of last year. […]

  • Dante Pettis was in rare company statistically as a rookie
    by Kyle Posey on May 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    It’s easy to get excited about the potential of his second season in the NFL Dante Pettis needs to stay healthy. If he is on the field for 16 games, the San Francisco 49ers have a weapon that few teams have. I still stand by him showing #1 traits as a rookie. That doesn’t mean Pettis is the next Jerry Rice. He confirmed everything you look for in a wide receiver. Statistically, Pettis is in great company. Mick Smiley of Cat Scratch Reader had an excellent idea for D.J. Moore, and I wanted to see how Pettis stacked up. Smiley coined the term “P.I.P.E,” which stands for potential, impact, production, and efficiency. Potential - Drafted in the first or second round Impact - Averaged at least 14 yards per reception as a rookie Production - Registered at least 700 receiving yards as a rookie Efficiency - Averaged at least nine yards per target as a rookie I’m fudging the production number here for Pettis. He had 467 yards on 45 targets. Everyone else you’ll see on this list had at least 74 targets. With 30 more targets, I’m going out on a limb and saying Pettis would have eclipsed 700 yards. Pettis was selected in the second round. Whether we want to admit it or not, there’s more pressure on players that are drafted early to produce. So I think it’s crucial that these criteria are there. Before we get into the rest of Pettis’ numbers, here are the players who qualified for “P.I.P.E” over the last 15 years. Pettis averaged 17.3 yards per reception as a rookie. That would put him third on this list. The final piece would be efficiency. Pettis averaged 10.4 yards per target, which would put him fourth on the list. While Moore is squeaking by the filters Smiley made, Pettis is passing with flying colors. While it helps that Pettis will be in a receiver friendly system, he does plenty of heavy lifting himself. Of his 27 receptions, 14 of those went for over 10 yards, and 19 of those catches resulted in first downs. Pettis is efficiency. The long touchdown didn’t inflate his numbers against the Seattle Seahawks. There is a lot of consistency to Pettis. That’s why it’s easy to get excited about what his sophomore year will look like. […]

  • NN Mailbag: Garoppolo’s debut, expectations for Pettis, injury updates, Nick Bosa and more
    by Rob_Lowder on May 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Addressing your 49ers comments, questions and concerns in our offseason Niners Nation mailbag. The San Francisco 49ers began organized team activities on Monday, with the media given their first glance of practices on Tuesday. With the access came plenty of new developments. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has taken the field. A new crop of injuries have emerged. Players have begun competing for roster spots as general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan evaluate their roster in Year 3. We’re back in this week’s offseason mailbag. As always, you’re welcome to drop questions in here for our next mailbag or tweet me @Rob_Lowder. How much should we expect from Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason? I don’t expect Garoppolo’s limitations to last long, Darius. The 49ers’ franchise quarterback participated in 7-on-7 drills during OTAs and will likely step up to full team drills at the start of training camp in July. Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman was impressed with Garoppolo’s throwing ability. Garoppolo jokingly (sort of) said he was at odds with the training staff on how much of a workload he was capable of handling. Garoppolo is clearly eager to resume his role under center and is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Will Garoppolo wear a brace this season? Absolutely, Alex. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wore it next season, as well. Most players recovering from knee injuries wear braces longer than required, especially now that they’ve become lighter and more comfortable. What are the expectations for Dante Pettis? The expectations for Pettis are high, Cy, as they should be. He was far-and-away the team’s most productive receiver to close out the season, putting up numbers that would border on the production of the league’s best. If Pettis can stay healthy, he should be the 49ers’ top option along the perimeter. 1,000 yards and 10 scores is an obtainable expectation for Pettis in 2019. Are the 49ers getting their injuries out of the way early? First, a quick recap of the injuries we learned about during the first open practice of OTAs: Running back Matt Breida suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights. Tight end Garrett Celek has a back injury and also has not been cleared from last season’s concussion. Linebacker Fred Warner underwent a knee scope. Running back Raheem Mostert suffered a setback after breaking his forearm last season. All are expected to be ready for training camp. Jordan’s question is funny, though, especially considering Shanahan eluded to the same idea during Wednesday’s press conference. Shanahan said he’d rather the 49ers have a lot of injuries during OTAs than at training camp, and the current expectation is that none of their ailments are long-term. Is Nick Bosa’s hamstring injury worrisome? 49ersCamelot addresses the elephant in the room. The 49ers’ No. 2 pick this year suffered a minor hamstring injury during Tuesday’s practice during a 1-on-1 pass rush drill. Bosa was clearly frustrated, grabbing his leg while sitting out the rest of practice. He didn’t receive a lot of attention from the 49ers medical staff and there hasn’t been an update as to the severity or a recovery timetable. I assume it’s a minor tweak that the 49ers will take slowly, but overall, nothing to worry about. Is it time to worry about Jerick McKinnon’s recovery? On the other hand, McKinnon’s status as he recovers from his torn ACL is more noteworthy. Although I still wouldn’t classify it as something worth worrying about, Steph. The 49ers running back is expected to be ready for training camp, per Shanahan. McKinnon’s position is far more physically demanding than Garoppolo’s, which is the reason you’ve seen the latter participate more extensively. Do injuries to Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander hamper the defense’s progress? I don’t think so, Shiga. Warner is already familiar with the defense while Alexander, an experienced veteran, won’t struggle to grasp any of the concepts. If anything, the presumed starters’ absence will give backups like rookie Dre Greenlaw a chance to become better acquainted with the 49ers’ defensive scheme. Most of the players around the linebackers are familiar with their role and won’t be impacted by the absence of Warner and Alexander. Will Kwon Alexander be ready for Week 1? There hasn’t be an update on Alexander’s recovery from a torn ACL suffered in October of last season. I don’t expect Alexander to be ready for Week 1, Zack. Starting the season on the PUP list (Physically Unable to Perform) isn’t out of the question for Alexander, which would keep him on the sideline for the first six weeks of the regular season. If the 49ers feel he’ll be ready sooner, Alexander will be kept on the 53-man roster and listed as a gameday inactive until he’s ready to take the field. Will the 49ers feature Jimmy Garoppolo and Marquise Goodwin in the deep passing attack? That’s definitely the hope, Rod. Garoppolo and Goodwin established a quick connection during the quarterback’s first five starts with the team in 2017. The pair never got a chance to resume in 2018, with Goodwin suffering a leg injury and essentially missing two of Garoppolo’s three starts last season. Garoppolo’s deep ball will likely be one of the last passes he develops a feel for as he regains trust in his surgically repaired knee. His deep accuracy was in question last year, but Garoppolo put on a downfield clinic during training camp, with many of his bigger plays going to Goodwin. The pair will be eager to resume their relationship. Is there any concern that Robbie Gould’s trade demand will result in a holdout? It’s a real possiblity, DB. The 49ers kicker has informed the team he won’t sign their franchise tag tender and requested a trade in April. Gould and his agent have both said that a holdout would only last until the regular season, with Gould willing to kick for the team Week 1. Could that change? Absolutely. […]

 

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