Junky Alert

The third season  of the Kyle Shanahan Show will begin airing next week.

As usual, the first four episodes will be meaningless drivel whose only purpose will be to familiarize us fans with the new cast of characters who will be appearing this year. Mainly the eight member rookie class and a couple of free agents.

The first two years of this much-hyped ensemble production flopped rather spectacularly. 6-10, followed by 4-12. Not exactly an audience sustaining effort. This year’s expectations are nevertheless sky high, with the addition of two passing rushing DEs and the hopeful return to health of a few other important players.

So, the first order of business will be giving the players physicals and determining who goes on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Unlike most teams, this is a hold your breath moment for the 49ers, who keep signing guys who are hurt.

The most prominent candidates are QB Jimmy Garoppolo (10 mos. ACL), CB Jimmie Ward (3 mos. busted shoulder), LB Kwon Alexander (9 mos. ACL), RB Jerick McKinnon (11 mos. ACL), RB Matt Breida (walking wounded habitually), and the all star ding champ CB Jason Verrette (four years broken, busted, strained, ripped, torn, fractured, you-name-it-he-done-it).

Stay tuned for developments next week and get ready for the annual fix to a nation of football craving addicts. And the 49ers embark on their 25th consecutive attempt to bring home Lombardi number six.

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38 comments on “Junky Alert
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Any news on the merits of Joshua Garnett and Shon Coleman over the next 1 1/2 months welcome. OAK and MIA looking to plug poor OG positions on their rosters.

    Jonathan Cooper came in to OAK recently and undersized for power blocking scheme. MIA has voids at LG and RG. 3rd RD pick Dieter at LG and RG and RT very weak.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They have just a few days to sign their first 2 draft picks and get Bosa and Samuel into camp.
    It is critical to success of the team that they be there on day 1.
    Front office needs to get er done.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dick Sherman says his goal is to play 4 more years

    So if he can play at a high level the Niners are set for the foreseeable future.

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/49ers-cornerback-richard-sherman-wants-202142101.html

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a huge “if”. A really huge “if”. Dickhead did not look all that great last year. At his age, expecting major recovery in year two after a bad injury is wishing for pennies from heaven. More pass rush this year may help, but I would not count this chicken until it’s hatched.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Nick Bosa and the 49ers reached agreement on a four-year deal worth $33.55 million.”

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We play GB this season, the #3 NFC North opponent. They were 14 mil plus in cap space. Could not find a trading partner so released DT Mike Daniels. Was to be his final contract year so GB just added 8 mil to cap space.

    He could end up with SEA or ARI as a starter.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The #49ers and WR Deebo Samuel have agreed to terms.”

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely must give lots of DB snaps to Witherspoon, TMoore, and Colbert. Continue the coach up and evaluate if they are capable as starters. If so then first 2020 pick goes OC.

    Grab one or two DB’s with next picks. Dickhead and Verette will get re injured in 2019 or 2020. Bet on it.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What was amazing last season is the reluctance of opponents to
    attempt passes to Dick Sherman’s side. Not since Deion and then Jimmy Johnson have the Niners had a corner that nobody picked on.

    Witherspoon was blitzed and toasted last season just like Kermit Alexander when he was the opposite CB to Johnson.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good sign that both Bosa and Samuel will be there tomorrow and at the first practice on Saturday for the opening of camp.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Scouts feeling marginalized Skeebs?
    Surprised?
    Dysfunction Junction….
    Curse of the York’s.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Scouts pissed? Cry me a river. Football is in the entertainment industry. Everyone in it is overpaid.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The DL on display. The best unit now by far with good depth.

    https://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/2100-49ers-2019-training-camp-primer-defensive-line/

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One move made today per Matt Barrows

    “The 49ers waived/injured OL Erik Magnuson, who has been dealing with a calf injury since the spring. Magnuson would have been PUPed if hadn’t been waived”

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Players on PUP list:

    C Weston Richburg, defensive back Jimmie Ward, RB Jerick McKinnon, and tight end Garrett Celek.

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ward? Tell me it Isn’t True… *disgusted*

    And Richburg has been a total waste of money. We bought a lemon there. Celek will probably get an injury settlement; with Kaden coming in I think he’s done here anyway. I just hope we get *something* out of McKinnon.

  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ward gets the 2019 annual Todd Shell Memorial “Crystal” Award.

    Hopefully without the crack.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Important name not on that PUP list is CB Jason Verrett. If he pushes Witherspoon that could solidify the team at the CB position.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners sign TE Niles Paul today who was one of Shanahan’s players with the Redskins.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    7 mins of highlights and then the Niner Presser today with Lynch and Shanahan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiESK8Fxeho

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy G Presser from yesterday

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6PdXNknC2E

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Day One of Practice as reported by Barrows of The Athletic

    Part One

    Jimmy Garoppolo missed his first two throws in 11-on-11 drills on Saturday. His first attempt, to Dante Pettis, sailed over the receiver’s head. On the second, he rushed a short throw to running back Raheem Mostert, who was well covered by safety Jaquiski Tartt.
    OK, you figured. Garoppolo hadn’t done any real 11-on-11 work in the spring, he’s not used to having defenders in his face, he’s going to be rusty. This could be a long, ugly day for the franchise quarterback.
    It wasn’t. After the errant throw to Mostert, he connected with Jordan Matthews, then with tight end Ross Dwelley, then with Pettis. By the end of the session — a short one, about 85 minutes long — Garoppolo was 6 for 8 and looked comfortable in spreading the ball around to a number of receivers.
    That was perhaps the biggest takeaway from the 49ers’ opening practice of training camp: As was the case in the spring, you would have been hard-pressed to tell that Garoppolo was coming off a major knee injury from late September. The difference from OTAs is that he is now making the throws with the 49ers’ windmill-like defensive linemen in his face and with a stepped-up pass rush coming from the sides.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pat 2 by Barrows of the Athletic

    As far as that pass rush …
    Nick Bosa’s spring debut, of course, was a dud. The rookie defensive end pulled his hamstring during the first OTA session and was an observer for the rest of the spring. His summer relaunch was far, far more impressive.
    He drew left tackle Joe Staley on his first-snap of 1-on-1 drills, then blew past the 13-year veteran for the most obvious “win” any of the defenders had during that drill. Later during 11-on-11 sessions, he again got past Staley’s outside hip and reached Garoppolo just as he let the ball go on an intermediate throw to Dwelley.
    Afterward, Staley gushed about the 49ers’ first-round draft pick, particularly Bosa’s hips. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh had a good explanation for what Staley meant.
    “Bosa wins in close quarters,” Saleh said. “He wants you close to him, as close as possible, then he just has an ability to flip his hips and get skinny in close quarters, where most people need space so they can knock arms down and create angles. Which fighter — was it Mike Tyson? The closer you got, the more trouble you were in. Because he loved to be in there tight. It’s the same thing (with Bosa). He can get in there and work his body, his hand-eye coordination pretty good.”
    Bosa was worked in with the first-team defensive line at times but mostly lined up with the second-teamers along with Solomon Thomas, D.J. Jones and Ronald Blair. The first time the defensive line took the field, the lineup was: Dee Ford and Arik Armstead at defensive end and Deforest Buckner and Sheldon Day on the interior. Those combinations will vary throughout the summer and the regular season, Saleh said.

    Saleh also cautioned against being too ecstatic over Bosa’s early victory against Staley on Saturday. The 49ers won’t don full pads until Monday.
    “He’s still just a bobblehead running around until we get pads on,” he said. “He’ll get a chance tomorrow to see his game, see where it evolves when Joe makes his adjustments.”
    Still, it was a very strong first step for Bosa. Among the 49ers’ top draft picks in recent years, you have to go all the way back to Aldon Smith (2011) for someone who looked special early in training camp. Thomas, Armstead, Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward didn’t jump out. Neither did Mike McGlinchey or Joshua Garnett. A.J. Jenkins was terrible. The only exception was Reuben Foster, who flashed big-play ability — remember all those training camp interceptions? — during his first summer but never could carry that into the regular season.
    Bottom line: It was a solid first day for Bosa.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Part 3 by Barrows of The Athletic

    Practice notes
    • While we’re on the subject of rookies … As was the case in the spring, fifth-round draft pick Dre Greenlaw was on the field with the first-string defense when the 49ers went into 11-on-11 drills for the first time Saturday. Just like in Greenlaw’s spring debut, he burst into the backfield to blow up a running play on the initial snap.
    “I think that tells you right there the guy’s got a nose for the ball, he’s not timid,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “(He’s) a rookie that’s going to go in there and shoot his guns on the very first play of practice. I think that’s impressive and I think he can build from that.”
    Though Kwon Alexander went through individual drills, he was held out of team situations as he’s slowly ramped up to full speed this summer following his ACL tear on Oct. 21. With Alexander out, Malcolm Smith played Will linebacker, with Greenlaw at Sam linebacker.
    When Alexander comes back? Smith, Greenlaw and a host of other players — Elijah Lee and Mark Nzeocha chief among them — will compete for the starting role at Sam. It could be the most wide-open competition of all the position groups.
    • Rookie receivers Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd were on the field after missing parts of the spring practices. Samuel had exactly the type of play the 49ers are hoping to get out of him, a crossing-route catch from Nick Mullens in which Samuels fluidly snagged the ball and then pulled upfield along the sideline for one of the biggest gains of the day.
    Hurd, meanwhile, lined up in the slot as expected. He wasn’t prolific but showed an element of why the 49ers drafted him in the third round. On one play he got into a minor tussle with safety Antone Exum. On another, he did an excellent job of blocking Ahkello Witherspoon on the perimeter. Which is to say, Hurd has a feistiness that the coaches love and that they think will ultimately make him into an effective receiver/tight end/H-back hybrid.

    • Cornerback Jason Verrett went through his first practice with the 49ers after sitting out the spring. Because his Achilles injury happened in July 2018, he’s had a longer rehabilitation than Alexander and was not under as severe a pitch count as the linebacker.
    Verrett played behind Witherspoon at right cornerback. What was a bit peculiar was the jersey Verrett is wearing, No. 34. That’s Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Joe Perry’s former number and is one of 12 jerseys retired by the team. We shall seek answers on this. (5:21 p.m. UPDATE: The 49ers say that Verrett is wearing No. 34 only for training camp and will choose another number after the final cuts are made and more options are available.)
    • As far as the backup quarterback battle, Mullens took his snaps before C.J. Beathard, but the order likely will reversed during practice No. 2 on Sunday.
    • Matthews was the most prolific of the receivers. He caught two passes from Garoppolo and another from Mullens. His second from Garoppolo was one of the day’s longest and came when Matthews’ feet became tangled with Witherspoon’s. The cornerback fell to the ground; the receiver stayed on his feet and made the catch.
    • Rookie Mitch Wishnowsky again looked excellent while booming most of his punts during the special teams portion of practice. One of them drove returner D.J. Reed deep into the end zone and drew an audible “Oooooh” from tight end George Kittle who was watching from the side.
    • Beathard completed a short pass to rookie H-back Tyree Mayfield, who was then stripped of the ball by safety Tyree Robinson near the sideline where the defensive players were lined up. As you might expect from a team that forced only seven takeaways last season, Saturday’s fumble recovery caused quite a reaction from the defensive players.
    Saleh downplayed whether stripping the ball was a bigger focus this season, but the linebackers at least seemed to be more focused on that during individual drills. “We want to break records the other way,” said Saleh in alluding to the 49ers’ dubious distinction for fewest takeaways in a season last year.
    • With Weston Richburg (knee) on the sideline for perhaps all of training camp, Ben Garland worked with the first-string offensive line at center. Mike Person got the initial snaps at right guard, but Garnett also had some first-string repetitions.
    • Free safety Tarvarius Moore, who lined up with the third-string defenders in the spring, already has moved up a notch. He and Exum were the second-team safeties on Saturday. That pecking order is likely to change, however, when Ward rejoins practice in approximately two weeks.
    • McGlinchey was in obvious pain after twice having his foot stepped on in the same spot in short succession. But he never missed a snap and there were no obvious injuries for the 49ers on Day 1. Again, this was a short practice and the sessions are expected to ramp up the deeper they get into training camp.
    • Among the observers watching practice were Mike Shanahan and the country music duo Haley & Michaels, who shot a music video inside Levi’s Stadium.
    — Reported from Santa Clara

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

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    By far THE ATHLETIC has the best writers and most thorough content of any sports website. And they follow all sports.

    I’m a subscriber and if you do a search you can get 40% off their regular price. I’m paying under $5 a month.

    If you want premium content I highly recommend THE ATHLETIC.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    AS for the Bleacher Report article about the rift between Lynch and Shanahan and the scouting dept. This is addressed in an article by Kawakami on The Athletic

    As part of the natural order of NFL gossip, Shanahan and Lynch got their first taste of anonymous criticism this offseason, including mentions in that same Bleacher Report story of discontent on the personnel staff over Shanahan and Lynch’s decision-making process. That story also noted that they’ve made some high-profile personnel blunders, starting with using the third overall pick in 2017 on Solomon Thomas, who has vastly underperformed that slot to this point.
    Months ago, another Bleacher Report story brought up a potential rift between Shanahan and Lynch. Of course, if the 49ers were winning, these kinds of stories would either be laughed off or not published at all. Every personnel shop has disagreements; teams want multiple viewpoints and hardly any worthwhile decision is made unanimously.
    But some of these reports are relatively amusing, especially anything suggesting that Lynch and Shanahan — who still carpool to the office together most days — are in the process of a split.
    “For anyone to question our relationship is the stupidest thing ever,” Shanahan said.
    So what’s going on with these stories? Lynch and Shanahan made it clear on Friday that they believe both stories came from the same disgruntled employee, a holdover from the Baalke regime, who recently became an ex-49er employee.
    “I think we have a really good process going,” Lynch said. “I can’t speak for people that aren’t here anymore, but I know that change is never always 100-percent comfortable. …
    “Everyone’s voice is being heard and ultimately two people have been charged with making decisions to give this team the best opportunity to win, and that’s Kyle and myself. That’s the way it is.”
    This all does feel a little like the days when Jed York, Baalke and others seemed to convey their criticisms of other members of the organization about three or four times a week, all with the cloak of anonymity. Which Shanahan, ever direct, didn’t hesitate to bring up.
    “To be here three years, I feel it’s better than anywhere I’ve ever been,” Shanahan said. “There’s been as few leaks as any here. And I think before we got here, I think there were a little bit more. I’m very proud of that. To go through this entire offseason, sounds like there’s been two stories that have been negative towards us and both of them have come from the exact same spot. That, to me, is a person who’s not here.”
    If the 49ers keep losing, there will be more of these kinds of stories and maybe more disgruntled employees. If they win in 2019, nothing else will matter, because nothing in the NFL matters more than winning games, getting into the playoffs and maybe winning the biggest game of them all. That’s what Shanahan is telling his players and that’s the reality that his players clearly are ready to hear.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Latest niners podcast on NN a good listen. Joe Woods, DB and passing game assistant coach and what to expect in coverage changes.

    He was a DC the last 2 years for the Broncos, taking over from Wade Phillips.They both played more man coverage. Is Dickhead able with that?

    So pocast consensus was we still stick with cover-3 with single high safety but mix in more cover-2 split safety quarters. In zone coverage the pattern matching will be more sticky.

    Last year the exited DB coach either could not teach it well or some of the DB’s have lower football IQ. The higher powered passing O’s need two high safeties that are interchangeable (Colbert and TMoore?).

    A better pass rush can help dickhead in man coverage, like in cover-3 mabel.

  28. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Greenlaw could turn out to be a decent steal in the 5th round.

    If Bosa and Ford get consistent pressure, our defense will be a lot better this year. On offense, it’s all Garoppolo. If he shows he was worth the money, we’ll look a lot better. If not, it’ll be a frustrating year.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dick Sherman talks about Verrett and overcoming his in juries which could change the secondary

    https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/why-richard-sherman-believes-49ers-jason-verrett-might-surprise-people

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greenlaw could turn out to be this year’s version of Chris Borland and if Niners are lucky Navarro Bowman although both were 3rd round picks.
    Niners have a good LB coach in Demeco Ryans.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Nick Bosa did not finish today’s practice. An offensive lineman knocked him on his back and out of action. Ronald Blair replaced Bosa at RDE the rest of the morning.”

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome to the Bigs kid.
    Leave the hype in your locker and, get your work face on.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2019 Schedule
9-8: W 49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
9-15: W 49ers 41,Bengals 17
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
 
2019 Prognostications
Bakkentom: 10-6
Bullit: 10-6
Grumpy: 9-7
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 7-9
Skeebers: 8-8
Winder: 7-9

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