Most of the news lately has been which players are opting out of the 2020 season. That all ended, presumably, at last Thursday’s 1pm deadline. At this point, you’re either in or you’re out. Sixty-seven players took the out. For the 49ers, three guys opted out: swing tackle Shon Coleman, center Jake Brendel, and WR Travis Benjamin.
Raheem Mostert has managed in one offseason to go from quiet, scrappy underdog to blowhard whiner. First griping about his contract, then pounding his chest, claiming to be the fastest guy in the league and promising that he’ll be known as a “badass mo-fo.”
Geez, kid. There was a guy previous to you named Matt Breida, who was pretty fast, too. Had a big year, then got hurt, then came back late last year with the dreaded fumble-itis. Now he’s in Miami. Being a sentimental guy, I’ll be following him this coming year, wondering how he’ll do without those big holes Kyle Shanahan‘s offense provides.
The first preseason game was scheduled for last Friday. If you blinked, you would have missed it if it had been played which it wasn’t. Trying now to overcome the sense of loss that a game which would have been boring and mostly meaningless was ripped from our lives, denying us the chance to use a fake football game as a desperate salve for six months of no football at all.
RB Jerick McKinnon has been turning heads in camp. Shanahan had big plans for him heading into the 2018 season, before a knee injury sent him to IR for two years. If he’s fully back from that, the offense will get a big boost.
In the meantime, the new season is still a month or more away. But at least it looks promising that there actually will be a season, after all.