12:29 AM EDT, Fri July 21, 2017
4 hours ago
49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Safety Vinnie Sunseri

49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Safety Vinnie Sunseri

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today: SS/ST Vinnie Sunseri Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but you get the idea. There are not a lot of Italian-American players in the...
5 hours ago
Kyle Shanahan’s son thinks Reuben Foster plays football like the Waterboy

Kyle Shanahan’s son thinks Reuben Foster plays football like the Waterboy

Little Shanahan enjoys Foster’s highlights. The San Francisco 49ers brain trust of John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan expressed a lot of excitement when they were able to move into the back end of the first round to grab Reuben Foster back in April. He’s a big-hitter who can get around the field with ease. He slipped due to concerns about his shoulder, a failed drug test, and general maturity questions. Foster did not take part in full team drills at the offseason workout program, instead focusing on individual work as he rehabbed his shoulder. We have repeatedly heard from the 49ers that...
6 hours ago
Rivera: Cam Newton not 100 percent heading into training camp

Rivera: Cam Newton not 100 percent heading into training camp

He will likely be fine for Week 1 against the 49ers, but this will be a story to track. The San Francisco 49ers face the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 of the regular season. The most notable storyline facing Carolina at the moment is the status of quarterback Cam Newton. He had shoulder surgery in late March, and according to head coach Ron Rivera, is not yet at 100 percent. Newton did not throw during OTAs or minicamp, and in fact made his first post-surgery throw on June 26. He has been in Baltimore conducting summer workouts with teammates, and has been doing throwing there. Rivera...
7 hours ago
Rams sign quarterback Dan Orlovsky

Rams sign quarterback Dan Orlovsky

Sure, why not. The Los Angeles Rams decided they need another quarterback to compete in training camp, and so on Thursday they signed a notable name. ESPN’s Jason Romano is reporting the Rams have signed Dan Orlovsky. Yes, anybody who QBs an 0-16 team is notable. And yes, this guy got signed before Colin Kaepernick. this guy got signed before Colin Kaepernick pic.twitter.com/Y2SpXH4MhS— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) July 20, 2017
8 hours ago
2017 49ers 90-man roster ranking: players 61-70

2017 49ers 90-man roster ranking: players 61-70

We begin the countdown of our 49ers’ roster ranking today, looking at players ranked 70-61. This is mostly practice squad candidates and camp fodder, but a couple could surprise us. The San Francisco 49ers return to training camp in nine days, and that means it is time for what will hopefully continue to be a regular annual feature. A year ago, we put together a consensus ranking of the 49ers 90-man roster. It included rankings from myself and ten of our writers. You can look at last year’s full rankings here. We’re back again, this time with 13 people voting. Since this is entirely...
9 hours ago
Le’Veon Bell should talk to Kyle Juszczyk about offensive weapon contracts

Le’Veon Bell should talk to Kyle Juszczyk about offensive weapon contracts

The Steelers running back is looking to get paid like a combination RB1/WR2. The 49ers have an offensive weapon of their own. The Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to come to terms with running back Le’Veon Bell on a long term contract extension, and so he is set to play the 2017 season under the franchise tag. There is some speculation he might hold out through training camp, but regardless, his thoughts on his contract are rather intriguing. Bell reportedly was offered a deal that would average over $12 million per year, with $30 million paid in the first two years, and $42 million over...
10 hours ago
2017 NFL preview: How much longer will Alex Smith retain the Chiefs starting QB job?

2017 NFL preview: How much longer will Alex Smith retain the Chiefs starting QB job?

We’re previewing the NFL heading into training camp, moving on to the 49ers four preseason opponents. Today, we look at the Kansas City Chiefs. The San Francisco 49ers are wrapping up their offseason, with training camp set to get going on Thursday, July 27. With the help of SB Nation’s other NFL sites, we have been previewing training camp for the 49ers 13 regular season opponents. You can view all of them here. Since we still have some time before the preseason gets going, I thought it would be fun to keep going and look at the other 19 NFL teams. The 49ers will play four of them in...
11 hours ago
Who are 49ers assistants Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniels

Who are 49ers assistants Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniels

Tale of two Mikes: Mike LaFleur is our wide receivers and passing game specialist while Mike McDaniels is our running game specialist. I wanted to take some time during the slow season to introduce the San Francisco 49ers newest position coaches. I will be going through them one at a time. Hopefully it helps those that do not know much about them. I have decided to combine Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniels since I couldn't find a whole lot of information on the two. Mike LeFleur Mike LaFleur graduated from Elmhurst College in 2009. He stuck around as an offensive assistant that fall. He then...
13 hours ago
Matt Ryan not a fan of Kyle Shanahan play-calling in 4th quarter of Super Bowl

Matt Ryan not a fan of Kyle Shanahan play-calling in 4th quarter of Super Bowl

Kyle Shanahan has borne the brunt of most of the Super Bowl blame. The Atlanta Falcons and Kyle Shanahan each find themselves preparing for a new season, and while they are no longer together, the 2016 season will forever leave them connected at the hip. Shanahan helped the offense develop into even more of a high-powered attack and get to the Super Bowl. And yet, people will mostly just remember the fourth quarter collapse against the New England Patriots. Shanahan has been the primary recipient of criticisms. The Falcons seemed to have the game sewn up after a ridiculous catch by Julio...
14 hours ago
49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Punter Bradley Pinion

49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Punter Bradley Pinion

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today: P Bradley Pinion Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but you get the idea. Bradley Pinion is the 49ers’ starting punter, and the only...
15 hours ago
ESPN, FO sneaky strengths impacting the 49ers

ESPN, FO sneaky strengths impacting the 49ers

The 49ers are making a lot of changes. We look at some strengths of the influences on the 49ers new-look offense and defense. The San Francisco 49ers made big changes this offseason, which makes some of the traditional national media analysis a little more difficult. When you bring in a new general manager and coaching staff, and are in the midst of a huge roster overhaul, things are changing on virtually every front. The team is switching to a 4-3 and getting more aggressive in all phases of the defense. They’re making a stronger switch to a new blocking and rushing scheme. And of...
19 hours ago
Golden Nuggets: Previewing CB, TE, LB Camp Battles

Golden Nuggets: Previewing CB, TE, LB Camp Battles

A daily compilation of 49ers links from around the net. Thursday, July 20th, 2017 edition. Yesterday was pretty busy in the world of articles about currently rostered players, and their upcoming chance to remain “currently rostered”. A wide variety, guides were written about the CB, TE, and LB corps by Ninerswire, ESPN, and the Sac Bee, respectively. Not the most exciting stuff, but all serve as pretty good primers with some added bonuses (individual battles, pluses and minuses in players’ chances, etc.) to re-acclimate before pads go on next week. Cousins was a hot topic again, with...
Jul 19, 2017
Better Rivals podcast: How Kyle Shanahan attacks coverages in the passing game

Better Rivals podcast: How Kyle Shanahan attacks coverages in the passing game

David and Oscar detail the basic coverages you’ll see from NFL defenses and how Kyle Shanahan looks to take advantage of them.  On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, Scheme Month draws to a close by taking a look at how Kyle Shanahan attacks coverages in the passing game. What are the basic coverage types you’ll see from NFL defenses? Where are the weak spots in those coverages? And which concepts does Shanahan use to exploit them? All that, plus some interesting numbers on the 2016 offense, another look at Kyle Juszczyk’s monster contract, and #KurtyKurt. Listen...
Jul 19, 2017
Three SEC players named Reuben Foster the best player they have faced

Three SEC players named Reuben Foster the best player they have faced

If Foster can get on the field to start the season, it will be a big boost for the evolving 49ers defense. In the next eight days, we’ll start to get a better idea of how soon San Francisco 49ers first round pick Reuben Foster will be ready to practice. He has been rehabbing a rotator cuff that resulted in pre-Combine surgery, and questions persisted through the draft as to whether or not he might need more surgery. The sooner they do get Foster on the field, the better. He is undeniably talented, and some of his former competitors have voiced that opinion. Last week at SEC Media Day, we...
Jul 19, 2017
2017 49ers 90-man roster ranking: players 80-71

2017 49ers 90-man roster ranking: players 80-71

We begin the countdown of our 49ers’ roster ranking today, looking at players ranked 80-71. This is mostly practice squad candidates and camp fodder, but a couple could surprise us. The San Francisco 49ers return to training camp in nine days, and that means it is time for what will hopefully continue to be a regular annual feature. A year ago, we put together a consensus ranking of the 49ers 90-man roster. It included rankings from myself and ten of our writers. You can look at last year’s full rankings here. We’re back again, this time with 13 people voting. Since this is entirely...