11:55 AM EDT, Tue August 21, 2018
Niner Nation 29 mins ago
Anyone else remember Bruce Ellington?

Anyone else remember Bruce Ellington?

At one point considered a wide receiver of the future, Ellington was later released and wound up on the Texans. And gashing the 49ers on Saturday night. One of the other less talked about storylines on Saturday’s preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans wasn’t on the 49ers’ side of the ball, but on the Texans. That’s because one Bruce Ellington quickly became DeSean Watson’s go-to receiver in that game. With DeAndre Hopkins sitting out the game, someone had to catch the ball, and Ellington obliged — finishing with four receptions for 50 yards,...
49ers defensive line reserves shine in preseason Week 2

49ers defensive line reserves shine in preseason Week 2

We’ve heard plenty about all the first round picks, but the reserves are earning more opportunities. The San Francisco 49ers invested heavily in their defensive line in recent years, spending first round picks on Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and Solomon Thomas in consecutive drafts. All three are being counted on to build this defense, but two reserves added last year could find themselves earning more playing time. D.J. Jones led the team in Pro Football Focus grading, while Sheldon Day earned a spot on PFF’s team of the week for preseason Week 2. Jones had two run stops and a...
Niner Nation 2 hours ago
Trent Taylor is almost back to form

Trent Taylor is almost back to form

While he looked good in a limited sample size on Saturday’s preseason game, the 49ers wide receiver is still recovering from back surgery. Those of you fortunate enough to catch the San Francisco 49ers’ first series against the Houston Texans on Sunday were treated to Jimmy Garoppolo doing the most Jimmy Garoppolo things ever. By that we mean moving the offense down the field and capping it off with a nice touchdown pass to Trent Taylor. Yeah, remember him? Taylor was sidelined with back surgery and slowly coming back to form at camp. He was inactive against the Dallas Cowboys in Week...
David Fucillo / Niner Nation 4 hours ago
53-man roster projection following second preseason game

53-man roster projection following second preseason game

The 49ers are halfway through preseason, with the dress rehearsal on deck. Time for another look at the race for roster spots. The San Francisco 49ers are halfway through their preseason schedule, and a big week is upon us. The third week of the preseason schedule is the “dress rehearsal” game. The team is going through a normal practice week, will play their starters the most snaps of the preseason, and might even try a little game-planning. I put together a 53-man roster projection last week following the team’s preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, the team has added...
The Mercury News 4 hours ago
49ers mailbag: Will ‘Lack of Pass Rush’ be 2018 motto?

49ers mailbag: Will ‘Lack of Pass Rush’ be 2018 motto?

SANTA CLARA — Better mail than kale? Wait, let‘s nourish ourselves with both as we answer 49ers questions and pack lunch midway through the exhibition season: What are the chances that Nick Mullens beats out Beathard? The guy is mobile and accurate. — G Funk 49 (@GoldenBoi_49) August 20, 2018 Who knew, outside of Southern […]