The most underrated player on the 49ers

Arik Armstead isn’t the best player on the 49ers, but he is the most underrated. The former first-round pick has everything you want from an interior rusher. He’s tall, powerful and he collapses the pocket. He’s a human forklift. But lately he has become an afterthought since he missed eight games with a shoulder injury in 2016, and since the Niners spent back-to-back top picks on players who play his position —…

June 19, 2017
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49ers post-minicamp depth-chart prediction

49ers post-minicamp depth-chart prediction: OFFENSE Quarterback: Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, C.J. Beathard. Analysis: Barkley and Beathard won’t play unless the 49ers tank the season. Wide receiver: Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Jeremy Kerley, Aldrick Robinson, Trent Taylor. Analysis: The Niners will keep five wide receivers instead of six because the offense needs an extra running back. Tight end: Logan Paulsen, George Kittle, Cole Hikutini. Analysis: The Niners will cut Vance McDonald and keep Hikutini…

June 17, 2017
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Projecting TE George Kittle’s rookie stats

In Wednesday’s minicamp report, I wrote that rookie tight end George Kittle would make more than 50 catches next season. How many catches do you think he will make? How many touchdown do you think he will score? Will he start? Project his rookie stats and explain your projections.

June 17, 2017
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49ers minicamp report: George Kittle becomes an impact player

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during the final day of minicamp. THE GOOD 1. TE George Kittle. The rookie tight end made two touchdown catches in a red-zone drill. First, he ran a seam route and caught a pass in stride when no one was covering him. A few plays later, he ran the same seam route but this time jumped to catch a pass a few…

June 14, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan on Mike Shanahan: “He’ll have an office attached to my office.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   How do you think practice went yesterday? What did you like out there? “I thought it was good. I thought we battled both sides of the ball. I didn’t think either side really did better than the other. I thought we started off good with the offense. I think defense came…

June 14, 2017
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Brian Hoyer on play action: “The majority of it is done by the offensive line.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Brian Hoyer’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   Could you quantify how much progress the offense has made, particularly in the passing game, from when you first got here? “Yeah, I think finally last week we got done with the install. So, now we’re coming back around things a second time and you’re getting the see the same play…

June 14, 2017
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49ers minicamp report: No one can cover Marquise Goodwin

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during the first day of minicamp. THE GOOD 1. WR Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin was the best wide receiver on the field even though he made just two catches. First, he ran by Keith Reaser and Jimmie Ward along the sideline and caught a deep, underthrown touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer. Goodwin burned those DBs so bad, he had to slow down and…

June 13, 2017
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10 questions before 49ers minicamp

Here are 10 questions I want you to answer before 49ers minicamp starts on Tuesday. Explain all of your answers. 1. Which offensive player are you most interested to read about? 2. Which defensive player are you most interested to read about? 3. Which coach are you most interested to read about? 4. Will Solomon Thomas play with the starters? 5. Will Elvis Dumervil play with the starters? 6. Who…

June 12, 2017
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NFL coaches on the early hot seat

We’ve got a few days to kill before minicamp starts next Tuesday. Let’s make a list of the NFL coaches we expect will get fired at the end of the season. I’ll go first. THE LAME DUCKS. These coaches almost certainly will get the axe. 1. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints. I’m surprised the Saints haven’t fired Payton already. He hasn’t won more than seven games in a season since 2013…

June 9, 2017
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Grant previews the 49ers’ season on The Fantasy Fullback Dive

The Roto Street Journal just released an interview I did earlier this week with The Fantasy Fullback Dive. For almost 45 minutes, I spoke with The Wolf and Truth about Kyle Shanahan, Carlos Hyde, Joe Williams, Tim Hightower, Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Jeremy Kerley, Jeremy Maclin, Kyle Juszczyk, Brian Hoyer and more. You can listen to the show below.

June 8, 2017
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49ers OTA report: Defense shuts down offense

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me Thursday. THE GOOD 1. The defense in general. Either it’s phenomenal or the offense is making it seem that way. I can’t tell. The defense recorded six sacks, two pass breakups, two interceptions, and allowed starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to complete only 9 of 19 pass attempts. After practice, a reporter asked wide receiver Pierre Garcon what stands out to him so…

June 8, 2017
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Grant explains why the 49ers could cut NaVorro Bowman, plus more

I’ve been getting requests to speak on podcasts since I wrote the 49ers should and could cut NaVorro Bowman. Here’s an interview I did with Brian Peacock of the “Locked on 49ers” Wednesday evening during halftime of the Warriors game. There is some overlap with the interview I did on The Krueg Show earlier this week, but I thought might you might interested anyway. You can listen below.

June 8, 2017
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The real reason the Seahawks didn’t sign Colin Kaepernick

Last week, I presented two theories explaining why the Seahawks decided not to sign Colin Kaepernick: Kaepernick asked for too much money. Seahawks ownership vetoed the deal. After talking to a well-placed source, I believe both theories are wrong. Here’s the real reason the Seahawks didn’t want Kaepernick: He would further divide a team that already is divided. As ESPN’s Seth Wickersham illustrated in his May 25th feature, the Seahawks have…

June 6, 2017
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49ers sign Elvis Dumervil

General manager John Lynch just announced the 49ers have signed 33-year-old pass rusher Elvis Dumervil to a two-year deal. Faithful – Just added another stud to harass QBs. Thrilled to announce we’ve agreed to terms w/ @EKD92 Welcome to the squad. #BrickByBrick pic.twitter.com/zkOLU7NTcW — John Lynch (@JohnLynch49ers) June 5, 2017 This is a good signing. Dumervil probably won’t start for the 49ers, but he will play on passing downs and…

June 5, 2017
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Should the 49ers sign Jeremy Maclin?

The Kansas City Chiefs released 29-year-old wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Friday. Maclin made only 44 catches in 2016 and was earning an average of $11 million per season. The Chiefs didn’t need to pay him all that money — they were hardly using him. Andy Reid rarely calls a pass that travels more than 12 yards past the line of scrimmage. His passing game features tight ends. The Chiefs were smart to…

June 5, 2017
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For all his greatness, NaVorro Bowman’s time is done

Right about now, if Bill Walsh were alive and running the 49ers, he would cut NaVorro Bowman. It’s nothing personal. Walsh cut a lot of players he liked personally. He wasn’t sentimental. He cared about building a vibrant football team and believed in getting rid of players a year early, not a year late. Walsh cut Dwight Hicks when Hicks was 30. Walsh cut Carlton Williamson when Williamson was 29….

June 2, 2017
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49ers OTA notes: Bad day for Bowman, Hyde and Hoyer

SANTA CLARA Usually, I start these practice reports with positive observations. Today, I’m starting with the negatives. Forgive me. THE NOT SO GOOD 1. LB NaVorro Bowman. I made a point to keep an eye on Bowman the entire practice – I wanted to see how he moves less than one year removed from surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon. He moved well today during linebacker drills – chopping his…

May 31, 2017
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Analyzing why the Seahawks won’t sign Colin Kaepernick

On May 25, Colin Kaepernick met with the Seahawks to potentially sign a contract, and reports said the meeting went “very well.” But on Tuesday, Pat Kirwan reported the Seahawks probably will not sign Kaepernick. Jim miller doesn’t believe Seattle will sign Kaep and I agree — Pat Kirwan (@PatKirwanRFN) May 30, 2017 The way I see it, the Seahawks shied away from Kaepernick for one of two reasons. Kaepernick…

May 31, 2017
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Brandon Jacobs says Jim Harbaugh knows nothing about football

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs made some interesting comments recently about Jim Harbaugh on CBS Radio. As you may remember, Jacobs briefly played for the 49ers in 2012, the season they went to the Super Bowl. Here’s what Jacobs said: “Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd. They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had,…

May 30, 2017
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