Breaking down the 49ers’ new linebacker, Elijah Lee — plus more

I had some time to kill before Kyle Shanahan’s Wednesday press conference, so I went on Periscope and discussed the 49ers new signing — rookie linebacker Elijah. I also discussed other 49ers topics, the Raiders win and the A’s new stadium. You can check out the video below. Thoughts on Elijah Lee, the 49ers loss, the Raiders win and the A’s new stadium. https://t.co/AQvzRcx67r — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 13,…

September 13, 2017
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49ers sign LB Elijah Lee

SANTA CLARA The 49ers have signed rookie linebacker Elijah Lee from the Vikings practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport. With rookie Reuben Foster likely out about a month with a high-ankle sprain, the #49ers signed LB Elijah Lee off the #Vikings practice squad — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2017 I like this signing. Lee was one of my favorite linebackers coming out of college this year. I had the…

September 13, 2017
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49ers film review: The outside-zone run game isn’t working

1 I just re-watched every 49ers run play from their Week 1 game against the Panthers. Here’s my breakdown. CARLOS HYDE Carry No. 1. Play name: Outside zone. Personnel grouping: 21 (two backs, one tight end) Result: No gain. (No play — illegal formation) Notes: Right guard Brandon Fusco misses a block on outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who tackles Hyde at the line of scrimmage. Carry No. 2. Play name:…

September 12, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan on the 49ers’ fourth-down failures: ‘The first one is the one I regretted.’

SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Week 2 Monday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Any update on LB Reuben Foster’s condition? “Yeah, high ankle sprain. Not exactly sure the timetable. We’ll see how long it takes him, but your typical high ankle sprain.”   Is it a one or two weeks or four to six? “[VP of medical services/head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson] Ferg…

September 11, 2017
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49ers 3, Panthers 23: Grades

SANTA CLARA Here are the 49ers’ grades after their 23-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. QUARTERBACK: C-minus. Brian Hoyer completed 69 percent of his throws despite getting hit 12 times, four of which were sacks. He had to throw quick, short passes, which is why he averaged just 5.5 yards per attempt. He did throw one beautiful deep pass which should have been a touchdown, but Marquise Goodwin dropped the…

September 10, 2017
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49ers can’t overcome their own mistakes in loss to Panthers

SANTA CLARA — False start on the beginning of the Kyle Shanahan Era. The 49ers lost their first game under their new head coach 23-3 to the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon. The 49ers played well at times — better than the score indicates — but they committed so many mistakes, they never gave themselves a legitimate chance to win. Click here to read the rest of my game story.

September 10, 2017
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49ers vs. Panthers live blog

SANTA CLARA This is the live blog for the 49ers season opener against the Panthers. I will update this with information and analysis from the press box. 12:48 Check out my Periscope pregame report below: 49ers-Panthers pregame report https://t.co/GV7BuWobiI — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 10, 2017 12:49 Here are the 49ers inactives: FS Jimmie Ward WR Victor Bolden Jr. CB Ahkello Witherspoon DL Aaron Lynch DL Pita Taumoepenu OT John…

September 10, 2017
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49ers can beat Panthers in opener, and here’s why

1 I could be way off about this. If I am, please forgive me. But I’m picking the 49ers to beat the Panthers this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Let me break down the five keys to this matchup so you have a better understanding of what the Niners will be up against and why I picked them. Click here to read my Friday column.

September 7, 2017
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Robert Saleh says NaVorro Bowman can cover Christian McCaffrey man to man

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Robert Saleh’s Week 1 Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What are you guys doing at free safety this week? “Still working through it. Like [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] said yesterday, we’ll find out Sunday.”   How much during camp did both S Jaquiski Tartt and DB Lorenzo Jerome get at that spot for this very situation in case you…

September 7, 2017
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Brian Hoyer says Kyle Shanahan has a good feeling for what the Panthers do

1 SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Brian Hoyer’s Week 1 Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   At what point did you start focusing solely on the Panthers defense? “Really, once we got done with that Minnesota game. Knowing that I wasn’t going to play for the last preseason game, you start watching some film. Obviously [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] has a history of playing…

September 6, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan thinks he has an idea of how the Panthers will use Christian McCaffrey

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Week 1 Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Do you have a sense yet where DB Jimmie Ward is as far as his availability for this game? “No, he’s limited. That’s what he’ll be today. We’ll see what he is the next day. Once he can string together a few good days in a row is when…

September 6, 2017
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49ers unofficial depth chart for Week 1

1 The San Francisco 49ers P.R. staff just released the team’s unofficial depth chart for the season opener. Here it is: OFFENSE LWR: Pierre Garcon, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne LT: Joe Staley, John Theus LG: Zane Beadles, Laken Tomlinson C: Daniel Kilgore RG: Brandon Fusco, Erik Magnuson RT: Trent Brown, Garry Gilliam TE: George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen RWR: Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, Victor Bolden Jr. RB: Carlos Hyde,…

September 5, 2017
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49ers announce 2017 practice squad

1 The 49ers just announced the members of their 2017 practice squad. Here they are: WR DeAndre Carter OL JP Flynn TE Cole Hikutini CB Asa Jackson QB Nick Mullens DL Noble Nwachukwu WR DeAndre Smelter OL Darrell Williams The 49ers also will sign rookie RB Jeremy McNichols to their practice squad, according to Mike Garafolo.

September 3, 2017
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49ers claim DT Xavier Cooper from waiver wire

The 49ers have claimed defensive tackle Xavier Cooper from the waiver wire, according to Tom Pelissero. #49ers claimed DE Xavier Cooper, source said. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 3, 2017 The Cleveland Browns drafted Cooper in the third round of the 2015 draft. He had 13 sacks in three seasons at Washington State, but only 1.5 sacks in two seasons with the Browns. Cooper will be DeForest Buckner’s primary backup….

September 3, 2017
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John Lynch on Joe Williams: “That’s a tough loss.”

Here are select quotes from John Lynch’s post-roster-cuts conference call. Q: Can you take us through the Joe Williams situation? After the game, he didn’t seem to think his ankle injury was serious at all. LYNCH: Yeah, that was kind of a surprise to us, as so often is the case. Joe did get checked out, had to come out of the game. Ferg right away said, “Hey, we’ve got…

September 2, 2017
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49ers’ 2017 official 53-man roster

The 49ers just announced their final cuts. He is the official 53-man roster: QB Brian Hoyer QB C.J. Beathard RB Carlos Hyde RB Matt Breida RB Raheem Mostert FB Kyle Juszczyk TE George Kittle TE Logan Paulsen TE Garrett Celek WR Pierre Garcon WR Marquise Goodwin WR Aldrick Robinson WR Trent Taylor WR Victor Bolden Jr. WR Kendrick Bourne OL Joe Staley OL Laken Tomlinson OL Daniel Kilgore OL Brandon…

September 2, 2017
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49ers roster cuts live blog

1 This is the live blog for the roster cuts the 49ers will make Friday and Saturday. I will update this with breaking news as Niners trim their roster down to 53 players. 11:40 a.m. The 49ers cut quarterback Matt Barkley, according to Aaron Wilson. I doubt another will sign Barkley, which means the Niners probably will be able to sign him during the season if they want him. 1:50…

September 1, 2017
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