49ers 31, Vikings 32: Grades

Here are the grades for the 49ers’ 32-31 preseason loss to the Vikings. QUARTERBACKS: B-plus. Brian Hoyer played very well against a defense that ranked third out of 32 teams last season. He threw a perfect 46-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field to a wide open Marquise Goodwin, and threw another perfect touchdown pass over the middle to Carlos Hyde. The throw to Hyde was even more…

August 27, 2017
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49ers-Vikings post-game report

Stay tuned for my game grades, which I will post shortly. In the meantime, check out my Periscope post-game report below. #49ers post-game report. https://t.co/4IPe1MPhR7 — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 28, 2017

August 27, 2017
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49ers @ Vikings live blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers’ “dress rehearsal” preseason road game against Vikings. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room. 4:48 DT DeForest Buckner and DE Aaron Lynch are wearing uniforms and probably will play tonight. FS Jimmie Ward and CB Will Redmond are wearing street clothes and will not play tonight. 5:05 Jaquiski Tartt is starting at free safety instead of…

August 27, 2017
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49ers will show a lot of their cards in third preseason game

SANTA CLARA Sunday afternoon, the 49ers will play their third preseason game, which football coaches call “the dress rehearsal.” It’s a dry run for the regular season opener. The 49ers will treat this exhibition as if it’s a real game. Coaches will game plan for the Minnesota Vikings, starters will play the entire first half and substitutes will enter the game for specific plays in specific situations just like during…

August 25, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan on Ahmad Brooks: “We know there’s a lot of teams that will be interested in him.”

SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What went into the decision to release LB Ahmad Brooks right now? “Doing it right now is more just in the best interest for Ahmad. It’s a real tough decision. [General Manager] John [Lynch] and I had gone back and forth with it the last few days. Once we really came to…

August 25, 2017
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49ers release Ahmad Brooks

The 49ers just announced they have released veteran outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Here’s a statement from general manager John Lynch: “We would like to thank Ahmad for his nine years of service and contributions to the 49ers. In that time, he played a significant role on some formidable defensive units that helped this team achieve great success. We feel good about the depth and competition along our defensive front and…

August 25, 2017
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Jimmie Ward on his new position: “Psshhh, I can play sideline to sideline. It’s fantastic.”

SANTA CLARA Jimmie Ward spoke to a group of reporters in the 49ers locker room Thursday afternoon. Here’s a transcript. Q: Do you feel like your hamstring is 100-percent healthy? WARD: Just about. Just gotta keep going out there and pushing it to see how far I can get by the time the end of the week comes. Q: What was it like for you being out and having to…

August 24, 2017
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Robert Saleh on NaVorro Bowman: “He has no deficiencies.”

SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Robert Saleh’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department   How was DB Jimmie Ward’s first day back on the practice field? “It was good. Get him out there working. It was good to see him. He moves around just like he was moving around just like he did in OTAs.”   What was his workload? “It was individual. Going through, just…

August 24, 2017
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Hoyer: ‘Teams don’t really know necessarily how we’re going to play.’

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Brian Hoyer’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What did you do for those three days that you’re not out on the field practicing? “Yeah, well we came in, what did I do?”   Yeah, what did you do? “This was kind of unique because we wanted to get on our normal week schedule. So, instead of having our…

August 23, 2017
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Shanahan: ‘I’ve been happy with Carlos (Hyde)’s reps in the preseason. I definitely want to do better.’

SANTA CLARA Here’s the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department   You guys signed a veteran defensive lineman today. What was the thought process behind adding DL Sen’Derrick Marks? “We just wanted more competition inside. I’ve played against Sen’Derrick a number of times over the years. He’s been a good player for a while. We wanted to see where he was at now,…

August 23, 2017
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49ers sign DT Sen’Derrick Marks

The San Francisco 49ers just announced they’ve signed veteran defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks. Marks (30) is a former second-round pick of the Tennessee Titans. The past four seasons he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked with current 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Marks has started 61 games during his NFL career, but has started just three games the past two seasons. Why do you think the 49ers are…

August 23, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan: ‘We’re doing everything the exact same way this week as we will Week 1.’

1 Here is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Sunday conference call, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   First question, anything going on with DB Jimmie Ward? Do you expect him back when you guys return to practice? “Yeah, we’re going to put him through again, we put him through a hard workout last week, tomorrow we’re going to have our DB coach [defensive backs coach] Jeff Hafley go out there and…

August 20, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan: ‘We had a number of deep balls called yesterday.’

Kyle Shanahan just gave his Sunday conference call, and I will post the full transcript shortly. In the meantime, here’s the question I asked, followed by his response. What’s your take on what he said? ME: “Kyle, we’ve seen Brian Hoyer throw a lot of deep passes in training camp. Why haven’t we seen him throw one in either preseason game? Don’t you want to develop a relationship between the…

August 20, 2017
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49ers-Broncos film review

This morning I re-watched the 49ers-Broncos game, and I have some more thoughts about it. You can check them out below. 49ers-Broncos film review https://t.co/nZfaWknsYm — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017
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49ers 14, Broncos 33: Grades

SANTA CLARA Here are the grades for the 49ers’ 33-14 preseason loss to the Broncos. QUARTERBACKS: C. Brian Hoyer committed two turnovers, and his passer rating was a miniscule 58.5. But he actually didn’t play bad. He completed 8 of 11 passes (73 percent), which is extremely efficient considering he didn’t have a running game (more on that below). Hoyer was the engine of the offense. Of his three incomplete…

August 20, 2017
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49ers-Broncos post-game recap

SANTA CLARA Stay tuned for my grades, which I will post shortly. In the mean time, check out my post-game Periscope recap below. Sorry for the poor video quality. My phone must have gotten disconnected from the stadium’s wifi. I’m still working out the kinks. This is preseason for me, too. 49ers-Broncos post game recap https://t.co/Fkgw23m8oo — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 20, 2017

August 19, 2017
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49ers vs. Broncos preseason live blog

1 SANTA CLARA This is the live blog for the 49ers preseason game against the Broncos. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box. 5:22 While we’re waiting for the game to start, check out this video of Michael Lombardi picking his sleeper team in the NFC. Tell me if his points sound familiar to you. .@mlombardiNFL of the @Ringer makes a SURPRISING pick out…

August 19, 2017
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49ers training-camp report: Reuben Foster’s shoulder ‘will never be good as new.’

1 SANTA CLARA This is what stood out to me during the 49ers-Broncos joint practice Thursday morning. Disclaimer: Yesterday I focused on the 49ers offense, so today I focused on their defense. It was impossible to focus on both at the same time because they were playing on different fields. THE ALARMING 1. LB Reuben Foster. The 49ers held Foster out of 11-on-11 team drills because he sprained the AC…

August 17, 2017
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49ers-Broncos joint-practice recap: Day 2

1 Stay tuned for my pull practice report, which I will post shortly. In the meantime, check out my video recaps below. 49ers-Broncos practice recap, and analysis of Reuben Foster’s injury. https://t.co/B0VhEjtJtq — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 17, 2017 49ers-Broncos practice recap part 2 https://t.co/XGWCCofP4O — Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017
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