Carlos Hyde a great fit for most NFL teams, but not the 49ers

1 By my count, Carlos Hyde could start for at least 19 NFL teams next season. He’s that good. But, are the 49ers one of those 19 teams? You’d think the answer would be yes simply because the Niners lack talent and Hyde is one of the few quality players they have on offense. But this is a tricky question. The Niners will have a new offensive system next season…

June 29, 2017
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Giants thought they had talent to win, and they were wrong

1 Do not cry for the Giants. They’re not victims. They’re not suffering from bad luck. They’re not a quality team that’s underperforming. They’re not a left fielder or a third baseman or a starting pitcher away from being good. They’re not the second-worst team in the MLB just because Madison Bumgarner fell off a motorcycle and injured his shoulder. They’re not a few free-agent signings away from bouncing back…

June 27, 2017
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Flag football featuring Terrell Owens, Michael Vick and Jeff Garcia starts Tuesday in San Jose

The brand new American Flag Football League will have its first game Tuesday night at 6:30 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, and will feature a team with Terrell Owens against a team with Michael Vick while Jeff Garcia does color commentary. When I heard this news, I thought three things: This game would be more interesting if it were Team Owens facing Team Garcia instead of Team Vick. Garcia…

June 26, 2017
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Mike Shanahan is always at 49ers practices — good thing or not?

The head coach’s father stands below the goal posts in the end zone and watches the 49ers practice from a distance. There he is almost every day when the 49ers run drills. He wears a blue polo shirt, khaki shorts and black sandals. He doesn’t talk to anyone or take notes. He stands by himself, stoic, arms folded across his chest as he studies the players and the assistant coaches…

June 23, 2017
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Colin Kaepernick says U.S. justice system should be dismantled, compares police to slave patrol

1 This is a few days old, but I’ll post it anyway. Just after the policeman who shot Philando Castille was found not guilty on June 16, Colin Kaepernick posted the following tweet: A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled! pic.twitter.com/BVVPVZIQyD — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 16, 2017 I understand Kaepernick’s anger — the killing of…

June 21, 2017
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Five 49ers perched at make-or-break for their careers

Five 49ers perched at make-or-break for their careers: For some players, training camp is a nuisance they have to endure without getting hurt. For other players, it’s the last chance to fight for a job. This is about the “other” players fighting for a job. These are the five 49ers with the most to lose during training camp. 1. CARLOS HYDE Hyde will be a free agent after next season,…

June 20, 2017
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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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