The 49ers player most needed healthy in 2022

Several players on the 49ers roster need to bounce back and have an impactful year for San Francisco to have a successful season. Names such as Javon Kinlaw, Trey Sermon, Tarvarius Moore, and Jeff Wilson Jr are a few that come to mind right away. However, another player’s return from injury will have a more significant impact. This offseason, San Francisco lost two starters along the offensive line in left…

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Which 49ers offensive player will jump out in 2022?

Coming off a season that saw them rank seventh in yards and 13th in points scored, the 49ers offense is undergoing a bit of a transition in 2022. Trey Lance is slated to replace Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, and there will be at least two new starters along the offensive line. The most critical piece to improving the offensive scoring output will be the performance of Lance. Quarterback is the…

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Why the 49ers offensive line will be better in 2022

One area of focus with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason has been the state of their offensive line. The team lost left guard Laken Tomlinson to the New York Jets during free agency, and center Alex Mack retired. In addition, right tackle Mike McGlinchey is working his way back after suffering a torn quad tendon during a week eight loss to Arizona. Needing to replace at least two starting…

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Why Nick Bosa is the 49ers most important defensive player

Football is the ultimate team game. It takes all eleven players on the field to do their job correctly for a play to be successful. While this is true, having great players can help open opportunities by creating favorable matchups. The effect of great players shows up in all aspects of the game, especially on the defensive side of the ball. None of what you just read is meant to…

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What Arik Armstead said about Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance

When 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday morning, the veteran had some interesting comments about the quarterback situation in San Francisco. Here is what he said regarding the criticism Jimmy Garoppolo has dealt with during his time in San Francisco. “I think we’ve been close to the top of the mountain sometimes, and I feel that when you don’t win the Super Bowl, people…

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The top 5 coaches in 49ers history

The 49ers have a long and storied history. Since 1979, they have reached the playoffs 23 times, won 17 NFC West championships, played in 15 NFC Championship games, and played in seven Super Bowls, winning five. Over that time, the team has employed a total of 10 head coaches. Here’s my list of the top five 49ers head coaches since 1979. 5. Steve Mariucci – Mariucci coached 103 games in San…

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49ers Mailbag: Was Brandon Aiyuk struggling?

The 49ers may be off for summer vacation, but discussions of the team’s prospects for 2022 will continue. With the team canceling the final day of minicamp, there was time to finally get around to opening the mail. The 49ers Faithful came strong with a number of questions about the state of the offensive line and secondary, along with player-specific questions. Let’s take a look.  What position group or groups…

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Trey Lance holds key to 49ers success in 2022

Ask almost anyone what they see as the biggest question facing the 49ers is for 2022, and most will tell you the interior of the offensive line. San Francisco is going through a rebuild upfront, Laken Tomlinson left in free agency, Alex Mack retired, and Mike McGlinchey’s status is up in the air as he looks to return from a torn quad tendon. At first glance, this makes total sense….

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Five takeaways from 49ers OTAs and mini-camp

The San Francisco 49ers have canceled their final week of OTA practices, which means the next time the team convenes in Santa Clara will come in late July for the start of training camp.  Here are the top five takeaways from the 49ers offseason workouts as they head into their summer vacation. 1. Health San Francisco has dealt with injuries throughout Kyle Shanahan’s tenure. The best news for the 49ers…

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Early impressions of 49ers 2022 draft class

The 49ers used all nine of their selections during the NFL draft. Over the last four weeks, they have held five practices open to the media. While we are still early in the process, here are my first impressions of San Francisco’s 2022 draft class.    Drake Jackson   Jackson’s athleticism jumps out during individual work. During these portions of practice, he is able to show off his bend and…

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Observations from day two of 49ers mini-camp

The 49ers held day two of their mandatory three-day mini-camp Wednesday afternoon. Here is what stood out. The defense It was a strong day for the 49ers defense. Their deep defensive line put constant pressure on the quarterback and forced two interceptions. Kerry Hyder  Hyder recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks with San Francisco in 2020. After spending last year in Seattle, Hyder returned to the 49ers this offseason. On Wednesday,…

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Observations from day one of 49ers mini-camp

The 49ers held began their mandatory three day mini-camp Tuesday afternoon. Here is what stood out. Deebo Samuel Despite still not having a new deal in place, the veteran wide receiver made his first appearance at 49ers practice this offseason. Samuel did not participate in any drills with the team, instead doing light work on the side. Nick Bosa Bosa made his first appearance of the offseason and went through…

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49ers defenders praising Trey Lance

Who would know how tough it is to defend Trey Lance than the 49ers defense? Kyle Shanahan told reporters late in 2021 that December had been Lance’s best consecutive four weeks of practice since joining the 49ers, and the defensive coaches and players would all say the same. Later that day, Fred Warner was asked about what he’d seen from Lance over the latter part of the 2021 season. “I…

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49ers center Alex Mack to retire

The San Francisco 49ers will have a new center in 2022. As first reported by Michael Silver of Bally Sports, 13-year veteran Alex Mack has chosen to retire.  Seven-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack is retiring after 13 seasons. The former Browns, Falcons and 49ers standout was one of the top linemen of his era. @BallySports @49ers — Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 2, 2022 Mack started his career in Cleveland,…

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Observations from Day 6 of 49ers OTAs

The 49ers held their sixth practice of OTAs Wednesday afternoon. Today will be the only session of three this week to be open to the media. Here is what stood out. Ray-Ray McCloud The free-agent acquisition from Pittsburgh had a busy day on Wednesday. McCloud’s five targets were the most of any receiver, and he hauled in four of them. The one ball McCloud did not bring in was through…

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49ers Mailbag; Can Mike McGlinchey earn a second contract from San Francisco?

The 49ers are in the middle of their offseason training program. They held their first OTA practice, which was open to the media last week, and the media will be on hand for Wednesday’s practice this week. In this week’s mailbag, 49ers fans primarily focused their questions on the offensive line and possible contract extensions for a couple of veteran players; however, they also wondered what caused the early season…

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Darqueze Dennard is exceeding expectations

People are sleeping on Darqueze Dennard.   If you are like most 49ers fans, the first thought that went through your mind after reading that sentence was, “who?”.   San Francisco had a hole to fill in their secondary after losing slot cornerback K’Wauan Williams to the Denver Broncos in free agency.   When the 49ers defense took the field during the first OTA practice open to the media on…

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What Jimmie Ward sees in Talanoa Hufanga

Jimmie Ward is the senior-most member of the 49ers secondary. With Jaquiski Tartt not returning to San Francisco this season, it will be on Ward to take on a mentorship role with second-year safety Talanoa Hufanga. It’s a role that Ward has embraced. “I realize what’s real, and what’s real is right now I have more experience,” said Ward after OTA practice Tuesday afternoon. “So, if I can catch him…

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Who will start at center for 49ers if Alex Mack retires?

Every team faces roster turnover to some degree from one season to the next. In San Francisco, the losses of left guard Laken Tomlinson to free agency and possibly center Alex Mack, who was pondering retirement at the end of the season, have created uncertainty around the 49ers offensive line. The uncertainty in the middle has led many to question the 49ers offensive line strength for 2022. The status of…

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Observations from Day 2 of 49ers OTAs

The 49ers held their second practice of OTAs Tuesday afternoon. This will be the only session of three this week to be open to the media. Here is what stood out. Players not participating Deebo Samuel, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Alex Mack were not expected to be on hand.  In addition to those three, the following players were not on the field today: George Kittle, Javon Kinlaw, Mike McGlinchey, Nick Bosa,…

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