The San Francisco 49ers are in the midst of a battle for backup quarterback. Both Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard were locked at even with only a handful of yards and a couple of completions to distinguish each other. With backup quarterbacks in the NFL going down and some starters dealing with their own injury issues, looking to the 49ers for a trade isn't out of the question. Or at least it was not. We had a discussion on which quarterback you'd trade. Both have starter experience and Nick Mullens showed some promise in his few starts of 2018. Well, that might just be us talking. Per Matt Maiocco, John Lynch says the 49ers “haven't had talks at all” on trading either quarterback. The 49ers might
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Mike Shanahan patrolled the sideline with his familiar stare as he watched his son's team practice against his former one. No way could the former head coach stay away from the Denver Broncos headquarters this weekend. For a decade, Shanahan avoided the facility where he won two Super Bowl titles before getting fired after the 2008 season. Time, though, has thawed any hard feelings. And so has golf with Broncos boss John Elway, who made it clear that Shanahan was always welcome around team headquarters. Shanahan certainly had good reason to drop by the past two days with Denver holding joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers coached by his son, Kyle. "It's great to
No matter which site you consider your go-to fantasy football source (hopefully it's this one), you'll come across the same three names at the top of the TE rankings: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle. Depending on the format, some places could rank Kittle ahead of Ertz, but these three guys are basically an impenetrable fortress at the top of cheat sheets everywhere. Kelce, Kittle and Ertz were the top-three TEs in fantasy a year ago, so it follows that they should all fit at the top of the list again. Each player did it slightly differently: Kelce relied on yards and touchdowns, Ertz was carried by targets and receptions, and Kittle had a historic season in yards after the catch.
But the 49ers didn't play Thursday. Or Friday. And they don't play Saturday or Sunday, instead having to wait until the beginning of the following week to suit up in a preseason Monday night game. But that's not all. The Niners will then turn around and play their week 3 game on Saturday, the 24th. Followed by their final preseason game just 5 days after that on a Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. Which means the 49ers will play their final three preseason games over an incredibly short span of 11 days, including road games in Denver and Kansas City. The question is, how will this affect the 49ers players and coaching staff as they work to determine their 53 man roster, while also
Dalton Del Don reveals the fantasy quarterbacks whom he prefers more or less in reflection to their respective ADPs.
It's a Thursday night just two weeks before the start of San Francisco 49ers training camp, and karaoke night at Khartoum Lounge in Campbell, California, has just taken an enormous and outlandish turn. Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey generally prefer to compete at karaoke, flying solo on stage aside from the occasional dual foray into the Backstreet Boys. The song choice is "Shallow," the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga duet (the tackles repeatedly pronounce her name "Guh-gah") made famous by the 2018 movie "A Star is Born." Staley steps into the role of Cooper, dropping his voice to set the stage for McGlinchey. "I set him up with a real low Bradley Cooper bar and then I stopped singing and I went, 'All right, blow them away,'" Staley says.
San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle is a fiery competitor who plays with near-unparalleled energy on the field. Where does he get that energy from? By doing his best impression of the Joker, of course. In a recent ESPN profile, Kittle described his affinity for the psychopathic Batman villain, and how he tries to emulate the baddie on the field. "I don't try to channel all the Joker, obviously, because he has some issues," Kittle said, before "unleashing a diabolical laugh of his own" to ESPN's Nick Wagoner. "Creating a little bit of chaos is just kind of what I try to do," he said. "I'm just trying to be the most outgoing, craziest person on the field." How crazy? Ramming-his-head-into-a
The 49ers made a change in the secondary ahead of two days of joint practices with the Broncos. Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com reports that the team has signed former Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins. He takes the roster spot of Greg Mabin, who may be headed to injured reserve after hurting his calf this week. Rollins [more]
We'll get a chance to see the real San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman Monday night against the Denver Broncos. We might see some footage from practice over the next couple of days. He has looked like his dominant self during training camp, and everyone is taking notice. George Kittle, who had some success in 2018, spoke like a fan when talking to NBC Sports' Peter King about Sherman. He mentioned how he looked up to Sherman and had plenty more to say: “His work ethic every single snap. Every snap for him is a Super Bowl rep. He's not gonna let anyone beat him on any single rep. His mindset is always that I'm the best, and nobody can beat me.” In practice last week, when the defense
Analytics has been a big part of the NFL for many years. These stats and numbers are becoming more accessible to the public, so the arguments among the football community are borderline out of control. Quarterback wins. Running backs don't matter—pass rush versus coverage. The list goes on, and on. The explanation In October of 2018, ESPN introduced a new metric called “Pass Block Win Rate,” which measures the rate at which linemen can sustain their blocks for 2.5 seconds or longer. Recently, Eric Eager of Pro Football Focus wrote an in-depth article that is worth your time that discusses how pressure and sack rate are more of a function of the quarterback than it is the offensive line. Traditional
Kendrick Bourne often dances after touchdowns and first downs. And down time. The 49ers' ever-energetic wide receiver has been seen shimmying this summer during pre-practice stretching, and between kicks during special-teams periods and, well, he's clearly the team's most enthusiastic dancer. But is he also their best? “I think I am,” Bourne said. “It's just bringing energy. I just like being that guy. Sometimes we start slow and just always being a hype man.” The hype man was the 49ers' leading man when it came to their wide receivers last year. But it's conceivable their top wideout in catches (42) and yards (487) will be a man without a job when the 49ers make their final roster cuts Aug.
The 49ers' month ahead is jam packed with business trips to start hawking their football worth. Business needs to pick up. Not only did they go 0-8 away from Levi's Stadium last season, the 49ers have lost every away game before December in each season since 2014. They landed Wednesday night in Denver for the first leg of a season's worth of travel. Ultimate destination: South Florida, for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2. If these traveling salesman are bucking for a promotion to the playoffs, they must conquer the road, and the ensuing month is filled with hotel stays, charter flights and smelly suitcases. “We talk about it a lot, just so they're aware of it, because if you don't, eventually they're
Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Rams for nine years for stlouisrams.com Previously covered University of Missouri football Member of Pro Football Writers of America Follow on Twitter It takes George Kittle a full 14 seconds to answer what seems like an easy question. Two days before the 49ers would end their offseason program this spring, the tight end is lounging in a sleeveless hoodie and athletic shorts, his feet propped on the desk of a PR staffer. One of the breakout stars of the 2018 NFL season has been riffing about his whirlwind rise to fame, his love of professional wrestling, his recent wedding and an upcoming trip to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Then, a simple question