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Big, Big News for 49ersHive!

We have finally made it to the NFL Opening Day! While we waited together for what seemed like an eternity, you guys were so much more supportive than what I had originally anticipated. All of that support allowed me to even take on a team of writers, whom I’ve also become really good friends with in the following months. As most of you already know, all of us here are extremely committed to bringing the 49ers Faithful nothing but the best content every single time we put something out.

Well, the way we felt we could bring you guys the best 49ers content available was to merge with NothingButNiners! That’s right, both teams will from now on be working as one! You may have some questions, so I’ll try to answer as many as I can think of here but feel free to tweet at us if your questions aren’t answered.

  • What does this mean for 49ersHive? Will it just cease to exist?

Not at all! The only difference you will see is all of our content will now be published over on the NothingButNiners site! The 49ersHive WordPress will stay up, but no new articles will be published on here, so make sure you give NB9ers a follow and check the site out regularly!

  • When is this merger taking place?

Today! That’s right, the start of the season! We couldn’t think of a better time than Opening Day to expand our own rosters.

  • Is it permanent?

Yes! From here on out, we will be operating as one team – NothingButNiners!

  • Can I still tweet at you and expct a response from the 49ersHive account?

Of course! All of the 49ersHive accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) will still be up and running! We will still continue to be active on social media and interact with you all as we have been.

  • What can we expect moving forward?

You can expect a team striving to give you all nothing but the best content over at NB9ers (see what I did there). Whether it’s articles, podcasts, round table discussions on YouTube, you’ll find it all there!


 

More than anything, we really wanted to thank all of you, from the bottom of our hearts for all of the continued support we’ve received from the start! I never imagined we’d get such a warm welcoming, but you guys gave us just that and never stopped. We can only hope we’ll continue to receive the same unconditional support as we continue with our journeys over at NB9ers. Thank you all for taking the time to read this and most importantly, Go Niners!

#NB9ersHive

 

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Breaking Down the 49ers Complete Roster & Depth Chart for Week 1

By: Matt Llewllyn (@Atax1s)img_1386-1

Final Edit: @Zachhernan

 

As week 1 approaches, the 49ers have officially finalized their roster. Let’s take a look at the players that will take the field against the Carolina Panthers, and also breakdown the offensive and defensive strengths, weaknesses and question marks.


OFFENSE

hoyer

 

QUARTERBACK:

Brian Hoyer, CJ Beathard

RUNNING BACK:

Carlos Hyde, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert

FULLBACK/OFFENSIVE WEAPON:

Kyle Juszcyk

WIDE RECEIVER:

Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, Trent Taylor, Victor Bolden JR and Kendrick Bourne

TIGHT END:

George Kittle, Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen

OFFENSIVE LINE:

Joe Staley, Zane Beadles, Daniel Kilgore, Laken Tomlinson, Brandon Fusco, John Theus, Garry Gilliam and Erik Magnuson

OFFENSIVE STRENGTHS:

The real strength in the offense will be in the coaching. Kyle Shanahan is the best offensive mind in all of football, hands down. He should lead this team to improve significantly upon one of the worst offenses of all time in 2016.

Kyle Juszcyk should get a lot of work as an offensive-weapon for the 49ers. He can catch passes out of the backfield and should be in for a large role in goal-line scenarios.

The wide receiving corps for this year’s 49ers should be one of the fastest overall units in the league. Pierre Garçon will be an absolute chain-mover for SF, as was evident in week 3 of the preseason vs the Vikings.

OFFENSIVE WEAKNESSES:

The interior offensive line is a complete mess. Throughout the preseason, too much pressure was allowed in the middle of the line. Improvement is a must in order to be able to consistently run the rock the way Shanahan prefers.

Quarterback remains a weakness for the 49ers, at least until Hoyer can prove otherwise. Hoyer should be a more traditional player at the position than Kaepernick, but he’s still career-journeyman and a stop-gap until the team finds a franchise guy.

Rookie CJ Beathard preformed better than most expected him to in the preseason, but he remains far from ready to start meaningful games. The decision to cut Matt Barkley could possibly come back to haunt the 49ers if Hoyer’s injury history catches up to him yet again in 2017.

QUESTION MARKS:

  • Will Carlos Hyde finally put together a healthy season and top 1,000 rushing yards in the final year of his rookie contract?
  • Will rookie George Kittle emerge as the future at tight end for the 49ers?
  • Is this the year Joe Staley starts to truly regress at left tackle?

DEFENSE

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DEFENSIVE LINE:

DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, Earl Mitchell, DJ Jones, Xavier Cooper and Tank Carradine

LINEBACKER:

NaVorro Bowman, Reuben Foster, Aaron Lynch, Eli Harold, Elvis Dumervil, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Dekoda Watson, Pita Taumoepenu and Brock Coyle

SECONDARY:

Jimmie Ward, Ahkello Witherspoon, Rashard Robinson, Eric Reid, Adrian Colbert, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, K’Waun Williams, Lorenzo Jerome and Jaquiski Tartt

DEFENSIVE STRENGTHS:

The defensive line is loaded with 1st-round talent. Arik Armstead has slimmed down and looks to be a force in the trenches. DeForest Buckner was one of the breakout rookies of 2016, and was the most consistent presence for the 49ers defense last season. Solomon Thomas has the potential to win Defensive Rookie of the Year and should be an instant contributor.

The linebacking corps has talent. Reuben Foster looks to be fully recovered from his shoulder injury, and any character concerns have yet to surface. NaVorro Bowman claimed he is still the best linebacker in the NFL. He’s not dropping back into coverage as much (Robert Saleh is instead employing a 6th DB on passing downs) but remains fierce against the run. If he has recovered from his achillies injury, look for the MON5T3R to return to All-Pro form in 2017.

DEFENSIVE WEAKNESSES:

The secondary is young and largely unproven. Jimmie Ward has moved to Safety, Eric Reid is now playing in the box more (and looking like it was a move that should’ve happened from the start) and the top corner, Rashard Robinson, has had both good and bad moments during the preseason.

QUESTION MARKS:

  • Can the 49ers defense go from one of the worst in the league to the top 15?
  • Can Ward and Reid stay healthy for a full season?
  • Will rookie Ahkello Witherspoon be an impact player in the secondary?

SPECIAL TEAMS

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KICKER:

Robbie Gould

PUNTER:

Bradley Pinion

LONG SNAPPER:

Kyle Nelson


INJURED/RESERVE

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Ronald Blair III, Aaron Burbridge, Joshua Garnett, Jimmie Gilbert, Prince Charles Iworah, Chanceller James, BJ Johnson, Chris Jones, Donavin Newsom, Will Redmond, Malcom Smith and Joe Williams

Notes:

Garnett will be unable to return from IR this season. This further damages an already suspect interior offensive line.

Joe Williams had hot and cold moments in the preseason, but was eventually beat out by UDFA Matt Breida. His inclusion on IR is more like a red shirt than a true season-ending injury.


PRACTICE SQUAD

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Ben Boulware, DeAndre Carter, JP Flynn, Cole Hikutini, Asa Jackson, Jeremy McNichols. Nick Mullens, Noble Nwachukwu, DeAndre Smelter and Darrell Williams Jr.

Notes:

Should any of the tight ends suffer a serious injury, look for UDFA Cole Hikutini to be signed from the practice squad. The 49ers gave him the maximum amount of money to lure him away from other teams.

Jeremy McNichols is an interesting signing from Tampa Bay. He could be playing to save his career.

Nick Mullens is the de-facto emergency quarterback, should Hoyer sustain an injury.


The 49ers have turned over much of the roster from 2016. With an influx of new talent, new leadership from John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers should easily top the 2-14 record that they finished with last season. Look for them to ultimately finish the season 4-12 or 6-10 range. While the playoffs may still be a year or two away, this will be the most fun 49ers season in the post-Harbaugh era.


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49ers Roster Moves (Up to the Moment)

By: Zach Hernandez (@Zachhernanimg_1386-1

After the 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in their final preseason match up, surely only one thing was on the minds of the majority of the players: did I preform well enough to earn a spot on the final 53-man roster? Unfortunately for many, the answer will be no and their journey in the NFL stops here. The roster, which stood at 88 after Thursday night’s match up, will need to be trimmed down to 53 by Saturday afternoon. I’ll also keep an on-going list of the practice squad, as it starts to shape up.

Without further ado, let’s get to the players that have already been cut by San Francisco. I will continue to update this list as more are announced as well as an updated time stamp after the last one.


Released:

Last Update: 9:02 PM PST (9/4/2017)
  1. WR DeAndre Smelter
  2. DL Noble Nwachukwu
  3. QB Nick Mullens
  4. WR DeAndre Carter
  5. LB Austin Calitro
  6. TE Cole Hikutini
  7. DL Sen’Derrick Marks
  8. OT Darrell Williams
  9. TE Blake Bell
  10. WR Jeremy Kerley
  11. DL Chris Jones
  12. DL Quinton Dial
  13. CB Will Redmond
  14. CB Prince Charles Iworah
  15. C Tim Barnes
  16. RB Tim Hightower
  17. DL Leger Douzable
  18. OL Andrew Gardner
  19. WR Louis Murphy
  20. OL Andrew Lauderdale
  21. WR Tim Patrick
  22. OL Norman Price
  23. K Nick Rose
  24. CB Will Davis
  25. S Vinnie Sunseri
  26. RB Kapri Bibbs
  27. FB Tyler McCloskey
  28. LB Shayne Skov
  29. QB Matt Barkley

Placed on Injured/Reserve:

  1. DL Ronald Blair
  2. OG Joshua Garnett
  3. RB Joe Williams
  4. WR Aaron Burbridge
  5. DL Chris Jones
  6. WR BJ Johnson
  7. DB Don Jones

Practice Squad:

  1. OL JP Flynn
  2. RB Jeremy McNichols
  3. QB Nick Mullens
  4. DL Noble Nwachukwu
  5. OL Darrell Williams
  6. TE Cole Hikutini
  7. WR DeAndre Smelter
  8. WR DeAndre Carter
  9. CB Asa Jackson
  10. LB Ben Boulware

The 49ers had until 1PM PST on Saturday (09/02/2017) to get the roster to 53 men. All of us here at 49ersHive wish nothing but the best to all of those who were released by the team today.


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What to Look For: 49ers vs Broncos 

By: Stefan Krüger (@jav95_)

Final Edit: (@Zachhernan)



Eight days after the first preseason game of the year, the 49ers host the Denver Broncos on Saturday. Here are the things I will be keeping an eye on…

1. Brian Hoyer: 


Let’s face it, Hoyer did not play much and the limited number of snaps he saw were not exactly great. Maybe he can flip the switch in this game and lead a couple drives down the field and generate some points. We also have yet to see the reportedly great connection to Marquise Goodwin. Look out for some more deep passes

2. Reuben Foster: 


Foster suffered a mild AC joint sprain on his surgically repaired shoulder this week. Shanahan envisioned him playing this game, so it appears to be a minor issue. However, it is a bit concerning that the injury affects the shoulder that made all the teams shy away from him in the draft. As outsiders, we don’t know if those two things correlate. Game action will show if he is compromised in any way.

3. Solomon Thomas: 


Thomas had a great outing last week. He was all over the field last week, making plays and saw by far the most number of snaps of any 49er, probably to give him some more practice since he missed all OTAs due to the Stanford graduation system. He will get another chance this week to show off his play-making ability.

4. Dontae Johnson, George Kittle:


Both player missed last week due to injuries, a concussion and a hamstring injury, respectively. Both have good chances of becoming starters for the 2017 season, so preseason action will be crucial. Johnson will face some great receivers, Kittle a fantastic cover defense. It will be interesting to see how they stack up against some of the best the NFL has to offer.

5. Trent Brown: 


Brown received high praise this week. Von Miller, the Broncos feared pass rusher, claimed Brown is the best right tackle in the league. This came after he had already had high praise for him last year. I personally think Brown has ways to go, especially in run blocking, before he can compete for that title, but he definitely has all the tools and only goes into his second year as a starter. This game will be a great test for Brown.

6. Shanahan’s use of running backs (h/t @SoLockedIn):


In the first game against the Kansas City Chiefs I was looking out for two rookie running backs, UDFA Matt Breida and 4th round pick Joe Williams. I anticipated both playing a similar role, stretching the offense horizontally. However, Breida saw most action between the tackles (9 of 11 runs) and Williams outside the tackles (6 of 8), per PFF. Both had a strong outing. We will see whether Shanahan changes anything in the way he uses these two running backs.

7. Energy:


I might be the only one, but I missed some energy on the field last week, especially form the starters and 2nd string players. This week of practice showed, though, that the energy in general is there, proved by several fights that broke out during the joint practices with the Broncos. Hopefully that energy translates to the game on Saturday.

8. The Stadium: 


The new 49ers regime wasted no time this offseason. They received thousands of suggestions of how to improve the fan experience in Levi’s Stadium and they listened. It was decorated with lots of new flags and banners, received a Ring of Honor and should just feel more like home this year. Even as a fan forced to watch everything from home I never had the feeling we had that homefield advantage, everything looked so sterile. With all the additions and changes the fans attending should get a completely different feeling.

 

This is my short, top-of-the-head list of things I’m excited to see against the Broncos. What is yours? Let me know on Twitter (@jav95_).

New Year, New Team, New Look

By: Zach Hernandez (@Zachhernan)

The 49ers have continued with their complete makeover of the entire franchise. Unlike previous years when Owner/CEO Jed York essentially bought a can of Fix-a-Flat when in reality the car needed an entirely new engine, the 49ers appear completely committed to this rebuild on all fronts. When the team hosted its Open Practice, the new decor was on full display for all of the Faithful making their way in to enjoy. 

 

The 49ers also announced their plans to add a Ring of Honor to commemorate their lucrative, Lombardi-filled history. Along with their five Super Bowl wins, the 49ers will also recognize 26 players, coaches, and executives. Also, this season legendary fullback Tom Rathman will inducted into the Ring of Honor as well. 

All of these visual changes are a beautiful sight to see. It shows the new regime trying to not only connect to the fan base, but also helping former 49ers greats feel right at home at Levi’s Stadium. 

The team also announced the presence of HOF’ers Jerry Rice and Steve Yound were at practice Monday (08/14/2017) and even participated themselves in a few drills. 

 
The new visuals up at Levi’s look fantastic if you ask me. 

It looked like the perfect place for something magical like this to happen. 

All in all, I know I’m not the only one who is loving the new appearance of Levi’s Stadium. Having 49ers greats such as Jerry Rice and Steve Young is great for not only the fans, but the team as well. They get to learn under and practice with some of the greatest to ever play the game. The banners and player photos (current and previous) are doing a great job of making the 49ers’ new house finally feel like a home. I can’t wait to get this season started and hopefully get some new good memories to add to Levi’s Stadium. 

The Buzz: Quick Recap – 49ers At Chiefs 

By: Zach Hernandez (@Zachhernan)



Preview:

Heading into preseason week 1, there were (as with any team) a number of major questions surrounding the 49ers – Is Hoyer a QB1? How will the bevy of undrafted free agents preform on their first outing? Also after Kyle Shanahan revealed shortly before gameday that the starters would only play about a quarter or so, how will the 1’s look in action?

Game Notes:


  • While the 49ers starters didn’t impress by any means (specifically on offense), the team was still able to get out of Kansas City with the win! Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer finished the night 1/4, 3 yards – not the outing you’d hope for if you’re trying to prove yourself a starter. Granted, Hoyer did connect with WR Jeremy Kerley for a 15-yard pass, but it was called back. 
  • Rashard Robinson was all over the place Friday night, as Tyreek Hill flew by him on the very first play for a 32-yard gain. Later in that same drive, Robinson missed a tackle that would hold the Chiefs to a field goal instead of the consequential touchdown. The next drive, again Robinson was beat by Chris Conley for another 30 or so yards gain. 
  • However, Robinson was determined to end the night on a good note. He was able to intercept a pass and return it 30 yards, giving SF tremendous field position.
  • It was a great night for the 49ers rookie class, including the undrafted free-agents. FS Lorenzo Jerome earned the starting spot over veteran Vinnie Sunseri after an injury kept Jimmie Ward out of the game. Jerome shined for the 49ers and finished the game with three tackles. 
  • Fellow rookie Reuben Foster earned the start next to the heart and soul of the team – NaVorro Bowman and played almost the entire first half. Foster nearly came away with a highlight-reel interception, but the ball ricocheted out of his arms. Foster finished the game with two tackles. 
  • The 49ers first, first-round pick Solomon Thomas was certainly a sight to see Friday night, putting on quite the show for the Faithful. He was disruptive the entire night, and Thomas surely was more than a handful for the Chiefs offensive linemen. He played late into the fourth quarter. 
  • Rookie WR Trent Taylor was electrifying in his NFL debut. 
  • Matt Barkley was able to come in and provide the 49ers wih a spark offensively. He quickly connected with newly-acquired WR Aldrick Robinson for a 63-yard gain. They would connect again later for a tounchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty. Barkley finished the game 10/17, 168 yards. 
  • Rookie quarterback CJ Beathard had something to say about the team’s deficit once he entered the game. Beathard quickly connected with WR Kendrick Bourne for a 46-yard touchdown. Later, Beathard was able to successfully complete the two-point conversion after a 2-yard score to McCloskey as well. Beathard finished the game 7/11, 101 yards and two scores. 
  • Aaron Lynch’s stock rised dramatically after Friday night, as he finished with 2 sacks, a PBU, and a stuffed run. HC Kyle Shanahan made a point to praise Aaron Lynch in the post-game press conference. 
  • Flags were flying all over the place Friday night, as the 49ers totaled a whopping 17 penalties for 131 yards in total. A few of these penalties cost the team either big plays or even scores. 
  • Crowded backfield – the 49ers proved to have a plethora of capable backs in their arsenal. Although Hightower didn’t play & Hyde only had two carries for 0 yards, Williams, Breida & Mostert were more than happy to step up to the plate. Williams finished the game with 7 carries for 60 yards. Breida totaled 40 yards on 11 carries. Last but not least, newly-acquired Raheem Mostert was a sight to see, finishing the game with 89 yards on 15 carries. 

Game Tweets:
49ers Win!

Rookie WR Trent Taylor is electrifying returning a punt late in the game. 

Solomon Thomas shined brightly. 

Post-game press conference. 

Rookie QB CJ Beathard delivers a well-timed pass to WR Kendrick Bourne for a 46-yard touchdown!

All the highlights from 49ers vs. Chiefs!

49ers Senior Reporter Joe Fann points out some interesting statistics from the win. 

Rookie CJ Beathard talks about his first action in an NFL game. 

49ers General Manager John Lynch shakes the hand of every player as they walked into the locker room from the field Friday night. 

Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs

By: Stefan Krüger (@jav95_)

Final Edit: @Zachhernan




Finally! Finally, we get to see real (well, you know what I mean) football again after months of nothingness and high-octane stretching. This Friday, the 49ers play their first preseason game on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. I took the opportunity to write about some things I’m looking forward to the most.

Kyle Shanahan, the head coach:


We all know Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator. Last year he showed he is the best play-caller this league has to offer. Now that he is a head coach, though, his responsibilities expand a lot. He will still be calling plays since he is simultaneously the offensive coordinator, but additionally to that he will have to manage everything a head coach does, time management, challenges, which players to play, injuries, etc. Just this Thursday he said on KNBR that he realized he had not even named captains for the game yet. It will be interesting to see how he handles all his new duties at once.

The Starters:

Kyle Shanahan said, he would play the starters for probably the first quarter. This will give us a first extensive look at the players atop the depth chart, both on offense and defense. Who will be the first players to trot out onto the field and, more importantly, how will they perform? I, for one, will keep an eye on our weakest position groups, offensive line and cornerback. The interior of our OL looks quite messy on paper right now and our cornerbacks get constantly burned by our wide receivers. Both groups in 1v1 have a disadvantage compared to game situation, so hopefully we see much needed improvement.

Position Battles: 


There are two groups of players I cannot make a prediction for as to who makes the 53-man roster and who does not. Those groups are running back and tight end. At running back only Carlos Hyde is safe and at tight end the closest to a lock is 2017 5th round pick George Kittle. Behind that everything is constantly in flux. I would like to see guys stepping up, separating themselves from the bunch. In particular, I am excited to see TEs Cole Hikutini and Vance McDonald and RB Matt Breida.

Bottom of the Roster: 


Piggy-backing on what I just said on the position battles, I am excited to see the guys that are not talked about as much as the stars. John Lynch and Shanahan brought in over 50 new players and -to be perfectly honest- I could not name every single one from the top of my head. Maybe there are some diamonds in the rough among them? Judging from some videos of practice three wide receivers have caught my eye; DeAndre Carter, Victor Bolden Jr and Kendrick Bourne.

The Rookies: 


I have already named some of the undrafted free agent rookies and draft picks, but a lot are still missing in this preview. John Lynch received rave reviews after the draft for his selections and how he managed the other teams. Those players now get a chance to prove those reporters and analysts right. Everyone will be talking about the high draft choices Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster, but I will focus on some other guys; C.J. Beathard, Joe Williams and Adrian Colbert. Beathard and Williams were the only two controversial picks for several reasons and can show against the Chiefs that they belong. Colbert offers an intriguing skill set in the secondary and we will see whether he can put pressure on the players in front of him on the depth chart, especially since that group is one of the weaker ones.

Bonus: Patrick Mahomes: 

I know, this last one is not about the 49ers. However, before the draft I must admit I fell in love. Whether you like the QB prospect Patrick Mahomes, there is no debate about arm talent Patrick Mahomes. He is a rookie and will most likely play like one (despite having one of the best and most underrated NFL coaches in Andy Reid), but he will also make you sit in awe after airing out one of these incredibly ridiculous throws you usually see only guys like Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton or Andrew Luck make. If he makes only one of those, it will have been worth it.

I know I could list a whole lot more points, but I thought I would keep it short for a change. This new regime of John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan has given the fanbase a lot of hope and so far, they seem to have made all the right choices. This first preseason game will give us a first indication of what to expect and whether all this optimism surrounding the team is justified.

I am excited. Are you? Let me know what you are most looking forward to and what you expect from this game. Find me on Twitter & tell me what you think: @jav95_