49ers training camp bubble watch: Adrian Colbert

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With training camp approaching at the end of July, we’re taking a look at the 49ers that may find themselves in a fight to make the final 53-man roster. The 49ers’ transition to a 4-3 defense will usher in a new pair of starting cornerbacks this season. Starter from 2016 Tramaine Brock was released and Jimmie Ward is converting to free safety. …

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Golden Nuggets: Waiting for 49ers training camp

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet. Good morning, everyone! Whoever does the Golden Nuggets usually on this day is unavailable so you get more of me, which sucks for you but hey, you can deal with it. The San Francisco 49ers are waiting until training camp can get underway proper, which means there isn’t a whole lot happening right now on the news front. There are a lot of new pieces …

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49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Joshua Garnett

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Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today we move on to offesive guard Joshua Garnett Each year, we run a series of post called “90-in-90” here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we’ll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will …

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Pro Football Focus predicts 49ers record for 2017

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There’s a breeze of optimism swirling around Santa Clara these days with the 49ers going through an eventful transition to the Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch era after three drama-filled seasons. No, San Francisco isn’t expected to make a playoff push in the power duo’s first year. But Lynch and Shanahan are laying the foundation for a …

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Ranking top-25 49ers: No. 19 Joshua Garnett

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Before the start of training camp at the end of July, we’ll rank the top 25 49ers based on production at their position, physical attributes, upside and expected impact in 2017. No. 19: Joshua Garnett, OL The 49ers before 2016 badly needed help along the interior of the offensive line after Jordan Devey and Andrew Tiller proved ineffective at right guard. Chip Kelly was going to install an offense dependent on the running game, and the inside zone, requiring the 49ers to be better between the …

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Ranking top-25 49ers: No. 18 Brian Hoyer

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Before the start of training camp at the end of July, we’ll rank the top 25 49ers based on production at their position, physical attributes, upside and expected impact in 2017. No. 18: Brian Hoyer, QB Much of the talk surrounding the 49ers this offseason has been about their lack of a long-term option at quarterback. New coach Kyle Shanahan hand-picked his starter for his first season, opting for veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer on an affordable two-year, $ 12-million contract in free agency, …

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49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Vance McDonald

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Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today we move on to tight end Vance McDonald. Each year, we run a series of post called “90-in-90” here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we’ll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and …

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Mike Shanahan is always at 49ers practices — good thing or not?

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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 and his son. Is his presence good or bad? Click here to read my Saturday column. Inside the 49ers …

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49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: Zane Beadles

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Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today we move on to guard Zane Beadles. Each year, we run a series of post called “90-in-90” here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we’ll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days …

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49ers Twitter Mailbag: Out with the old? Tight ends? New receivers? More!

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The slowest portion of the offseason is officially here. We’re in a holding pattern after the 49ers concluded mandatory minicamp last week before the start of training camp the last weekend of July. Vacation time will be coming hot and heavy in the coming weeks. But before all that, your questions! Have Harold/Watson looked good enough at SAM to threaten Brooks' roster spot? — Brian M (@AFNinerFan) June 23, 2017 Eli Harold’s coming off surgery over the winter to repair …

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One analyst thinks giving NaVorro Bowman a meaningful role is ‘unnecessary risk’ for 49ers

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It’s hard to view anything as unnecessarily risky at this stage in the 49ers rebuilding process. The San Francisco 49ers are overhauling their defense, both in terms of personnel and scheme, but there is a lot of optimism about the group. The team has invested considerable assets in the defensive line, landing a potentially game-changing linebacker at the back end of the the third round, and has some intriguing options in the secondary. One person thinks the linebacker depth chart …

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Football Outsiders says 49ers fielded 5 of best teams of last 30 years

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Football Outsiders is among the best resources for detailed analytics breaking down the NFL. They pioneered a metric called DVOA, which, in short, “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” You can read more about DVOA here. Using DVOA, Football Outsiders for ESPN this week ranked the best 30 teams of the last 30 years, with five 49ers teams getting recognized. No team showed up on the list …

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