49ers practice recap: Brian Hoyer’s efficiency on display, defense stands up vs. Broncos

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The 49ers held a fully-padded joint practice on Wednesday that was one of the most spirited of training camp. Kyle Shanahan’s team, for the only time outside of the preseason opener in Kansas City, lined up against a different opponent running different schemes. Both practice fields were in use at once, with San Francisco’s offense taking on Denver’s stout defense on the far side. The Broncos offense, with Paxton Lynch working with the first team, played against the …

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49ers training camp report: The defense punishes Carlos Hyde

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1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Friday morning. THE GOOD 1. RB Joe Williams. Yesterday, Williams gained 32 yards on four carries. Today, he gained 58 yards on six carries and had his two best runs of the offseason. Both runs came when the quarterback was under center and Williams was in an I-formation. The first run was an inside-zone play. In one fluid motion, Williams took the handoff and cut back behind the right tackle, then sprinted through the defense for a …

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49ers offense and defense built to address growing trend

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… Robert Saleh can limit the stress plays put on Bowman, his defense should see benefits. The 49ers are surely aware of this dilemma as head coach Kyle Shanahan excels at targeting linebackers in coverage. Shanahan is the best play caller in the league at creating individual matchups that favor his offense. Much of that comes from scheming to put skill position players against linebackers in coverage. One of Shanahan’s favorite concepts last year as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta …

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Ranking 49ers most important 11 players on defense

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The 49ers are dramatically remaking their last-ranked defense from 2016 as they convert to a 4-3 under new coordinator Robert Saleh. The Seahawks’ style scheme will regularly feature eight defenders in the box to allow for the front seven to attack single gaps. It’s a far more aggressive style than the club played in recent seasons in their variations of a 3-4 under Vic Fangio, Eric Mangini and Jim O’Neil. Here we’ll count down the team’s most important 11 players …

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