The 49ers’ most competitive battles for playing time on defense

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… down the pike on defense… Related The 49ers' most competitive battles for playing time on offense No. 2 corner (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports) All signs are pointing to second-year player Rashard Robinson ascending to the top cornerback role after impressing as a rookie. But there remains a void on the other side of the field. The 49ers lost their two starters from last season with Jimmie Ward converting to free safety in the club’s new single-high blueprint. Tramaine Brock …

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The five 49ers newcomers likely to start on defense

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… defense after the club finished dead last in opponents’ yardage and scoring in 2016. Reuben Foster, LB (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Foster’s being held out of anything that would put his surgically repaired right shoulder at risk during OTAs. But the 49ers have indicated they expect the 31st-overall pick to be ready for the start of the regular season. If that’s the case, he could win a starting job at WILL linebacker on the weak side of the new 4-3 defense next to NaVorro …

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Pierre Garçon: 49ers defense is frustrating the offense in OTAs

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The 49ers haven’t beaten the Seahawks and their vaunted defense since December of 2013. And with former Seattle assistant Robert Saleh running the team’s new 4-3 outfit, it appears that streak is extending on the practice field this offseason. “Apparently we can’t run the ball or throw the ball against our defense,” veteran receiver Pierre Garçon said Thursday. Indeed, in three recent OTA sessions open to the media, the practices have been mostly one-sided with the …

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49ers OTA report: Defense shuts down offense

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San Francisco 49ers’ Arik Armstead, third from left, during the team’s organized team activity at its NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SANTA Here’s what stood out to me Thursday. THE GOOD 1. The defense in general. Either it’s phenomenal or the offense is making it seem that way. I can’t tell. The defense recorded six sacks, two pass breakups, two interceptions, and allowed starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to …

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How 49ers’ new defense is shaping up during voluntary minicamp

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The 49ers on Wednesday made their first practice under new coach Kyle Shanahan open to the media – giving us our first glimpse as to what the football team will look like under his watch. The offense featured plenty of play action and stretch running plays that we all expected from Shanahan’s scheme. But it’s the team’s new-look defense that still requires some figuring out. The 49ers are going to run a defense similar to their rivals in Seattle. It’s a single-high …

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2017 NFL mock draft: Two rounds of 49ers picks focus on defense

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… picks, so there will be offensive players added, but the heavy spending on that side of the ball could suggest the team is not going to invest some of its higher picks on the offense. There are some big-time impact players they could look at, but depending on how things they fall, this year’s draft could be defense-focused. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar released his latest 2017 NFL mock draft, adding a second round since the first round remained fairly similar. His two 49ers picks focus on the …

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Shanahan on the 49ers’ new defense: “(It) starts with the safeties and the corners.”

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As we make our mock drafts and try to figure which players the 49ers will take next month, I want to turn your attention to an interview Kyle Shanahan did with Murph and Mac on KNBR in February. During the interview, Murph asked Shanahan about the defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, and the type of defense he intends to use. Here’s what Shanahan said: “(Saleh)e spent about five years in Seattle (editor’s note: it was three years). He got to learn Pete Carroll’s system. …

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