5 most disappointing developments of 49ers training camp

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… FS The most important position in the new-look secondary is free safety and the 49ers have been without theirs for the first 10 practices of camp. Ward was put on the physically unable to perform list before the first practice after suffering a hamstring injury. He’s tentatively expected back before the second preseason game for joint practices against the Broncos. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) That’s bad news for San Francisco given Ward is transitioning to another new position. …

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10 most important 49ers to watch throughout training camp

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It’s finally here. After a long and eventful offseason that saw the 49ers make a slew of changes both organizationally and on the roster, the team will hold its first training camp practice in Santa Clara Friday morning. Let’s take a look at the 10 most important players to keep an eye on throughout camp as the 49ers look to rebound from last season’s 2-14 debacle. NaVorro Bowman, LB (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports) Bowman, 29, is coming off the second significant injury to …

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Bleacher Report lists Kyle Juszczyk as most dominant fullback in NFL

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The 49ers will be able to get really creative with the “offensive weapon.” The San Francisco 49ers will be using fullback Kyle Juszczyk in a variety of roles this fall. He’ll get work as a fullback and running, but also as tight end and receiver. He’ll do his share of lead-blocking, but he will also get plenty of working carrying and catching the ball. Recently, Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport took a look at each position around the NFL, and decided on the most dominant …

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Five 49ers with most to risk in 2017 season

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Soon the 49ers training camp will begin and we’ll focus on players competing for starting jobs or spots on the final roster. But there are five people who tower over those training-camp competitions, five people with more on the line than everyone else. Here are those five people. Click here to read my Thursday column. Inside the 49ers …

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Carlos Hyde a great fit for most NFL teams, but not the 49ers

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1 By my count, Carlos Hyde could start for at least 19 NFL teams next season. He’s that good. But, are the 49ers one of those 19 teams? You’d think the answer would be yes simply because the Niners lack talent and Hyde is one of the few quality players they have on offense. But this is a tricky question. The Niners will have a new offensive system next season and it’s unique. While most teams run the ball primarily between the tackles, Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan runs the ball …

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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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