The most underrated player on the 49ers

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Arik Armstead isn’t the best player on the 49ers, but he is the most underrated. The former first-round pick has everything you want from an interior rusher. He’s tall, powerful and he collapses the pocket. He’s a human forklift. But lately he has become an afterthought since he missed eight games with a shoulder injury in 2016, and since the Niners spent back-to-back top picks on players who play his position — DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas. Buckner and Thomas …

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

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The 49ers don’t begin training camp for over a month but have a number of questions to think about in the meantime. Training camp is setting up to be one of the most competitive in recent seasons given all the roster turnover by first-time coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. Very few roles are established and jobs could be won on the practice field and during the four preseason games in August. Here, we’ll look at some the most competitive and important battles coming …

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

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The 49ers don’t begin training camp for over a month but have a number of questions to think about in the meantime. Training camp is setting up to be one of the most competitive in recent seasons given all the roster turnover by first-time coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. Very few roles are established and jobs could be won on the practice field and during the four preseason games in August. Here, we’ll look at some the most competitive and important battles coming …

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The 5 most interesting storylines from 49ers offseason program

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The 49ers concluded their offseason program this week with two minicamp practices and a strength and conditioning session Thursday before a six-week break. Here are the five most interesting takeaways this spring from the team’s headquarters in Santa Clara: Rookies will have a chance at serious playing time (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) Tight end George Kittle, receiver Trent Taylor, running back Joe Williams, defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, linebacker Reuben Foster, cornerback …

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The seven 49ers most likely to earn Pro-Bowl consideration next season

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The 49ers didn’t have any Pro Bowlers last season for the first time since 2005 during their miserable 2-14 campaign. Will that change this year? Expectations aren’t exactly high for San Francisco entering 2017 as the team starts the first year of a franchise overhaul. First-time general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan are taking a long-term approach to remaking the roster that was bereft of talent when they took over last winter. most of the team’s 90-man roster …

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Ranking 49ers 5 most winnable games in 2017

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6 time super bowl champions

… offseason program. San Francisco has the 20th-ranked strength of schedule in 2017 based on last season’s records. It plays the AFC South, NFC East, usual divisional foes and the remaining last place finishers in their conference, Chicago and Carolina. The full schedule can be found here. Let’s rank the five most winnable games for the 49ers in the coming season… 1 2 3 4 5 6 …7 Niners Wire …

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49ers’ five most important needs in NFL draft and which prospects fit

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The flurry of free agency has subsided. General manager John Lynch signed 15 players since the start of the league to bolster the 49ers’ depleted roster. He and new coach Kyle Shanahan have aggressively added familiar talent to help lay the foundation of the team’s rebuilding efforts. Currently at 72, the 49ers need of 18 new players to hit the team’s 90-man offseason roster limit. The focus now shifts to the NFL draft.  The 49ers’ 2-14 finish last season gives Lynch a …

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