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The San Francisco 49ers got the Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch era off to an inauspicious beginning, losing to the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 23-3. There has been optimism this offseason, but expectations are still relatively low for this season, and that showed on Sunday.

The most notable news from the game was the loss of linebacker Reuben Foster to a leg injury. After a strong start in the first quarter, Foster went down grabbing his ankle. He was taken off on a cart, and the worst was feared. He eventually did walk back to the sideline, but had a notable limp. The 49ers taped up his ankle, but he did not return to the game. The upside to this is he was walking around without crutches. We’ll see if it’s an ankle sprain, and if it is, whether it is low or high.

The 49ers offense struggled in a big way on Sunday. We saw glimpses on a play here or a play there, but for the most part, the offense could not get most of the day. They had one drive go double digit plays, failed to convert on three of their four attempts at fourth down conversions, and had a fumble and interception.

Brian Hoyer had a less than stellar day, completing 24 of 35 passes for 193 yards and one interception. The interception was an awful throw where he just did not see Luke Kuechly. There were some times it seemed like he was holding onto the ball too long, but more often than not, Zane Beadles was getting beat by a pass rusher. Hoyer is a low ceiling quarterback, and a porous offensive line also lowers his floor.

5 things we learned

1. Laken Tomlinson needs to get up to speed in a hurry. The guard position in general is a mess, but Zane Beadles in particular is a turnstile right now.

2. The 49ers can’t afford to lose Reuben Foster for an extended period of time. NaVorro Bowman is not the linebacker he once was, and they need Foster out there in the nickel and dime packages.

3. Penalties remain a problem. We saw some issues with it in the preseason, and this group has some work to do to get on the same page.

4. Carlos Hyde is going to be busy in this offense. He only had nine carries, but he matched his career high with six receptions. He averaged five yards per carry on his rushes, but the 49ers just did not give him enough work. We’ll see plenty of him though this season.

5. Somehow the Los Angeles Rams are in first place in the NFC West. It’s only one game and the Indianapolis Colts sent out Scott Tolzien, but that was impressive.

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The Arizona Cardinals like the Seattle Seahawks go with the same starting quarterback in 2017

When you look at the NFC West and the quarterbacks who will lead them, not a lot as changed and that includes the Arizona Cardinals.  However just two of the four teams in the division will have the same opening day starter as 2016.

After the starters though, there are even some changes amongst the Cardinals and Seahawks. Look for training camp to determine the depth chart at the position for both teams.

The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are still works in progress.  However, as with most sports, everything is cyclical.  The cycle just won’t change in 2017 but time is nearing for that to happen.

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Colin Kaepernick has found a home – in the Motor City.
Kaepernick, who has spent his entire NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, has reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $16 million. According to sources, he will compete for the starting quarterback job with Matthew Stafford.
Kaepernick made news last season by boycotting the national anthem, taking one knee during its playing before kickoff. He has been much maligned for his choice.

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The San Francisco 49ers offensive line gets set to snap the ball at the line of scrimmage opposite the Los Angeles Rams defensive line during the 2016 NFL week 16 regular season football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 in Los Angeles. The 49ers won the game 22-21. (Paul Spinelli via AP) 

The San Francisco 49ers have announced their 2017 regular season schedule as well as the dates and times of their four preseason games.

The 49ers will take on the NFC East and AFC South in cross-divisional play while continuing to battle their NFC West opponents twice a year. The Niners will open the regular season at Levi’s Stadium as they welcome the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 10. The team’s primetime debut comes in Week 3 as the 49ers host the division-rival Los Angeles Rams on NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football.”

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When the NFL Draft begins selections in Philadelphia April 27, the San Francisco 49ers have the No. 2 pick in the first round.

Here is an in-depth look at the team’s needs, offseason changes, potential best fit and the selections by NFLDraftScout.com’s experts.

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The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback K’Waun Williams earlier this offseason to compete for the nickel back role in a new-look defense. It was the first signing of the John Lynch front office, and is an intriguing one given his play before an ankle injury led to a dispute with and his eventual release from the Cleveland Browns.

Williams is on a one-yea prove it deal, and he will face a challenge in second-year cornerback Will Redmond. The 49ers drafted Redmond with a third round pick, six months after the cornerback tore his ACL in practice. GM Trent Baalke said they expected Redmond to be ready for training camp, but it was not to be. Redmond played in the preseason, and earned a roster spot following final roster cuts, but three days later the team placed him on injured reserve.

Redmond did not make it back, but by all accounts he should be ready for the upcoming offseason workout program. Four weeks ago, Redmond posted this video to Instagram. The speed work he does to show off his footwork is pretty impressive. Well, really impressive compared to what I could do. I don’t even know if I could do that at a normal speed.

The competition for slot work will likely include Redmond, Williams, and Keith Reaser. Rashard Robinson emerged as the third cornerback last year, but we can’t really say who is favored for what role this year, considering the coaching staff changes. Add in the fact that this year is incredibly deep at the cornerback position and the 49ers may or may not move Jimmie Wardto free safety, and the depth chart is entirely up for grabs.

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The NFL offseason is in full swing. Released players and free agents are starting to meet with other teams, looking for their next home.

That also goes for former Arizona Wildcat and, more recently, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell.

On February 16th, the Dolphins released Mitchell, clearing $4m in cap space.

It didn’t take Mitchell long to start looking around after his release. He visited the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and the Atlanta Falcons.

On Friday, league sources reported that Mitchell decided where his next home will be. He signed with San Francisco on a four-year deal worth $16m with $5.5m in the first year.

Mitchell injured his calf after the first regular season game last year, placing him on Injured Reserve. When he came back, he was a force for the Dolphins in the defensive front.

This is a nice pickup for the Niners. He is an active lineman that has a nasty streak to him. He is a block-eater and uses his hands well. He finished the 2016 season with 17 tackles and 4.0 TFL in nine games.

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Brandon Williams might become available in free agency, and he would certainly help the 49ers’ run defense.

This week 247Sports will be taking a more in-depth look at some of the top players in this year’s crop of impending free agents who are at positions of need for the 49ers. Today we look at Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

Age: 27 (2/21/89)

2016 stats: 51 tackles, one sack

Spotrac.com market value estimate: 5 years, $62.79 million

Will he reach free agency? The Ravens have said they are prioritizing bringing Williams back. Williams was non-committal in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio this week. The Ravens are not expected to use the franchise tag on Williams.

More on Williams: The 49ers need help in the middle of the defensive line. The 49ers also need help improving their run defense. Williams might be the best candidate available to do both.

Williams had a bit of a down season by his standards in 2016, at least based on Pro Football Focus metrics. Williams was rated as the 35th overall defensive interior player by ProFootballFocus.com last season and ranked 25th against the run. Williams ranked third against the run in 2015 and eighth against the run in 2014, however, earning him a reputation as one of the league’s better interior run stuffers.

Williams would probably be a fit with the 49ers whether they keep the defense the same or switch to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The question, of course, is if they’d be willing to pay the cost expected to land him. Even with a need at the position, that would be a heavy investment in Williams. Either way, he’s a name to at least keep in mind as free agency approaches.

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws against Ohio State during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Now that Super Bowl LI is over and the order for the 2017 NFL Draft is set, experts are already releasing a fresh batch of predictions. Our third round of mock drafts continues with the trend of analysts guessing that the San Francisco 49ers will use the second overall pick on a quarterback.

Here’s the full rundown.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

“Trubisky is a fine quarterback. He’s strong-armed, a good athlete and is the best of the bunch among the 2017 class of signal-callers.”

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Trubisky

“Despite his inexperience, Trubisky could be the right fit for a potential Kyle Shanahan-led offense.”

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Trubisky

“Trubisky has a very intriguing skill set.”

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: Trubisky

“While he has only one season of high-end production, the tape shows a player with an NFL arm, throwing anticipation and poise. Trubisky might have the toughness to learn on the go as an early starter.”

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

“The 49ers get a difference-making pass rusher.”

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Pair him with NaVorro Bowman and San Francisco’s linebacking corps could be as good up the middle as any in the league.”

Rob Rang, CBS Sports: Trubisky

“He possesses many of the traits scouts look for in a franchise quarterback including accuracy, arm strength, mobility and poise.”

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Trubisky

“Despite only one season of starting experience, Trubisky has all the traits to be a successful NFL starter.”

Luke Easterling, USA Today: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

“My money is still on Watson as the top passer in this draft.”

Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com: Kizer

Final Tally (11 total):

Trubisky: 6

Kizer: 2

Watson: 1

Foster: 1

Garrett: 1

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Colin Kaepernick was to be the next big NFL star, but he ended up ruining his chances by making a political statement against President Trump. Conservative Fighters reported that the NFL quarterback is no longer on contract with the San Francisco 49ers. And, people are starting to wonder if making a stand against Trump could have ruined his career.

 When Kaepernick first arrived on the scene, some people thought he would be the future of the league. The NFL fans thought that Colin would change the way the quarterback position is played in the sport.

NFL players should improve each season they play, but in Kaepernick’s case, he [only] got worse. The 49ers thought that he could get the team to the playoffs, but he never came through.

After a major injury, forcing him out of the game for an extended amount of time, Kaepernick turned into a radical, and well, a Black Lives Matter activist. It led to one of the NFL’s most shocking moments when he refused to stand during out national anthem during one of the 49ers games.

When he asked about his silent protest, he used much of the same language that many Black Lives Matter activist use, like “oppression” and “police brutality.”

 Colin took a step farther and accused Donald Trump of being a racist, which proved that he was buying into the Liberal garbage that Trump was trying to “white-wash” America.

Many NFL fans couldn’t wait for Kaepernick to lose his contract, stating he was a “no talent player.” He made headlines not by showing his football talent but by wearing socks that had police officers depicted as pigs.

Wouldn’t it have been better if he would have gone out and tried to work on a solution instead of buying into the Liberal garbage that Trump’s a racist and all cops are dangerous?

For now, Colin Kaepernick is without an a NFL contract, and many people are hoping [and praying] that no one takes a risk by picking him up to play football.

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