49 tweets: Predicting WR stats


49 tweets: Predicting WR stats

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Thanks to my friends on Twitter for supplying the questions Wednesday morning for 49 Tweets . . . 1. RT @TechknowCEO the best thing about the niners this year is there aren't a lot of questions. > Oh, yeah? Sit back and read . . . 2. RT @poolenium Do you see any chance Ginn doesn't make the final 53?> I can't see the 49ers leaving the return game in unproven hands. Ginn is proven.3. RT @NFLDraftPost How many WR do you think will be on the roster come september? cheers from iceland :) > Six, with four active on game days.4. RT @angelakalalo at what week does randy moss quit on the team? > All is positive now. But, yes, everybody will be tested when adversity hits.5. RT @joemets63 who do you think the Giants should pick up at trade deadline? > Hey, that's baseball! Giants don't have anything to give up, do they?
6. RT @Matteooo49 will play clock be an issue for 49ers offense again or they moving more urgently from huddle? > A lot of times, they want late snap to read defense as long as possible.
7. RT @D1BADZ How many current 49ers RBs do you expect to remain on the team? > Six with Rock Cartwright being used exclusively on special teams.8. RT @BrandnIrwin How many backs with the 49ers carry and who will they be? > Gore, Miller, Hunter, James, Jacobs, Cartwright.9. RT @mrdearden How prominent a role will LMJ play in the offense this year? > They have to find a way to get the ball in his hands. How much? TBA.10. RT @MattHealey which of the RBs is the most vulnerable? > Anthony Dixon was the seldom-used No. 3 last year, so that tells you right there.11. RT @realbigsexxxy how does Brandon Jacobs fit into the Niners plans along with Kendall Hunter and James? > As short-yardagegoal-line option.12. RT @hps1947 what player will get the most carries after Gore? > I still think Kendall Hunter is their second best all-around RB.13. RT @paulkapellas How would you project the RB depth chart? > I think it will change from week-to-week, depending on opponent and game plan.14. RT @cbush927 More likely to be cut. Brandon Jacobs or Kyle Williams. Are both locks now? > Neither is a lock. There's no tomorrow for Jacobs.15. RT @hollowayskip Bigger risk of losing a spot Kyle Williams or Anthony Dixon? > Dixon.16. RT @SigmundBloom how long is leash on alex smith? > Pretty long unless one of the others closes the gap. He's very clearly the No. 1 right now.17. RT @abchaos does any 9er backup qb Hv any chance to start over Alex this season > At the beginning of the season? Barring injury? No.18. RT @torrey37 Who is backup swing Tackle if Boone goes down (assuming he is back up T now)? > At this point, 2011 draft pick Mike Person.19. RT @Tomcantdoit Matt which rookie offensive lineman do you see having a stellar year? > I don't see a rookie offensive lineman getting on the field.20. RT How does Alex Boone look at RG? > His play in non-contact offseason program was fine. His first practice of camp is Friday. Pads go on Sunday.21. RT @aliman92 What's the update on the RG competition? > Not sure there will be a competition. It's Alex Boone's spot right now.22. RT @Mjw2884 with Ginn coming into camp in good shape do you think 49ers could feature more 4 receiver sets? > No. Vernon Davis and a RB will always be on field.23. RT @torrey37 Who is your surprise cut? > I can't tell you that because then it wouldn't be a surprise.24. RT @Laker_Los What are the chances of Dashon Goldson reporting this week? > I place it as less than 50 percent.25. RT @thirddarchie chances Dashon signs? > 100 percent. The only question is when he'll put pen to paper.26. RT @9nerz so when do u think D. Goldson will sign? > This is just a guess. Nobody has told me or the 49ers anything. I think he misses two exhibition games.27. RT @abchaos do u think Niners will pass early to set up run. Will there be more of a down field approach with all the spd? > I don't see philosophy changing.28. RT @marlnHrnndez_24 new firepower on offense, won't that affect the way the defense handles their business if the O is scoring more? > It would give them more wiggle room.29. RT @swenaven_james predict score of week 1 game at GB?> So soon? Right now, I'd go with 27-17, home team.30. RT @jaynovel chances @RealNaPalm makes the final roster? > Undrafted free agent is a long shot, but has strong chance to stick on practice squad.31. RT @breddog7 Who has bigger role this year: La Michael James or AJ Jenkins? > James. I can't see how Jenkins cracks into top-3 WRs32. RT @terrywoo Jenkins sounds like a disaster of a pick. > Really? You haven't even seen him yet. Maybe in two years you can make that judgment.33. RT @rkg115 does aj jenkins remind you of kentwan balmer in demeanor? > Not at all. I think Jenkins' attitude is reason he'll probably be pretty good.34. RT @StraightG408 Chances Owusu can clear waivers and make practice squad? > Of course. He went undrafted. Most teams didn't have him on their boards.35. RT @ThatsWutDsaid Is there really a battle between Tarrell Brown & Chris Culliver 4 starting CB spot? > If Culliver is better in camp, he can take spot. But Brown's pretty solid.36. RT @nutwaffle Aldon's status? > He should be ready to report on Thursday and begin practice.37. RT @jason1566 What are the 49ers doing to help Aldon Smith? > I'm sure they've spoken to him about off-the-field stuff. On field, he'll have Justin Smith lining up next to him.38. RT @chriscream How many series can we expect to see from the revamp offense in first two preseason game? > Depending on the length of the drives, probably 8 to 10.39. RT @foundationvip Any update on prospects Ian Williams & Demarcus Dobbs? > They report Thursday. Dobbs looks good. Williams has work to win job.40. RT @uprise49 any chance all four QBs will make roster or will there be cuts? > No, but Scott Tolzien does have practice-squad eligibility.41. RT @912mal which player(s) do u see making best leap in production from last season? > Tarell Brown, Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis.42. RT @GWSigg If Niners keep 6 WRs, which other position group will see the hit? > D-line, safety and one fewer ILB.43. RT @Michael21076752 What do you make of the 4:1 chances Vegas oddsmakers are giving 49ers to win super bowl? > They were my pick a while back.44. RT @SAMFINAU Is it possible 49ers had fluke season with Alex or am I thinking that cause I'm a Seahawks fan? > Five interceptions? Probably a fluke. But there are other areas in which they can improve.45. RT @markegan Harbaugh used motion at the line as a wrinkle last year. What will be this year's wrinkle? > Functional offense on third downs and in red zone.46. RT @adamring Who will lead niners in receptions this year? > Same guy as last season: Michael Crabtree. With Vernon Davis right there, too.47. RT @jtmoney67 can Crabtree catch 100 this year? > It's still going to be a run-based offense, so I wouldn't expect a number that high.48. RT @joshua_herndon What's your prediction for the WR stats? > Crabtree 81-957-7; Moss 51-618-7; Manningham 44-526-4.49. RT @jj49ersrule when is the first episode of 49ers central? > I don't know, but we have 49ers programming on CSN Bay Area every night, including Chronicle Live on Wednesday (5 p.m.).

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals


Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.

49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?


49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?

Believe it or not, the 49ers’ offense is improved from last season.

The 49ers ranked 31st in the NFL in 2016, averaging 308.1 yards per game. Although the offense is producing just a little better (325.9 yards per game), their ranking this season has shot up to 21st in the league.

The 49ers have had a different head coach and different person running the offense in each of the past four seasons, so their continuity has been severely lacking.

Next season, the 49ers should finally have carryover from one season to the next.

The direction of the offense is one of the topics addressed on this edition of 49ers Mailbag (questions were submitted via Facebook):

Now that we have Jimmy G do you see 49ers getting an offensive coordinator or will it still be Kyle calling the plays? (Julio Orozco)
I'm not sure why the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo would have any impact on the 49ers’ offensive structure, but in any event, the answer is a resounding, “No.”

Kyle Shanahan has been hailed as one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL. The reason he was hired as 49ers head coach was, in large part, because of the success he achieved while designing offenses and calling plays.

Why would he give that up? It makes no sense.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN this week identified the 32 primary play-callers. There are 18 NFL head coaches with offensive backgrounds. Twelve of those coaches call their own plays.

Shanahan has a staff of assistant coaches on whom he leans. Passing game specialist Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello are closely involved in working with Shanahan on the passing game, while running game specialist Mike McDaniel, offensive line coach John Benton and running backs coach Bobby Turner spearhead the involvement in the ground game.

But, make no mistake, it is Shanahan who calls the shots. And that's the way it should be. If Shanahan stepped aside as his own offensive coordinator, he would be diminishing his biggest strength as a coach.

What do you see happing with the Hyde situation? We drafted Joe Williams and Breida seems to be a bright spot. There’s a lot of talk about Barkley from Penn State with that high 1st rounder. (Manny Hinojos)
There does not seem to be any movement toward a long-term extension for Hyde. It is getting to the point in the season where it makes a lot more sense for Hyde to play out his contract and hit the open market.

There is no question in my mind the 49ers like Hyde a lot. He has scored some major points with the organization for his performance on the field and how he has responded off the field.

GM John Lynch loved it when Hyde came to the defense of quarterback C.J. Beathard, tussled with Arizona lineman Frostee Rucker and got ejected from the game.

That said, the 49ers are not going to break the bank for Hyde. A multi-year agreement has to come at the right price. My personal feeling is that running backs are luxury pieces when the remainder of a team’s roster -- especially the offensive line -- is set.

Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, and Turner (the assistant coach who served on both of their staffs) have achieved a lot of success without investing heavily in running backs. That’s why I think the 49ers would be best-served by investing elsewhere and using another mid-round draft pick on a running back.

With Joshua Garnett coming back next season how aggressive will Lynch and Shanahan be in trying to get guards this offseason? (David Hartless)
Garnett is not a particularly good fit for this offensive scheme. The presence of Garnett can help increase the competition next offseason, but I do not believe he is being penciled in as a starter.

The 49ers will certainly be aggressive in an attempt to upgrade the guard positions. Currently, Laken Tomlinson and Brandon Fusco are the starters. Neither will be assured a starting job when the offseason begins.

The 49ers did not see enough from Garnett to determine he has a future with the organization, but he will be given the opportunity to come back healthy and prove himself.

Is Eric Reid in long-term plans? (Grant Rasmussen)
I do not believe so. I think the 49ers would like their starting safeties next season to be Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt – with Adrian Colbert as the front-runner for the No. 3 job.

The 49ers can also be expected to add a player or two in free agency, as well as the draft, to provide a competitive environment in the offseason. The 49ers seemed to telegraph their intention with Reid when they moved him to linebacker with Ward and Tartt remaining as the starting safeties.

That position change lasted about a week, as Ward’s injury prompted the team to move Reid back to safety. Reid is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It's entirely possible there will not be a big market for him, but I do not believe the 49ers are going to be ultra-competitive in retaining him on the open market.