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Brown does not shrink from 'Megatron' challenge

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Brown does not shrink from 'Megatron' challenge

Calvin Johnson is six feet, five inches and 236 pounds of touchdowns and receiving yards. His speed and strength earned him the moniker 'Megatron' as well as 16 scores and 1,681 yards in 2011.There are defensive backs who may be faster, but none bigger. The tallest DB on the 49ers roster is safety Dashon Goldson at 6-2. The heaviest is Donte Whitner at 208 pounds. Tarell Brown (5-10, 193) and Carlos Rogers (6-0, 192) are typical in size for starting corners.Those kind of disparities certainly give Johnson the advantage over his defenders, and that's just the kind of challenge Brown is looking for."I always get geeked up for games like this because our backs are up against the wall," Brown said. "People don't expect you to play up to your caliber just because of the type of guy he is. For me, I'm really excited."Excitement is one thing. Execution is another. Johnson will pose a challenge Sunday especially when the quarterback getting him the ball threw for more than 5,000 yards last season. But as good as Matthew Stafford is, Johnson is key to containing the Lions offense. Brown explained how best to do it."I think the biggest thing is really to key Johnson more or less, with him getting in and out of his breaks," Brown said. "You want to take the focus off the quarterback and have more focus onto him and kind of see what his types of stems are, where he likes to go with the ball, the types of routes he likes and how he bends and breaks out of his cuts."A lot of that information will come from film study, some from instinct and a good amount from a player's 'tells'. Like a bad poker player who gives away his hand by showing emotion, a receiver can tip off a defender.RELATED: Calvin Johnson misses Lions' Wednesday practice
"The receiver's eyes usually get big. They get wide-eyed just because the ball is coming and you pretty much, you hear the crowd as well," Brown said. "So when you hear the crowd kind of 'oohing' and 'ahhing' you know the ball is coming to you and you're in attack mode."With a guy like that the hardest thing is the jump ball. You want to get in to him. Be aggressive with him at the line of scrimmage. My biggest thing is when the ball is in the air we're both going to compete for the ball. He might have a height advantage, but if I get off the ground quicker than him I feel like I'm taller than him. For me, I'm going to go out and compete with him."

Garcia: Best for 49ers to stick with Beathard over Garoppolo for now

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Garcia: Best for 49ers to stick with Beathard over Garoppolo for now

A large portion of the 49ers’ fan base might be eager to see Jimmy Garoppolo take the field as the team’s starting quarterback. But four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia believes it is best to stick with C.J. Beathard, for now.

“Because I know how important the mental side of the quarterback position is, I want to make sure Jimmy is fully comfortable and ready to grasp that,” Garcia said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“Right now, after this past game, I want to see C.J. respond with another game and start to show some consistency. This will be a great challenge against a West division rival in the Seattle Seahawks.”

Beathard has started four games since taking over for veteran Brian Hoyer. Garoppolo was acquired three weeks ago in a trade with the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick.

Garoppolo spent his first two games with the 49ers as the team’s backup quarterback. The 49ers return to action Sunday against the Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

“They know what they like in Jimmy Garoppolo,” said Garcia, now an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area. “They’re able to see him every single day in practice, and they know what he brings to the table, as far as how he learns, how he mentally adapts, adjusts and grows within the system. It gives him more time to get confident.

“It’s not an easy system to pick up, especially when you haven’t had anything that really relates to that system in your recent past. Going from New England to San Francisco is like learning an entirely new language.”

John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'

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John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'

Running back Carlos Hyde has proven to be a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.

And the man in charge of stocking the 49ers roster has taken notice of what Hyde has done on and off the field.

General manager John Lynch entered the playing field more than two weeks ago to greet Hyde with enthusiasm after Hyde was ejected for his tussle with Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.

Hyde got involved during the scuffle that ensued after Cardinals safety Antoine Beathea delivered an illegal hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard as he was sliding.

“I was proud of Carlos because he fought for his teammate. He had his teammate’s back,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Sticking up for teammates was a lesson Steve Young and Jerry Rice imparted on the current team when they spoke to the team during training camp in August, Lynch said.

“That’s what I saw from Carlos,” Lynch said. “He got sick and tired of the refs not doing anything about our quarterback getting hit in the head. He finally had enough. I think at some point – particularly when you’re trying to build something – someone’s got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not having it. We’re not going to pushed around any more.’

“And did my emotions get the best of me? Maybe. But I was proud of Carlos, and not because he was kicked out of a game, because of the reason why. Because he had his teammate’s back. And I wanted to let him know that. I appreciated that.”

Hyde, whose contract is set to expire after the season, ranks 11th in the NFL with 592 yards rushing while averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. He is sixth among running backs in the leauge with a 49ers-leading 42 receptions for 274 yards.

“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things -- the way (running backs coach) Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you're going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”