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Cosell: 49ers offense going to have one specific issue all season


Cosell: 49ers offense going to have one specific issue all season

The offensive numbers from the Week 1 loss to the Panthers were not pretty.

The 49ers scored three points, amassed just 217 total yards, went 2-for-11 on third down and turned the ball over twice.

Brian Hoyer was sacked four times.

"It's always hard when a team scores three points, so it's easy to say they stunk," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680. "I thought Hyde ran well and looked good. 

"I thought the pass game -- you saw really good concepts. Don't forget -- Goodwin drops the go route ... on the sack-fumble, he (Hoyer) was getting ready to throw the ball to George Kittle, who was wide open on a corner route in a beautifully designed three-level stretch.

"I think the issue for their offense -- and it will be all season -- is their interior three on their offensive line. This was a really good D-line they played against; they're gonna face the same issue this week when they play Seattle.

"That's where they're going to have to get better and it's not likely to happen this season."

Left guard Zane Beadles, in particular, struggled mightily.

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In late August, the 49ers traded for Laken Tomlinson -- the 28th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

He started 24 games for the Lions over the prior two seasons and may be in line to take over for Beadles soon.

“That’s something we’ll evaluate all three days," Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday. "The same as I told you guys, I forget what day, Monday or Sunday, but we’re working Laken in more. This is his second week here, so he’s getting a little bit more reps. We’ll see how he handles it and how it plays out.

“He's definitely got the ability to and that's why we're excited to have him here and we're just trying to work with him and get him comfortable to do it and put him in an NFL game for the first time in a while.”

What you see isn't necessarily what you get with 49ers O-line


What you see isn't necessarily what you get with 49ers O-line

SANTA CLARA – What you see is not necessarily what you get once training camp comes to an end.

Yes, undrafted rookie guard/center Erik Magnuson was seen on video posted on the 49ers official website working with the 49ers’ first-team offensive line. But, according to Kyle Shanahan, it was not exactly the 49ers’ first-team offensive line.

The 49ers practiced this week as if they were getting ready for a regular-season game. During the season, the second-team offense does not take the field together to run plays. The starting unit might feature a backup at a position or two to give starters a break.

“Just because you see guys in a picture that might be in and there’s ones next to him, that doesn’t mean he’s going with the ones,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It means whoever was there just got a break that play. There’s plenty of times you might, if you looked at practice this week, you’d see the starting O-Line in there and C.J. (Beathard) would be at quarterback, because we don’t want Brian (Hoyer) to go 10 plays in a row and he took a run play off or something like that.”

Shanahan said there has been no change to the 49ers’ first-team offensive line, which has featured tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown, guards Brandon Fusco and Zane Beadles, and center Daniel Kilgore.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers


Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.