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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.

[MAIOCCO: Tomlinson in consideration to take over in 49ers' starting lineup]

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.”

Cosell's evaluation of 49ers LB Foster: 'I had nothing under weaknesses'

Cosell's evaluation of 49ers LB Foster: 'I had nothing under weaknesses'

The 49ers traded up with the Seahawks to take Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st pick in the draft.

Greg Cosell -- your thoughts on the selection?

"I think Foster was the second best prospect in this draft behind (Myles) Garrett," Cosell said on KNBR 680 this week. There's nothing not to like. In fact, I do an excel spreadsheet -- I do strengths, weaknesses, transition -- I had nothing under weaknesses.

"As a player on the field -- and I know there's other issues and that's probably why he dropped; I know there's some injury concerns and perhaps some other things -- but I think he's a high-level linebacker prospect. He's got all the athletic and movement traits that you look for."

The 49ers, who took Solomon Thomas No. 3 overall, considered Foster one of the three best prospects.

Foster tore the labrum in his right shoulder against Washington and underwent shoulder surgery in February.

During his introductory press conference last Friday, the Butkus Award winner said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July

"He's a physical player, he's a warrior," Cosell added. "There's not really a weakness physically and athletically and competitively in his game."

Cosell: Pittsburgh quarterback Peterman fits 49ers' scheme

Cosell: Pittsburgh quarterback Peterman fits 49ers' scheme

The 49ers have been transparent in their study of five quarterbacks who are generally regarded at the top of this year’s draft class.

The team has acknowledged meeting and attended workouts of Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb.

The 49ers are fully expected to draft a quarterback next week. But that list is not limited to just the five quarterbacks who are expected to be chosen within the first two rounds.

But there are certainly more than just those five options for the 49ers. In explaining recently why the 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing Colin Kaepernick, coach Kyle Shanahan explained he prefers quarterbacks of similar styles who fit his offensive system.

“If you have your pick of the best world, you’d like those guys to be somewhat similar,” Shanahan said, “not just because that’s how you want the quarterbacks, just because of the work you’re doing for the rest of the guys on the roster.”

The best fit for Shanahan’s offense after the projected first wave of quarterbacks is Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman, according to one draft expert. The 49ers have kept their interest in Peterman lowkey. The club conducted a formal interview with Peterman at the NFL scouting combine, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He can run play-action. He’s played under center. He looks like an NFL quarterback,” NFL analyst and senior producer of NFL Films Greg Cosell said of Peterman. “Some people are going to say that his arm is not strong enough, and that’s valid. It may not be. That’s a decision everybody will make on their own. Some guys might say it’s strong enough. Others might say it’s below the level at which you can be a quality starter. That’ll be in the eye of the beholder.”

Peterman (6 foot 2 ½, 226 pounds) started his final two seasons at Pittsburgh after transferring from Tennessee. During his final two college seasons while running a pro-style offense, Peterman completed 378 of 619 pass attempts (61.1 percent) for 5,142 yards with 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Cosell compared Peterman to Hoyer, whom he noted, “doesn’t have a gun” for a throwing arm. Hoyer is expected to be the 49ers’ starting quarterback in 2017. Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only quarterbacks on the 49ers' roster.

“Kyle’s offense starts with the quarterback under center and it’s very detailed and precise and there are very few guys in college football who come from those kinds of offenses,” Cosell said.

Cosell included Miami’s Brad Kaaya as a player with significant experience in a system that translates closely to the NFL.

“They played in pro offenses, so they have some conceptual foundation whereas the other guys have no clue,” Cosell said.

“Theoretically, Brad Kaaya fits. I don’t particularly like the player on tape, but he fits. I think he needs an awful lot of work. That comes down to what a coach feels about the kind of work he needs.”

Kaaya (6-4, 214) completed 60.6 percent of his attempts for 9,968 yards in his three-year career. He threw 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.