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49ers-Broncos injury report: Jeff Wilson will start

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49ers-Broncos injury report: Jeff Wilson will start

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers finally will be able to field five wide receivers in Sunday’s matchup against the Broncos. They will not have Pierre Garçon available for the third game in a row, but Marquise Goodwin will play. 

Goodwin has been at the 49ers' facility all week after missing two weeks dealing with a personal issue. Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis will see their usual increased workload with Garçon out. Richie James Jr. and Trent Taylor are the other two healthy receivers on the roster.

Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. will get the start with Matt Breida missing his first game since high school.

Wilson has made in impact in the last two games after getting the nod of being the “next man up.” Alfred Morris or Matthew Dayes can serve as the backup to Wilson. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan said there is a good chance for Pita Taumoepenu to be up Sunday after Dekoda Watson went on injured reserve with a torn calf. He says Taumoepenu has been practicing well and has improved his rush and understanding of football more. 

Also on the defensive side of the ball, there will be another combination at the safety positions. Jaquiski Tartt is out with the same shoulder injury he has been dealing with most of the season. K’Waun Williams is also questionable with a knee injury. 

Thankfully for the 49ers, D.J. Reed will be able to play after nursing a heel injury. Antone Exum Jr. will also be available after returning to full participation in practice this week. 

There are no surprises on the Broncos report. Former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock will not play in his return to Levi’s Stadium.

49ers injury report

Out

RB Matt Breida (ankle)
WR Pierre Garcon (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

Questionable 

CB K’Waun WIlliams (knee)

Full participation

S Antone Exum (knee)
G Joshua Garnett (thumb)
LB Mark Nzeocha (thigh)
S D.J. Reed (heel, chest)
C Weston Richburg (knee)
LB Malcolm Smith (Achilles)
T Joe Staley (not injury related)
G Laken Tomlinson (hip)

Broncos injury report 

Out
LB Shaquil Barrett (hip)
CB Tramaine Brock (ribs)
CB Chris Harris (fibula)

Questionable 

LB Brandon Marshall (knee)

Full participation

LB Josey Jewell (ankle)
WR Courtland Sutton (ankle)
DE Derek Wolfe (ribs)

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

There are a litany of great head coaches in the NFL today, but few are both as universally beloved by colleagues and as overlooked by fans and media members as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The former Falcons offensive coordinator has fought an uphill battle since taking over prior to the 2017 season -- and has a 10-22 record to show for it. 

Colin Cowherd was recently discussing the NFL.com head coach rankings that were released yesterday, and he strongly disagreed with one particular selection.

"Shanahan, has a doppelganger in this league, it's called Belichick," Cowherd said. Bill Belichick is easily the most well-renowned head coach in the NFL and just came off of his sixth Super Bowl victory in February.

"Kyle Shanahan has an incredible career as a coordinator," the host of The Herd on FS1 explained. "Everywhere he's gone, He made Matt Schaub a pro bowler, he made Matt Ryan an MVP. Then he leaves, the teams aren't the same and the quarterbacks aren't the same. "

Cowherd pointed out some data on just how much better the 49ers have been with Jimmy Garoppolo on the field than when he's been off, but closed out his analysis with a strong take.

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"In two years, he will be a top-six coach."

With Shanahan and general manager John Lynch each having four years remaining on their contracts, 49ers fans can rest easy knowing they've got a very highly regarded head coach pacing the sidelines each week. The regular season opens Sept. 8 when San Francisco travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. 

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

The 2018 NFL season was one every Bay Area fan would like to forget. Both the 49ers and Raiders ended the season with 4-12 records, as they each secured a top-five pick in the NFL draft.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah shared his predictions for the most improved organizations in 2019 and both the 49ers and Raiders made the cut.

The 49ers top Jeremiah's board with the promise of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being healthy for training camp and an offseason that saw them shore up an already strong defensive line group, signing Dee Ford to a long-term deal and drafting former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa No. 2 overall in April's draft.

The Raiders, meanwhile, sit third in Jeremiah's rankings after making some of their own splashy moves over the NFL offseason. Oakland acquired All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Steelers and also signed Vontaze Burfict, who was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro with the Bengals in 2013.

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It's hard to go anywhere but up for the Bay Area's NFL teams in 2019, but if Jeremiah's picks are accurate, there could be a lot more winning football coming to Northern California in the coming months.