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49ers' Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel in good position to succeed, analyst says

49ers' Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel in good position to succeed, analyst says

The NFL has compiled a list of the 25 rookies that have the biggest upside in their debut season and two of them are 49ers: defensive lineman Nick Bosa and wide receiver Deebo Samuel. 

Bosa comes into a stacked defensive line room that already boasts four other former first round picks. DeForest Buckner, Dee Ford, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas round out the group. In 2018, without help on the edge, Buckner still had a career season. The addition of Bosa to the mix gives the 49ers a very formidable defensive front. 

The best advantage for Bosa is the lack of pressure to be “the guy” that has to do it all. The supporting cast of the veterans on the defensive line will allow him to develop and learn, easing his transition into the NFL.

"They can't double-team us all," Bosa said in the past.

Dan Parr from NFL.com gave his take: 

“This franchise has invested mightily in its defensive line in recent years, but it still had a huge need for an edge defender,” Parr wrote. “It’s not like teams can just focus on taking Bosa away with DeForest Buckner and Dee Ford on the line with him (although he will have to share the spotlight/production with them).”

On the other side of the ball, Samuel also has a huge upside and that is primarily because of coach Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system. Samuel gets good separation and is very effective after the catch which are qualities that Shanahan covets.

While Samuel has a long way to go to be compared to the likes of veteran Pierre Garcon, he is known for making the tough catches over the middle. Samuel has also compared his own style of play to Anquan Boldin, who 49ers fans are very familiar with.

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“It's easy to envision the tough Samuel shaking off arm tackles on his way to turning a catch off a screen pass into a long gain, although he can certainly make things happen at every level of the defense,” Parr wrote. “As long as he stays healthy, Deebo and Kyle Shanahan's offense will go down as a perfect second-round marriage.” 

Samuel joins a receiving group that dealt with a substantial amount of injuries in 2018 as well as three different quarterbacks under center. With defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to keep tight end George Kittle from another record breaking season, the scene is set for a potential break out season for the rookie and the rest of the receiving group.

Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

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Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

If you're like me, you can't remember anything. This is the part where I say, "I can barely remember what I had for breakfast," but you caught me on a good day.

Toast with butter and strawberry jelly, and scrambled eggs -- with ketchup, because I'm weird. 

So when it comes to remembering an entire football play  ... well, that's why some of us play the sport -- and others just watch it.

Listen to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play:

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has to memorize these types of plays, which is insane. Then has to relay the information to the huddle -- yeah I know, you know football. I'm just trying to remind you of the steps. But at least Jimmy G gets to repeat the play at least one additional time, right?

That should be enough. 

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I asked five-year veteran quarterback Sean Salisbury about the longest play he had to memorize in his NFL career.

"Explode to double right, Zoom, Scat right 585 Dodge, X Post check with me 60 outside. Double cadence on 2," Salisbury told NBC Sports Bay Area. "That’s one."

So Shanahan isn't the only "wizard" in this scenario -- or any of the scenarios. 

Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

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Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

Chip Kelly knows the type of person Keanon Lowe is. It's why Kelly recruited Lowe as a football player at the University of Oregon, and years later had him on his staffs with the Eagles and 49ers as an assistant.

When Lowe prevented a school shooting Friday at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore., Kelly wasn't surprised at all. In fact, what the now-UCLA coach wanted to know was Lowe's form in going from a former receiver to a defensive player in a heroic act.

“I wanted to know his [tackling] technique,” Kelly said Saturday to Scott Osler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He told me it was like when he was on kickoff coverage, it really didn’t matter how you tackled 'em as long as you got 'em to the ground.”

Lowe now is the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose. The school was on a 23-game losing streak when he arrived, and Kelly isn't surprised Lowe would step into a situation so far from the NFL.

"He’s just a special person that’s always wanting to help and serve," Kelly said. "He’s the type of kid you just want to be around him. He’s a special young man, and I think everybody is fortunate he was where he was yesterday afternoon.”

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Lowe played two seasons under Kelly at Oregon. He made 18 tackles on special teams between his freshman and sophomore years.