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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.

49ers' receivers embracing responsibilities as blockers in run game

49ers' receivers embracing responsibilities as blockers in run game

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers did not select wide receiver Dante Pettis in the second round of the 2018 draft for his tenacity as a blocker.

And Marquise Goodwin did not qualify for the Olympics because of his size, strength and aggression.

But the team’s starting wide receivers have played a significant supporting role in enabling the 49ers to rank No. 2 in the NFL through five games with a 178.9-yard average on the ground.

“They’re a smart group, so they know that if they block well in the run game, it’ll set up the play passes and things like that down the field,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said on Wednesday.

“When you have a group of receivers that are willing to do that and they’re able to make plays on the back end on the play passes, that makes for a dangerous combination. You got to tip your hat to them. That’s not easy for a wide receiver to go into the box.”

Neither Pettis nor Goodwin is known for his physicality or aggression. Yet, they often speak to each other about that area of their games. For Pettis, he said his improvement as a blocker is a direct result of understanding how it ties into the successes of the offense.

“I did it because I needed to,” he said of his improved blocking. “I was lazy in it before.

“My whole life blocking has never been something. I’m a receiver. But seeing how Kyle does a really good job of showing how important we are to the run game, showing how much our blocks tie into the scheme up front. Seeing all that, it was like, ‘OK, this is super important to the team.’”

Pettis said there will be times when he and Goodwin are watching film and Goodwin tells him he’s not doing his job well enough. Pettis consults Goodwin, who is an effective and willing blocker, about certain techniques.

In the 49ers’ 20-7 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Pettis made good blocks in the running game against linebacker Samson Ebukam and free safety Eric Weddle.

“You can’t play if you’re not out there blocking,” Pettis said.

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Pettis’ increase in playing time from the first couple games of the season has been a direct result of how much he has embraced his role as a blocker. Pettis has just nine catches for 83 yards and one touchdown on the season. Pettis had three receptions against the Rams, and each went for a first down.

“Dante is going to show up when he gets his chances,” Garoppolo said. “He’s been showing it in practice, consistently and it’s starting to transfer over to the games. He’s a hard-worker and puts in time, and he’s always going to be there for you.”

Joe Staley's daughter makes adorable get-well card for Mike McGlinchey

Joe Staley's daughter makes adorable get-well card for Mike McGlinchey

49ers offensive linemen Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey formed an instant friendship soon after San Francisco selected McGlinchey with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Clearly, Staley's oldest daughter Grace quickly became quite fond of McGlinchey, too. With McGlinchey nursing an injured left knee, Grace made him an adorable get-well-soon card. 

McGlinchey has the card hanging next his locker and was all smiles when asked about it on Wednesday. 

McGlinchey wasn't the only 49ers teammate to receive a get-well card from Grace. Injured fullback Kyle Juszczyk got one too.

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The two offensive tackles surely are spending plenty of time together as they rehab their injuries. McGlinchey is expected to miss another three-to-five weeks while Staley will be out for another month due to a broken fibula.

Until he's back on the field, McGlinchey has the perfect message to start his day with a smile. 

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