49ers rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky impressing everyone so far in camp

49ers rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky impressing everyone so far in camp

SANTA CLARA — Now that the surprise of the 49ers selecting Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky in the fourth round of the NFL draft has worn off, the praise for the Aussie has started to come in. 

It started during OTAs, when wide receiver/punt returner Trent Taylor described what it’s like to try to haul in one of Wishnowsky's punts. 

"He has some serious hang time," Taylor said back in early June. "I feel like I’m sitting there waiting for it to come down for way too long. Then once you’re there for too long you start overthinking it. That’s what makes him good.”

During recent training camp sessions, Wishnowsky’s punts have been clocked with an average hang time of over 4.5 seconds. He also has been very accurate in placing the ball in the corners near the goal line. 

Punt returns during training camp have been handled Taylor as well as Dante Pettis, D.J. Reed and Richie James. Because of the hang time and the movement of the ball, there have been a few muffs. 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan kept his opinions of the rookie punter reserved, but was still quite complementary. 

“It looks like it’s going pretty high,” Shanahan said. “I don’t really have a clock out there, but it looked like the hang time was pretty good and he’s been doing a good job.”
When Shanahan was informed that two of Wishnowsky’s punts hung in the air for over five seconds, he smiled with approval. 

“That’s pretty good then,” Shanahan said. “Alright, that’s what I thought.”

Wishnowsky also will serve as the holder for veteran kicker Robbie Gould, who reports that six weeks will be plenty of time for them to adjust to each other and build chemistry. 

“We’ll get to it right away, I gotta get used to his accent first, you know,” Gould said. “I had Brad Wing in New York so it should be an easy transition.

“The more time you get to work with guys the easier it will be. The nice part is Week 1 isn’t for another six weeks, so we’ll kick a good amount together over training camp and will have plenty of time to get that right and ready.”

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Shanahan added that the Aussie is fitting quickly. 

“We like the guy, he’s fitting in great,” Shanahan said. “Even being an Aussie, guys are getting used to it. He’s a funny dude and he’s done a good job at practice.”

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks


49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t lost a game prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before Bosa injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.

49ers 'most likely' turn to Justin Skule again to replace Joe Staley


49ers 'most likely' turn to Justin Skule again to replace Joe Staley

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie Justin Skule will “most likely” return to the 49ers starting lineup in place of veteran left tackle Joe Staley, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.

Staley underwent surgery to repair a broken and dislocated finger, an injury that occurred Monday night in the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Staley, a six-time Pro Bowler, did not realize the extent of the injury until it swelled on him Tuesday morning.

“He will not play this week and probably be out a couple of weeks,” Shanahan said.

Skule started six games earlier this season when Staley was sidelined with a fractured left lower leg. When Staley returned to action on Monday, Skule was deactivated for the game. The 49ers went with Daniel Brunskill as the backup offensive tackle behind Staley and Mike McGlinchey.

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Shanahan expressed confidence that Skule will again step in and play well in place of Staley.

“I thought he did a very good job,” Shanahan said of Skule, a sixth-round draft pick from Vanderbilt. “He came in there and stepped it up right away. He did a good job his first game and I thought he got better each week. We were happy with how he played, and I’m glad we have a couple of good backups.”