49ers veteran will judge Nick Bosa on his merits, not his social media

49ers veteran will judge Nick Bosa on his merits, not his social media

SANTA CLARA -- Nick Bosa’s previous social media activity has been under scrutiny for quite some time, but at least one African-American veteran player on the 49ers' roster said Friday that he'll withhold judgment until he spends time with the team's first-round draft pick. 

"In this game, it's such a brotherhood that it doesn’t take long to find out who a man truly is,” the player said. “Kids make mistakes and say wild stuff. I will judge him by the man he is when I meet him and interact with him over time."

The player added that he only could speak for himself in giving Bosa, the No. 2 overall draft pick, a chance to prove himself. However, it does appear from the support Bosa has received from his new teammates that they will give him a shot. Coincidentally, that support has been on social media

Bosa somberly spoke in his introductory press conference Friday at 49ers headquarters about proving to his new teammates the kind of person he is off the field. It was an “actions speak louder than words” type of statement, as he apologized for a past tweet in which he called former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who's well known for his social activism, "a clown."

“I think once they get in and I meet the guys and they learn who I am, I don’t think there’s going to need any explaining,” Bosa said. “I think they’re going to see who I am as a person, and that’ll be enough.”

Bosa also seemed to look forward to having a fresh start and putting his social media history behind him.

"I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life," Bosa said. "I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate.

"I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. I definitely didn’t intend for that to be the case. I think me being here is even better for me as a person because I don’t think there’s anywhere, any city, that you could really be in that would help you grow as much as this one will."

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49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan also spoke about giving Bosa a fresh start. They acknowledged his past transgressions but believe in second chances.

“That's not something that we like, but I think that was a long time ago,” Lynch said. "And I think we choose to think more about what we've heard from people as to who the person really is, and I think Nick will speak to you all, and I think that we're going to give him a fresh start, and we'd hope that everybody would.”

Said Shanahan: “I think it's not right, but it's also not the person that we've been around, and it's not the person that we believe he is, and it's not the person that we've been told he is by a lot of people that we do trust. I think we're pretty confident that he'll get here and show everyone else that's the same thing.”

Time will tell how Bosa fits in the 49ers' new locker room, but it sounds like he'll be given a fair shake.

Matt Breida returns, creating logjam, dilemma at 49ers running back position


Matt Breida returns, creating logjam, dilemma at 49ers running back position

BRADENTON, Fla. – Raheem Mostert became the third different 49ers running back to gain more than 100 yards in a game this season on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Now with Matt Breida able to participate in full practices after missing three games with an ankle sprain. Coach Kyle Shanahan has a bit of a dilemma on his hands, beginning this week when the 49ers play the New Orleans Saints.

“We have to talk about it a lot,” Shanahan answered when asked about how he will determine playing time for his talented group of running backs.

Mostert in the hot back after rushing for 146 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 loss Sunday to the Ravens.

Breida is the team’s leading rusher.

And Tevin Coleman provides, perhaps, the best all-around combination of outside and inside running, as well route-running and pass-catching out of the backfield.

Breida, Coleman and Mostert have produced 100-yard rushing games this season.

And there’s also Jeff Wilson, who has produced four rushing touchdowns in a limited role and had a touchdown reception out of the backfield to help the 49ers pull off a recent last-minute win over the Arizona Cardinals.

“All of them, they have unique things that they do well, but all of them can do everything,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “I know that kind of sounds weird, but they can all catch, they can all run with the ball.

“You’ve got to pick your spots, and I think Kyle and the rest of the coaches do a great job of putting those guys in there and putting them in spots to be successful, really. And that’s what it really comes down to at the end of the day.”

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There are not enough running plays during the course of a game to take advantage of everyone’s skills, therefore Shanahan and running backs coach Bobby Turner must devise a plan and be ready to adjust during the course of a game.

“It’s very tough to use four backs,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough to use three backs. You can kind of go in and designate a certain role for them all, but very rarely do all of them get the work.

“We started with Tevin last week. Raheem had a few good runs, and we stuck with the hot hand. That’s why he got most of them. I’m sure if Tevin would have stayed in, he would have got a few going, too. But that’s just how it is when you have a bunch of good backs. It’s something we’re definitely not complaining about.”

Breida leads the 49ers with 542 yards rushing with a 5.0-yard average. Mostert has gained 539 yards rushing with a team-leading 5.9-yard average. Coleman has a team-best six touchdowns to go along with his 454 yards rushing on a 3.8 average. And Wilson has four touchdown runs and a 3.9 average on just 27 rushing attempts.

49ers' Fred Warner named NFC Defensive Player of Month for November

49ers' Fred Warner named NFC Defensive Player of Month for November

Since 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander sustained a season-ending torn pectoral, middle linebacker Fred Warner has elevated his game to another level.

On Thursday, Warner was recognized as NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

In his four games in November, Warner registered 10 or more tackles in each game. He picked up three sacks, three passes defensed and forced two fumbles.

Warner, a second-year player from BYU, becomes the second consecutive 49ers player to win the award. Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa won the honor for October.

Warner played well Sunday in the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens despite the significant challenge of trying to slow down quarterback Lamar Jackson and the top-ranked offense in the league.

“All the misdirection and everything they have, especially with the quarterback runs, can really lock a guy up,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I thought he played as good as any of the linebackers that I’ve seen play them on tape and as it got going.

“They were good in the beginning, but they got better as the game went because the more you see that stuff, the more you get a feel for it. When you’ve got a guy like Fred, who’s very natural at things and football comes to him the right way, he just got better as the game went.”

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Warner has taken on more responsibility since Alexander, a vocal leader on the defense, sustained his injury. Warner’s responsibilities include relaying the play call from defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to his teammates in the huddle.

“It was usually him calling the plays and Kwon being the energy guy,” Bosa said. “And now it’s him doing both. He calls the play. He gets us lined up. And he brings the energy, so he’s really important.”