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Mathieu explains what makes 49ers' passing game easy to read

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Mathieu explains what makes 49ers' passing game easy to read

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu on Tuesday revealed more of his team’s book on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a radio interview.

Mathieu, a third-year pro, recorded two interceptions, including one he returned 33 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 47-7 victory over the 49ers on Sunday. Mathieu’s touchdown came two minutes after Justin Bethel had a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown. Kaepernick threw a career-worst four interceptions.

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Mathieu said during his appearance on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio that he was not taking any shots at Kaepernick or offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, but he said his film study of the 49ers made is easy for the Cardinals to “anticipate routes and get good breaks on the ball.”

“The world knows what type of quarterback Colin Kaepernick is,” Mathieu said. “Obviously, he’s a dual threat. He can beat you in the passing game, if you let him.

“A lot of their pass concepts are designed for him to run to his right, to our left, to make it an easier read and to make it an easier throw. Because you think about their passing game, a lot of those things are roll-out passes, so you basically cut the field in half and it makes it easier for the quarterback to read. But it also makes it easier for the defense to kind of anticipate where the ball is about to go.”

Mathieu and the Cardinals face the 49ers again on Nov. 29 at Levi’s Stadium. He said he expects the 49ers to make some adjustments, but he does not figure the club is capable of enacting dramatic changes during the season.

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“I’m sure those guys are hearing this and they’re going to switch a few things here and there, but you talk about the NFL, and every team has an identity,” Mathieu said. “Some teams are able to get out of that identity for maybe a game or two. But most teams are going to stay the same because that’s what they’ve been coaching all offseason, all in the spring, and they’ve been practicing those plays for a very long time.

“I don’t expect much to change. But what I do expect is for them to come out and try to establish a passing game because they couldn’t do that last Sunday.”

Kaepernick completed just 9 of 19 passing attempts for 67 yards with no touchdowns and a career-low passer rating of 16.7.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Kaepernick had won four of five career starts against Arizona. He entered the game with nine touchdowns and one interception against the Cardinals for a passer rating of 106.2.

Source: 49ers, Nick Bosa scheduled to meet at Ohio State's Pro Day

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Source: 49ers, Nick Bosa scheduled to meet at Ohio State's Pro Day

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 49ers’ traveling party that includes general manager John Lynch and vice president of player personnel Adam Peters has moved on to Ohio State.

Lynch and Peters attended Alabama’s pro day on Tuesday and met with potential No. 2 overall pick Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle.

On Wednesday, the 49ers are scheduled to meet with another possibility for the second overall selection, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, according to a source.

The 49ers and Bosa are scheduled to have dinner, reports Albert Breer of the MMQB. But a source has told NBC Sports Bay that the 49ers hope to move the date up to a late lunch.

Bosa is not scheduled to work out on Wednesday. The plan all along was to test well enough at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that any re-dos were not necessary. Bosa's marks ranked favorably against his brother Joey, the No. 3 overall pick in three years ago.

Nick Bosa is completely healthy after his final season at Ohio State was cut short due to a core muscle injury.

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Among the other top draft prospects at Ohio State are quarterback Dwayne Haskins, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, and offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince.

49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

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49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

The 49ers named Dustin Little head athletic trainer Tuesday, locking in one of the final pieces of their new strength and conditioning and athletic training structure. 

After 17 players spent time on injured reserve during the 2018 season and 24 players the season prior, the 49ers sought change. The team fired longtime head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson and head of strength and conditioning Ray Wright. 

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both identified streamlining the two programs as an offseason priority. 

“It’s about where we want to go, how we can make the overall process of it better,” Shanahan said after the season ended. “Injuries happen, and we’ve looked into that, and we’re going to do everything we can to improve that. We have to, because that has hurt us a lot in the last two years.”

“We consulted with some other teams,” Lynch said a few months ago. “Organizations in some other sports, looking for the right answers, and trying to put our own stamp on it. We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. We’re just trying to get that deal right."

Hiring Ben Peterson as the head of player health and performance several weeks ago was the first step of that process. Peterson and Little will work together closely, as the 49ers model their structure after the NHL and NBA. 

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“We are excited to add Dustin to our health and performance team and believe he is a tremendous fit for our group,” Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “A wide net was cast for this search, and we simply kept coming back to him. 

“Our due diligence and a great recommendation from the Broncos organization, which is highly regarded for the care of its players, made us extremely confident in bringing Dustin aboard.”

Little comes to Santa Clara after spending more than five years in Denver in a variety of roles, including as an assistant athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation.