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NFL QB Power Rankings Week 2: Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr slip after losses

NFL QB Power Rankings Week 2: Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr slip after losses

Every week, NBC Sports Bay Area ranks the NFL's men under center. After each lost in Week 1, where did Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr end up ahead of Week 2? Read on to find out...

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: OK, that was ridiculous what he did Sunday night -- even by his own standards. (Last week: 2)

2. Tom Brady, New England: There’s nothing personal about dropping him one spot. This was all about Rodgers. (1)

3. Drew Brees, New Orleans: It’s going to take a lot for anyone to crack this Top 3 this season. (3)

4. Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers: He’d be even better if any of his receivers could catch a deep ball. (5)

5. Russell Wilson, Seattle: The supporting cast is nowhere near what it’s been, but the Seahawks still have a chance because of him. (6)

6. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota: As long as defenders do not turn around to find the ball, he’ll continue to make big plays. (10)

7. Alex Smith, Washington: The folks in the nation’s capital have reason to be united in their support of the new QB. (11)

8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: Things are a bit wacky in Pittsburgh, and his five turnovers certainly did not help against the lowly Browns. (4)

9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit: He’s had too many seasons of production for him to drop him out of the top 10 after one horrendous game. (7)

10. Cam Newton, Carolina: Did nothing particularly good or bad as a passer and led the team with 58 rushing yards. (13)

11. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams: The North Bay kid came through with a solid showing in helping his team pull away from Raiders on Monday. (14)

12. Deshaun Watson, Houston: Down by 18 points in third quarter, the Texans rallied to at least give New England a challenge. (9)

13. Matt Ryan, Atlanta: He looked skittish, and his passes were inaccurate and had no zip. Other than those issues and the loss to Philly, it was a good opening week. (8)

14. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati: Don’t be fooled by appearances, this guy is tough. (19)

15. Joe Flacco, Baltimore: He might petition the NFL to move Baltimore into the AFC East, so he can face the Bills twice a season. (20)

16. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants: He should have fewer bruises in the coming weeks when he is not facing the Jaguars defense. (17)

17. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay: The 14th season might be the charm for Fitzpatrick, who was darn-near perfect in opener vs. the Saints. (28)

18. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis: He is clearly a better quarterback than a snowboarder. (21)

19. Dak Prescott, Dallas: Since Prescott led the Cowboys to an 11-game win streak in 2016 and prompted Tony Romo to retire, his team is 11-11. (18)

20. JIMMY GAROPPOLO, 49ERS: Finally, he loses. Some of it was his fault. Some of it was not. (15, tied)

21. DEREK CARR, RAIDERS: Jared Cook is certainly not complaining about the direction of the offense with Carr and Jon Gruden in charge. (15, tied)

22. Nick Foles, Philadelphia: He is going to have to play a lot better for the Eagles to remain in the hunt while Carson Wentz continues to rehab. (12)

23. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City: His arrow is pointing up. It looks like Andy Reid knows what he’s doing. (30)

24. Ryan Tannehill, Miami: He is undefeated in games that take at least seven hours to finish. (25)

25. Case Keenum, Denver: His 329 yards rank him No. 5 in the league after one week. Now, he must cut down on the number of passes that go to the other team. (26)

26. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville: His instructions are simple: Don’t screw it up. (22)

27. Sam Darnold, N.Y. Jets: His debut got a heck of a lot better after his first attempt was intercepted for a touchdown. The Jets might have found a keeper. (32)

28. Sam Bradford, Arizona: No home team scored fewer points than the two FGs that Bradford’s offense managed. (24)

29. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago: After a strong start, the Bears could not protect a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in their Week 1 loss to Rodgers and the Packers. (29)

30. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee: Even before Blaine Gabbert replaced him due to an elbow injury, things were not going smoothly. (23)

31. Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland: Only the Browns can be a plus-five in turnover margin and not win. Granted, it wasn’t a loss; but the winless streak continues. (27)

32. Josh Allen/Nathan Peterman, Buffalo: At this point, it doesn't matter. It did not take long in the opener for the Bills to pull the plug on Peterman and insert the wide-eyed rookie. (31)

Dante Pettis' progress clear to 49ers teammates, coaches at minicamp

Dante Pettis' progress clear to 49ers teammates, coaches at minicamp

SANTA CLARA — Dante Pettis turned the right heads at 49ers minicamp last week. 

Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens, as well as coach Kyle Shanahan, all noticed marked improvement in the receiver ahead of his second NFL season. 

Garoppolo has seen a physical transformation from Pettis. The QB thinks believes that Pettis' added muscle weight will help the receiver on the field. 

“Dante’s body is maturing,” Garoppolo said. “He’s coming out of breaks with power, he has speed. It doesn’t look like he’s moving very fast but really is. It’s a weird thing for a quarterback to get used to. He’s different than most guys running.”  

Garoppolo detailed how visually different Pettis’ speed is when you compare him to what Marquise Goodwin does. 

Those differences even extend to teammate -- and Olympic hopeful -- Marquise Goodwin. Garoppolo said that requires him to adjust when he's targeting Pettis. 

“Where Marquise looks like he’s running really fast, and he is running really fast, where with Dante it’s different,” Garoppolo said. “Being able to get on the same page with him, I think these last few weeks have been very important. 

“It’s just different. It’s hard to describe unless you’re seeing it, but you’re trying to throw it while he’s coming out of a break, but he comes out of break differently than most guys. It’s so hard on the defense that you really just know he’s going to get open, you just don’t want to miss him.”  

Pettis' physical change was clear to Shanahan, too. But Shanahan has also noticed improvements on the mental side, and said he thinks Pettis' hunger to improve is clear. 

“When I saw him the first week he got back to see the size that he had put on, not that he’s going to be real noticeably different to everyone, but he worked while he was gone,” Shanahan said. “He worked while he was away. He tried to get bigger. 

“He worked more at his routes and he came here with the idea of ‘Hey, I’m not just coming here to get better back in shape, I’m coming here to get better.’”

Pettis has said he is more comfortable in the 49ers' offense with a year of experience, and that was clear to Mullens.

“Yeah you can tell,” Mullens said. “You know, Dante has always had the physical talent of being so shaky, making guys miss and routing guys up. Now he doesn’t have to think about the play, he can go naturally do that.
 

“So things are coming very natural for him he’s making a lot of plays out there and it’s great to see. It’s been awesome to see him develop.” 

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Pettis isn't hesitating, and his confidence is clear. When you combine that with his physical and mental development, the young receiver seems ready to have a bigger role in his second NFL season.

“He’s making a lot of plays, being very consistent, and Dante can set the speed," Mullens said. "I think you guys have been able to see that and so he’s making a lot of plays and he’s a great teammate.” 

Will 49ers look to trade backup QBs C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens?

Will 49ers look to trade backup QBs C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens?

One of the major competitions being waged on the 49ers’ practice field is for a spot the club hopes will never be asked to play a significant role this season.

The 49ers’ hopes for the season hinge in large part on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing at a high level for 16 games. Behind him, in a too-close-to-call competition are C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens.

Once training camp opens in late-July, the competition for the backup role will heat up. Mullens outplayed Beathard last year, but all that did was create a level playing field for the competition that will ensue this summer.

This week marked the conclusion of the team’s official offseason program. Here are some questions submitted via Facebook:

What's the likelihood we trade one of our backup QBs to a team that loses a QB to injury? ( David Cummings)
The 49ers have three options:
1. Cut C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens.
2. Keep three QBs on their 53-man roster.
3. Trade Beathard or Mullens.

Of those three options, there is no question the 49ers would rather trade one of their reserve quarterbacks.

I’m of the opinion right now that they are fine with either Beathard or Mullens as the backup to Jimmy Garoppolo. If another team feels a need to add a backup, I believe the 49ers would be open to trading either one – whichever player the other team wants more and will attract the better compensation.

Will Robbie be the starting kicker come the start of the regular season? (Richard Burley)
Robbie Gould has not publicly stated his intention, other than he has demanded a trade. (The 49ers said, in essence, “No, thanks. We want you to be our kicker.”)

It is difficult to imagine that Gould would forfeit more than $290,000 per game. The 49ers expect him to be on the field in Week 1 of the regular season. Jonathan Brown was the only kicker to participate in the offseason program. Right now, he’s their insurance policy.

Is there a possibility after the cutdowns start the 49ers will possibly pick up a savvy veteran guard or center considering the uncertainty and shakiness of our interior offensive line? (John Mayfield)
Based on their approach this offseason, the 49ers do not agree with your description of “uncertainty” and “shakiness” as it pertains to the interior of their offensive line.

There’s always a possibility of picking up someone for depth, but the addition of Ben Garland, who can play both guard and center, likely took care of that.

From what you've seen Matt, which WR has impressed you and the coaching staff the most? (Paul Martinez)
The 49ers’ top-two receivers during the offseason program were Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor. If Taylor remains healthy, he should benefit greatly from the tutelage of new receivers coach Wes Welker.

Considering the size of the front seven on defense are there concerns about our potential to defend against the run with the new Wide 9 scheme? (R.L. Stephens)
That is precisely why the 49ers’ defense now has three smaller, quicker stack linebackers. The Wide 9 is designed for the defensive ends to set the edge quicker to force running backs to cut inside earlier.

It also puts far more pressure on the linebackers to step up and cover more ground to prevent big plays on those plays.

Who is a name that might be a surprise cut before the 53-man roster is made? (Michael Tavares)
If I write the name here, he won’t be a surprise cut, right?

I’ll give you three players to watch. At first, I thought Marquise Goodwin might have a difficult time making the team. But he looked really good during the offseason program, and he does give the 49ers they don’t have anywhere else with his speed.

Veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith will have to earn his way. Elijah Lee and Dre Greenlaw look good, and they have special-teams value, too. Tight end Garrett Celek will be trying to come back from back surgery. I think he faces some pretty big odds at this stage of his career to remain on the team.

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Who are the starting safeties at the beginning of the season? (Nick Gillo)
Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt. (Insert the obligatory, “If healthy.”)

With Shanahan talking about having great depth, predict the biggest 2020 offseason needs. (Jeff Bratton)
I predict the biggest needs for next season will be determined by what happens this season.