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Report: 49ers reach agreement with Brian Hoyer

Report: 49ers reach agreement with Brian Hoyer

Coach Kyle Shanahan has reportedly secured his first quarterback for the 49ers.

The 49ers on Wednesday reached a contract agreement with free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer on a two-year contract, the NFL Network reported. Hoyer previously played for Shanahan with the Cleveland Browns in 2014.

The NFL's open-negotiating period concludes Thursday at 1 p.m., at which time contracts can be signed to become official.

Hoyer, 31, has made 31 starts in his eight-year NFL career with Arizona, Cleveland, Houston and Chicago. He spent his first three NFL seasons with New England, appearing in 13 games.

In 2014, Hoyer started a career-high 13 games with the Browns and threw for a career-best 3,326 yards. He completed just 55.3 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Cleveland went 7-6 in Hoyer’s starts.

Last season, Hoyer made five starts for the Bears. He threw six touchdowns and no interceptions in 200 pass attempts for a passer rating of 98.0.

Hoyer is the only quarterback on the 49ers’ roster. Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract last week, while Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis are free agents.

 

49ers' Kyle Shanahan discusses 'unacceptable' Myles Garrett incident

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49ers' Kyle Shanahan discusses 'unacceptable' Myles Garrett incident

If you’ve been avoiding the internet for the past 12 hours, you might have missed one of the most controversial incidents of the NFL season.

In Thursday night’s game between the Browns and Steelers, a physical game ended in an ugly fashion when, after a hit on Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett responded to Rudolph charging the 6-foot-4, 271-pound lineman by swinging and hitting Rudolph in the head with his own helmet.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan hopes his team can learn from this situation, which has resulted in Garrett being suspended indefinitely through at least the rest of the season and playoffs if Cleveland qualifies.

"The main thing is you cannot lose your cool,” Shanahan said on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” show. “It's a very physical game and stuff. To play in the physicality like that, guys go to some dark places, but you have to control that, and obviously, he didn't there, and it looked like he had no idea where he was.

"That's going to cost their team. They've got a really easy schedule going forward. He's one of the best players in this league. That was one of the complete, most unacceptable things that I've ever seen on tape."

Several 49ers players reacted on social media to the fracas at the end of Thursday night’s game, including a strong take from fullback Kyle Juszcyzk.

"Yeah, I think that bothered a lot of players," Shanahan said. "I mean, this is a very dangerous game, and it's dangerous enough just playing in the rules. For someone to do that, that's completely unacceptable, and I think anybody who was watching that, player, fan, anybody, I'd be very surprised if they don't feel that exact same way."

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I highly doubt we'll be seeing helmet swinging from any NFL players going forward, but especially not anyone wearing a 49ers uniform.

Fred Warner does it all for 49ers' defense in Kwon Alexander's absence

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Fred Warner does it all for 49ers' defense in Kwon Alexander's absence

SANTA CLARA – Not only did the 49ers lose linebacker Kwon Alexander to a season-ending injury in Week 9, but linebacker Fred Warner did not play well that night against the Arizona Cardinals.

Warner responded Monday night with what 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh described as the best game of his two-year NFL career.

“I thought he was just on it,” Saleh said. “He played violent.”

Warner recorded 10 tackles, including the first two sacks of his career, and forced a fumble that DeForest Buckner scooped up and returned for a touchdown. He became the first player with that stat line since Chicago defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on Dec. 4, 2016.

Warner did it all for the 49ers’ defense in the club’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night at Levi's Stadium while taking on more responsibility with rookie Dre Greenlaw taking over for Alexander.

“That was really cool to watch, just him pick up the slack that we lost from Kwon and play with that much passion,” 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa said. “It’s fun to have him on the field.

“It was usually him calling the plays and Kwon being the energy guy. 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.”

Warner displayed his ability to rush the passer, which is a new look for the 49ers’ defense. Saleh said he believes the threat of Warner coming on blitzes will prove beneficial to the team’s defensive linemen.

“The most important thing for us is, by them having to account for him, especially using a lineman, is now you’ve got your four D-linemen in one-on-one situations, our four horses,” Saleh said. “If they’re in one-on-one situations, you’re pretty confident that one of them is going to win. They’ve got to bring in extra people to protect and now it’s are we blitzing or are we rushing four?

“It’s just a cat-and-mouse game. When you have to account for him, you’re freeing up your four horses in the one-on-one situations.”

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Warner and the 49ers return to action against the Cardinals on Sunday at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers' defense had its worst game on Oct. 31 in a 28-25 victory over Arizona, a game in which Warner had two missed tackles. Saleh said he expects more performances from Warner like the one he had against the Seahawks.

"He had a very good game and now it goes back to consistency being the truest measure of performance. He’s got to go stack it up and do it again," Saleh said.