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Kyle Shanahan bemoans 49ers' mistakes, but he'll gladly take Week 1 win

Kyle Shanahan bemoans 49ers' mistakes, but he'll gladly take Week 1 win

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yes, the 49ers won their first game of the 2019 NFL season, but coach Kyle Shanahan left Raymond James Stadium knowing they still have plenty of work to do.

And he'll let his players know it.

"It's fun to win when you can still be hard on the guys the next day," Shanahan said Sunday after the 49ers' 31-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "There's lots of stuff on that tape that could have cost us the game in all three phases.

"Very rarely is it perfect, and I was very disappointed with that, but to still be able to pull out a win says a lot about the guys we got in there, how important it was to them how hard they were fighting. They weren't looking to make excuses or to blame anyone. They all just kept grinding, and when you do that, usually good things happen."

Good things happened on defense, as the 49ers generated four turnovers, but the offense gave away the ball twice. Another problem was penalties, with three San Francisco touchdowns called back after flags were thrown, and 11 total infractions costing the 49ers 87 yards in field position. 

“We didn’t play our best ball today, but the guys played very hard,” Shanahan said. “... Just a lot of self-inflicted wounds that we weren’t proud of. But for the guys to still battle and fight and come up with that win just shows how hard the guys fought, especially in this heat.”

That heat particularly affected three players -- running back Matt Breida, defensive back K’Waun Williams and kicker Robbie Gould -- who were sidelined during the game because of hydration issues, although all eventually returned.

Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t play his best, completing 18 of 27 passes for just 166 yards and one touchdown with one interception in his first regular-season start after ACL surgery. The 49ers' ground game also struggled, with all three running backs combining for 100 yards on 30 carries.

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Shanahan put some of the onus for those offensive issues on himself.

“I think the whole offense was shaky,” the coach said. “I think he made a couple of good throws, but Jimmy and everyone else, including myself, needs to get a lot more consistent. There are some things out there that we missed, which made it a much tighter game than it needed to be."

The process of fixing those issues starts this coming week in Youngstown, Ohio, where the 49ers will practice in preparation for their Week 2 clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan provides injury updates on key players

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan provides injury updates on key players

After two seasons of an inordinate amount of injuries, the 49ers could be peaking health wise at the right time.

Coach Kyle Shanahan gave an injury update via conference call Sunday following the team’s third preseason game, and the news was positive. Several players will be returning to practice, and some will even be cleared to play in Thursday’s game facing the Chargers. 

The only player who sustained an injury facing the Chiefs was Kyle Juszczyk. X-rays on his hand came back negative after it collided with a helmet. The team had not planned to have him play on Thursday regardless. 

Most of the players who were injured prior to the game remained in Santa Clara instead of traveling to Kansas City so they could work with the training staff during the short week. 

Here’s the list of players and what Shanahan had to say about their status for the week: 

Nick Bosa (ankle)

"He’s still rehabbing and doing well," Shanahan said. "We know there’s a chance for him in Week 1, and that’s what we’re hoping for, but that would get a little bit more clear I think after this week.”

Bosa sustained an ankle sprain on Aug. 7 during practice when an offensive lineman fell onto his lower leg. The 49ers, at first, feared a significant injury. But there was an amount of relief when Bosa was evaluated and it was discovered he had not sustained a high-ankle sprain. Bosa, the No. 2 overall draft pick, had gotten off to a strong start in training camp.

DB K’Waun Williams (knee) 

“I think we’ll up his stuff a little bit this week. I don’t know if we’ll be able to have a practice to involve him. We’ll see here over these next two days. We plan to get him back on the field in individual and stuff, but I don’t know if he’ll be ready for practice.” 

Williams has been solid as the slot cornerback for the 49ers. While his job isn’t in jeopardy if he can’t immediately return to the field, it does have an impact on the other defensive backs. If he needs more time to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, Jimmie Ward might need to assume that role, which would open up a spot for Tarvarius Moore at safety. 

S Adrian Colbert (hamstring) 

“We expect him to come back and be able to play this week.” 

Colbert had an impactful end to his rookie season, but has yet been able to live up to the expectations of the coaching staff, partially due to injury. What he really needed was to make the most out of every snap in the preseason to earn a spot.

He has one more shot left during the preseason after missing the game in Kansas City. 

OG Joshua Garnett (finger) 

“Should be able to practice and play.” 

The depth on the offensive line is thin after losing swing tackle Shon Colman for the season. Garnett has needed to prove his worth of being a former first-round draft pick, but there is a little likelihood that he will be cut without better options on the roster. 

C Weston Richburg (knee) 

“Hoping to activate Richburg this week so they can get him into practice this week. It depends on how it went, when we left him behind. I was told over the phone that it went well. 

“We’ll see tomorrow when we bring him out onto the field. If he’s good enough to go with some people, then we’ll get him off of that so at least he can take some snaps with our quarterback and get a guy in front of him instead of just a bag and a trainer.”

The 49ers need Richburg healthy to protect their franchise quarterback, but they also are thinking long term. With Mike Person available to play at guard, Ben Garland had a respectable showing with the first team in Kansas City and could stand in until Richburg is completely healthy. 

RB Raheem Mostert (quad) 

"Mostert, he had that quad over the weekend so I don’t know how he is today, but hopefully he will be able to get back this week. I don’t know if he will tomorrow.”

Because of Mostert’s special teams abilities his roster spot is not in jeopardy, but it could affect how the team looks at Jeff Wilson Jr., and Austin Walters. 

RB Jerick McKinnon (knee)

“McKinnon, we are hoping to get out there a little bit this week not necessarily in the game, but practice.” 

The team will not rush McKinnon back as they have enough depth in the running backs room to be effective until he can return. Expect Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman to carry the bulk of the work. 

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Other players fighting for a roster spot at positions with depth that should be able to practice and then play facing the Chargers are LB Elijah Lee (thumb), DL Jullian Taylor (back) and DL Ronald Blair (groin) 

TE George Kittle (calf), DE Dee Ford (knee) and WR Jalen Hurd (back) will all likely return to practice but are not expected to play in the game on Thursday. 

49ers camp report: How offense, defense are evenly matched in red zone

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49ers camp report: How offense, defense are evenly matched in red zone

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers devoted 1-on-1 and team sessions to work in the red zone Thursday, where the team's offense has struggled mightily the past two seasons.

“I thought it was pretty evenly matched, some good, some bad,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s all scripted plays and stuff. It’s scripted defenses, scripted offenses. So we are trying to get certain looks to go against stuff.

“We’re on the fifth day right now. That was our first red-zone period, so we’ll continue trying to do that almost every day.”

The offense, as should be expected without a pass rush to hurry the quarterback, had the upper hand during the 1-on-1 drills. Wide receivers Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin and Jordan Matthews had strong showings.

Among the highlights in the team period, Deebo Samuel caught a touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo, while Pettis and C.J. Beathard hooked up for a score, and Nick Mullens found tight end Ross Dwelley between three defenders in the middle of the end zone for a 9-yard score.

“I think compared to where we were at in OTAs, I think we’ve made some good strides," Garoppolo said. "Guys making plays and getting in the end zone, it’s hard down there, but I thought we had a pretty good day.”

One of the better -- and more physical -- matchups pitted slot receiver Trent Taylor against nickel back K’Waun Williams. The two locked up in multiple head-to-head contests with the results evenly split.

The 49ers have added some size to their group of receivers and tight ends, including Matthews and veteran tight end Levine Toilolo, which could help in red-zone situations.

“It’s hard down there to get guys as open, especially versus zones because zones are all smaller and then versus man, you don’t really have to defend the go route, so guys squat on you,” Shanahan said. “When they squat on you, they can hold you, and it’s hard to get away from that holding, and it doesn’t always get called. When you do have a bigger guy, they can defeat holding, but it’s going to depend on their ball skills and how much they can do that.”

Offensive Play of the Day

On the first pass play of the 11-on-11 portion, Garoppolo had time to throw after running back Matt Breida picked up Malcolm Smith on a blitz. Garoppolo then delivered a 25-yard pass on a corner route to Bourne.

Defensive Plays of the Day

Middle linebacker Fred Warner had a strong two-play sequence in which he read Garoppolo and undercut a route on the left side to break up a pass (he should have intercepted it). Then, Warner came back on the next play to supply good coverage and wrap up running back Tevin Coleman for a short gain on the right side.

Injury report

Guard Joshua Garnett is expected to miss three weeks of practice after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair his ring finger on his right hand. The finger was dislocated Saturday and Sunday. Garnett's extended absence would appear to wrap up a starting job for Mike Person, who was given a veteran day off.

DeForest Buckner was held out of practice with a mild toe strain, according to the team. Edge rusher Dee Ford is experiencing tendinitis in his left knee and was held out of 11-on-11 work.

Running back Jeffrey Wilson is expected to miss a week or two with a calf injury, Shanahan said.

Defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore, a three-year pro who got off to a good start at training camp, sustained what the team fears is a significant groin injury. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI examination.

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This ‘n’ That

On the day, Garoppolo completed 10 of 14 pass attempts, while Mullens was five of seven, and Beathard was five of 12. ...

Coleman got the better of cornerback Richard Sherman when he ran him over after catching a short pass from Beathard along the right side. ...

Defensive end Arik Armstead executed a bull rush against right tackle Mike McGlinchey and drove him into the ground while Garoppolo completed a pass to Matthews across the middle. ...

The 49ers hosted a group of first responders and their families in the community corner. The group included the family of Tara O’Sullivan, the Sacramento police officer who was killed in the line of duty in June. ...

Former 49ers kicker Joe Nedney was a guest of Robbie Gould at practice.

Next up

The 49ers return to practice Friday at 10 a.m. on the team's Santa Clara workout facility.