49ers fans have noticed how good Evan Engram is
We study that and extra on this week’s “Five Questions” phase
Neither the New York Giants nor the San Francisco 49ers have a lot to brag about this season, with a mixed document of 1-16. Let’s study extra about this week’s opponent for the Giants. David Fucillo of SB Nation’s Niners Nation solutions our “Five Questions” this week.
Ed: Let’s get the Jimmy Garoppolo stuff out of the best way. A two-parter. Are you OK with the 49ers not taking part in him this Sunday towards the Giants? What do you make of the stuff we have been listening to about San Francisco maybe not signing him to a long-term deal?
David: I’m snug with the 49ers not taking part in him on Sunday merely due to the group’s harm report. They are anticipated to get left sort out Joe Staley again after their Week 11 bye, and so they have a bunch of offensive gamers coping with numerous accidents. I feel Garoppolo might survive regardless of that, however given the potential funding in him, I see no purpose to hurry this factor. It appears like he is making progress studying the playbook, and his beginning standing shall be predicated totally on that. If it takes by the bye week, I can stay with that.
I feel the discuss not signing him is simply a part of the conventional negotiation dance. That’s to not say this shall be a stroll within the park getting a deal finished, as a result of given his lack of expertise and upcoming free company, it is difficult. Do you give him an enormous deal? A shorter prove-it deal? Something else? It’s difficult, however I feel the 49ers and Garoppolo can get a deal finished. Garoppolo is the man they appear to need proper now, and I feel they get a deal finished.
Ed: Despite the Zero-9 document, are there issues that make you optimistic in regards to the 49ers’ future? If so, what are they?
David: The group entered this season very clearly getting into a rebuilding course of. Sure, fans anticipated greater than an Zero-9 begin to the season, however few folks have been deluded into considering this group may be aggressive for a playoff spot. Instead, we have seen a group that has had comparatively shut losses in six video games, and pretty ugly losses in three video games. Wins could be nice, however given the state of the group, excessive draft picks are vital. There’s no assure the group will hit on the picks, however a high two or three choose on the very least provides the group an opportunity to deal down within the first spherical, and doubtlessly deal up from the second spherical.
The group acquired Jimmy Garoppolo per week and a half in the past, and whereas he has but to play in a sport, it is the primary time since Colin Kaepernick signed his contract extension that individuals really feel like there could possibly be a solution at quarterback for the foreseeable future. Shortly after Kaepernick signed his extension, issues went south, with Jim Harbaugh finally leaving, retirements and accidents scuttling the expertise round Kaepernick, and the quarterback himself coping with inconsistency and accidents. All that is to say, Garoppolo has a whole lot of work in entrance of him, however there is optimism.
On the defensive facet of the ball, younger gamers like DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Jaquiski Tartt, and Reuben Foster might present a robust basis upon which to construct. The 2017 draft particularly is already paying dividends, with potential starters rising in a wide range of areas. Already, the primary three picks are within the beginning lineup, and so they have gotten strong contributions from fourth and fifth spherical picks. It’s a giant step in the fitting path.
Ed: What are your ideas on Kyle Shanahan as a head coach?
David: It’s been an attention-grabbing first 9 months. It’s exhausting to evaluate his work with the offense given the accidents and roster turnover. He was introduced in to revive this offense, and that is a piece in progress. However, given a few of the criticisms about him so far as his emotional maturity, he is off to a robust begin. He and John Lynch are typically very trustworthy with regards to transactions. Shanahan is open to speaking Xs and Os, versus some coaches that fake they’re defending nuclear secrets and techniques. Even as issues have been a wrestle, his relationship with the media appears superb. Loads of that is window-dressing with regards to what actually issues, however when a corporation is as deep within the rebuilding course of because the 49ers, you search for the little issues.
Ed: If you may take one participant off the Giants NOT NAMED ODELL BECKHAM JR. (he is on IR, anyway) who would it not be? Why?
David: On offense I might seize Evan Engram. The 49ers want play-makers and Engram would add some depth at tight finish. He and George Kittle would pair to make for a reasonably harmful tight finish duo. On protection, I am considering we add veteran edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul. The 49ers go rush has been inconsistent, and JPP would presently lead the 49ers in sacks. It’s that dangerous.
Ed: Who are some comparatively unknown gamers for the 49ers that Giants fans ought to concentrate on on Sunday?
David: On offense, hold a watch out for the 49ers receivers. They’re all principally unknown. Louis Murphy (signed this week) and Marquise Goodwin are probably the most skilled. If the 49ers are going to interrupt an enormous acquire on a go play, Goodwin is the man who will do it. Rookie receiver Victor Bolden handles kick and punt return duties now that Trent Taylor is out. Bolden has pace, so hold a watch out for him within the return sport.
On protection, the 2 beginning cornerbacks stay beneath the radar. Dontae Johnson is within the remaining yr of his rookie contract, whereas Ahkello Witherspoon was a 3rd spherical choose this yr. They are going to get burned at instances, however each are exhibiting indicators of strong play. Neither seems to be like a transparent No. 1 cornerback, but when the group have been to take a position a excessive choose or large free agent bucks in a No. 1 nook, they’d be in nice form behind him. You also can hold a watch out without spending a dime security Adrian Colbert. The seventh spherical choose got here in as a cornerback however was getting work at security as nicely to supply depth. Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt have been each misplaced for the season, and so Colbert is now the beginning free security.