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San Francisco 49ers Hoping Anthony Davis Can Return in Arizona

September 18th, 2014 at 6:57 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers had a major opportunity to head into Week 3 with a 2-0 record, however, after collapsing halfway through their matchup with the Chicago Bears, the Niners are a bit banged up and are hoping to avoid starting 1-2. In order to do so, the Niners may need more help at right tackle.

Anthony Davis has been nursing a hamstring issue which caused him to miss the season and home opener and has only participated in strength drills this week. This comes after Davis nearly missed the entire training camp and preseason as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. In his place has been third-year pro Jonathan Martin. Martin was decent during the preseason and did a serviceable job against the Dallas Cowboys but struggled mightily in the second half against the Bears, allowing Chicago's defense to come up with a pair of big late-game sacks on quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

According to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, Martin had posted a "-1.2 grade" for his Sunday evening performance, while also allowing four pressures on Kaep, per Pro Football Focus (which statistically attempts to grade an offensive lineman's play).

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Kaepernick Leads Meltdown in San Francisco 49ers’ Home Opener Loss

September 15th, 2014 at 2:46 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

17-0 late in the second quarter, with Levi's Stadium packed and overflowing in a sea of red jerseys, it appeared as though the San Francisco 49ers were halfway through a blowout victory…unfortunately, four turnovers from your starting quarterback is hard to withstand.

"Terrible," is Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick described his play during Monday night's 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears.

The Niners looked to be in control of everything in the first half of their home opener. The passing game was clicking, running back Frank Gore was finding holes and running hard, and the Niner's defense was disruptive and keeping all-purpose back Matt Forte in check. But suddenly the 49ers lost their edge as halftime approached. Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler fired a 17-yard pass into the endzone when Pro-Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall made a leaping, one-handed grab for the touchdown and cut the Niners lead to 17-7 at the half.

From there on out, Kaepernick looked like a boxer who had dominated the first six rounds of a fight, but took a stiff shot to the ribs as the sixth round expired. The air was taken out of the Niners QB, and despite the early lead, Kaep was shakened…taken out of his game…and made careless decisions mixed with sloppy play…only to have the momentum slip away.

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San Francisco 49ers Look to Open Levi’s Stadium with a Bang; 3 “X-Factors”

September 14th, 2014 at 2:22 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers quieted the doubters in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys with a 28-17 victory. In order to build on those good vibes, the Niners will look to give the home crowd a hearty welcome in Levi's Stadium's first regular season game.

Here's my three "X-Factors" for tonights game:

The starting corners: Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver sustained injuries against the Cowboys and both have been listed as "questionable." Brock suffered a toe injury, while Culliver suffered a concussion. Last weeks starters looked sharp during their time on the field, including Culliver's "scoop and score" for the games first touchdown, but with both players missing a big chunk of the game its hard to gauge how reliable they will be from week to week. This is Brock's first season as a true starter and Culliver missed all of last season with a ACL injury. Fortunately, Perrish Cox and Dontae Johnson came in to relieve Brock and Culliver and did an exceptional job. Cox came away with an interception and Johnson constantly disrupted the Cowboys with his play in coverage. Additionally, the Chicago Bears have arguably the best wide receiver duo in the league with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but both are questionable plays; Jeffery has a hamstring injury and Marshall is nursing an ankle injury.

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San Francisco 49ers Right Guard Alex Boone Hoping to Play More in Week 2

September 11th, 2014 at 3:58 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

San Francisco 49ers right guard Alex Boone held out virtually the entire training camp, but the Niner coaching staff held Boone out for virtually the entire first game. Boone hopes to see a much larger role in the teams second game of the season this Sunday evening.

Boone returned to the Niners days before their Week One matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. The Niners left Dallas with an impressive 28-17 victory despite Boone only playing four total snaps. Starting in place of Boone, who had started 32 consecutive regular season games before last week, was third-year pro Joe Looney. It was Looney's first career NFL start and just his fifth game he's ever been in.

Boone described the sideline experience as, "It sucked."

Since the former Ohio State guard patrolled the sideline, Boone had become a member of the Niner's scout-team for the time being.

"It was what it was. And whatever I can do to help the team." stated Boone.

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Kassim Osgood Signs and Returns to the San Francisco 49ers…again.

September 10th, 2014 at 9:28 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Over the past month, veteran wide receiver Kassim Osgood has been on a roller coaster ride, but hopefully for the veterans sake, that ride has come to an end. After the San Francisco 49ers granted the release of running back LaMichael James on Monday, the Niners quickly filled the remaining roster spot by resigning Osgood on Tuesday.

After being a victim to the last waive of cuts during Niners training camp, Osgood was resigned when management placed nose tackle Glenn Dorsey on the Injured/Reserve; Designated for Return list. However, with their Week One matchup with the Dallas Cowboys just days away and with a offensive line that was banged up and suspect during the preseason, the Niners came to terms with holdout right guard Alex Boone on a new contract.

In order to add Boone onto the active roster from the exempt list, the Niners were going to have to make another roster move…and once again, who's name comes up?…Surprise, surprise, it's Osgood. But once James approached the Niners brass following the their victory over the Cowboys, the 49ers quickly turned back to Osgood.

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