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Posted by: liny195 on Aug. 23 2019,04:34
well and was very consistent < Womens Roger Craig Jersey > , and that’s all you can ask for in a young player,“ is what former 49ers’ linebacker Patrick Willis said in an interview earlier this week. One of most beloved 49ers’ players offering high praise for a rookie has got to be exciting for a fan base that’s dealt with numerous exits at the linebacking position. Starting with the retirement of Willis and linebacker Chris Borland to the decline of linebacker NaVorro Bowman and the surprise release of Reuben Foster, the 49ers haven’t been particularly lucky at this position over the past few years. Yet, with their third-round selection in 2017, GM John Lynch selected BYU’s Fred Warner to pair alongside Foster for the foreseeable future. Instead, a two-game suspension to Foster and eventual release led to the rise of the rookie. Warner finished the season 12th in the NFL with 124 tackles, and forced one fumble this past season. His sideline-to-sideline athleticism, sure-handed tackling, and ability to play well in pass coverage has put him at the forefront of the top young linebackers. Let’s break down some highlights from this season to see Warner’s strong play and where he could use some work heading into year two.In his debut at Minnesota, Warner had himself a heckuva game, forcing a fumble on this play against Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook. The best part of this play is that Warner comes flying from behind to punch the ball out.Once again, Warner’s speed and burst through the line of scrimmage is evident < Ronnie Lott Jersey > , as he’s able to wrap up Cook for a loss on the play here. The former BYU linebacker is showing off his vision here, as he’s able to blow past the Vikings’ offensive linemen. Now, in pass coverage, Warner’s covering the middle of the field in a zone defense and immediately brings down wideout Stefon Diggs after the catch — not giving up any yards after the reception. Against the Lions, Warner shows off his ability to tackle a larger back in LeGarrette Blount. The 49ers’ rookie shoots the gap and brings Blount down with relative ease.With Warner’s run-tackling skills on display, let’s move to his coverage ability — whether it be running backs out of the backfield or receivers in the slot. First up, against the Chiefs, Warner’s matched up against ex-Chief running back Kareem Hunt. The 49ers’ linebacker stays in Hunt’s hip pocket, not letting him catch the pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.Not only can Warner cover running backs, but he’s also great with receivers in the slot, as evidenced by this play from the game against the Raiders. Warner’s now in coverage against wideout Seth Roberts and the rookie is able to deflect quarterback Derek Carr’s pass away for the incompletion.When the 49ers hosted the Giants on Monday Night Football, Warner played with an extra edge — especially when he lined up against wideout Odell Beckham Jr. Early in the second quarter < Y.A. Tittle Jersey > , there was a play that ended with a Warner deflection and a little bit of trash talking. It showed that the rookie wasn’t afraid of the big moment on the big stage against one of the faces of the NFL.Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and the 49ers’ defensive coaching staff have no fear playing Warner late in close games. Once again, he’s in coverage against Beckham Jr. and is able to come up with the deflection.For a rookie, Warner came into the 49ers’ building, took on the MIKE linebacker role, called out all the defensive signals and became the future of the defense, alongside DL DeForest Buckner. Heading into his second season, Warner’s going to have to work on getting stronger and continue to develop his mental game. His tackling ability — both in run and pass coverage — has been exemplary and hopefully carries over into his sophomore season. The 49ers are bracing themselves for the worst, thinking quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season after he injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City.Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said: “We fear an ACL. We’ll find out more tomorrow.”That would mean C.J. Beathard is in line to start at quarterback.Garoppolo was 20 of 30 for 251 yards with two touchdowns and no picks against the Chiefs, and he was at his best in trying to rally the 49ers late. But after driving for a potential score in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo was flushed from the pocket and headed for the sideline.He appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled — just as Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow. Garoppolo wound up leaving on a cart.Also in that game, cornerback Richard Sherman left with a calf injury < http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-jerry-rice-jersey > , safety Adrian Colbert hurt his ankle and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left with a wrist injury.Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford left with a groin injury in the fourth quarter.Another quarterback was injured when the Titans’ Blaine Gabbert was knocked out of the game at Jacksonville in the first quarter with a concussion.He was replaced by Marcus Mariota, who sat out last week’s victory against Houston because of an elbow injury sustained in the season opener. He was still experiencing arm weakness along with numbness and tingling in two fingers this week, saying the injury affects the velocity and spin he gets on the football.Mariota directed three scoring drives in relief of Gabbert, including one in the fourth quarter, and Tennessee knocked off the Jaguars 9-6.Titans punt returner Adoree Jackson also left with a concussion.Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell left the game in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury.Green Bay defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off in the second quarter against Washington with an ankle injury, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left with a back injury.Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses left in the first quarter with a concussion. He was replaced by Ty Nsekhe.In other games:— Bills center Russell Bodine, who started in place of Ryan Groy, limped off with leg cramps in the third quarter against Minnesota. Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (ankle) left in the first quarter and did not return. Right tackle Rashod Hill (ankle) limped off in the second quarter.— Indianapolis right tackle Joe Haeg left with an ankle injury, while Philadelphia safety Rodney McLeod left with a right knee injury after colliding with teammate Jalen Mills in the third quarter.— Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a groin injury at Carolina, while nose tackle Ryan Glasgow was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury.— Miami defensive end William Hayes (right knee) was hurt when he sacked Oakland’s Derek Carr and missed the second half. Andre Branch hurt his knee in the second half. Tight end A.J. Derby (foot) also sat out the second half. Linebacker Chase Allen suffered a foot injury in the first half.— New Orleans reserve cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted from the field early in the third quarter at Atlanta with a left ankle injury. Falcons safety Ricardo Allen left early in overtime with a left calf injury. He was helped to the sideline and then driven on a cart to the locker room. Reserve cornerback Justin Bethel suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. Atlanta rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.— Giants tight end Evan Engram (knee) left in the second quarter at Houston. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton injured his groin in the first quarter and didn’t return. Houston WR Bruce Ellington injured his hamstring in the first quarter and didn’t return. Guard Senio Kelemete (knee) left in the second quarter.— Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field. The Pro Bowl selection didn’t return. Aqib Talib then left in the second half. Kick returner JoJo Natson injured his hand in the first half and didn’t return.