A chorus of 49ers players and staff have defended QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason after his shortcomings, perceived and actual, during this past postseason. One of the newest additions to the team, LT Trent Williams, added his voice to the mix. Williams played with a variety of quarterbacks during his time in Washington and he’d stack Garoppolo up against any of them.
“I think Jimmy G is awesome,” Williams said via NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “I think he has proven that he’s a quarterback that you can win with. In this league, it’s just hard to find. Quarterback is the toughest position and I think that’s why you see the contracts where they are. Having a quarterback that you know is going to make the right read, the right throw, I think that has to allow Kyle (Shanahan), you know, give him a chance to sleep at night because just having a guy you know who won’t throw the game away for you. You put him in the best position possible. He’ll win.”
- The Athletic’s Matt Barrows writes 49ers RB Raheem Mostert could sign an extension with San Francisco before TE George Kittle.
- 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne is another strong extension candidate in a long list of pending free agents, per Barrows.
- Barrows also mentions LB Fred Warner as a player San Francisco would likely prefer to extend following the 2020 season.
- 49ers K Robbie Gould has a team option for 2021 at a $5.3 million cap hit.
- If 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon isn’t healthy, Barrows lists Jeff Wilson and UDFA’s JaMycal Hasty and Salvon Ahmed as the primary competitors for the third-down receiving back role.
- ESPN’s Brady Henderson doesn’t expect Seahawks RB Chris Carson to cede more work to RB Carlos Hyde than he did to RB Rashaad Penny last year.
- Carson should still be Seattle’s workhorse, but Hyde offers insurance as Carson recovers from a hip injury. The former seventh-round pick has also finished two of his three seasons on injured reserve.
- Henderson mentions Seattle could save some money in per-game roster bonuses if they make Hyde an inactive when Penny returns.
- Seattle expects Penny to begin the season on the PUP list which would keep him out until at least Week 7.
- Henderson points out the Seahawks are high on fourth-round RB Deejay Dallas‘ pass protection and receiving skills, making him a strong candidate to be the third-down back.
- Dallas former teammate at Miami, second-year Seahawks RB Travis Homer, also likely has a good shot at a roster spot because of his ability on special teams and Penny’s injury.