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There are plenty of questions coming into the season regarding quarterback status, and San Francisco’s defense, which played a key role in the success of the supplement, will look a lot different.
Training Camp Location: Santa Clara, California
SAP Performance Facility
Beginner’s Report Date: July 26
Veteran Report Date: July 26
Main collectibles: CB Charvarius Ward, DT Hassan Ridgway, LB Oren Burkes, TE Tyler Croft, S. George Odom
Main losses: RB Raheem Mostert, OL Laken Tomlinson, DE Arden Key, DT DJ Jones, CB K’Waun Williams, S Jaquiski Tartt, OG Tom Compton
Losing Laken Tomlinson and Tom Compton is sure to hurt the 49ers’ attacking streak, who will need to bring in his A game to protect Trey Lance in his first season as a full-time rookie. Moving Jimmy Garoppolo has been among San Francisco’s top priorities this off season, and he has yet to do so. Does this mean that Garoppolo has a chance of reclaiming the starting role? Or will he sit on the bench all season regardless of Lance’s performance? It looks like the front office has been a bit lacking this summer, but at the same time, you have to wonder what this team really needs to do to return to the Super Bowl.
Lance’s development will obviously be the most important story of all this season, but the defense’s ability to respond effectively to the losses it has incurred over the past two months may actually be what makes or breaks this team.
– 1 week in focus
49ers at Bears, 1 p.m. ET
Streak: 49ers -6.5 (FanDuel)
Watching Justin Fields and Trey Lance duel in the first week will be a nice little preview of a potential big future match, but it’s expected to be a low-score relationship. San Francisco is the frontrunner, which is a plausible agile approach considering they have an edge in almost every aspect of the game.
Trust the responsible man
With so many moving pieces on the defensive side of the ball and the young quarterback taking over, if the 49ers end up once again in a deep playoff, head coach Kyle Shanahan would look like a genius. At +2000 odds (FanDuel), he can definitely be sleeping to win the Coach of the Year award ($100 bet will net him $2000). Of course, things have to go well for his team to be in that conversation, but San Francisco has had a knack for exceeding expectations over the past few seasons.
-Med Level Media