Why waiving Taumoepenu might be too risky, plus other 49ers with more to prove
Rob Carter @roberob916 With the Laken trade they seem really concerned about their guards. Is it Beadles or Fusco causing most concern? Or no Garnett?
ANS: Newly acquired guard Laken Tomlinson played right guard all four seasons at Duke, was a right guard for most of last year and was a right guard during this year's training camp and preseason with the Lions. The 49ers, however, appear to have an issue with Zane Beadles at left guard. When they traded for Jeremy Zuttah in the offseason, there was talk that he could slide into Beadles' left guard spot. Then the team was eager to see how well Joshua Garnett played left guard after he spent all of his rookie season on the right side. Garnett is now out for the near future -- the first month of the season? -- with a knee injury and Beadles is back at left guard. All evidence suggests the 49ers want Tomlinson to take his spot, which is a shame considering all the accolades Beadles received last year for his adaptability and dependability.
Jason McCord @jasondmccord If Beathard plays well tonight, do you think the 49ers cut Barkley and go with just two QBs this season?
ANS: Yes, that's possible. But my sense is that with Hoyer's injury history, some question marks on the interior offensive line and Beathard's rookie status, they might want to keep three. That's just a guess. Will another team eagerly snatch Barkley? I don't think so. But if there is an injury to Hoyer, who's the backup? Nick Mullens?
Chris Sanghera @Punjab_Chris Any chance Blake Bell makes the roster over Garrett Celek due to QB experience, allowing SF to carry only 2 QBs on the 53 (Hoyer/Beathard)?
ANS: I've never seen Blake Bell pass in practice. He could make the team because he plays the same "move" tight end spot Vance McDonald did and because he plays a lot of special teams. But I don't think his QB background figures heavily if at all.
Taylor Rutsch @TaylorPlanner Who gets more PT in the regular season Kerley or Taylor? Kerley seems to fall into the category of "What have you done for me lately"
ANS: It could be a case of, Kerley gets more playing time early in the season; Taylor sees the field late. The two do a lot of the same things, including punt returns.
DP @Dtweet1234 Do you think the 49ers are really dumb enough to pay Kirk Cousins top 3-5 QB money?
ANS: I think the question is whether they pay him Top 1 QB money. That's what he seems to want.
Os Cruz @ThatOsCruz Which player(s) do you think the 49ers may try to stash on IR?
ANS: Ah, yes, the infamous stash. How do the 49ers hold onto Lawrence Okoye? Doesn't matter, he had an opportune ankle injury in the preseason finale. Cornerback Kenneth Acker looks great but there's no room on the 53? No problem, he has a previously undiagnosed stress fracture in his foot. Gee, looks like they’ll have to cut tight end Busta Anderson. Wait, hold on! He had an ankle injury and he’s on injured reserve. ... The players who are injured now include Garnett (who likely will go on short-term IR), Will Redmond (ankle), Aaron Burbridge (hamstring), Brock Coyle (quad?) and, of course, Jimmie Ward (hamstring). It will be interesting to see if anyone comes away with an “injury” this evening.
Jeff tarvin @jtizzle42 Please explain in depth dline positions and resposibilities..where will Buckner, Amstrad, Thomas, line up? Can lynch play A. Brooks spot
ANS: Somewhere out there, your seventh-grade English teacher is taking a long swig of Chardonnay in the middle of the day while a tear trickles down the side of her face. … I wrote this position-by-position summary of the new defense in February and it's held up pretty well since, if I don't say so myself. The team has added Earl Mitchell, Elvis Dumervil and others since.
Leo: Armstead, Dumervil, Lynch, Taumoepenu
DT: Buckner, Jones, Dial, Marks, Nwachukwu
NT: Mitchell, Dial, D.J. Jones
Big end: Carradine, Thomas, Blair
SAM LB: Harold, Watson, Taumoepenu
On nickel downs, Carradine and Mitchell usually leave the field and a defensive back and Dumervil enter. The SAM linebacker and Dumervil line up at defensive end and Armstead and Buckner play defensive tackle. (Or Armstead or Buckner comes out and Thomas goes in). … I think Lynch could play big end but not SAM (Brooks' former spot) because he's too big and not great in coverage.