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Golden Nuggets: Marcus Martin prepares for his first NFL start

Thursday, October 30, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Thearon W. Henderson

Good morning everyone. The 49ers went into their bye a battered and beaten team, but come out much healthier. They face a beaten down Ram's team that just lost two players - Jake Long and Brian Quick - to season ending injuries. They also just traded draft picks for former first round pick of the Buccaneers, Mark Barron. It's a curious move, because while Mark Barron certainly still has some upside as a big safety, the Rams are going nowhere. I'm not sure trading draft picks to improve the roster this season is the way to go.

One of the bigger stories I am looking forward to seeing play out on Sunday is Marcus Martin. The rookie center out of Southern California is coming off an injury and will be starting his first game Sunday, in place of the injured Daniel Kilgore. Because of my dad's influence, I watch a log of USC football, and Marcus Martin always stood out to me when he was there. He reminds me of a smaller Anthony Davis. A young, but really athletic lineman, that can dominate when he is on. I am fairly comfortable predicting right now that Daniel Kilgore won't get his job back. Marcus Martin is going to be the 49ers starting center for a long time. To the links!

Fisher does not expect to face Aldon Smith (Gin)

Fisher: NFL has responsibility to inform Rams about Aldon (Maiocco)

Wounded foe: 49ers will face beat-up Rams on Sunday (Branch)

Fake! Harbaugh, 49ers will be on high alert vs. Rams’ Hekker (Barrows)

49ers injury report: only four players listed (ESPN)

Practice report: All 52 players practice, including No. 52 (Patrick Willis) (Inman)

Blessed bye: 49ers go from injury riddled to largely healthy (Barrows)

(Transcript) Jim Harbaugh says he thinks Vernon Davis is good to go now (Cohn)

(Transcript) Colin Kaepernick says the Rams have a lot of different things they can do (Cohn)

Kaepernick: Martin at center 'shouldn't be huge transition' (Maiocco)

(Transcript) Marcus Martin transcript (Cohn)

49ers notes: Center Marcus Martin gets defensive as he prepares for first start (Barrows)

Calm before storm: Martin, 20, radiates poise in advance of NFL debut (Branch)

(Transcript) Marcus Lattimore transcript (Cohn)

49ers running back Marcus Lattimore returns to practice (Lynch)

0 Stronger, quicker, confident, birthday-boy Marcus Lattimore debuts on practice field (Inman)

49ers LG Iupati cleared to return to action (Maiocco)