This week marks the last full week without football. On Saturday, July 30th, the 49ers rookies and veterans report to Santa Clara for training camp. Sunday, July 31st is the first day for 49ers full squad practice and August 2nd will be the 1st full squad padded practice. Football season is officially upon us. And with it here, the 49ers receive the 1st bad news of the season.
Last week, news came down that Aaron Lynch will be suspended for the opening of the season. He will miss the first 4 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. That immediately hurts the 49ers because it takes their one proven pass rusher out. Last season, the team struggled to put pressure on the quarterback. Aaron stood out as the only member that could generate any sort of pressure. Now he misses a quarter of the season and leaves the team looking for players like Tank Carradine, Eli Harold, and Corey Lemonier to produce.
Aaron is a key for the future of the 49ers. They picked him in the 5th round of the 2014 draft, even with all the chatter that he had character issues and some work ethic problems in college. He showed last season that he has massive potential, but with this suspension, those past issues resurface. It was a breakout season for him last year and the 49ers were hoping he would bring that play this season. He will have to wait to show his ability this season.
Lynch Suspension Opens Door For Competition (Williams)
QB Competition To Unfold (Fann)
"Heck Of A Competition" (CSN Staff Report)
Least Talented Roster (BASG)