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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

NFL: Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan’s hiring in the offseason brought optimism and hope to the 49ers and its fanbase after a few terrible seasons. The debut of that new 49ers team came out flat and led to a familiar outcome, a loss. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers came into Levi’s Stadium and beat the 49ers 23-3 in the season opener.

There were not many positives to take from the opening loss. But one positive that could be taken was the improvement of the run defense. Last season was a historically bad one for the defense when it came to stopping the run. On Sunday, they held their own against Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey. The longest run the defense gave up was 11 yards. They gave up 116 total rushing yards They gave up 50 of those yards on the last drive, in which the Panthers ended the game on.

New wide receiver Pierre Garcon also had a nice day. He was the leading target in the game. He was targeted 10 times, collecting 6 passes for 81 yards with a long of 22 yards. His familiarity with Brian Hoyer and Kyle Shanahan’s offense was on display, which can’t be said for the rest of the offense. Cornerback Rashard Robinson covered Kelvin Benjamin for most of the day and only allowed one catch to Kelvin. If the 49ers could generate some quarterback pressures, which they were unable to do on Sunday, Robinson could have a big year.

One glaring weakness was the play of the offensive line. Guard Zane Beadles had a terrible game. So terrible in fact that he graded out as the worst guard in Week 1 according to Pro Football Focus. He allowed a sack, a hit, and 4 hurries. The 49ers could make a quick change before the Week 2 game against the Seahawks. Laken Tomlinson, who the 49ers traded for in August, could replace Beadles. Brian Hoyer completed 69% of his passes on Sunday, but the pressures forced him to look short. He averaged only 5.5 yards on his completions. They need to correct this major issue immediately. Next week, the Seahawks defensive front could feast if the offensive line plays as poorly as they did on Sunday.

49ers Links

Need some pressure | Not the Debut Solomon Wanted (Maiocco)

Limit the mistakes will be key | Need to Fix the Mistakes (Wagoner)

Improved Run Defense (Wagoner)

Snap Count Numbers (Barrows)

Almost all the way around | Bad Grades to Start (Inman)art

Huge missed opportunity | Big Drop for Goodwin (Wagoner)

Need major improvements | Player Grades (Biderman)

Week 1 Overreactions (Iyer)

Not happening | Foster Expects to be Ready for Seahawks (Williams)

Very necessary | OL Changes Likely Coming (Biderman)

More Needed from the Rookie Thomas (Biderman)

Unfortunate for the rookie | Foster’s High Ankle Sprain (Gantt)

No need to rush him back | Reuben Will Miss Time (Biderman)

Reuben Foster (Barrows)

The offense needs him to bounce back | Goodwin Expects Bounce Back (Martin)

Snap Count (Fann)

Foster Sidelined (Inman)

Foster’s Snaps (Branch)

Multiple Games to be Missed (Maiocco)

Ankle Sprain Sidelines Foster (Branch)

Let him get 100% healthy | No Timetable for Reuben (Wagoner)

Hopefully Foster Doesn’t Miss Too Much Time (Biderman)

Changes Coming to the OL? (Barrows)

Could use his pass rushing abilities out on the field | Lynch Healthy (Maiocco)

Rookie head coach mistake | One Decision Kyle Regretted (Biderman)

Interior of the Offensive Line Needs Major Improvement (Branch)

Lynch’s Inactive Status Came from Kyle (Biderman)

Week 1 Recap (Chung)

Looking for Shade (Biderman)

49ers Video

Well deserved #44 | Tom Rathman’s HOF Dinner (49ers Video)

49ers Live (49ers Video)