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Your San Francisco 49ers links for Tuesday, February 5th 2019

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The number one sport in America? Football.

The number two sport in America? Waiting for football to start.

We are all now waiting for football to start again. The NFL has succeeded in making itself a year-round event. That means we get to start prepping for the NFL Combine and eventually the draft just as the season closes.

I’m full of anticipation because all through 2018 I kept wondering about what could have been. I do think the 49ers had a lot of success, they just didn’t win a lot of games. A lot of what happened on the injury front gave younger players a chance to start and get a look that wouldn’t have been possible had the starters stayed in. And after seeing all those glimpses, you couldn’t help but wonder what this would be like with the healthy players back also. The 49ers have a downright lethal tandem in Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida for 2019, their backup quarterback situation couldn’t be better, and their wide receiver group has shown vast improvement. They need a few more pieces and I think they’re going to be really, really good. Well, that and staying healthy could help.

In any case, it’s time to watch the offseason unfold. Let’s wait for football to start. You never know how great it is, until the first week in February when it’s gone.

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