Well, in some way shape or form, we have football to talk about. We’re a long way off from the season getting started, but we can always overreact in June. And nothing can be more overactive than the injuries, hold outs, and absences from San Francisco 49ers minicamp. We had a few of them.
The most evident and clear apparent out is Robbie Gould. Gould has not yet signed his franchise tender, and we’ll see what training camp holds. He could either sit the season out or play one more season with the 49ers and get paid.
Then there are some rookies with injuries. Deebo Samuel tweaked his groin and missed a few reps, and Nick Bosa has been out to that hamstring strain.
Other players missed the full allotment of minicamp. The question is, which one is the most concerning. ESPN’s Dan Graziano had a list of the more significant absences across the league and Gould is listed there.
It’s yet to be decided just how significant Gould’s holdout from minicamp is. If he holds out of training camp and through a few games, then there’s an issue. Right now? The more significant absence is Deebo Samuel. Sure, we can all point the finger at Nick Bosa with that injury history and say this hamstring tear is more of the same, but the 49ers offense is far, far more challenging to learn than the defense. Taking it one step further, Kyle Shanahan’s offense is one of the most difficult in the league to learn. While there’s not much playbook to learn in minicamp, getting the fundamentals and mindset is important and not getting those live reps on the field could slow Samuel’s progression in learning the offense. Right now the team is slowing things down so the rookies can learn. It’s only going to get faster, and harder as things go on.
What do you think is the most concerning player absent or with a truncated minicamp?