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Golden Nuggets: The battle for roster spots intensifies

San Francisco 49ers links for Friday August 23, 2019

DENVER BRONCOS VS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

I don’t care whether your choice for the #6 wide receiver is Richie James, Jordan Matthews, or Kendrick Bourne, you have to love the competition. Each week, it seems like Kyle Shanahan is talking about a different one of them having a very good camp. I can’t even begin to guess which one will make the 53 man roster but I am thoroughly enjoying the battle.

The position I was the most worried about during the offseason was linebacker. Other than Fred Warner, I did not see a lot of promise at the position. Then we threw huge sums of money at Kwon Alexander. While realizing he was very talented, the whole idea of throwing that kind of money at a guy that was rehabbing from an ACL injury seemed pretty risky and I did not have a lot of faith in our backups. I don’t know who decided to draft Dre Greenlaw and bring in David Mayo and Azeez Al-Shaair but they are looking pretty intelligent at the moment. The addition of those players has definitely driven the competition to a much higher lever.

I don’t know if players like Jeremiah Valoago, Damontre Moore or Kevin Givens will make the team but coach Kocurek certainly has them fired up and getting themselves noticed. I think players like DJ Jones, Sheldon Day, and even Ronald Blair might want to take a look over their shoulder.

Tight end is another position that has a couple of openings. I don’t think things are as settled as some people think.

I know the fourth game of the preseason is mainly played by players that are not going to make the team but I think some position battles my come down to that fourth game. Now onto those sizzling hot links:

Matthews making strong push for roster spot, Kittle returns to practice Chris Biderman

Signs suggest 49ers’ WR Jordan Matthews will make the cut Eric Branch

Jordan Matthews had a ‘hell of a camp,’ said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan David Bonilla

Jimmy Garoppolo vows to ‘fight’ back after poor preseason debut Chris Biderman

Chances of 49ers rookie Nick Bosa playing Week 1 are 50-50, says John Lynch David Bonilla

Next for 49ers’ Garoppolo is an ‘eerie’ return to Kansas City Cam Inman

Jimmy Garoppolo to play at least first half vs. Chiefs Kyle Madson

Garoppolo aims to bounce back at site of injury Nick Wagoner

Transcript: Jimmy Garoppolo discusses return to Kansas City and responding to a bad game webzone site staff

Transcript: Kyle Shanahan discusses Jimmy Garoppolo’s lack of experience and mental hurdles as 49ers prepare for Chiefs webzone site staff

6 49ers whose stock went down in Week 2 of preseason Kyle Madson

What 49ers’ Mike McGlinchey learned from stars Von Miller, Dee Ford Jennifer Lee Chan

Kwon Alexander ready to play Saturday, more ready for Bucs Charean Williams

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers never get caught up in what people are saying David Bonilla

Meet 49ers Mitch Wishnowsky, punishing punter from Perth Cam Inman

49ers’ Raheem Mostert honored agent’s late father after TD EricBranch