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The San Francisco 49ers return to practice today. We’ll also hear from Kyle Shanahan and Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.

How can the 49ers Clean up Their Offensive Line Woes?

Well its certainly not going to be an easy overnight fix or even a weekly one. Otherwise, Kyle Shanahan would have done so by now. Maybe the answer is by bringing in another player?

But simply looking across free agency, there isn’t anybody that can aid this unit. The only way in terms of a transaction is by making a trade. Perhaps center Alex Mack from the Atlanta Falcons? Even then, that is no guarantee to be a major boost to the offensive line nor a pathway the 49ers are willing to explore.

There are a couple of factors that should, hopefully, clean up the offensive line woes.

First, it is simply time. The loss of offseason activities and preseason action has clearly impacted this group. Shanahan’s system is by no means easy, which is why the loss of all those snaps hurts this group more than most teams because it is so complex. Repetition cannot be overstated in this case. And for a guy like Brunskill, he definitely needs the reps after spending all of training camp at center.

Second, the offense needs Raheem Mostert. Mostert has always been a critical chess piece for the 49ers. With him carrying the rock, he is able to maneuver between the tackles better than any other running backs. Plus, he is able to rip off any carry for a massive gain.

Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr. among top performers of Week 4

TE George Kittle, 49ers

No player earned at least 40 percent of their team’s offensive yardage in Week 4, aside from George Kittle, who astonishingly earned 45.8 percent of San Francisco’s yardage total. This yardage share is typically reserved for primary running backs on teams that like to funnel their offense through one player but in this case comes from a tight end who has established himself as the best in the league. With 183 yards, 15 touches and 11 first downs, Kittle was a singular force for the 49ers and didn’t make a single mistake as a receiver, hauling in every target and doing it from all over the field. San Francisco nearly mounted a comeback against Philadelphia but they never would have found themselves in striking distance without him.

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Alex S. asks: Trent Taylor has been nowhere this year. Even in the game and a half Jimmy Garoppolo played, he made little impact. He seemed to be “back” in training camp. He’s still playing a lot of snaps. What gives?

I don’t know. He definitely seemed “back” in the first half of training camp. He was making a lot of third-down catches and was Garoppolo’s favorite target — along with George Kittle — in the red zone. But he tailed off in the second half of training camp.

At the time, I chalked it up to something a lot of 49ers seemed to be dealing with during a brief, intense camp — dead legs. Taylor has not been on the injury report all season. I can’t explain the mystery.

NFL limits tryouts to five players a week max, with one exception

We learned that among the changes, the league and union agreed to a longer onboarding process for free-agent tryouts, lengthening the waiting period for a tryout to happen.

On Tuesday, the league notified teams of a change to the number of players allowed to tryout in a given week.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports teams now are allowed a maximum of five players per week.

The only exception is if a team places more than three players on injured reserve in a given week. In that case, they are allowed to work out twice as many players as they placed on IR.

Twitter removes video of President Trump superimposed in 49ers highlight after copyright claim

President Donald Trump’s official campaign Twitter account couldn’t beat the NFL. Twitter deleted a video from Trump’s campaign account Monday that featured Trump superimposed in an NFL highlight.

If that sounds like word salad, allow us to try and explain. The Trump campaign account tweeted out a highlight of San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk scoring a rushing touchdown during Sunday’s 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. In the clip, Aiyuk hurdles over an Eagles defender at the 5-yard line before landing in the end zone.

The Trump team took that footage and superimposed Trump’s head on Aiyuk’s body. Then they put a picture of the coronavirus on the Eagles’ defender. When played, the video showed Trump hurdling the coronavirus.

The Trump campaign tweet is still up, though no video is contained in the post. Instead, the message “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner” shows up. It’s unclear who filed the copyright claim on the video. The Trump campaign, the NFL and the 49ers did not respond to USA Today when asked for comment.

Dolphins’ Ryan Fitzpatrick will start over Tua Tagovailoa vs. 49ers

The announcement comes a day after Flores told local media that rookie Tua Tagovailoa’s recovery from his hip injury sustained in college is a major reason why Miami’s No. 5 pick hasn’t played an NFL down through the first month of the season.

“Look, I understand where everybody’s coming from with Tua. I get all that,” Flores said on Monday. “At the same time, he’s a young player, he’s coming off the injury. So, we’ll make the decision on the starter, but I would presume it’s going to be Fitzpatrick.”

Flores’ comments came Monday afternoon when the team was still piecing together its corrections to make from Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, which included a long pause when asked about who will start at quarterback. “Well, I’ve been around Fitz for a long time, and I’ve seen him play very, very well. And I’m a glass is half full kinda guy,” said Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.