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Golden Nuggets: Steve Young believes Garoppolo will settle in and get, “much, much better”

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Friday, September 18, 2020

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Steve Young identifies issue with Garoppolo that he also struggled with as young quarterback

“One of the things that I struggled with is I tended to read (my progressions) too fast,” Young told Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks on Wednesday. “I would go ‘oh no, no, no’ and then my options were over and then Mike Shanahan would turn to me like ‘bro, no one is open because you’re going too fast.’

“That’s something I want to keep an eye on. Early on, you’re pressing. You’re pressing off of a Super Bowl situation that’s in the back of your mind. You feel like you’ve got to get things done, especially towards the end of games you feel you should win at home against the Cardinals, you press, and then you just get fast.

“It’s hard to know if you haven’t played what that looks like when you’re going too fast. To me, it looks like he’s going too fast, then late. There were times that he was late, not because he was too slow, but because he went too fast, and now you have nothing and the ball just kind of flies.

“I want to believe that things will get settled, and things will get much, much better.”

Frank Gore might be ‘unbelievable dude,’ but 49ers’ Nick Bosa is coming after him

Gore and Bosa are both from the Miami area, and Bosa said he has friends from high school and college who know Gore. But Bosa said the first time they spoke was immediately following the 49ers’ 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

“The first time I met him was in the locker room after the Super Bowl last year, so that wasn’t the best situation,” Bosa said. “He told me to keep my head up and gave me a few words of good advice.

“He seems like an unbelievable dude, but he’s the enemy this week. So (we) got to get after him.”

San Francisco 49ers’ Trent Williams reflects on pivotal pancake block

“I think that’s one of the best ones I’ve probably had, probably put on tape,” Williams said. “I’ve had some good shots where I’m out on the screen and kind of catch a little guy, but in the box it’s a lot harder to get those type of blocks. So, I think it would probably rank at the top of my career.”

“I knew I would have pretty much a kill shot on him,” Williams said of Hicks, who is 6-1, 236. “I just knew I had to get there pretty quick because if you wait on him, he’ll make you miss, they’re a lot smaller. I just wanted to kind of get to the second level as fast as I can and take away the option to go either way and just kind of, for lack of a better expression, just kind of lay him out.”

You’ll never guess who was comically open on the 49ers’ final play Sunday

The Dante Pettis hype train was back in the station ahead of last week’s season opener against the Cardinals, with myriad preview stories saying he’d used the Super Bowl snub as fuel and he’d “found himself.”

On 4th and 5 from the Arizona 16-yard-line, with the game on the line, Pettis did in fact find himself — specifically, he found himself completely open. A wide-angle replay of the 49ers’ final offensive play shows Pettis stop on a dime, come back to the ball in first-down-yardage territory, and send his defender reeling a good 10 yards past him before falling face-first in the end zone.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stays laser focused on receiver Trent Taylor though, and just as Pettis makes his break, Garoppolo throws incomplete short right to a covered Taylor.

Mohamed Sanu reacts to signing with 49ers after release from Patriots

Just got home. On the phone now with WR Mohamed Sanu on joining the #49ers: “Jo, it happened so quick. I’m on the plane now. Got to have the rest of my clothes sent. Kyle, said it’ll be awesome to have me, so I feel welcomed. Funny you & I were just talking about this yesterday.”

— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 15, 2020

“Jo, it happened so quick. I’m on the plane now,” Sanu told Anderson on Tuesday night about his abrupt end to free agency. ”Got to have the rest of my clothes sent.

“Kyle, said it’ll be awesome to have me, so I feel welcomed.”

Sanu could help fill San Francisco’s sizable hole at wide receiver, where Deebo Samuel is on injured reserve until at least Week 4 and rookie Brandon Aiyuk is questionable for the 49ers’ next game.

NFL Week 2 best bets: Jets cover against ailing 49ers and more of Tom Fornelli’s picks

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)

Point spread: 49ers -7

Pretty huge point spread for a 49ers team coming off a loss. But how can anyone back the Jets after seeing them in Week 1? They were absolutely awful against the Bills and now will be without Le’Veon Bell and probably without Jamison Crowder as well. There’s no one here to produce points or to help Sam Darnold out, even if the 49ers defense won’t be nearly as good this season as it was last year. This game is fishy as all get out, but with the 49ers playing not in the haze of a wildfire I’ll back the favorite against a very wounded animal. Feels like a Super Random Tevin Coleman explosion game here for me.

Pick: 49ers 21, Jets 10

Kinlaw already matched Buckner’s best rookie performance

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan thought Kinlaw “had a hell of a game” in his NFL debut in San Francisco’s 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, and the numbers back up that assessment. Not only was Kinlaw Pro Football Focus’ third-highest graded rookie in Week 1, but he also was one of the best players at his position throughout the entire NFL.

Kinlaw’s Week 1 grade (81.4) ranked first among all rookie defensive tackles and fifth-best among all defensive tackles. That grade also happens to equal Buckner’s best single-game grade as a rookie in 2016.