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Golden Nuggets: Joe Staley makes his pitch for Julio Jones to the 49ers

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Friday, May 21, 2021

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There will be a little bit of action next week as the 49ers have two OTAs on Tuesday and Wednesday.

He doesn’t play for the team anymore, but Solomon Thomas wrote an incredible piece about his sister that you should take the time to read.

I Need to Say Some Things to Ella

People say grief gets easier over time, and that you learn to live with the loss and the pain. But to be honest ... that’s bulls***. I miss you more with each day, Ella. I feel your pain more. I want to see you MORE.

All that stuff that people sometimes say, like….

“Toughen up!”

“BE A MAN!!!”

“You’re just making up an excuse because you’re not playing well.”

“You’re soft!”

That stuff had an impact. All of it.

Former 49ers LT Joe Staley advocates for Julio Jones trade

Staley on Thursday responded to a tweet asking which team would be the most dangerous with Jones, and pointed to the 49ers and head coach Kyle Shanahan:

Staley’s tweet isn’t likely to sway the front office, but it’s hard to argue with his logic. The 49ers in 2019 were the No. 2 scoring offense in the NFL. Adding a receiver like Jones would elevate them to a new level that could far surpass what they did during that 2019 campaign.

NFC West projected starters: Top-heavy Rams, Trey Lance-led(?) 49ers each have Super Bowl path

  • The 49ers are thin in a few surprising places: wideout and cornerback. Brandon Aiyuk is a true No. 1 waiting to happen and Deebo Samuel is a force of nature. But their third receiver is ... Mo Sanu or Richie James? General manager John Lynch should be on the lookout for a veteran wideout during training camp, especially considering Samuel’s injury history.
  • The 49ers may not be as worried about their receiver depth because they have a solid second tight end (Ross Dwelley), they are deep at running back, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk remains a valuable part of the offense. They are way below league average in three-wide sets.

Media allowed to watch three 49ers practices during OTAs

The San Francisco 49ers announced today that the team will allow reporters to observe three practices during the upcoming organized team activities (OTAs), which begin next week. The sessions will take place at the SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, next to Levi’s Stadium.

Fans are not allowed to attend. There was a report today that the 49ers are planning to allow some fan access to training camp, which begins at the end of July.

The first open practice from OTAs will be on Tuesday, May 25. The second will be on Wednesday, June 2. The third will be on Tuesday, June 8. All three practices are scheduled to begin at noon.

Why Raheem Mostert Will Have a Bounce Back 2021 Season

And he didn’t really fail. He still averaged 5 yards per carry as the starter, because he’s outstanding. But he played in only 8 games. Which means he missed 50 percent of the season. And the 49ers suffered because of his absence.

In retrospect, I was wrong to push the 49ers to start Mostert. Because as good as he is, he still weighs only 205 pounds. He isn’t built to be a starting running back. Isn’t built to withstand the pounding.