To make room for Senio Kelemete, the 49ers waived/injured Justin Skule. If Skule goes unclaimed, he’ll revert back to the 49ers IR. Another team can claim Skule, but they’d have to pay him his ‘21 salary of $894,887.
“From the jump, here’s a rookie linebacker that’s playing the (middle) linebacker position and calling the entire defense,” McDaniel said.
“At every stage, the various teams he played, he was an extension of the coaching staff,” McDaniel said of Ryans. “He became Rookie of the Year. He is built for this. I think he has an unbelievable rapport with the players and really through the whole process.
“As of right now, the best fit for Sherman remains the 49ers,” wrote Chadia. “He’s spent the last three seasons with that franchise and he can still help its secondary, even at age 33. A lingering calf injury limited Sherman to just five games last season, but he did make the Pro Bowl in 2019. If he can be anywhere close to what he was two years ago, Sherman would give San Francisco’s defense a boost. The team re-signed a couple veterans (Jason Verrett, Emmanuel Moseley) and drafted a couple young talents (Ambry Thomas, Deommodore Lenoir), but there’s still room for Sherman to be both a crafty playmaker and an invaluable mentor.”
“I think Kyle Shanahan’s offense has been proven that it takes at least one year to learn, even for veteran quarterbacks,” said Nguyen. “You know, we saw that in Atlanta, it took a year for Matt Ryan to get going into that offense, it took Jimmy Garoppolo a full year to where he really got going in that offense, and you know there’s iterations of this offense throughout the league that, you know, kind of proves that narrative too. It does take a, or maybe not narrative but it does prove that notion that it takes years to kind of master this offense. For a rookie to come in, especially one that doesn’t have as much playing experience as Trey Lance does, I think it could be wise to let him sit a year and let him digest this offense.”
The last practice that was open to the media two weeks ago, there are some things he does where you go ‘okay, wow.’ There was a sideline pass to Kittle who was pretty well covered down the right sideline and it was on the money. It wasn’t a rainbow, it was somewhere in between, but it was like okay not everyone can do that. I’m not sure Jimmy Garoppolo can do that. We have seen moments like that.”
They also saw what Lance needs to work on.
“He has had a tendency, and again it’s like ‘Oh my gosh you’re really going to draw these conclusions?’ But when he has missed and been inaccurate, it’s generally been high. And even John Lynch said on a podcast that there are some mechanical things that he still needs to work on. Mike McDaniel said yesterday that his biggest praise for Trey Lance was that he’s coachable and will listen to criticism. So it’s not that unusual. He’s a rookie, we know his background, and why he might take a year to develop. But clearly when the coach is saying ‘he’s really coachable and can handle criticism,’ well he’s been having to be coached up and that’s understandable.”
49ers Have ‘Fingers Crossed’ on Dee Ford’s Potential Return
Nick Bosa was on hand as an onlooker during the 49ers offseason workout program. Although the goal wasn’t for the pass rusher to participate in on-field work, the plan was to have him in the building for the final weeks of the offseason workout program and the team’s three-day minicamp and potentially be available when the team reconvenes for training camp next month.
The 49ers are hoping for a similar outlook for fellow pass rusher Dee Ford.
Ford only appeared in one game last season while dealing with a neck and back injury suffered back in September. He spent much of the offseason rehabbing at the 49ers team facility in Santa Clara before continuing his rehab offsite under the guidance of a specialist.