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Golden Nuggets: The 49ers will stay on the East Coast after Week 1

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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The 49ers had OTAs on Monday, and the media will be on hand Tuesday. The final OTA practice will be held on June 10, before mandatory minicamp begins next week on June 15.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer wrote that the Falcons wound up talking to all four NFC West teams about a Julio Jones trade, but never got a real offer from any of them.

49ers to stay on the East Coast between Lions, Eagles games

“The players, coaches and some other staff members will remain on the East Coast between their first two games of the season, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area,” wrote Maiocco.

Last season, the team stayed at The Greenbrier in West Virginia between Week 2 and 3 matchups against the New York Jets and New York Giants. The 49ers won both games.

San Francisco was largely expected to stay on the East Coast again to open the upcoming season. Maiocco’s report confirms that will be the case.

“The 49ers decided to return to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to avoid the long travel after their Week 1 game at the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 12,” Maiocco added. “The team will practice at the resort leading up to their game at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Frelund lists 49ers’ Trey Sermon among rookie running backs who will thrive in 2021

“Using contextualized play-calling data from each team and factoring in every rookie RB’s skill set, my model believes the following five newbies will provide the biggest returns in 2021,” wrote Frelund.

On the list were Najee Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Javonte Williams of the Denver Broncos, Travis Etienne of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Michael Carter of the New York Jets. Sandwiched in the list at No. 3 was San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Trey Sermon.

“Next Gen Stats reveal regression on San Francisco’s offensive line this past season, at least in the ground game,” wrote Frelund. “The 49ers averaged 4.1 expected yards per rush last season (21st), compared to 4.6 in 2019 (third). They also dropped to 15th in rushing yards per game in 2020 (118.6) after finishing second in 2019 (144.1).”

MMQB: The Julio Jones Trade Has Been in the Works for a Long Time

“No first-round pick was ever offered. And really, only once did a future 1 come up, and that was as part of a pick swap—so it wouldn’t have been a clean 1—and never got to the point where the team in question actually made an offer.”

The Ravens discussed a Jones trade with the Falcons prior to the draft, but pulled out of the running after taking Rashod Bateman in the first round, and never got back in. The Patriots never showed real interest to Atlanta in Jones, and the Raiders (perhaps for cash reasons) weren’t in it either. The Falcons did wind up talking to all four NFC West teams about a Jones trade, but never got a real offer from any of them.

49ers’ offseason ranked better than Seahawks, Cardinals, Rams

That is according to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, who released the bottom half of his NFL offseason rankings on Sunday. San Francisco was nowhere to be found. The same could not be said for each of the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, whose offseasons were ranked 17th, 21st and 27th, respectively, out of 32 teams.

While the Rams did solidify their quarterback position with the trade for Matthew Stafford, Barnwell penalized them for what he deemed to be a misappropriation of assets. Specifically, he questioned their decision to further beef up their receiver corps at the expense of addressing the offensive line.

Why 49ers didn’t trade for Julio Jones

First, Jones missed seven games last season because of a nagging hamstring injury, and turned 32-years old in February. After focusing their entire draft on players with mostly clean bills of health, it stands to reason the club wasn’t keen on adding an aging star coming off an injury-riddled season.

Money and the team’s long-term vision could’ve also played a role.

Jones this year would’ve come with a $15.3 million cap hit, requiring San Francisco to do some internal maneuvering by restructuring contracts and pushing some money this year into the future.