Good news: Nick Bosa will participate during team drills starting today. Will we see him Sunday against the Raiders? That remains to be seen. In my opinion, Bosa should play a bit to get into game shape and get his legs under him.
“That doesn’t look like a competition to me. It looks like it’s Jimmy’s job,” Baldinger said this morning on 95.7 The Game.
“If Jimmy is their guy, if they’re so sold—and I’m not saying he isn’t—but if they’re so sold on him, then give this final preseason game, give the reps to Trey,” Baldinger said. “Let him play with the No. 1 offense, and just see what happens.
“First of all, he needs the work anyway. He needs the experience. Every single play that he sees kind of helps his development, and you’re going to need two (quarterbacks). I mean, that’s why they drafted him with the third (overall) pick. You’re going to need two quarterbacks. The history tells you you’re going to need two.
Now look back at the other quarterbacks he’s worked with and the results Shanahan has been able to deliver as a coach:
2-10 (17%) - CJ Beathard
7-12 (37%) - Brian Hoyer
5-11 (31% - Nick Mullens
19-13 (59%) - Matt Ryan
0-2 (0%) - Johnny Manziel
0-1 (0%) - Connor Shaw
12-16 (43%) - Robert Griffin III
6-10 (37%) - Rex Grossman
5-8 (38%) – Donovan McNabb
1-3 (25%) - Kirk Cousins
0-3 (0%) - John Beck
15-12 (56%) - Matt Schaub
2-3 (40%) – Sage Rosenfels
In (6): Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Mohamed Sanu, Trent Sherfield, Jauan Jennings, Jalen Hurd
Out (3): Richie James Jr., Travis Benjamin, Nsimba Webster
Injured Reserve (1): Austin Watkins Jr.
Trying to figure out who the sixth receiver on this team is going to be is, well, a total crapshoot. The first five guys on this list should absolutely make the team. Jalen Hurd, meanwhile, has had one good day of practice. But, that one good day is better than the net of the last three guys out, which is to say, none of Richie James Jr., Travis Benjamin or Nsimba Webster have impressed consistently. They’ve all had problems with drops, all had flashes of exciting plays, and all have return ability.
Here’s the hypothesis: Why not bring Hurd on the 53-man roster, put him on injured reserve and see if he can get healthy at some point given his upside, and then re-sign one of those three guys as your returner? The main concern with that plan is that both Richie James Jr. and Nsimba Webster would go to waivers, and could then be claimed by any team.
That said, Lance’s cumulative 1.4 percent interception rate — three picks in 219 attempts — was undeniably impressive considering that he was a 21-year old rookie with limited college experience working at NFL speed against professional talent for the first time.
The road will intensify for Lance as he faces first-string competition, but his rudimentary camp numbers were good — and the several jaw-dropping splash plays that partially made them up were well-documented.
Lenoir did not disappoint, making several big plays and maintaining his newfound reputation as a shutdown corner.
Lenoir has also shown prowess in both press and off coverage, more than comfortable to get physical in press, but showing the range, decision making and quickness to close on receivers across the field in off-man.
On the Chargers’ first drive, Lenoir made an excellent pass breakup in off coverage, closing as wide receiver K.J. Hill cut in front of Niners rookie safety Talanoa Hufanga. Lenoir quickly identified Chargers quarterback Easton Stick’s read and made up ground quickly to snuff out the would-be first down.