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Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

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Hutchinson: 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo decision is Schrödinger’s roster move

“I’m of the belief that while Lance will have some poor moments, he will keep the 49ers competitive. His inexperience will show — sometimes glaringly — but his ability to extend and create off-schedule plays is an element that has not existed with this offense before. He’s a playmaker, even if it’s not always the “right” play... While he might make some head-scratching errors, this projects as a high-floor group. That defense and run game carried Garoppolo, why not Lance?”

John Lynch, Adam Peters talk Brock Purdy, Jordan Mason and a beefy 49ers roster (paywall)

“A big reason the 49ers felt strongly enough about [WR Danny] Gray to draft him at the end of the third round was the conviction of his coach at SMU, Sonny Dykes....One of the things Dykes told him was, “I’ve never felt speed like that on a field,” which was meaningful to Lynch because Dykes has coached for a long time in the football hotbed of Texas.

Dykes and his assistants also emphasized how much Gray had to overcome to get to SMU.

“Just the love those people have for him,” Lynch said. “He’s got an interesting story. He overcame a lot. And the people are just really pulling for him.”

What if he struggles? “We’re very committed to Trey Lance,” responds 49ers’ John Lynch

“[Head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] makes those decisions, who plays at quarterback and when,” general manager John Lynch said Friday morning on KNBR’s Murph & Mac show. “And I know Kyle, just like we’ve stated many times, we’re very committed to Trey Lance. We’ve got a lot of belief in Trey.

Silver: For all their talent, 49ers’ success may hinge on untested offensive line (paywall)

“Brendel, who opted out of the 2020 season and played just six offensive snaps in 2021, had a surprisingly good training camp, mitigating coaches’ concerns.”

John Lynch details initial conversation with Kyle Shanahan about keeping Jimmy Garoppolo

“And he just thought it was crazy and the next day, kind of came back in and said, ‘You know what, why not?’

I said, ‘Well, you see Jimmy a lot, one of the next times — he’s part of our roster, so there’s no tampering or anything — why don’t you introduce it?’”

John Lynch denies rumor that 49ers once had offer of 2 second-round picks for Jimmy Garoppolo

“It was like, ‘Whoa.’ It was my duty at that point to call those teams and go, ‘Hold on, there’s a little twist.’ And then they all said, ‘Obviously, we’re going to have to sit back and let this thing clear and see where it goes.’ That’s that whole story.”

Branch: A season of smashmouth? Why 49ers could lean into physical philosophy (paywall)

“Consider: As of Friday, only four other teams were carrying at least nine players in their backfield and at tight end. The Dolphins, whose head coach, Mike McDaniel, spent the previous five seasons with the 49ers as an offensive assistant, have an NFL-high 10 players at those spots....The 49ers’ four running backs average 214 pounds. Three of their four tight ends are above-average blockers, with two tipping the scales at 250-plus pounds.”

Ranking 49ers position groups for 2022

“This group is super talented and spearheaded by Warner, the best off-ball linebacker in the league. Controlling the short and intermediate area of the field is so key against modern offenses, and the 49ers’ LBs do it as well as any group in the league.”

Artist thought Jimmy Garoppolo series was over, but show goes on for Rita Oak (paywall)

“....drawing of Garoppolo depicted as the protagonist in “The Wolf of Wall Street” declaring to frenzied admirers, “The show goes on!”

It was drawing No. 209, and it’s already one of her most popular works. And, of course, it has a double meaning.

“It was also me saying, ‘I’m also staying,’” Carvalho, 25, said. “So I think it was a perfect reference for the day.”