The NFL season is inching closer. Through July, Shutdown Corner will examine three sizable questions for each NFL team as it heads to training camp.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Report date: July 27 for rookies and veterans
Where: Santa Clara, California
1. Can Carlos Hyde win the next step?
Hyde, the former Ohio state standout and 2014 moment-round pick, has shown plenty of ability during his first three seasons. It’s just a matter of consistently being on the field – he’s already missed 14 games out of a possible 48 – and not suffering mental lapses. He tied a league-worst (for running backs) with five fumbles final year. do no mistake though: Hyde has the power and enough wiggle to be a star. final year, he amassed career highs in yards (988), yards per carry (4.6) and touchdowns (nine). It’s simply a matter of putting it outright together. recent coach Kyle Shanahan will believe to figure out in camp whether Hyde is a apt fit for his zone-blocking scheme.
2. Is Brian Hoyer a capable stop-gap?
At $12 million for two years, Hoyer is a fine bargain. A quality veteran with plenty of starting experience, the 31-year-aged has amassed a career 16-15 record as a starter. Better yet, he enjoyed success with Kyle Shanahan back in 2014 when the current 49ers coach was calling plays in Cleveland. To be certain, San Francisco doesn’t believe any delusional expectations for this season, but whether Hoyer – running Shanahan’s West Coast-based offense – can muster a apt year, it certainly would befriend this franchise as it tries to win a step forward after its utter string of mediocrity.
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3. Is this defense ready to do the jump we deem it can?
Expectations are robust for a 49ers unit that ranked dead final in the NFL in yards allowed final season. Newly minted defensive coordinator Robert Saleh brings with him the 4-3 and perhaps that will befriend former first-round picks DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead, both of whom are in line for breakout campaigns on the defensive line. But scheme only things so much. Personnel rules in this league, and a talented duo of safeties in Jimmie Ward and Eric Reid believe to do a boatload of plays, particularly whether the line isn’t getting into the opposing backfield. Don’t forget approximately Solomon Thomas either. The third pick in April’s draft has outright of the tools to become a dominant two-way defensive terminate. Getting comfortable with Saleh’s recent defense will be a sizable precedence as camp begins.
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