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Here are your top 49ers storylines for Friday, August 21.
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Observations from 49ers Training Camp - Aug. 20
- Fred Warner was a standout during team red zone drills, notching back-to-back pass breakups.
- Brandon Aiyuk ran with the ones during 11-on-11 work.
- D.J. Jones left practice with what appears to be a shoulder injury.
- Arik Armstead made his return to the field after missing multiple practices while dealing with back stiffness.
Read all the updates from practice here.
Trent Williams and Nick Bosa's 1on1 Battles to Be a 'Huge' Benefit for 49ers in 2020
Through three days of padded practices, arguably the most talked about storyline at 49ers training camp has been the 1-on-1 battles between Trent Williams and Nick Bosa. "You're not going to beat Trent clean very often," Bosa said to media on Thursday. "So getting a clean win on him is a good feeling. It definitely seems like he's feeling great and playing really well. I'm definitely confident in Jimmy Garoppolo's left side." The seven-time Pro Bowler and reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year will continue to be a main spectacle at practice, but Week 1 will tell if the "iron sharpening iron" mentality will show dividends on Sundays. Read More >>>
49ers Announce Roster Moves
The 49ers announced on Thursday that they have signed wide receiver Jaron Brown, safety Johnathan Cyprien and offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu to one-year deals and defensive back Evan Foster to a three-year deal.
Brown originally entered the NFL after signing with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2013. Throughout his seven-year career with the Cardinals (2013-17) and Seattle Seahawks (2018-19), he has appeared in 101 games (18 starts) and registered 116 receptions for 1,563 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Cyprien was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Throughout his seven-year career with the Jaguars (2013-16), Tennessee Titans (2017-18), Philadelphia Eagles (2019) and Atlanta Falcons (2019), he has appeared in 75 games (71 starts) and registered 502 tackles, 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Grasu was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round (71st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Throughout his five-year career with the Bears (2015-17), Baltimore Ravens (2018 and 2019), Miami Dolphins (2018) and Tennessee Titans (2019), he has appeared in 18 games (13 starts) along the offensive line.
Foster joins the 49ers as an undrafted free agent from Syracuse University. He appeared in 46 games (37 starts) during his four years with the Orange (2016-19) and registered 234 tackles, 14 passes defensed, 3.0 sacks, three fumble recoveries two interceptions and one forced fumble.
Nike and the NFL Launch 11-Online, a New Virtual Training Program Featuring George Kittle
As high school athletes remain focused on their fitness goals amidst the uncertainty of upcoming sport seasons, Nike and the NFL continue to provide them with the digital tools that allow them to move and train, wherever they are. Today, Nike and the NFL launched 11-Online, a new virtual experience led by top NFL athletes. 11-Online provides high school football athletes with comprehensive training instruction, including team building, position-specific drills and leadership development, led by top NFL athletes and health and wellness experts in the sport. Nike developed the platform in partnership with the NFL and all 32 teams to create a one-of-a-kind virtual experience that emphasizes on and off the field growth built using player insights and key learnings from Nike's grassroots partnerships. 11-Online provides instruction for all 11 positions, and offer tight ends a chance to train alongside George Kittle.
NFL.com writer Dan Hanzus released a training camp edition of NFL power rankings. The 49ers came in at No. 2 behind the Kansas City Chiefs.
Following an uninspiring sophomore campaign, Dante Pettis returned to camp with the hopes of meeting the expectations of the 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Following a standout performance on Tuesday, teammates and coaches have taken notice. "He's been coming along and it's very encouraging – just the physicality that he's playing with (and) the competitiveness that he's bringing," Garoppolo said. "You love to see that and it's just one of those things you've got to keep rolling." Read More >>>
The 49ers and NFL announced yesterday the launch of the 'Fan of the Year' program presented by Pepsi, which recognizes the unyielding passion and constant support of fans nationwide. The 'Fan of the Year' will be crowned at Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay on February 7th and have a chance to represent their team for the world to see. Visit NFL.com/fanoftheyear for more details.
Did You Know
The 49ers team uniforms were mostly devoid of gold in the early years, instead relying on red and silver. Gold was phased into the helmets and pants in the 1960s.
Check out some of the top photos from the 49ers third padded practice at the SAP Performance Facility.