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A Few Things To Look For Prior To The 49ers Season

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The 2021 season is just around the corner for the San Francisco 49ers and it’s about time. Franchises are beginning to take shape and the starting rosters for the new season are being created even as we speak. 2020 is over and the 49ers will be glad to see the back of it. Injuries ruined any hope that they had of challenging in another Super Bowl as they watched their best defensive and best offensive players sitting in the stands.

Pre-Season Takeaways

Nick Bosa, George Kittle, and Jimmy Garoppolo are just a few of the 20 plus San Francisco players who missed time due to injury in 2020. As the injuries mounted up the hopes of a second Super Bowl appearance in as many years disappeared and turned into a miserable 6-10 record.

In 2021, the 49ers have a strong team, a great head coach, and a schedule that they can get a lot of wins from. If the injury bug stays away and the new rookies and additions can settle in well then the 49ers have a great chance at competing for another NFC Championship and maybe even a Super Bowl. Firstly though, the offseason and minicamps and OTA’s. Let’s have a look at what is happening for the 49ers.

QB DEBATE

CLEVELAND, OHIO – APRIL 29: Trey Lance poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage after being selected third by the San Francisco 49ers during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

So the debate that every NFL franchise has had at some point in their existence. The veteran with years of experience or the newly acquired talented rookie quarterback. Kyle Shanahan has a hugely important decision to make before they open the season against the Detroit Lions. 

Jimmy Garoppolo has gone 28-4 as a starter with the 49ers. He has led them to a Super Bowl and he has the experience of two Super Bowl wins playing behind Tom Brady. That all sounds great, why would the 49ers even consider moving on from him? The injuries are starting to pile up, and even in the games he played, he appeared to have lost a step.

John Lynch and Shanahan seemed to make up their mind when they traded up to the number three pick in the 2021 draft and selected Trey Lance.

Lance played at North Dakota State but due to COVID he only managed one full season. In that one full season, he won the NCAA Division I Football Championship, the Walter Payton Award, and the Jerry Rice Award. During that season he also threw no interceptions at all. Something that Shanahan will have loved. Lance provides the dual-threat ability and gives Shanahan an extremely mobile athlete to use in the play-action game. 

It seems like San Francisco is all-in on a new Quarterback, the question now is whether or not Lance can live up to the hype. If he can, then there will be a new starter in the red and white come week one of the NFL season.

INJURIES

It’s not as bad as 2020 but the start of 2021 has already thrown up a few injuries for the 49ers. Justin Skule is out for the season with a torn ACL. Tarvarius Moore has burst his Achilles and is done for the year and Jeff Wilson is out until Week Seven. 

The season hasn’t even started yet and already the nightmares of the 2020 season are beginning to rear their ugly heads. 

For that very reason, Kyle Shanahan and co decided to cancel the mandatory minicamp ahead of the 2021 season. Who needs another season ruined like 2020. It will be interesting to see how the lack of a minicamp impacts the 49ers going forward.

Unfortunately, there will be no more practice from the San Francisco 49ers until the end of July as the worries grow regarding injuries. When that time comes we will get a much clearer picture as to what the 49ers team will be watching in 2021. Will it be the NFC Championship winning team from 2019 or the injury-plagued second-string team from 2020? Here’s hoping for the 2019 team.

SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 17: A general view of the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Levi’s Stadium on August 17, 2014, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)

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