Category: NFC West

NFL BUZZ

SIGNING: The 49ers have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil recently spent four years with the Ravens before being cut from the team this offseason. This move was announced by new general manger John Lynch. The terms of the contract have not been released yet, but it is believed to be a two year deal. Dumervil took to Twitter following the news breaking. ” After much thought and prayer I have decided to join the 49ers! I’m looking forward to getting to know the NFC West QBs! See ya soon SF.” Dumervil made the Pro Bowl back in 2014 and 2015. He is a good experienced player who brings veteran leadership to a young 49ers team. This is another wise move I Believe GM John Lynch has made. Many were skeptical of him becoming the GM, but I believe 49er fans should be excited what he is putting together in San Francisco.
SIGNING: It looks like the Seahawks have given up on signing Colin Kaepernick as the backup to Russell Wilson. They have signed quarterback Austin Davis to a deal. Albert Breer of MMQB reported the deal is one year $775,000. Davis has not played in a NFL game since 2015. He recently spent time with the Broncos, but never saw the field. Throughout his years in the NFL the 28 year old Has 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Back to Kaepernick him and the Seahawks were on a verge of a deal, but they could not get the money right. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said ” he is a starter in this league”. I’m a bit surprised a deal could not come through with them. Kaepernick will continue to look for a new home. As for Davis he will compete with Trevone Boykin for the backup role.
OFF FIELD ISSUE: The off field issue to discus involves a couple Jet players. A video has surfaced of defensive player Leonard Williams holding back fellow team Darron Lee from a argument with a girl. According to reports Lee was harassing and becoming physical with a woman. Before things got out of hand Williams stepped in and picked up Lee and carried him away. This was all happening at a music festival. Lee apparently threatened Williams to let  him go. Williams than picked Lee back up after he tried to push his way through to go back to the girl. Nothing has been confirmed yet , but here is what I have to say about this situation. Lee has to grow up, and Williams Showed true maturity. The Jets should be proud of Williams as this action is a type of action that will mold him into a team leader.
CUT: The Jets have made another questionable move. ESPN Adam Schefter reported the Jets have released 10 year veteran linebacker David Harris. This move was really surprising to everyone. Harris was not even expecting to be cut. Another reason this is confusing. The Jets are a young team. A veteran like Harris is what they need to lead and be a teacher to the younger players. Jets apparently though have different plans. Harris is a well respected player. He does his job, and when the whistle blows he is done. He is a clean player, and he is also a good leader to younger guys. This move will save the Jets 6.5 million dollars. Harris is in a tough spot now with the offseason winding down. Teams still need linebackers, but he will have to learn new schemes so it may be a little difficult for him. Harris may have a hard time finding a team now , but we will see how that develops. Retirement may also be a option.

OTHER QUICK NEWS
Chargers first round pick Mike Williams may miss rest off offseason activities with a disc injury in his back.
Rex and Rob Ryan were involved in a bar fight against a unknown man.
Lions OT Taylor Decker could miss beginning of season with a shoulder injury.
The Jets have alerted receiver Eric Decker that he will be released or traded by the end of the week.

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49ers Possible Pro Bowlers

For a team that only won 2 games the season before, it’s a huge reach to think this team possesses any Pro Bowl talent (except Navarro Bowman). But I am here to say there are a few players that I believe can make the cut. What I am going to do is go through the players from the highest chance to the lowest chance (but there is still hope). The first player is Navarro Bowman.

He’s 29 but plays like 25. One of the few players that’s still here after the glory days. No debate,one of the best defensive players in the league and the best on the team. One thing he has is consistency, averaging around 97 tackles a season. Only thing holding him back from making the Pro Bowl is how fast will he bounce back from his Achilles injury, besides that he is a guarantee. Next is Carlos Hyde, who just came off his best season. After Frank Gore left, Hyde needed to step up, and be the downhill runner the 49ers desperately needed. Hyde was one of the few bright spots on offense. He even made the Pro Bowl last year, but couldn’t play because of injuries. Like Bowman, injuries could hold him back from reaching full potential. Another injury plagued season could get him replaced.

Next on the list is Eric Reid. After his rookie season, Reid seemed like a star in the making, but once again the injury bug got to him. Reid has had many concussions while being in the league and some say he even considered retirement. With a new defensive coordinator and additions to the defensive secondary, Reid is setup for success. No longer will most of the workload go to him.

I believe Reid can go back to being a top safety and one of the league’s hardest hitters. Seen as one of the 49ers best o-linemen of all time, Joe Staley has the opportunity to be a Pro Bowler. Last year the 49ers had one of the worst O-line in the league. Staley was once even in trade rumors. Hopefully Joe is here to stay, and retire with the Niners whenever he is ready to end his career. The last 2 players are first year and second year players. The 7th pick in last year’s draft was DeForest Buckner, who had a pretty solid season for a rookie. He had 6 sacks at 3-4 DE. I don’t know if he will be playing DE or DT, since the 49ers switch to a 4-3. Either position I think he will do well.

The final player that I think has a chance to make the Pro Bowl is the rookie Reuben Foster. I honestly think he was the most complete LB in the draft. If it wasn’t for personal issues and that shoulder injury, no doubt Foster would’ve been a for sure top-10 pick. With his elite speed,high motor, and aggressiveness, Foster has everything you want in a linebacker. On top of that he gets to work with Bowman who could teach him a thing or 2. My honorable mention is Rashard Robinson. Near the end of the season he showed flashes of greatness and that he could be a shut-down corner. These players are the highlights of the team and could shine this season with Pro Bowl honors.