#1 The Broncos looked beleaguered, beat up and undermanned von panxing18 22.03.2019 06:38

SANTA CLARA DeForest Buckner Jersey , Calif. (AP) — against the lowly San Francisco 49ers.Overmatched, too? You bet.Short-handed they were, and it sure showed. Yet on this day, George Kittle might have been too much even if Denver had been at full strength.Case Keenum got going too late in a 20-14 loss to San Francisco on Sunday, four days after top target Emmanuel Sanders went down with a torn left Achilles tendon in practice Wednesday.The Broncos (6-7) were out of sorts early, then trying to play catch-up from a 20-0 deficit that saw Kittle take apart the defense time and again on the way to an 85-yard touchdown catch, 210 yards receiving and becoming the 49ers’ first tight end to reach 1,000 yards receiving.“Simply, we didn’t play well, no excuses. We can’t point fingers,” coach Vance Joseph said. “That team came out and outplayed us, in the first half especially. Our record right now, we’re still in it. Every game now is a must win. We haven’t talked about that, but we have to now. Every game that we play from now on is a must win.”Phillip Lindsay ran for a 3-yard score in the third then Keenum connected with DaeSean Hamilton on a 1-yard touchdown toss with 3:53 remaining. Keenum went 24 of 42 for 186 yards.He surely missed Sanders, who led the team with 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in a bounce-back year. His injury came three days after star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his leg, leaving the Broncos without seven starters from their season opener.“It’s tough,” Keenum said. “They’re guys you can’t replace.”Tim Patrick and Hamilton had seven receptions apiece Garry Gilliam Color Rush Jersey , Patrick finishing with 85 yards receiving and Hamilton with 47, but most of their production came in the second half playing from way behind.“We got off to a slow start and then we picked it up in the second half,” Patrick said. “We just had to get it going. It was the first time as an offense all together in there. We were kind of shaky in the beginning, but once we got it clicking it was hard to stop us.”Meanwhile, Kittle couldn’t be slowed down in the first half, when he had all seven of his catches and 210 yards. He was only targeted once after halftime.After the game, Joseph reiterated how the Broncos must not beat themselves by falling way behind and making it harder.Denver had two defensive holding penalties in a four-play span in the first quarter and 11 total penalties for 62 yards.“We just have to be consistent,” nose tackle Shelby Harris said. “We can’t go out in the first half and go down 20-0.”There were a few defensive highlights.Von Miller sacked Nick Mullens for a 9-yard loss late in the second quarter. Including the postseason, Miller’s 103½ sacks matched the franchise record held by Simon Fletcher.Linebacker Bradley Chubb had two more sacks for 12 on the season to break Miller’s franchise rookie record of 11½ set in 2011.Miller was angry about his own miscues.“I had three false starts, and that’s ridiculous,” he said. “I’m a gambling man, and I broke today. I didn’t play like I’m supposed to today.”Most of the Broncos will be echoing those sentiments.“Now, it’s back to the lab,” Miller said. The San Francisco 49ers released Reuben Foster Sunday morning after his third arrest of the year, and at least second allegation domestic violence. Once thought of as a building block to the 49ers defense, he has now left a void at the linebacker position.The 49ers have Fred Warner at the MIKE position and he’s learning how to relay communication on the fly during his rookie season. Warner has turned into an absolute steal in the 2018 draft — taken in the third round — but the 49ers need to partner him with a young WILL of the future.Right now Malcolm Smith is that guy, but for how much longer we don’t know. Smith has been in and out of the lineup due to injury and Brock Coyle has been on injured reserve. Elijah Lee has had his moments, particularly the Detroit Lions game where he forced a fumble https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Garrett-Celek-Jersey , but of those names there’s nothing to call dependable. There’s free agency, but the money could be saved for a rainy day. So that turns us to the 2019 NFL draft. Going into the draft before this, my list was simple: GET A PASS RUSHER (yes, in all caps). The 49ers defense could be transformed overnight with such an addition — just look at the Chicago Bears if you need proof.From there it’s the tired repetition from 2018: O-line, O-line, O-line. The 49ers offensive line has made great strides, but now it’s time to solidify it. If Mike Person is the guy for right guard (no objection from me if he can be consistent), then at the very least burn a pick on a tackle to prepare for Joe Staley’s eventual retirement. If Mike McGlinchey is to stay at right tackle, no one wants a rookie at left tackle to protect Jimmy Garoppolo. I think all of us can do well without another punishing injury to Jimmy G, self sustained or not. Outside of the offensive line, the 49ers will need to address the secondary. I think the wide receivers are still a bit underrated — young and learning as they go. Dante Pettis had a strong game against the Buccaneers and has a chance to really do some things now that he’s not coming in and out. A high pick on a wide receiver just doesn’t seem necessary.So it’s pass rusher, O-line, and hit the secondary up to fix all these coverage issues. But with the loss of Foster, a linebacker will be needed. I didn’t really even think of taking a linebacker because Foster/Warner would have been great with Lee/Smith/Coyle as backups. I still don’t know if that’s a point now. Perhaps trading away that first pick (assuming the 49ers get it) for a boatload of picks would be a good idea to get a linebacker late in the first round. Part of me wants to see if the 49ers can get by with what they have, but releasing Foster is going to bring another need at some point. Does the Foster release change your approach in the draft? Who would you target in the draft or free agency to fill the void?

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