SANTA CLARA — General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected. Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character. Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time

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SANTA CLARA — General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected. Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character. Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time

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SANTA CLARA — General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected. Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character. Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time

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Conventional wisdom around the NFL these days holds that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might just end up in Seattle. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday morning that the Seahawks will bring Kaepernick into camp for workouts, “barring a change of plans.” There’s a lot of wiggle room for the Seahawks in that sentence.

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Remember that Atlanta Falcons offensive game plan against the Patriots in the final five minutes of the Super Bowl? Kyle Shanahan, then the Falcons offensive coordinator and now coach of the San Francisco 49ers won't forget it. If Atlanta had simply run the ball and kicked a field goal with an eight-point lead, the Falcons would have likely held off Tom Brady and the Pats' comeback from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit. Shanahan told The Rich Eisen Show there's one play call he'd like to have back.  "The second-and-10 that we got sacked on,” Shanahan said. “I wish I had dialed up something differently. And then the next play, we called an option to [Mohamed] Sanu, we got right back in field goal

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SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Matt Barkley has lived a suspenseful NFL life since the conclusion of his storied USC career. Considered a certain first-round pick a year earlier, Barkley had to wait until the fourth round to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL draft. After spending time with Philadelphia, Arizona and Chicago in his first four seasons, it could have been expected that Barkley would remain a free agent for a while this offseason. Instead, he found a spot with the 49ers on the first day of free agency. New coach Kyle Shanahan targeted Brian Hoyer to be his quarterback. When Matt Schaub decided to remain as Atlanta’s backup, Barkley became Shanahan’s choice among all other free-agent

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Colin Kaepernick’s football career remains very much a question mark, but he’s already left an impression on American culture, as his jersey and other gear from his protests in 2016 are now in the hands of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continuously collects items of historic significance from African Americans involved in all phases of American life, and the sociologist and author Harry Edwards encouraged the museum to take a close look at Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback drew nationwide attention last year when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality in America.

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Sad that the world-famous band, event organizers and San Francisco 49ers which operate the stadium did nothing to stop the music at the 10 p.m. cutoff. In fact, violating curfews is practically a time-honored tradition here in Northern California, where warm climes beget loud outdoor rock concerts which in turn beget all manner of kerfuffles. As Santa Clara resident Robert Sherman wrote this week on a local news blog, “I live less than a half-mile from the Stadium as the crow flies, and on numerous occasions (Grateful Dead, Beyonce, One Direction and Taylor Swift concerts, notably) the concerts were clearly audible from my home, and in a couple of cases (Beyonce and One Direction) audible INSIDE our home with the doors and windows closed.

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After the 49ers maneuvered in the first round to pick up two of the top three players on their draft board, the club had to wait until the second pick of the third round to make another selection. The addition of Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, was not viewed with the same widespread applause as the 49ers’ first-round picks of Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. In sizing up Witherspoon, one AFC scout told NBC Sports Bay Area, “He won’t hit anyone.” That’s a critique Witherspoon heard repeatedly in the run-up to the NFL draft. Even the man who drafted him – a former hard-hitting safety who was a finalist for the Pro Football

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Not only are starting quarterbacks in demand, but so are reserves, making the fate of Colin Kaepernick all the more intriguing. Kaepernick, who guided the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, thrust himself into the spotlight in 2016 when he refused to stand for the national anthem. In March, Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract amid reports that he would resume standing for the anthem.

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