Screening report: 49ers’ Samuel, Bosa and Kittle will cause problems for Vikings
Sunday: 3:25 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium (Ch. 9 and KFAN-FM 100.3)
ABOUT THE 49ERS
• The 49ers (5-5) took a 20-3 lead and didn’t look back in last week’s 30-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Elusive receiver Deebo Samuel has once again worked out of the backfield as San Francisco faces back injuries, finishing with 79 rushing yards and one touchdown in eight carries.
• Starting running back Raheem Mostert is on the injured list, and Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty missed last week’s win with injuries. Their defense could be beefed up as rusher Dee Ford and linebacker Dre Greenlaw could return Sunday from the injured reserve, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.
• Tight end George Kittle returned from the IR and caught a touchdown in three straight games. He’s one of the best blockers in the NFL at this position, creating holes for the running game, in addition to dominating as a receiver after the catch.
• Only four NFL defensemen have more sacks than 49ers rusher Nick Bosa, who leads San Francisco with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for the loss. Bosa, 24, is back from the torn ACL that ended his 2020 season and is once again the 49ers’ top defenseman.
PLAYER SPEAKS | QB Jimmy Garoppolo
• Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo retained the starting position against rookie first-round pick Trey Lance, the Marshall, Minnesota and North Dakota native selected third overall. Garoppolo has yielded only one start to Lance due to injury, and he has been effective in winning streaks.
• Garoppolo completed 75.6% of his passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions in wins over the Rams and Jaguars. Turnovers have been a problem for Garoppolo at the start of the season, but he has only entered one in his last four starts.
• Garoppolo on targeting left tackle Trent Williams on incomplete goal line: “I told him I throw you if you get triple or quadruple covered. A nice hand in practice. He can do it. We’ll save it. that one. “
• Garoppolo on two long journeys, 18 and 20 games, over the following weeks: “It starts with their exhaustion. That many games on the ground, in this humidity [in Jacksonville]. Rather, it was a crusher-type drive. Last week, it was just the kind of thing they got caught up in. This week was a little different. “
COACH SPEAKS | Kyle shanahan
• Kyle Shanahan is in his fifth season as the 49ers head coach with a 34-40 (.459) regular season record and 2-1 in a single playoff appearance. San Francisco’s offense has been poor under Shanahan, and the 49ers are 13th in yards and 16th in points this season.
• Shanahan, the former Falcons coordinator, developed a system that has spread throughout the NFL, including Minnesota. The 49ers’ mark leans heavily on a varied rush attack and plays counterfeits that set up receivers in catch-and-run situations.
• The future of Shanahanon Garoppolo: “It’s nothing against Jimmy that we took him, but we think Trey will be our guy from the future. Like I said, I think it will be really tough if Jimmy is on it to beat him right away. So it’s going a bit like that right now. “
• Shanahan on how Samuel’s movement helps attack defenses: “The man’s blanket, who has it when he’s outside?” Who has it in the backfield? you just have to factor it all in, same with the movements and where the guys line up. “