Time for Carolina Panthers predictions

Game Wrap 49ers fall hard in season opener vs. Panthers

Solomon Thomas shared a suite with Christian McCaffrey in college at Stanford, played heated games against him in Connect Four, and they helped lead the Cardinal to great success on the field as future top 10 picks in the National Football League draft. Someone is either giving San Francisco too much credit or not giving Carolina enough.

"We weren't allowed to touch Christian. We (will) keep each other fresh, and tear this season up". "If I get that chance I've got to take advantage of it".

This year, simple mathematics suggest they will be better. "He was my roommate back there". Unbelievable guy, unbelievable competitor. So it will be good to go against him.

McCaffrey's ties to the 49ers go far deeper than his close friendship with Thomas.

San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Brian Hoyer is in for a long afternoon.

"His dad was my hero growing up", Kyle Shanahan said.

Time for Carolina Panthers predictions
Time for Carolina Panthers predictions

SANTA CLARA Coach Kyle Shanahan kept it close to the vest last month as he tried not to reveal too much of the 49ers' offensive playbook to the rest of the National Football League in the preseason. I think he believes in himself and I think it's real because he's developed a confidence through adversity, through overcoming it. Ed was the man. I knew all his sons. The big issue for the Panthers is keeping Cam Newton (who should play here) healthy. Newton had surgery to fix a partially torn rotator cuff surgery in March. However, all bets are off when the Panthers are near the goal line, as that is what makes Newton effective. "We won't know how that plays out until Sunday", Shanahan said, via Niners Wire.

Hoyer said he began preparations for this week just after the 49ers' preseason game against Minnesota on August 27.

This youthful 49ers squad will go through its share of growing pains but I think, as we review the season, we'll see how much of a difference coaching makes. The Panthers also have a new defensive coordinator, though it is a familiar face in former secondary coach Steve Wilks.

Atlanta running back Tevin Coleman was a matchup problem for the Panthers in the second meeting a year ago, although 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is not as talented a receiver - nor is San Francisco's offensive personnel almost as explosive as Atlanta's. Wilks' defense should have a few new wrinkles from past year, but nothing significant as the Panthers will stick with a 4-3 base. All the pressure will be on James Bradberry and Daryl Worley to control the outside. He organized a get-together for 49ers quarterbacks and receivers for three days of work and camaraderie at Southern Methodist University in Dallas three weeks before training camp. The Niners traded up to No. 31 to take Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and have been extremely pleased with the move after an impressive preseason that earned him a starting role next to four-time All-Pro NaVorro Bowman. The same can be said with the linebackers as Shaq Thompson, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis return to the field, but have more depth ready to step in when needed.

Shanahan and Lynch cleaned house after the 49ers (2-14 in 2016) finished a dismal season in 2016.



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