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About ale522

sports and financial markets enthusiast. Native San Diegan, diehard Padres, adopted Warriors and ex-Chargers fan

ale522 has written 819 articles so far, you can find them below.


Dante Pettis Rediscovering Explosiveness

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis believes he’s finally playing “explosive and consistent.” Entering training camp as a presumed starter, Pettis has been pushed by rookies Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd who have both turned heads. Meanwhile, Pettis has apparently lacked assertiveness. The 2018 second-round pick emerged at the end of last year, compiling... Read More

1 month ago

CJ Beathard And Nick Mullens Competing To The End

The competition between San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks CJ Beathard and Nick Mullens to earn backup duties will come down to final cuts. The two signal-callers both made starts in 2018 after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL and present different skillsets to the offense. Beathard is a risk-taker with a longer tenure with the squad... Read More

1 month ago

Nick Bosa And Jason Verrett 50-50 For Week 1

Speaking Thursday, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch indicated defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle) and cornerback Jason Verrett (ankle, Achilles) are 50-50 for Week 1. Both players suffered injuries two weeks ago and their absence would impair an already-shaky defensive unit. Bosa, the second overall pick in 2019, could emerge as a quality IDP... Read More

1 month ago

Jordan Matthews' Prospects Brightening

Based on the praise heaped upon San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jordan Matthews recently, his chances of making the team appear bright. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has “a lot of confidence” in Matthews and believes they can “win with [him].” Once an ascending talent with three straight 800-plus yard seasons to start his career, Matthews... Read More

1 month ago

Jimmy Garoppolo Will Play Entire First Half Saturday

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan expects quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to play the entire first half this Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Returning to his first game action since going down with a torn ACL in Week 3 of last season, Garoppolo struggled in 11 snaps last Monday, completing just one of six passes... Read More

1 month ago


Francisco Mejia Emerging As Quality Backstop

San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia cracked a solo homer in four at-bats Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. The long ball was Mejia’s eighth of the season as he continues ascending as the Friars everyday backstop. Since his recall on June 18, the 23-year-old has lifted his OPS from .466 to a now-sturdy .776. After... Read More

1 month ago

Trent Taylor Could Return By Week 1

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor (foot) could be back by Week 1. The oft-hobbled third-year player underwent foot surgery on August 10 with an expected rehab of 4-6 weeks, although head coach Kyle Shanahan believes he won’t miss any regular season action. Limited by injuries, Taylor has tallied just 645 yards across his... Read More

1 month ago

Raheem Mostert Making Case For Playing Time

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert tallied 58 yards and a touchdown on six carries along with two catches for 42 yards in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Mostert was the most effective offensive player on the field and further made his case for a roster spot. As a special teams lifer,... Read More

1 month ago

Jerick McKinnon Not Close To Practicing

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) could return to individual drills this week, per head coach Kyle Shanahan. McKinnon received a platelet-rich plasma injection 17 days ago after dealing with knee soreness as he recovers from a torn ACL. While individual work is encouraging, he will not participate in team drills as the... Read More

1 month ago

Marquise Goodwin Still Viewed As A Starter

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin played in all 11 snaps with the first team Monday against the Denver Broncos. With the offense struggling, Goodwin did not record a stat but with a solid camp thus far, is still viewed as a starter. However, with receiver Dante Pettis hovering and rookies Deebo Samuel and... Read More

1 month ago


Deebo Samuel Keeps Making Plays

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel was not targeted but ripped a 45-yard run in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. After collecting 75 yards last Saturday, the rookie made another splash, nearly scoring on a third quarter reverse. Samuel was taken in the second round this past offseason and continues to port... Read More

1 month ago

Jalen Hurd Dealing With Back Stiffness

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jalen Hurd (back) played just eight snaps in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. This is a letdown after Hurd exploded for two touchdowns on five targets in his first game, but head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Hurd dealt with back stiffness all week and was therefore limited. The... Read More

1 month ago

Dante Pettis Still Running With First Team, For Now

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis went catchless in 11 snaps in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Pettis’ action all came alongside starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but he failed to record a stat as the signal-caller struggled in first game action since Week 3 of last season. Recent reports suggested that rookie... Read More

1 month ago

Jose Castillo Activated, Adrian Morejon To IL

The San Diego Padres activated reliever Jose Castillo (forearm) from the 60-day injured list and placed reliever Adrian Morejon (shoulder) on the 15-day IL. Castillo’s next pitch will be his first in 2019 as he’s battled forearm issues since spring training. The 23-year-old was a stud from the bullpen last season with a 3.29 ERA,... Read More

1 month ago

CJ Abrams Tears Up Rookie Ball, Earns Promotion

Since being picked sixth overall in the 2019 draft, San Diego Padres shortstop prospect CJ Abrams has been raking. In 156 rookie ball plate appearances, Abrams registered an absurd .401/.442/.662 slash with three homers and 14 steals. He’s already earned a quick promotion and should finish the season in Low-A. The 18-year-old is a bonafide... Read More

1 month ago


Luis Patino Promoted To Double-A

San Diego Padres pitching prospect Luis Patino was promoted to Double-A on Wednesday. The 19-year-old rattled off a 2.69 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 in 87 High-A innings to rightfully earn the promotion. Patino, the team’s No. 4 prospect, has progressed swiftly since beginning his pro career in 2017. Patino will join fellow starter... Read More

1 month ago

Nick Bosa To Miss Entire Preseason

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle) will miss the entire preseason. Bosa suffered a “significant ankle sprain” in Wednesday’s practice and the Niners will be extremely cautious with their rookie. Bosa earned a second-overall draft prize with an elite skillset but has endured his share of injuries in... Read More

1 month ago

Nick Bosa, Jason Verrett Undergoing MRIs

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle) and cornerback Jason Verrett (ankle, Achilles) will undergo MRIs after suffering ankle injuries on Wednesday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan expected Bosa, the 2019 second overall pick, to be “alright” but did not have comment on Verrett. Depending on the results, a significant injury for Bosa would negatively... Read More

2 months ago

George Kittle Making Plays In Camp

It’s been business as usual for San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle in training camp. Kittle has built a solid rapport with starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo including two touchdown grabs in Wednesday’s practice. The third-year pro emerged as a superstar in 2018 by leading the team in targets (136), catches (88) and yards (1,377)... Read More

2 months ago

C.J. Beathard Likely Starter For First Preseason Game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart. With starter Jimmy Garoppolo ruled out for the first preseason game, Beathard will likely get the start as he fights to make the team. The third-year pro has been mediocre in 13 career games with a 74.6 QB... Read More

2 months ago


Nick Bosa, Marquise Goodwin Suffer Leg Injuries

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (leg) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (leg) both suffered injuries on Wednesday. The more concerning injury is to the 2019 second-overall pick Bosa who walked off on his own power but did not return. Pending an update, an extended absence for Bosa could spell doom for his IDP... Read More

2 months ago

Luis Urias Slowly Figuring Things Out

San Diego Padres second baseman Luis Urias went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. Urias provided an RBI single in the fifth inning then scored when his buddy Fernando Tatis Jr. launched a homer two batters later. Since popping his first big league dinger this year on July 29, Urias... Read More

2 months ago

Fernando Tatis Jr. Not Slowing Down

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. homered, walked, drove in two runs and scored twice in five plate appearances Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. Tatis popped a two-run shot in the fifth inning then later walked and scored to complete his stat-filled day. The 20-year-old rookie continues to show no signs of slowing, slashing... Read More

2 months ago

Dinelson Lamet Loses No-Hitter In Seventh

San Diego Padres starter Dinelson Lamet picked up his first win Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. Lamet carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering back-to-back hits. He struck out 12 batters on the evening while walking four. The seven frames were his most since returning from Tommy John surgery in early July and... Read More

2 months ago

Richard Sherman Still Locking It Down

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman is having a standout training camp. The nine-year pro enjoyed a lockdown practice on Tuesday, repeatedly breaking up passes during 1-on-1 drills with wide receivers. Even at 31 years old, Sherman is still one of the top defensive backs in the game and should anchor a shaky Niners defense.... Read More

2 months ago


Dre Greenlaw Receiving Rave Reviews

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw has drawn significant praise through nine days of training camp. The rookie out of Arkansas has already earned reps with the first team defense and could be the best man coverage linebacker in the group. With projected starters Fred Warner, Kwon Alexander and Malcolm Smith playing up to standards,... Read More

2 months ago

Jerick McKinnon Activated From PUP

The San Francisco 49ers activated running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) from the PUP on Tuesday. The move comes a few days late but McKinnon will finally be able to participate in walk-throughs after missing all of 2018 with a torn ACL. It’s uncertain when he’ll practice fully but this is undoubtedly a positive step. McKinnon... Read More

2 months ago

Garrett Richards Exits Rehab Start Early

San Diego Padres starter Garrett Richards (elbow, shoulder) exited his High-A rehab start on Monday with shoulder tightness. Richards, recovering from Tommy John surgery, had struck out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings before being yanked prematurely. It was his fourth rehab appearance. The hope is the setback is precautionary, but it is cause for... Read More

2 months ago

Dee Ford Out At Least A Week

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford (knee) will miss at least one week after receiving a platelet-rich plasma treatment on his ailing knee. Head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t seem overly concerned, so it appears this is a precautionary measure. Ford, acquired via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, is battling knee tendinitis... Read More

2 months ago

Jordan Matthews Trying To Resuscitate Career

After three promising seasons to start his career, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jordan Matthews finds himself on the bubble to make his third team in as many years. Despite totaling just 582 yards over the past two years, Matthews is comfortable battling for a roster spot. Of eight Niners receivers, only six are expected... Read More

2 months ago


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