fseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is linebacker Fred Warner"Heading into the 2018 season https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Deion-Sanders-Jersey , expectations for rookie LB Fred Warner were next to nothing. In last years poll, the question was who would play more snaps, Warner or Malcolm Smith? Warner ended up playing 98% of the defensive snaps. Reuben Foster played one more snap than Smith. We argue over silly things during the offseason, but players separate themselves in camp. That’s what happened with Warner.Tackles are an overrated stat. “Stops”—tackles that constitute a loss for an offense— matter. Last year Warner had the ninth most stops out of all linebackers in the league. That’s what you want. You can tell Warner studies the game the way he sniffs plays out. Because of his awareness, he’s going to be suitable for a long time.Will good be good enough? If the San Francisco 49ers are going to make the playoffs, some defender not named Bosa/Ford/Sherman will need to emerge. The Cowboys got that in Leighton Vander Esch last year, and he transformed the defense. You can say the same with Derwin James and the Chargers. Warner is good, but he’ll need to be even better moving forward. He should be.Basic InfoAge: 22 (turns 23 on November 19th)Experience: One yearHeight: 6’3Weight: 236 lbs.Cap StatusWarner is in the second year of his rookie deal. His cap number for 2019 is $915,684. Warner is the 49th highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL.Where he can improve in 2019I mentioned the number of stops Warner had as a rookie. Upping the percentage of run stops is a good goal. Warner was at 8.5% last year, per PFF. For reference, rookie Darius Leonard was at 9.8% Roger Craig Jersey , while Vander Esch was at a ridiculous 11.5%. The next step for Warner is becoming a playmaker.Missed tackles don’t bother me as much as others. I put them in the same bag as drops for wide receivers. We put too much emphasis on them. After watching the 49ers defense a year ago, everyone knows the tackling must improve. Warner missed a tackle on 13.9% of his attempts as a rookie, per FootballOutsiders. Again, if we want him to be in that upper tier, that’s whom we’ll reference. Vander Esch was at 6.6%, while Leonard was at 9.5%. Warner should be looking to get his number under double-digits.Warner’s awareness doesn’t just show up against the run. He’s excellent in coverage as well. To go from very good to great, you have to take the ball away. That’s the next step for Warner’s development. He limited yards after the catch. He was next level at breaking passes up. Vander Esch was targeted 87 times. Leonard 90 times. Warner 69 times. LVE had four pass breakups, while the other two had six. Warner was one of the most productive linebackers in coverage last year. Now he needs to catch one of those targets.What to expect in 2019Warner can improve in 2019 without becoming a star. We’ll save that for his third season. I think the added pass-rush will benefit Warner. Whether it’s able to get an interception off a tipped pass by Deforest Buckner, or the QB sdoesn’t see him step in front of a receiver because he was hurried by one of the edge rushers.Expecting a jump from Warner is something we talked about last week. He was always going to have high expectations this year. If above seems like I’m asking too much of Warner, it’s because he’s capable of getting to another level. He can be that good. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Kyle Shanahan was up for a head coaching job in the NFL two offseasons ago Ronnie Lott Color Rush Jersey , he had one of his interviews in a very familiar place.Shanahan met with Denver general manager John Elway for about four hours to interview for a job his dad, Mike, held for 14 seasons, helping Elway and the Broncos win a pair of Super Bowl titles.Elway ended up giving the job to Vance Joseph in 2017 and Shanahan got hired by the San Francisco 49ers instead in what he believes is a better spot to make his imprint.“I’d like to say I made the decision pretty hard on them. I’d like to think that,” Shanahan said. “I didn’t think I had much chance before. I definitely am happy where I am, and I think it’s definitely a better situation not being there with my dad. Also, that’s my wife’s home. That’s my home. I enjoy going back there to visit, but I like living where I’m at.”Shanahan now gets the chance to coach against the franchise he spent so much time around as a kid when the 49ers (2-10) host the Broncos (6-6) on Sunday.Shanahan has plenty of memories from his time in Denver, especially being the “cord boy” in Denver’s 1998 Super Bowl win over Green Bay when he held the cords for his father on the sideline.“After that Green Bay Super Bowl, they went wireless the next year,” Shanahan said. “I think they only won one more because they didn’t have as good of a cord-holder https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Jerry-Rice-Jersey , is what I always tell my dad.”Here are some other things to watch:UNDRAFTED GEMSTwo of the three undrafted quarterbacks to start a game in the NFL this season will square off on Sunday.Denver’s Case Keenum entered the league as an undrafted free agent in Houston in 2012 and emerged as a top-flight starter last year in Minnesota. He signed with the Broncos this year and has the team in position for a playoff run.San Francisco’s Nick Mullens entered the league last year as an undrafted free agent and was finally promoted from the practice squad in September after Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 3. Mullens has started four games and has the fifth-most yards passing since the merger in his first four career games with 1,147.“Being an undrafted guy, I’ve kind of, I guess you could say done some research on different guys’ paths and how they’ve made it, how they’ve stuck around in the NFL,” Mullens said. “He’s definitely a guy that I’ve looked at his path, see how he’s gone. He’s a great quarterback.”UNDRAFTED GEMS PART 2Both teams will also feature undrafted starting running backs as well. Denver’s Phillip Lindsay has 1,126 yards from scrimmage this season, joining Dominic Rhodes (1,328), Clark Gaines (1 Colin Kaepernick Jersey ,124) and LeGarrette Blount (1,021) as the only undrafted rookies to reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage.San Francisco’s Jeff Wilson gets his first start in place of another undrafted gem, Matt Breida, who is out with an ankle injury. Wilson rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries and caught eight passes for 73 yards in his most extensive action last week and is familiar with Lindsay as another undrafted player.“You know who the guys are,” Wilson said. “I know he’s a great back. He’s one of the best ones to me.”INJURY BUGThe Broncos got a tough break this week when leading receiver Emmanuel Sanders went down with a torn left Achilles tendon in practice on Wednesday. Sanders led the team with 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in a bounce-back year. His injury comes three days after star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his leg, leaving the Broncos without seven starters from the opening-day lineup.“We can’t cry about it,” Joseph said. “We have to move on and go play a football game on Sunday.”SEARCHING FOR TAKEAWAYSThe 49ers are closing in on a record for ineptitude when it comes to causing turnovers. Their five takeaways through 12 games are the fewest ever at this point in the season, lowering the previous mark of seven by Jacksonville in 2016.San Francisco needs six takeaways in the final four games to avoid setting the mark of 11 for fewest ever in a non-strike season, last done by Chicago in 2016.