football left. It’s time to look at all the 49ers units and discuss what we like and don’t like out of them for 2018. The 49ers linebackers was thought to be solidified with the drafting of Fred Warner. Taken in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL draft Y.A. Tittle Jersey , Warner was thought to provide a lethal tandem with Reuben Foster in Robert Saleh’s 4-3 defense. Just one problem: Foster was going to serve a suspension to start the season. That left Warner earning playing time while Elijah Lee, Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and others foughtit out. Even Warner wasn’t a sure thing, but made his presence known in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings with his forced fumble and stout tackling. From there the question began to change from who would start opposite Foster to what the duo of Foster and Warner would look like once cleared to play. And things were a bit disappointing when Foster returned. Foster hasn’t been absolutely awful, but definitely a step behind his awesome rookie campaign, being ranked in the bottom 10 of Pro Football Focus’ linebacker rankings. Is it the shoulder bothering him? Or is it the new technique he plays with that is keeping him on the field more and injured less (and Foster still finds a way to make visits to the medical tent to say hello). In some aspects Lee has been outplaying Foster—not what you want with your first round pick from 2017. Warner on the other hand continues to grow into his role as a professional. The coaching staff has him running the microphone and communicating calls to the defense for better or worse.Warner himself is being fed to the wolves in this regard with the hopes that he can learn by his mistakes and lock the job down. If Foster can return to form Joe Montana Color Rush Jersey , this linebacking duo could be one of the league’s best, but right now the 49ers linebackers (Lee, Smith, and others) have had troubles tackling ball carriers and being depended on in crucial situations. The linebacking group should have taken a big jump this year with Foster’s second year and improved technique, but all it has shown is more improvement is needed, and it starts with tackling. What are your impressions of the linebackers at midseason? Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is Jimmie Ward"It’s always fun looking back on scouting reports on players. In the case of San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Deion-Sanders-Jersey , it’s not nearly as promising for a guy that was a first-round draft pick.Ward is a better player than that. Most 49ers fans would agree, despite how they feel about him. On that report one of his weaknesses was his size, and how that could get him in trouble at the next level. Ward’s 2018 was cut short yet again due to injury. The frustrating part for fans is that Ward has value. He is the type of free safety you want in this Cover 3 defense. Ward isn’t a ballhawk, but you won’t see constant miscommunication on the backend with him out there.2019 has more question marks as Ward has now played 27 of a possible 48 games in the last three years. The front office is rolling with Ward, in any case. For the first time in his career, Ward will have the benefit of playing with a high-end defensive line. We will see if that impacts his ability to make plays on the ball.Basic infoAge: 27 (but you can wish him a 28th birthday on July 18th.)Experience: 5 accrued seasonsHeight: 5’11Weight: 192 lbs.Cap StatusJimmie Ward signed a one year Roger Craig Jersey , $4.5 million contract with the 49ers. $3 million of the contract is guaranteed. The remaining $1.5 million is paid as per-game bonuses. An additional $500,000 is available as incentives based on playing time. His cap hit for 2019 is $3,843,750.How he might improve in 2019Ward needs to play every game. That’s it. He could be Ed Reed for six games, and that won’t matter. The 49ers are relying on him to contribute for the entire season, which is quite the risk. PFF charged Ward for giving up four touchdowns last year. Two of those came against the Kansas City Chiefs when he was playing cornerback. He was charged for two other ones against the Giants Ronnie Lott Color Rush Jersey , and one of those was against that Odell Beckham Jr. guy.The area I’d like to see Ward improve is being aggressive against the pass like he is against the run.How he might regress in 2019Again, it just comes down to playing a full season. That’s all anyone will judge Ward on this year. A regression would be from Ward not showing the flashes he’s shown each year. Ward would have to start missing tackles or giving up big plays behind him at free safety. If that happens, this will be the final season Ward plays as a 49er.