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49ers Alfred Morris Jersey , with every team having played at least eight games on their schedule. As such, we are seeing midseason awards and assessments.This week, SI columnist Albert Breer put together his midseason awards. However, instead of simply making his picks, he reached out to various league personnel to get their thoughts on MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. He assembled a panel of 18 voters, and they offered up a single vote for each category (so effectively, every vote was a first place vote).The San Francisco 49ers ended up with some representation in the rookie categories. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley received the most votes (12) for offensive rookie of the year, and 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey received one vote. Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard received the most votes (8) for defensive rookie of the year, and 49ers linebacker Fred Warner received one vote.McGlinchey has been a consistent force in run blocking, and has steadily improved as a pass blocker. You really could not ask for a much better rookie season from a top ten pick. He is all but assured of making the all-rookie team, and while linemen don’t win rookie of the year awards, he’s proving as good as most of the rookie class.It’s interesting to note that McGlinchey is second only to Baker Mayfield in Pro Football Focus’ latest rookie rankings. Mayfield has slipped these past few weeks, and currently ranks only one spot ahead of McGlinchey in their weekly rankings. That being said http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-marquise-goodwin-jersey , barring a huge finish by Baker Mayfield or one of the other quarterbacks, Barkley would seem to be the favorite. Phillip Lindsey has 72 more rushing yards (and a better ypc), but Barkley actually leads all rookies in receiving yards (ALL rookies, not just running backs). If Barkley keeps it up, he’s taking home the award.Fred Warner has quietly chugged along as the 49ers Mike linebacker. He is fifth in the league in tackles, and PFF ranks him eighth among all linebackers in run stop percentage. It’s not shocking however that Leonard tops the polling. He leads the NFL in tackles, and is second among rookies with four sacks. Basic counting stats don’t tell the whole picture, but this will likely stand out for media voters.PFF has Detroit Lions defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand at the top of their rankings, followed by Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates, Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James, and then Leonard. Warner gets no mention, as his grade is in the middle of the pack for linebackers. If Leonard maintains his pace, he will take home defensive rookie of the year. Warner won’t take home the award, but he stands a good chance of earning an all-rookie award as well.Juice Check: Week 5 vs. Cardinals When injuries mount, football guys say “Next Man Up.” For San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, the Arizona Cardinals game was more like “Last Man Standing.” Besides Jerick McKinnon and Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injuries, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis were injured-inactive, Matt Breida had to leave after 13 snaps Cheap Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey , and backup RB Raheem Mostert came down with a bad case of fumbleitis. That skill-player-deprived offense then had to play 98 snaps, the most for any NFL team in five years, due to the deadly combination of a strong running game and five turnovers. It was an offensive treadmill that never lead anywhere, like one of those dreams where you run and run forever and never get away from the monster (who is Chandler Jones, in this case).The result was a huge game for Juice, who played 68 snaps — a whole game’s worth most weeks, but only 70% of the Niner’s offensive marathon this time. He was targeted seven times, catching six for 75 yards, and even had an ultra-rare run for 12 yards. To top it all off, he shed a blocker and tackled Tre Boston after that safety intercepted a pass.He’ll be at least as needed Monday night against Green Bay, since four key skill players missed practice Friday due to injury: Matt Brieda, Pierre Gar莽on, Dante Pettis, and Trent Taylor (plus McKinnon of course). Star TE Kittle and 3/5 of the offensive line were limited in practice. At this rate, Juszczyk will be the leading receiver AND rusher.To be fair, the versatile FB was clearly a big part of Kyle Shanahan’s screen-heavy opening script, long before the in-game injuries and turnovers changed the tenor of the game. Twice on the first drive, he made an initial feint at a pass protection block http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-george-kittle-jersey , then turned around for a screen — and a big gain. The first play gained 16 yards.Better yet, Shanahancame right back 3 plays later with the exact same play — for 26 yards down to the two-yard line.I’m always amazed at how Shanahan finds a way in every single game to show formations not previously seen during the season. Last Sunday, Juszczyk generally lined up alongside the QB, not behind the tackle as before but in between the tackle and guard, on either side. He also ran a couple of plays where the FB lined up on the right wing or wide right, and then motioned back into I-formation. That’s a new one.Let’s not forget the excellent blocking job that Juszczyk continues to do in the running game. He’s a key reason for these long runs that Breida keeps breaking off, as Juice excels in getting to the second level defender, and Breida has excellent timing to hit the hole his FB just created at the perfect time. A lot of RBs do that on the line — that’s their job — but Juice and Breida are great at doing it a bit further downfield or running outside.On Breida’s first big run, a 17-yard pickup, watch how Juszczyk submarines defensive end Chandler Jones (55) keeping the speedy running back inches away from the DE’s grasp.With the offensive line starting to show run-game dominance, the fullback running a little and Breida working on his receiving, it’s tempting to dream of a healthy Niners squad running a 3-back formation with, say, McKinnon, Breida and Juszczyk — any of whom could run or go deep. Does a defense stay in base, leaving potentially 3 linebackers covering these potential receivers? Or go nickel, and face two explosive runners with a lead fullback? That’s a tough choice. I’d love to see them have to make it.

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