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as a rookie for the San Francisco 49ers Womens Adrian Colbert Jersey , flashing the ability that made him look like a defensive building block for years to come.After an offseason of legal issues and a two-game suspension to start this season, Foster has been unable to deliver in year two for the 49ers (1-6) and is a contributing factor in the team's defensive struggles.Foster has been missing tackles and struggling to generate big plays for a San Francisco defense that is tied for the fewest takeaways through seven games in NFL history."Reuben is still trying to get back to where he finished last year," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He's not there yet. I think he's had times where he shows it, but his consistency needs to improve and he knows that, I know that. He did miss his second offseason for things that we all know about, which is on Reuben. Then when he got here, knowing he was going to be suspended those first two games, he didn't get as many reps there toward the end and things like that. I think there is a little bit of rust to him, not that that's an excuse. That's what he needs to do to find a way to get that rust off. We haven't yet, but I expect him to as this year goes."Foster missed more than a month of the offseason program after two arrests that led the 49ers to tell him to stay away from the facility while he dealt with the legal problems. Most of those charges were eventually dropped, with Foster having to complete a first-time offender diversion course on a marijuana charge and being sentenced to two years' probation, 232 hours of community service, and $235 in fines for a weapons charge.But Foster missed practice time and then was suspended for the first two games of this season. He hasn't looked like the impact linebacker he was as a rookie but his coaches remain confident in his ability."He missed the first couple of games of the year and it's not going the way he wants and all that stuff. I do think he's moving in the right direction," defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. "He did have his best practice of the year yesterday. He's going to be fine. I get it, in this day and age http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/jaquiski-tartt-jersey , with everything needs to happen now. But, I promise you, Reuben is going to be just fine when this is all said and done. Second-year player, to push the panic button is way, way premature in my mind."Foster has 10 missed tackles in his five games, according to SportRadar, which is tied for the second-most in the league over that span. He also has failed to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery or interception, and has just three tackles for losses."I'd say average," Foster said when asked to assess his play. "But it can get a lot better. That's what I'm keying in on, to focus and get better."Foster's play has been impacted a bit by a sore shoulder that has bothered him the past three weeks. Foster fell in the draft in part because of concerns about his right shoulder that have proved to be an issue early in his career.He has tried to play through the pain, although it has appeared on video that there are plays where he doesn't have much use of his right arm. Foster said he had an MRI on the shoulder and believes he can keep playing through it and won't need surgery after the season."It's on and off," he said. "I'm just still going to fight through it. It's just a shoulder."NOTES: Richard Sherman said he expects to play this week after missing the last game with a calf injury that he expects will linger all season. ... RB Matt Breida (ankle), DL Solomon Thomas (knee) http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/deforest-buckner-jersey , C Weston Richburg (knee) and WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee) were among the players who didn't practice.Juice Check: Week 4 vs. LA Chargers Every week we look at how San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan uses his Offensive Weapon, Kyle Juszczyk, as a way to track some of the coach’s offensive complexity.Juice was in a lot against the Los Angeles Chargers, 37 of 60 offensive plays plus his usual role as right wing/personal protector on the punt coverage team, but he played a smaller role than in previous games, where he had the team’s longest reception in two of three contests. Even now, he has the third most receiving yards on the team, just 19 behind Pierre Gar莽on.The versatile fullback was targeted just 3 times on 12 routes, completing two. (The other pass was broken up by very tight coverage.) Coach Shanahan did not call any plays where #44 tried to sneak out long, though he did pick up five in the red zone on a nifty new play.Starting at the Chargers 12, the team faked a sweep right with the fullback naturally lead-blocking. But after a few steps, he made a sharp pivot to reverse direction and was open for a drag route left, picking up five hard-won yards down to the seven. Juszczyk usually sits in the red zone, so it’s great to see the team finding a new tool for their struggling red zone offense.Then in the third quarter Womens Alfred Morris Jersey , C.J. Beathard lofted a moon-ball in Juice’s general direction as he was getting hit, and the blocking back made a nice adjustment to come back inside, jump for the ball and hang on as he was immediately speared in the kidneys by LB Denzel Perryman. He was slow getting up, but gained ten yards and the first down.Juice’s biggest pass, though, was the one that didn’t happen. It’s hard to complain, because the Niners scored a touchdown on the play anyway, but it would have been a lot more sure and less risky if Beathard had seen him.With 3:57 left in the first. Beathard rifled a pass to Kendrick Bourne (in the blue box), just inches from the outstretched hands of three different Chargers. Meanwhile, Juszczyk (red circle) could not have been more open in the left slot. He was literally at least 7 yards from the nearest player, which is hard to do on a play that starts at the two yard line.On the other 25 of his offensive snaps Juszczyk was blocking, and frankly it was not his best game. He had a couple of key blocks in pass protection that gave Beathard enough time to complete long passes, and blocked Melvin Ingram down which is always impressive, but there were at least four plays where he wasn’t able to maintain his block through to the whistle, allowing his target to slip free and assist on a tackle.On one of those plays Womens Marquise Goodwin Jersey , OLB Kyle Emanuel shed him for a QB hit, and got called for roughing the passer. The throw was complete anyway though, and I’d rather the team got fewer yards and kept Beathard’s jersey clean for at least one play.As always, Shanahan used a variety of new and different formations. This week, Juice was mostly an I-formation fullback, or a single back to the left or (usually) right of Beathard, who was almost always in shotgun. Shanny seems to have achieved every coach’s goal, where the formation tells you nothing about what the play will be. Lined up wing or inline, out wide or in the middle of the I-formation, his fullback might end up anywhere on the field, run blocking, pass protecting, or running a route. That’s what makes it interesting to observe, even on a quiet week.


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