Kyle Shanahan did not prioritize a tight end in his offense in Atlanta or Washington so I'm curious how Kittle's production will be once he gets healthy.
The Carolina Panthers are off to a good start in the 2017 season as they look to try and retake their spot atop the NFC South after a year away from the postseason, and they started strong with their big 23-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers on the road. He accounted for a fumble and interception that the Panthers converted into their only touchdowns. Hoyer played quarterback against the Panthers like most teams play Madden: it seemed like he had decided which receiver he was throwing to before the ball was snapped.
During the final week of preseason practice, the Panthers had their first-team defense go against the first-team offense, which Rivera thought was beneficial to Newton.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had surgery on his throwing shoulder in the offseason after playing the final four games of the 2016 National Football League season with a partially torn rotator cuff.
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk played 19 of the team's 57 offensive snaps.
Hopefully, you're not spending too much time worrying about the 49ers-Panthers game this afternoon, but if you are, you were rewarded with an fantastic interception by Jaquiski Tartt. QB Cam Newton had a solid, if not pedestrian, day with 171 yards passing.
A missed tackle by Jaquiski Tartt would let Shepard trot into the end zone without resistance, thus beginning the televised slaughter in Santa Clara.
However, Newton will need to get his accuracy under control before Week 2.
And Thomas didn't offer much in the form of a pass rush.
Fantasy Impact: San Francisco's fifth-round pick will likely not make an impact in Week 1.
Well, 49ers fans, as you might expect, were not exactly thrilled by Sunday's proceedings. The Panthers didn't have a run longer than 11 yards.
Marquise Goodwin dropped Hoyer's best pass of the game, which would have resulted in the opening touchdown had he caught a deep ball that was delivered on the money.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer threw an interception and lost a fumble, the running game could muster just 51 yards and San Francisco couldn't get on the scoreboard - with a 44-yard field by Robbie Gould - until it was trailing 23-0 in the fourth quarter.
No news was good news here. San Francisco was called for 10 total penalties for 74 yards while the 49ers also saw three fourth-down conversion attempts fail, leading to six points for the Panthers. The Panthers turned those short fields into a pair of field goals. He also returned three punts for 7 yards.
In some ways, the 2017 version of the San Francisco 49ers looks a lot like the 2016 edition.
This was an uninspiring debut for Shanahan, whose offensive ingenuity yielded 217 yards and 3 points. Too often players lined up wrong. We will see what Run CMC's work load will be next week.