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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their Week 11 bye an

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d have begun preparing for this week’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At 2-8 Patrick Willis Color Rush Jersey , without hopes of a playoff berth, coach Kyle Shanahan has made it clear that the rest of 2018 is about finding out who wants to be a part of the team’s plans in 2019.“This league doesn’t have patience. I don’t have patience,” Shanahan said. “Who is going to help lead us into next year? Who is going to help finish us this year? There are lots of things that are very important to us, and we want to know, as I always say, who are we dealing with?”Shanahan’s challenge extends to every player on the 49ers’ roster, veteran and backup alike. Let’s take a look at players whose performance throughout the rest of the 2018 season may determine their standing on the team come the offseason.DL Arik ArmsteadArmstead is having his best season since being drafted in 2015. The 49ers’ first-round pick has started all 10 games in 2018, the most of his career. In that span, Armstead’s totaled 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hits, three sacks and an “above average” Pro Football Focus grade of 75. The 49ers picked up Armstead’s fifth-year option during the offseason, but have until May to determine if he’s worth the $9 million he’ll be due i\ck completed 72% of his passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns, zero turnovers, and a nearly perfect 151.9 rating under the prime time lights of Levi’s Stadium. Mullens’ stat line took a significant dip in Week 10, only throwing one touchdown to two interceptions against the Giants. His performance over the final six games of the season will not only ensure that he remains the 49ers’ week-to-week starter, but will be an audition to earn the role of primary backup over C.J. Beathard when Jimmy Garoppolo returns in 2019.WR Dante PettisThe 49ers drafted Pettis in the second-round of the 2018 draft. General manager John Lynch traded one of the team’s third-round picks to move up to pick No. 44 to select the former Washington wideout, indicating a strong interest. So far in 2018, Pettis has struggled to establish a significant role in the offense. A Week 3 knee injury sidelined Pettis for five weeks https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Jerick-Mckinnon-Jersey , before making his return against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8. He’s only managed four receptions for 12 yards since. Pettis is still a rookie and while his spot on the team isn’t in jeopardy, he still needs to show that he’s capable of handling an increased role in 2019.DB D.J. Reed Jr. The rookie defensive back entered the game in replacement of injured nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams during the Giants’ final drive in Week 10. Quarterback Eli Manning immediately targeted Reed in coverage, hitting receiver Sterling Shepard for the go-ahead score. It was a tough break for the 49ers’ promising fifth-round rookie, who spent time at both free safety and cornerback this season. It’s unclear how many snaps Reed will get on the defense through the last six games, but with injured free safety Adrian Colbert underperforming before being placed on injured reserve, and Jimmie Ward slated for free agency, Reed has a chance to show the 49ers’ coaching staff that he’s worthy of a starting spot in 2019.DL Cassius MarshThe 49ers’ pass rush, particularly off the edge, has been forgettable this season. The 49ers claimed Marsh off waivers in 2017 after he was cut by the New England Patriots. In response to a strong showing to conclude the 2017 season, the 49ers signed Marsh to a two-year extension over the offseason. He’s totaled 20 tackles, six tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits and 3.5 sacks so far in 2018. An edge rusher is widely considered the 49ers’ most pressing roster need. Marsh’s play to conclude this season could determine how heavily Lynch invests in his position during the offseason. None of his $4.2 million salary in 2019 is guaranteed. DENVER (AP) — Colin Kaepernick called them his brothers.Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were the only two players to kneel during the national anthem on the NFL’s opening Sunday, and Kaepernick, who is no longer welcome on an NFL sideline, made sure to offer his thanks to them via social media .“My Brothers (Stills) and (Wilson) continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed,” Kapernick said in his tweet. “They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. … Love is at the root of our resistance.”It was Kaepernick, then with the 49ers, who sparked the anthem controversy by kneeling during the pregame ritual in 2016 — his way of protesting police brutality and social injustice in America.Since opting out of his contract after that season, Kaepernick has been unable to land a job with an NFL team and is suing the league for collusion.But his voice is still being heard. Last week, Nike introduced an ad featuring the quarterback and his message: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”On Sunday, Kaepernick’s message got through to his friends in Miami.“I know he has our back,” Stills said. “Really, there has been a huge difference between when we first started protesting and now. A lot of people are reaching out and supporting us, so I really appreciate that. To everybody out there … let’s keep doing our best to make positive change and have these conversations and make our country a better place.”While Stills and Wilson were kneeling during the anthem, teammate Robert Quinn raised his fist. Niners receiver Marquise Goodwin did the same at San Francisco’s game at Minnesota. In Los Angeles, Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his fist. Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Brandon Marshall DeForest Buckner Jersey , and Seahawks linemen Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson, retreated to their respective tunnels while the anthem played.At the peak of the anthem protests, as many as 200 players would partake. On most weeks last year, the Seahawks led the way with the most players doing something to make a statement. Though that number had fallen to 2 to start 2018, Brown wasn’t worried.“I made my decision. That was my decision,” he said. “I wasn’t paying attention to see what other teams or other players are doing.”The NFL briefly had a policy in place in May regarding the anthem, but rescinded it after the players union filed a grievance, which sent the league to the negotiating table with the union. Those talks are ongoing. Brown said he hasn’t heard any word from the union dissuading player protests during the anthem.“I don’t think that would be the best idea to try to get people to move on from it,” he said. “The country hasn’t moved on from it, so I’m not going to move on from it, either.”Among those keeping the issue front and center is President Donald Trump, who sent a tweet of his own several hours before Kaepernick’s, taking digs at the NFL, and linking low ratings for Thursday night’s opener between Atlanta and Philadelphia (lowest for an opener since 2008) to players who refuse to stand for the anthem.“If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!” he tweeted.CBS and Fox, which carried Sunday afternoon’s games, have said they did not plan on televising the anthem.However, NBC did show the anthem on Thursday night (but not before Sunday night’s Bears-Packers game), and no players kneeled or protested in other ways.That included Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles, who raised his fist during the anthem last season but did not for the opener. During pregame warmups, he wore a shirt that read “Ca$h bail = poverty trap.”Jenkins, a founder of the Players Coalition which was formed to tackle issues similar to those Kaepernick is concerned about, said he would like to move the focus away from the anthem.“I think there’s a huge need for us to turn the attention to not only the issues, but what players are actually doing in their communities to promote change,” he said. “We’re trying to move past the rhetoric of what’s right or what’s wrong in terms of the anthem, and really focus on the systematic issues that are plaguing our communities.”

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