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SEATTLE (AP) — The decision to part with Richard Sherman — along with several other impact veterans — was supposed to be part of the cumulative reason the Seattle Seahawks would finally take a step back. This was going to be the rebuild season Womens Alfred Morris Jersey , even if no one with the Seahawks ever wanted to use that word.Sherman will see his former team up close Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers face the Seahawks. He will find a Seattle team that’s not backsliding. Instead, Seattle (6-5) has won two straight and has a direct path to an NFC playoff berth in a season no one really expected the Seahawks to be in the conversation at the beginning of December.The players who stepped in for the likes of Sherman and other veterans who departed after last season have brought a youthful exuberance. That has created a fun environment in Seattle only amplified by the Seahawks’ success.“This game is too crazy to not have fun and it’s definitely a point of emphasis for me, just for the guys that came in and were stepping into a lot of key positions, to not worry about who they were replacing or who you were coming behind, ” Seattle star linebacker Bobby Wagner said, “but just to have the fun you’ve been having all your life and everything else will figure out itself.”Fun has come around sparingly in San Francisco this season. The 49ers (2-9) were supposed to be in Seattle’s position of competing for a playoff spot. But injuries — namely the loss of QB Jimmy Garoppolo — derailed those hopes early in the season. They looked great in thumping Oakland on Nov. 1, only to turn around and drop their next two against the weak Giants and Buccaneers.“I do think we’re going through this for a reason. I do think it can make us better,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “A lot of guys have gotten to play a lot that normally wouldn’t be able to play, and I hope that helps us find some things out about people this year and helps us build this team better next year.”Welcoming Sherman back to Seattle starts a stretch of four of the final five games at home for the Seahawks. They’ve been a notoriously good team in the final month of the calendar, and getting to play at home is adding to the belief this season could end in an unexpected playoff berth.Here’s what else to watch as the Seahawks and 49ers meet for the first of two games in 14 days:RISING RUSSELLSeattle QB Russell Wilson is coming off his best performance of the season against Carolina. With Seattle’s running game shut down by the Panthers, Wilson threw for a season-high 339 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 30-27 win, showing that Seattle’s offense can function just fine when its ground game is stymied. The Seahawks have been the best run team in the NFL for most of the season Matt Breida Jersey , but Wilson’s performance was a reminder he can be an elite passer when needed.MAN IN THE MIDDLEThe 49ers handed Fred Warner big responsibility when they inserted him at middle linebacker and made him the defensive play caller as a rookie. Warner’s role will only get bigger after San Francisco released second-year linebacker Reuben Foster following his arrest last weekend on domestic violence charges. Warner has been one of the bright spots with his ability to get the defense in the right calls and thrive against both the run and pass. He will have a tough test this week against Wilson.“He’s a mobile quarterback, so being able to escape the pocket and make big plays with his legs, that’s what he’s known for,” Warner said. “We have to be aware of that.”TURNOVER TIMESeattle got its first turnover in three-plus games last week when Bradley McDougald made an acrobatic end zone interception of Cam Newton. The Seahawks also forced five fumbles against the Panthers, but failed to recover any. It was a long drought that saw Seattle drop to 11th in the league with 17 turnovers forced.That’s nothing compared to the 49ers. San Francisco is last in the NFL with just five takeaways. The Niners have just two interceptions and haven’t forced a turnover in the last three games.HOUSE OF HORRORSPlaying in Seattle has led only to disappointment for the 49ers in recent years. The Niners have lost their last seven trips, including the 2013 NFC title game, getting outscored by more than 15 points per game. San Francisco’s last win here came in 2011 with Alex Smith at quarterback. Since then, Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Brian Hoyer have combined for 10 turnovers, 16 sacks, three TD passes and a 61.4 passer rating in Seattle.First-year QB Nick Mullens will try to reverse that trend and bounce back from two rough starts following a sterling debut. Mullens has thrown four interceptions the past two games in losses to the Giants and Tampa Bay and faces a much tougher defense this week. Running back will be among the San Francisco 49ers’ most intriguing and competitive battles of training camp." San Francisco 49ers News49ers Training Camp 2019Shanahan excited for the 49ers’ depth at running backNew,17commentsThe backfield will be home to one of the 49ers’ most intriguing and competitive battles of training camp.PDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Shanahan excited for the 49ers’ depth at running backTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty ImagesThe San Francisco 49ers’ group of running backs suffered through a myriad of injuries in 2018 Womens Terrell Owens Jersey , so forgive Kyle Shanahan if he can’t contain his excitement at the possibility of fielding multiple starting-caliber backs this season.“You can never have too much,” Shanahan said of the group while general manager John Lynch nodded in approval. “Now we have four starting-caliber guys, and we used four last year. The fact we have four on our roster now is an excellent thing to have.”Running back Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL during one of the final reps of practice before the start of the 2018 season. It was a significant blow to Shanahan’s offense after signing the former Minnesota Vikings back to a four-year, $30 million deal that offseason.“We made a commitment to ‘Jet’ two years ago,” Shanahan said. “We were excited about that. He had such an unfortunate injury, and we had to go the year without him.”Second-year running back Matt Breida was the immediate replacement for McKinnon. The former undrafted free agent totaled 153 carries for 814 yards, averaging an impressive 5.3 yards per carry. It was an encouraging season for Breida despite battling a nagging ankle injury.“We were very excited with Brieda as a backup going into that year, and he filled in great as a starter,” Shanahan said. “But he got banged up all year, and we ended up having to go to our practice squad guys.”Also lightening the load as the season wore on was Raheem Mostert. The special teams standout put together an impressive performance against Green Bay in Week 6, totaling 12 carries for 87 yards. In Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, Mostert had rattled off seven carries for 86 yards and a touchdown before suffering a broken forearm.“Raheem got some playing time last year before he got hurt http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-arik-armstead-jersey ,” said Shanahan.” He’s always been good at special teams but the way he played in Green Bay, he showed that he could be an effective running back in this league.”It was the second season-ending injury for a 49ers backfield that limped toward the end of the season after promoting both Jeff Wilson and Matt Dayes from the practice squad.The team signed Tevin Coleman in the offseason. The former Atlanta Falcons running back was a crucial part of the team’s 2016 Super Bowl run under Shanahan as offensive coordinator. Coleman totaled 941 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns that year.The team now enters into 2019 with a healthy group led by McKinnon, Breida, Coleman, and Mostert. McKinnon will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list as part of his recovery, but he’s expected to be cleared for practice early on.The 49ers only kept three running backs on the team’s final 53-man roster in 2018. Shanahan sounds comfortable with keeping four this season but expects the competition to be heated throughout training camp nonetheless.“it’s a very fun thing to have,” Shanahan said of the depth. “It’ll be tough on those guys, but it’ll work itself out.”



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