The 49ers are set at quarterback. Or so it seems.
Judging by how well Jimmy Garoppolo played to close the 2017 season, San Francisco acquiring the 26-year-old passer in a trade with New England right before the deadline could go down as one of the biggest steals in NFL history. A second-round pick was all the 49ers needed to send to the Patriots.
Fountain was the most explosive receiver all week during practice and his explosiveness was evident in the game, as well. He finished with three catches for a game-high 61 yards and had a 30-yard punt return, too. Unfortunately, he made a costly drop toward the end of the game, but he generated some big plays for the East team. I love what he did running after the catch. He reminds me of the Rams’ Pharoh Cooper, who made the Pro Bowl this season as a kick returner.
Street had a great week of practice and the best get-off of any lineman in the game. The stats won’t bear it out, but he was very disruptive on Saturday. He did a lot of his damage coming off the edge, which adds to his value, but I think he’ll end up rushing from the inside once he gets to the next level. He’s a strong guy, but his game is more about his quickness.
Mann, 70, joined the Steelers in 2013 and helped in Antonio Brown’s development toward becoming a record-setting NFL wideout. Pittsburgh rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster also quickly became an impact player this season under Mann’s tutelage.
Mann’s NFL coaching career began with the then-Baltimore Colts in 1982. He also worked for Cleveland (1985-1993), the New York Jets (1994-96), Baltimore (1997-98), Kansas City (1999-2000) and Tampa Bay (2002-2009). Mann then worked as a private coach for wide receiver prospects entering the draft before joining Mike Tomlin’s staff in Pittsburgh.
That was confirmed by two others with knowledge of the league’s inner workings.