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Getting to know 49ers rookie right guard Najee Toran The San Francisco 49ers’ right guard position has been crunched with injuries. Joshua Garnett remains out with a dislocated toe and Mike Person has a foot strain. This opens the doors of opportunity for some others. Enter rookie guard Najee Toran who has been activated off the practice squad and slotted in to start Sunday against the Detroit Lions. In my 90-on-90 for him there was little available to evaluate. I got a look at his game against USC (when he played with UCLA) and while I didn’t hate what I saw Solomon Thomas Jersey White , I also knew he would need development to have a chance. His run blocking is not something that I’m hopeful for at the NFL level while his pass protection had its moments. His upper and lower body seemed to disconnect at times as well. Still, with development, I thought the 49ers may have something with this guy. When I said “development,” I was of the mindset he’d be kept off the field for at least a year, not for just one game. That is where we are right now with the 49ers’ injury list. This gives Toran a huge opportunity to impress and show he belongs on the roster. I’ve already gone over his college play in my post linked above, but I wanted to get a look at his preseason play as well. Jeff Deeney at Pro Football Focus tweeted out his preseason numbers which I’ll show below: Those numbers are not very comforting. Toran came in the second half of games and faced other third and fourth stringers. In the preseason finale, he did the same and did better, but I am allocating that on the fact that the Los Angeles Chargers went to the bottom of the well towards the end to get exposure for all the talent about to be cut. Provided Garnett and Person can’t suit up Sunday, the 49ers have Matt Tobin behind Toran if the latter doesn’t work out or gets injured. Tobin has the experience Toran lacks, but he’s also bounced around the league. In 2017, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks and knowing he couldn’t get a single start in his time there with the Seahawks’ line issues doesn’t help his stock.Pick your poison at right guard, I suppose. The Los Angeles Chargers have been short-handed the first three weeks of the season without their top two pass rushers. On Sunday, that lack of a pass rush was one of the biggest reasons why they lost to their cross-town rivals.The Chargers were only able to get one sack against Jared Goff in a 35-23 loss to the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A non-existent pass rush allowed Goff to pick the Chargers apart, throwing for 354 yards and three touchdowns."We couldn't get off the field. I think the first half, he completed 90 percent of his passes Womens C. J. Beathard Jersey ," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "We have to figure out how to get pressure on the quarterback."The Chargers (1-2) will get defensive tackle Corey Liuget back after next Sunday's game against San Francisco when his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances ends. But Joey Bosa's return date is less certain. Lynn sounded after Sunday's game that the third-year defensive end won't be returning anytime soon."We're feeling it (the losses of Liuget and Bosa) but we have to do something to get the quarterback on the ground. That is up to me and everyone up front," nose tackle Damion Square said.The Chargers got pressure on Goff only three of the 37 times he dropped back to pass. The 8.1 percent is the fourth worst pressure rate on a quarterback in this week's games according to Sportradar. He had an average time of 2.90 seconds to throw, which is more than this week's league average of 2.72 seconds.The lack of pressure is why Goff was able to complete 29 of 36 passes. The 80.6 completion rate ties for the second highest against the Chargers since 2010. Goff completed 13 of his first 14 throws and was 21 of 25 for 216 yards in the first half.Even when the Chargers were able to force a third down, they were rarely able to get a stop. The Rams 鈥?who punted only once in 10 possessions 鈥?converted eight of 11 third downs, including three where there were 6 or more yards to go."It was on us on defense. We couldn't get a stop. We made them punt one time," safety Derwin James said. "The offense put up enough points."Even when the Chargers were able to make a play on defense, they had something else happen. James picked off Goff on a pass intended for Gerald Everett in the end zone, but instead of a touchback, the momentum carried him out of the end zone and the Chargers took over their own 1.With the pick, James joined Dallas' Bill Bates as the only rookie defensive backs in a non-strike year to have two sacks and an INT in their first three games.One solution for the Chargers to dial up more pressure might be playing James closer to the line of scrimmage. They did that the first two weeks, but he played deeper and was more of a natural free safety because of the Rams' deep threats."Sometimes when I blitz, I get in my rhythm," James said. "At the end of the day, we have to execute as a defense. We have to mix it up and the guys that have 1-on-1 matchups have to win."One of the few saving graces for the Chargers is that they already faced two of the league's most potent offenses the first three weeks of the season in the Chiefs and Rams. In Week 1, Kansas City beat the Chargers 38-28 as Patrick Mahomes threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns . But much like against the Rams Womens Kyle Juszczyk Jersey , the Chargers only sacked Mahomes once in that game, too.Things figure to get slightly easier the next two weeks with home games against San Francisco, who may have lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the year to a knee injury, and Oakland."It was a similar game from Week 1, for sure. They've got good talent at receiver, great running back, good quarterback. They kind of have a similar playbook, you see (play) actions, you see boots (bootlegs), you see motions," cornerback Desmond King said. "We're going to bounce back, for sure. We can't let this loss affect us."Follow Joe Reedy at joereedy
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