When you look previous the quarterbacks and broad receivers who’re headlining tonight’s recreation between the 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals, you would possibly discover a rookie who’s nonetheless looking for his first catch: Danny Grey.
May this be the day (or night time) Grey comes by?
Effectively, earlier than we did additional into that, the principle pregame information confirms this morning’s report that quarterback Kyler Murray gained’t begin and even go well with up for the Arizona Cardinals. That thrusts Colt McCoy into that beginning position for a second straight recreation, and the same situation performed out final November when McCoy led the Cardinals to a 31-17 win at Levi’s Stadium.
Murray was restricted in follow final week with a hamstring damage. When Murray missed final season’s recreation towards the host 49ers, McCoy was 22-of-26 for 249 yards, and his 45-yard landing move to James Conner raised the Cardinals’ result in 24-7.
McCoy’s prime goal tonight may very well be broad receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was questionable due to a hamstring damage.
Now, don’t anticipate Grey to be Jimmy Garoppolo‘s prime goal, not with Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle and Christian McCaffrey because the extra seemingly choices.
Nevertheless, Grey will go well with up for the seventh time his rookie season as he once more seeks his first official reception. Grey was energetic however didn’t play within the 49ers’ Nov. 13 win over the Chargers.
Encouraging Grey alongside the best way have been the 49ers’ receiving leaders: Samuel and Aiyuk, who went by their very own rookie struggles in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, in 2019 and ’20, respectively.
“Kyle ain’t as laborious as he was,” Samuel mentioned after Friday’s follow on the Air Pressure Academy in Colorado. “Me and Brandon joke with him rather a lot about how laborious he was on us. He’s obtained guys like us within the room to assist him with that, so he’s not on Danny as a lot, however he nonetheless does get a bit of him right here and there.”
Samuel famous that “as a rookie,” Grey is doing nicely along with his scarce alternatives. The third-round decide from SMU performed 33 offensive snaps all season, and drawn six targets, with two apiece towards Seattle, Carolina and Atlanta.
“In Kyle’s offense, it’s laborious to be taught as a rookie. We’d like him to play a bit, and that’s loads of stress on his again,” Samuel added. “As a rookie, he will get a little bit anxious at occasions, and it takes management of your physique. Me and Brandon have been there, in order that’s after we step in and say, ‘Relax. Simply let issues occur.’ “
— The 49ers inactivated the identical six gamers as final recreation: defensive linemen Arik Armstead, Samson Ebukam and Kemoko Turay; operating bay Ty Davis-Value, linebacker Curtis Robinson and offensive lineman Nick Zakelj. Ebukam’s Nov. 7 quadriceps pressure will hold him out a second straight recreation. He resumed working towards Friday, in a restricted position.
— The Cardinals didn’t activate broad receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown off injured reserve. With Zach Ertiz sustaining a season-ending knee damage final recreation, they elevated Maxx Williams from the follow squad to affix Trey McBride and Stephen Anderson on their receiving corps. Defensive lineman Michael Dogbe additionally got here up from the follow squad.
Additionally out for the Cardinals are Ertz, left sort out D.J. Humphries, cornerback Byron Murphy, guard Max Garcia, and linebackers Jesse Luketa and Victor Dimukeje.
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— For the third straight recreation, defensive sort out T.Y. McGill obtained activated from the 49ers’ follow squad. He performed simply 8-of-58 defensive snaps final recreation.
— Defensive sort out Arik Armstead is out for the sixth straight recreation as he recovers from a stress fracture in his decrease leg. He additionally missed the 49ers’ Week 3 loss at Denver due to plantar fasciitis in his proper foot, and that absence snapped a streak of 73 consecutive video games performed.