Kyle Shanahan says Reuben Foster is a starter

AP

After 49ers linebacker Malcolm Smith was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the 49ers began giving first-team reps on the weak side of their defense to both rookie Reuben Foster and Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Foster began to get more of those reps after a short time and he got the nod to start against the Chiefs in the team’s first preseason game, which gave a strong hint about who had taken over the starting job. Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that the first-round pick is the first man up while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.

“He started the last game, he’s been starting out in these practices,” Shanahan said, via ESPN.com. “He’s been getting most of the reps, which I believe he needs. But by no means … he can get beat out at any time with our guys behind him. We’ve got some good guys behind him too. If they start performing at a higher level than him, that wouldn’t be the case.”

The reality for every player in the NFL is that they are only a starter until the team finds someone who they believe can do a better job, but it’s hard to imagine Foster’s rise into the starting lineup will be a short-lived one. The team made it clear that they thought highly of him heading into the draft and his play thus far has done nothing to lead them to rethink that appraisal of a player who appears set to join third overall pick Solomon Thomas as a defensive fixture right off the bat.

9 responses to “Kyle Shanahan says Reuben Foster is a starter

  1. It’s incredible that a high draft pick would start for a 2-14 team. I’m shocked, shocked to find that this is going on in here!

  2. Bring Patrick Willis back as a Training Camp LB coach so he can pass on everything that he learned from Singletary and Leavitt to Reuben Foster.

  3. If Hyde can stay healthy, Hoyer can be serviceable, and this defense realizes it’s potential, the Niners will play winning football. The talent is definitely there. Good luck this season…just not against the Seahawks please.

  4. kamthechancellor: Hyde staying healthy is a huge IF. He hasn’t made it through an entire season yet in his career. The talent is there? At what positions? Santa Clara is so devoid of any marquee talent its laughable.

  5. I have zero to little concern for the front 7. But the secondary…that secondary is going to need a plethora of miracles to get through the season if they continue to play like they have.

  6. “If Hyde can stay healthy, Hoyer can be serviceable, and this defense realizes it’s potential, the Niners will play winning football. The talent is definitely there. Good luck this season…just not against the Seahawks please”

    Winning football is probably a stretch. Huge roster turnover and new coaching staff and installing offensive and defensive systems. Going to take awhile to figure things out.

  7. “I wonder if Michael Moore’s new favorite team will win 4 games this year.”

    Why don’t you just become a Dallas fan. All you ever do is complain over the internet.

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