Why the 49ers Signed Kerryon Johnson to their Practice Squad

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Sports Illustrated 14 September, 2021 - 08:53pm 41 views

Who is Mostert's backup?

Jeff Wilson Jr., who was Mostert's primary backup in 2020, is working his way back from a meniscus injury he suffered in the spring. Shanahan said Wilson is "definitely on schedule" to come back, with the hope that he could return around midseason. ESPNSan Francisco 49ers to put RB Raheem Mostert on IR; CB Jason Verrett has torn ACL

Johnson was the Detroit Lions' second-round draft pick in 2018, and he's only 24. In his final season at Auburn, he rushed for 1391 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 12 games. And during his rookie season with the Lions, he averaged a whopping 5.4 yards per carry. He looked like their best running back since Barry Sanders.

But his second season, he averaged a measly 3.6 yards per carry, then missed eight games with a torn meniscus, and he never has been the same since then. In 2020, he appeared in all 16 games for the Lions, but rushed only 52 times and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry. So the Lions waived him.

And the Eagles claimed him off waivers. That's right, the team the 49ers will play this Sunday. They brought Johnson into training camp and gave him two carries during the preseason -- he gained 12 yards. And then they cut him, too. Which means Johnson's career is on life support.

That's because Johnson still hasn't recovered from his knee injury, and maybe never will. He plays with a big, bulky knee brace, which could signify his injury is a mental hurdle he hasn't gotten over.

And that's probably why the 49ers signed him. The 49ers love adding players who have a history of knee injuries, because the 49ers believe they can rehabilitate them. That's why they signed Jason Verrett and drafted Javon Kinlaw. So Johnson will fit right into the 49ers' locker room.

An ideal world, the 49ers won't have to play Johnson this season. But given their awful luck with injuries, they probably will need him soon rather than later.

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If more than 50 percent of voters vote yes on the recall, Mr. Newsom must step down as governor.

There are 46 candidates listed on the ballot — a mix of politicians, entertainers and business people, more than half of them Republican. If a majority votes in favor of a recall on Question 1, the challenger who receives the most votes will become governor. Larry Elder, a conservative talk radio host, leads the challengers in most polls. Since 1960, every California governor has faced a recall attempt. Only one has ever reached an election. In 2003, Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This election might be over, but Gov. Gavin Newsom faces another one in November 2022. No doubt he’ll use this recall as evidence that voters want him to stay in office.

This election might be over, but Gov. Gavin Newsom faces another one in November 2022. No doubt he’ll use this recall as evidence that voters want him to stay in office.

Republicans have made it clear that they will sow doubt in the results of the election, but a large margin of victory will make it more difficult for them to do so without any evidence.

I’d caution against extrapolating too many national political lessons from this recall. Is it telling us something about pandemic politics? Sure. Is a recall a highly idiosyncratic process? Also, yes.

John Francis Peters for The New York Times

I’m getting emails from big unions taking credit for powering the governor’s victory. Many orchestrated big get-out-the-vote efforts. I suspect they won’t hesitate to remind him of this down the line.

Gavin Newsom just became the second governor in U.S. history to beat back a recall attempt. The only other person to ever do so was Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin in 2012.

Expect to hear comparisons between the last successful California recall — which put Schwarzenegger in office in 2003 — and today. California was still a blue state two decades ago, but Schwarzenegger ran on local issues. Larry Elder, the leading Republican this time, really leaned into the national culture war.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is speaking now. “No is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” he says. “We said yes to science, yes to vaccines, yes to ending this pandemic.”

Many of the biggest pro-recall numbers we’re seeing are from smaller, rural counties in far northern California, where residents bridled at pandemic restrictions.

What we’re seeing now are the most Democratic friendly votes, but the results mirror the most recent polls that showed Newsom with a comfortable lead. The recall would need to have a massive surge of in-person voting in multiple counties to catch up.

After this round of early mail ballots is reported, expect things to slow to crawl. The Election Day vote could take as long as 24 hours to count. After that, the late mail ballots could take weeks.

Gavin Newsom was expected to speak early tonight, and it will be interesting to watch how fast he comes out in Sacramento. If he’s feeling confident, we could hear from him soon.

Why haven’t any news organizations made a call? They might want to see at least a little bit of the Election Day vote and turnout before projecting the outcome, given the wide split between Election Day and mail voting in the last election.

As the way Californians vote shifts increasingly toward mail and early voting, election officials will need to figure out how to ensure that anyone who wants to vote in person on Election Day can do so without encountering long waits. I heard some grumbling in Irvine this afternoon.

Early result: “no” at 72 percent in Napa County, the heavily Democratic wine country north of the Bay Area. Newsom won 65 percent of the vote in Napa in 2018, so this is a strong showing for him in the early going.

Wow, the effects of mail-in voting. It hasn’t even been 30 minutes since the polls closed and the estimates are that more than 40 percent of the count is already in.

There are two ways this could go down, and both are arguably historic. Newsom could become the third governor to be recalled from office in U.S. history, or he could be the second to beat back a recall effort (the other is Wisconsin’s Scott Walker).

The first batch of votes to be reported are mail-in ballots returned before Election Day. Democrats have historically voted in higher numbers by mail. Newsom strategists expect a big advantage in these early returns — particularly in populous counties like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Several of Newsom’s advisers have pointed to Senator Dianne Feinstein as a hopeful precedent. In 1983, Feinstein, then mayor of San Francisco, beat back an attempted recall by more than 80 percent and emerged stronger than ever.

Special elections tend to attract fewer people to the polls, but mail-in voting may give the numbers a boost. During the last recall election of a California governor, in 2003, 61 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

A crucial group with relatively low turnout: young voters. 28 percent of the ballots mailed for this election went to voters 18 to 34, the largest share of any age group. But those voters have returned the fewest ballots so far.

Ryan Young for The New York Times

Source: Election results and race calls from The Associated Press

By Michael Andre, Aliza Aufrichtig, Andrew Fischer, Jasmine C. Lee and Isaac WhiteShawn Hubler contributed reporting.

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert to have season-ending knee surgery

ESPN 15 September, 2021 - 04:30am

The 49ers made several moves Tuesday.

They placed running back Raheem Mostert and cornerback Jason Verrett on injured reserve. Both players are done for the season.

Verrett tore an anterior cruciate ligament, and Mostert announced Tuesday he will undergo season-ending knee surgery. That left the team in need of players at both positions.

They signed free agent cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to a one-year deal and promoted cornerback Dontae Johnson to the active roster from the team’s practice squad.

The 49ers also signed linebacker Curtis Bolton and running Kerryon Johnson to the team’s practice squad and released receiver Isaiah Zuber from the practice squad.

Verrett has the talent but dang dude…

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49ers RB Raheem Mostert to undergo season-ending surgery

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49ers RB Raheem Mostert to undergo season-ending knee surgery

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The 49ers were dealt another serious injury, as starting running back Raheem Mostert will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

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The San Francisco 49ers once again will be forced to reconfigure their plans in light of a significant long-term injury.

Starting running back Raheem Mostert announced Tuesday he would undergo season-ending knee surgery.

After just his second carry of Sunday's 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions game, Mostert went to the sideline during the 49ers' second series. He did not return to the game and was replaced by sixth-round rookie Elijah Mitchell, who rushed for 104 yards on 19 carries.

Mostert said he believes the surgery will give him "the best possibility at coming back 110%."

"I'm gutted," Mostert said in a message posted to Twitter. "This sucks! This is obviously not what I worked so hard for. I wish more than anything I could be out there on the field with my brothers!!!

"Thank you or your support in our decision. I'M FAR FROM DONE!"

Mostert, 29, emerged as a key threat in the 49ers' run to Super Bowl LIV in the 2019 campaign, leading the team with 772 rushing yards during the season. He suffered a high-ankle sprain and played in just eight games for a 49ers team that suffered injuries to a slew of key contributors, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle and defensive end Nick Bosa, among others.

Mostert is in the final year of his contract with the 49ers.

Cornerback Jason Verrett will also miss the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament on Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed.

Mitchell could continue in the primary role in the backfield. Third-round pick Trey Sermon was a healthy scratch on Sunday.

The 49ers next play at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

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