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Good morning folks Joe Montana Jersey White , and a happy Monday to you. It’s over. It’s finally over. This gosh-darn lost season that was marred irreversibly by injuries and Reuben Foster’s “extra-curricular activities” has reached it’s conclusion, and we can finally get on with our personal cases of offseason fever. Despite being a blur in retrospect, I can distinctly remember the perpetual feeling of “just get on with it” every single week, waiting for the next step in the rebuild so we could stop fawning over a practice-squad QB and wondering what a pass rusher would look like. Anyway, the Patriots won. Although they’ve earned a bandwagon of irrational detractors miles long, I’m really quite pleased they won. Obvious reasons aside, it’s a great opportunity to meme on my friends back home in Los Angeles, after I (personally) was robbed of the opportunity to do so post-Saints game. There are few things I detest more than bandwagoning, and the Rams fanbase in Los Angeles is about as transparently fickle as it comes. When I was a young child, everyone was swept up in a feverish love affair with the Lakers (which I’ll grant them collectively, Los Angeles is certainly a Lakers town), so naturally I thought it would be funny to become a Spurs fan. I made the right choice, apparently, and enjoyed myself to no end when the Lakers took an eventual nosedive into mediocrity and people became Clippers fans overnight. Here’s to hoping their hat-shuffling into Chargers fandom begins sooner rather than later. More importantly, however, here’s to the memory of my hopes and dreams that the organization would get full enough of themselves to recreate the “Ram It” song.Why do you build me up, just to let me down?So, what does the conclusion of the season mean for the 49ers? Nothing really, at this point. The combine is still a solid three weeks away, and free agency is five weeks away. We’ve hit one of the first official deadzones of the offseason. The Super Bowl has just concluded, and the only news related to the 49ers is that the Oakland Raiders are closing in on a deal to play out the 2019 season in San Francisco, sharing a stadium with the baseball Giants. While I’m excited for the return of seeing the second base line radiate across midfield as the Raiders stall out on drives, at this point it’s just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Eventually the Rams fans will pull themselves out of whatever manufactured depression (come on now, St. Louis fans migrated to Kansas City and Los Angeles doesn’t care about football) they’re pretending to deal with, and join forces with whatever is left of the Seahawks bandwagon to come ring our bell over this. I assume Arizona Cardinals fans will be too busy, doing, I don’t know, whatever Arizona Cardinals fans do. Ride dirtbikes?Har har har, the San Francisco 49ers play in Santa Clara and the Oakland Raiders are going to play in San Francisco. Honestly http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-laken-tomlinson-jersey , we deserve the ridicule for allowing this to happen.Raiders continue exploring option of playing in SF in 2019 | Kawahara, SF Chronicle | Blair, NBC Sports Bay Area | ESPN News Services | Madson, NinerswireJuice Check, Week 1: Breaking down his work vs. the Vikings It sounds like a joke, claiming that San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk is the key to the offense of his fellow Kyle (Shanahan). And some otherwise intelligent people can’t get over how much the Harvard-educated blocking back is getting paid.But I stand by that statement. Generally, Shanny’s scheme is all about being multiple, all the time. Any player allowed to touch the football can score on you, on any play, even a blocking TE such as Levine Toilolo. More specifically, 2-back formations including Juice pressure teams to keep their base defense on the field, allowing Shanahan to pass against a slower, heavier lineup. Of course, if they switch to a nickel defense, it’s that much easier to pound the ball down their throat behind his grade-paving. Anything is possible on nearly any play, giving Shanahan the upper hand in the chess game against defensive coordinators.So I’m tracking Juice play by play this year, and will check in from time to time with reports on how he is being used. Why? Because I can (spell his name). And considering Jerick McKinnon’s absence from the passing game, it opens up a lot of possibilities for Juice and others.By my count in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, Juszczyk was in on 28 offensive plays and 4 on special teams, all punt coverage. Two of his offensive snaps were called back on penalties, but the play ran so I’m including them in this analysis.It was impressive how varied his formations were. He lined up as an I-formation fullback on 18 of those 28 snaps, though he motioned to an inline spot (like a TE at one or the other end of the offensive line) on three of those.He was inline all the way three other times, in the slot thrice (but motioned out on two of them), and a split back or lone tail back twice each. It’s clear that Juszczyk’s main role remains blocking; he ran just nine routes on his 28 snaps, targeted twice, with his huge 56-yard play the most memorable. With 10:41 left in the 3rd quarter,Shanahan motioned Juice into the right slot, and Jimmy Garoppolo faked a hand off to Alfred Morris running to his right. The fullback ran up to OLB Ben Gedeon as if he were going to block him on a screen pass to Morris, but he let Gedeon “evade” him to focus on the running back http://www.49erslockerroom.com/authentic-y.a.-tittle-jersey , and ran down the sideline wide open for a 29-yard reception. Then he added a nifty cutback to grab another 27 yards after the catch — the total of 56 yards was the biggest for either team all night.Shanahan had set this up with a first quarter play where Juszczyk also lined up in the right slot and blocked Gedeon on a outside zone run to the right.His other target, in the red zone, came on what was designed to look like a “split zone” play, where he (or more often a tight end) runs opposite the play’s flow to block a backside linebacker or lineman from chasing down the runner from behind. Instead he ran a drag route and was open, but Garoppolo’s pass on a naked bootleg was at his toes, uncatchable. If Jimmy G had hit the FB in stride, it looked good for at least ten yards down to the five yard line, and possibly a touchdown.Even when he wasn’t targeted, Juice’s route running was valuable in attacking the defense.His 3rd quarter wheel route drew S Harrison Smith deep down the right sideline, allowing QB Jimmy Garoppolo to run left (safely) and pick up the first down. At 8:53 of the first quarter, on the 49ers third play, Shanahan motioned the FB to line up wide left, drawing CB Trae Waynes out to cover him on a go route.That left TE George Kittle in the slot facing DE Everson Griffen, who drew a defensive holding penalty (hands to the face) trying to jam him at the line.Most of Juszczyk’s snaps were good old-fashioned lead blocking on runs, though. He had just three plays in pass protection, and one was excellent; on George Kittle’s deep drop at 10:57 of the 3Q, which should have been a huge play, he picked up Danielle Hunter who was running free on the far side of the pocket, giving Garoppolo enough time to get his pass off. Juice failed to seal off a couple of defenders on runs but was mostly excellent, including a pancake of Anthony Barr at 9:28 of the second quarter.While Juszczyk is an all-around “offensive weapon,” Shanahan hasn’t quite reached his goal of being able to pass or run with any lineup. In the 4th quarter when the Niners were passing as they attempted to come back, Juice only played four snaps, and one of those was on punt coverage. The team only ran twice when he was on the bench; Shanny apparently preferred 11 personnel or even empty set to the blocking-plus-occasional-pass that the younger Kyle brings.As the season develops, it will be interesting to see how Juszczyk is used. Will he pick up a few snaps running the ball himself, given McKinnon’s injury? Can he become a major receiver, or is he more valuable forcing CBs to cover him and leaving linebackers on Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin? The Juice Check column will be here to let you know.