John Lynch puts 49ers back on right track with impressive first draft

If there was concern as to how John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan would handle their first draft, those fears should now have been allayed.

While Shanahan was the best hire the 49ers could have made as head coach, eyebrows were raised across the NFL when San Francisco plucked John Lynch from the broadcast booth to be its new general manager.

Though the 49ers certainly improved their team with an aggressive approach to free agency — which was a refreshing departure from Trent Baalke’s attitude to the open market — their eagerness to hand out lucrative contracts to the likes of Malcolm Smith and Kyle Juszczyk did not find favor with everyone.

Casey is worried about who he can count on … in April, on the first day the doors are open. Henry was back at Alabama taking classes, likely because he knows he can’t count on Casey to take them for him, since that would be ridiculous.

No word on whether it was an English class, although Henry’s teammate may be the one who needs one, because he may not know what “voluntary” means.

Mike Mularkey, their coach, seems to know — he just also seems to feel the word should be synonymous with “mandatory,” because his reaction to Henry’s absence Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys was, “Maybe I used to get disappointed. I have no control over it.”

This is business as usual in the NFL. You don’t have to be in the building every single day the rules allow, in sight of your coaches and teammates, showing them your commitment and desire. It’s just that, if you don’t, you’ll always feel never-at-all-subtle pressure to be there or to have an acceptable excuse.

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Reggie Wayne picks a QB other than Luck or Manning as hardest passer

Congratulations are in order for Curtis Painter. On Tuesday, Reggie Wayne gave him an unofficial award that pertains to playing quarterback.

When Wayne was asked about who threw the hardest passes, he didn't name Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning (before his arm stopped functioning like a normal arm last year). He also didn't name Tom Brady, who threw to Wayne this past summer during Patriots training camp. Instead, Wayne chose Curtis Painter.

It's 2016, and we're talking about Curtis Painter.

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