Ron Rivera: Cam Newton's shoulder 'rusty' in Panthers win

Panthers force fumble, leads to Russell Shepard touchdown

Panthers force fumble, leads to Russell Shepard touchdown

Brian Hoyer #2 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. Continuity is important on the offensive line but it may be best to bench Beadles to avoid a debacle in Week 2.

The Panthers lead the all-time match up 12-8 and have won four of the last five games with the lone exception being the aforementioned playoff loss. The team used him in a lot of different ways in the preseason and the coaching staff is excited to try and get him into open spaces.

"It was disappointing, but whether it was the first, last, or anyone I have the rest of my career", Shanahan said. "[The line] blocked it off and he did a good job of selling some things off and I just walked in".

It's quite possible the 49ers will see if Tomlinson is capable of better things.

San Francisco will travel north to Seattle to face the division-rival Seahawks next Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Tomlinson, a 2015 first-round pick, was acquired two days before the 49ers placed projected starting left guard Joshua Garnett on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.

There's no guarantee Tomlinson will provide an upgrade. Cam Newton only had 171 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception. They feature pull blockers and misdirection elements. I figured he knew their defensive personnel and schemes better than they knew his. Tomlinson was inactive Sunday. Hoyer may have success in Shanahan's system, but if week one is any indication, it will be because of the system, not Hoyer. "He's a smart guy and we worked him hard in the meeting rooms".

Finding a balance in targets will take time, and will often depend on what opposing defenses show the Panthers and how Newton's surgically repaired shoulder progresses. "He'll have more reps this week". If he continues to be the short-yardage and goal-line back, his touchdown production could help make up for the value he loses given McCaffrey's higher usage. "You wish he'd had a few more snaps and played a little bit earlier in the preseason so we'd have more to go on".

"I really want to point this out because I think it's important for those guys to hear, maybe through you, I mean they're going to hear it through me: Across the board, there was guys that stepped up and made plays when we needed them to", he said.

"Those tend to be a month, a little more", Shanahan said.

Well, 49ers fans, as you might expect, were not exactly thrilled by Sunday's proceedings. Their next game will be at Arizona on October 1.

He had a fourth quarter fumble - after being stripped on a reverse-field run. Just like that, Foster - who already had three tackles by that point - appeared possibly done for the season with a severe injury. "He was near another one".

Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (Woodlawn) of the Arizona Cardinals made seven tackles in a 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

"I felt great", Foster said. "He stepped up. Came in".

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