49ers Reveal Status of Deebo Samuel, Jeff Wilson & Others vs. Seahawks

Stop us if you have heard this before, the San Francisco 49ers will be short-handed again this week as the team takes on their NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan already revealed Deebo Samuel will not play in Week 8 against the Seahawks.

The Niners will also have an additional roster spot with Jeff Wilson Jr. headed to the injured list, meaning he will be sidelined for at least the next three weeks. Shanahan noted that the team is expecting Wilson to be out for about one month. ESPN’s Nick Wagoner reported that Samuel is expected to miss Week 9 as well given the short week.

“49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring strain) will be out this week and most likely against Green Bay also and RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (ankle) will go to injured reserve later this week,” Wagoner noted on Twitter. “For what it’s worth, Shanahan made it sound like Deebo might have been able to play in Week 9 if the #49ers weren’t playing on Thursday night next week. Offers a bit of a glimpse into a possible timeframe for a return.”

George Kittle on Jeff Wilson: The RB ‘Goes to a Dark Place Before Every Single Game’

Wilson’s injury is particularly disappointing as Raheem Mostert is already on the injured list. The running back had 17 carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns prior to leaving the game against the Patriots with an ankle injury. 49ers tight end George Kittle praised Wilson’s performance noting he goes to “dark places” before taking the field.

“Jeff Wilson Jr. goes to a dark place before every single game,” Kittle explained, per 49ers.com. “It is different than it is in practice. You can tell he is angry. He attacks it. He wants contact, he deals contact. He delivers pain. It is awesome. You can just see it in his eyes. He is a totally different person, the way he runs. It is crazy. I love being on the field with Jeff Wilson. The way he carries the football, the way he makes people look at him after he is tackled. He is an absolute monster.”

Tevin Coleman Could Return vs. Seahawks

The Niners could get a bit of a boost to help at running back as Shanahan indicated there is a chance Tevin Coleman could …read more

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THE MILLENNIAL FINANCIAL HEALTH REPORT: How the largest generation is saving and managing their money, and how banks can target products and messaging to reach them


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As the largest living generation by population, and soon income, millennials are a prime target for banks — butovergeneralizations of their financial health make it hard to attract the group.

Millennials have been the subject of misinformation with regard to financial literacy, spending habits, and brand loyalty. In reality, they’re encountering diverse financial milestones, and tailoring products directly to their varied needs can help banks take full advantage of the opportunity presented by serving millennials.

Business Insider Intelligence conducted an exclusive survey to better understand US millennials’ financial health. The Master Your Money: Learn & Plan Survey was designed by Business Insider Intelligence and fielded online from November 23 to 27, 2019, to a third-party sample of 2,007 US millennials aged 19-37.

The sample was selected to closely resemble the overall US population (based on census data) on the criteria of age and gender. The results of the survey reveal fresh insights about millennials that banks and other financial services providers can use to build targeted products and tailored messaging for the group. 

Our data highlights three areas that are impeding this generation’s financial health: debt, trouble growing savings, and lack of financial education. Millennials’ debt is heavily concentrated in credit card debt, student loan debt, and auto debt. Meanwhile, low-income growth and high debt burdens have made it more challenging for them to save. These findings, and our analysis, are supported by interviews with executives from major banks, like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. 

But millennials aren’t a homogenous group — rather, they behave like three “sub-generations,” with distinct lifestyle habits, financial needs, and behaviors. These factors impact the sub-generations differently, making it important for banks to understand the characteristics of millennial consumers in each segment, which can sharpen acquisition and servicing strategies for banking providers. 

In The Millennial Financial Health Report, Business Insider Intelligence identifies strategies for banks and financial services providers to reach millennials. We identify three millennial sub-generations, the unique financial needs and challenges of each, and the ways providers can tap into them. We offer recommendations for acquiring millennial customers, encouraging them to save more, and deepening the customer relationship to become a trusted advisor.

The …read more

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Steelers Add Former All-MAC WR, a First Cousin of Jadeveon Clowney

Last Wednesday the Pittsburgh Steelers had former University of Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson in for a visit. On Monday, the team announced that it has signed Johnson to the team’s practice squad and released wide receiver Amara Darboh.

We have added WR Anthony Johnson to the practice squad & released WR Amara Darboh from the practice squad.

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 26, 2020

Darboh is a third-year receiver out of the University of Michigan who was a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. Johnson (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) is from Rock Hill, South Carolina, the same hometown as Steelers backup quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Anthony Johnson’s NFL Family Tree

More notably, Johnson has two cousins who play for the Tennessee Titans; edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney and cornerback Johnathan Joseph, both of whom are former first-round draft picks. Clowney was selected first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans while Joseph was taken 24th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006.

Another cousin, Jonathan Meeks, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2013. Meeks played safety for the Bills for four seasons.

In anticipation of the 2019 Senior Bowl and 2019 NFL Draft, Johnson told the Buffalo News that he face-timed Clowney to get his advice on showcasing his skills for NFL scouts.

“He was encouraging me to just come down and compete and show the world what I’m capable of. No matter who I line up in front of, just attack him and show him I’m the best receiver,” Johnson said.

Anthony Johnson’s Buffalo Bulls Career

At one point Anthony Johnson was projected to be selected in the first three rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft, but he did not run at the combine due to a sore ankle and went undrafted.

Never mind that Pro Football Focus had him rated “just outside” its top 15 receivers in the 2019 Draft, this as compared to 2019 third-round pick and current Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (Toledo), who PFF had at No. 11 amongst all draft-eligible receivers.

After going undrafted, Johnson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. He had five receptions during the 2019 preseason but failed to make the team’s 53-man roster, after which he was added to the …read more

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Utah’s quarterback competition is ‘coming to a head’

Quarterback Jake Bentley (8) throws a pass to wide receiver Solomin Enis (21) during Utah football’s scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.  | Courtesy Utah Athletics

Solidifying the secondary is the top concern as season opener approaches.

Utah’s quarterback competition between Jake Bentley, Drew Lisk and Cam Rising is “coming to a head.” The Utes may learn who their starter will be for the Nov. 7 season opener against Arizona as early as Monday afternoon.

However, such information is expected to remain internal. No announcement for the public is planned. The field was reduced to two last week and successfully kept under wraps.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, though, did share some information. Namely, that the battle to become for the starting quarterback job is pretty much complete.

“We think that we are about ready to make that decision and get a one, two and three in place,” Whittingham said.

The Utes spent Monday’s practice in meetings and the weight room. They’re scheduled to return to the field on Tuesday — with a starting quarterback in place.

“We anticipate that being the case,” Whittingham said. “Now again we haven’t sat down, as a staff with everyone having watched the tape, and evaluated and had that discussion. But that’s coming up here in the next couple of hours.”

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Quarterback Cam Rising (7) runs into the end zone during Utah football’s scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

Answers are still being sought on defense. Whittingham said there’s a “work in progress” and “a lot of work to be done there.” Time, he acknowledged, is running short.

However, in the meantime, Whittingham is seeing progress with the team as a whole.

“So far we’ve been pleased with the players’ efforts — their focus, their concentration or work habits,” he said. “There’s nothing lacking there. It’s just a matter of — particularly on defense — getting everything up to speed.”

Topping the list is solidifying the secondary. It’s been narrowed down, but Whittingham said it’s his biggest concern right now. Identifying the top cornerbacks has been a bit challenging. Having four players rotate through the three spots is a possibility. The safety roles could also involve a rotation.

Whittingham emphasized that getting things right is going to be crucial.

“If you can’t hang, hold up in the secondary, things could …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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