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49ers review vs. Bills: Offensive line

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49ers review vs. Bills: Offensive line

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills continues . . .Offensive line
59-Jonathan Goodwin: He started at center and played all but the final series of the game. . . He was perfect in pass protection and held up very well as a run-blocker, too. Made block on DT Marcell Dareus to open the middle for Gore's 19-yard run in the first quarter. Good block on Dareus on Gore's 17-yard gain in third quarter.
66-Joe Looney: Was not active (coaches' decision).
67-Daniel Kilgore: He saw action on 16 snaps of offense, including the final 12 plays at center when the 49ers rested some of the regulars. . . While lined up at tight end, he got a piece of a linebacker to enable Gore to score on 1-yard TD run in third quarter.
68-Leonard Davis: He saw action on 16 plays on offense, including the final 12 plays at right guard when the 49ers moved some players around.
74-Joe Staley: He started at left tackle and played 56 snaps in the game. . . Called for false start in first quarter. He was also called for holding on a play in which Colin Kaepernick made a deep throw down the field. That block appeared to be textbook and did not appear to warrant a penalty. . . Had one-on-one pass protection against DE Mario Williams on 28-yard TD pass at end of first half. Smith was able to step into the throw with Williams coming from that side. . . Made block on Mark Anderson as Gore gained 31 yards in third quarter. Block on OLB Nick Barnett on Gore's 17-yard run.
75-Alex Boone: He started at right guard and then moved to left tackle for the final series. He played every snap in the game. . . Made block on DT Kyle Williams to help open hole for Gore on 19-yard run. Had a pancake block on Williams on third-and-10 play in which Hunter gained 12 yards over the right side. Got to second level to block LB Kyle Moore on Bruce Miller's 9-yard run in third quarter. Bock on ILB Kevin Sheppard on Gore's 17-yard run in third quarter.
76-Anthony Davis: He started at right tackle and played every snap. He mostly matched up against Williams, and played very well in the run game and pass protection. . . Allowed one pressure in which Williams got around him with a swim move and hit QB Alex Smith as he was throwing incomplete deep to Vernon Davis in the fourth quarter . . . Helped Dixon get into the end zone when he moved the pile, Sheppard and Dixon, into the end zone on for a 3-yard TD run.
77-Mike Iupati: Started and played every snap at left guard. . . He had a strong game in pass protection, as he kept the pocket clean for Alex Smith. . . Stood up Dareus and moved him out of the way on a Gore 10-yard run in the fourth quarter. Made block on LB Nigel Bradham on Dixon's 3-yard TD run late in game. . . On the negative side, he was called for holding against Bills DT Kyle Williams, which nullified a 21-yard gain on the first drive. And he was called for false start in second quarter.

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"