Statistics strongly suggest the Rams are more than merely another fluke this season through the first month.

“I’ve made Coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault, and that is my fault only,” Villanueva said. “I made my teammates look bad, and that is my fault, and my fault only. And I made the Steelers also look bad, and that is my fault, and my fault only. So unwillingly, I made a mistake.’’

The mistake here is the fact that, in the aftermath of this mess, no one from the Steelers has publicly stated his support of Villanueva, stated that he has nothing to apologize for.

“I talked to my teammates about the situation, hopefully they understand it,’’ he said. “If they don’t, I still have to live with it, because the nature of this debate is causing a lot of very heated reaction from fans from players, and it’s undeserving to all of the players and coaches from this organization.’’

And if the preseason is any indication of things to come, the 49ers might find themselves with one of the league’s best young defenders. Here’s Foster on the very first play of Sunday’s game against the Vikings:

There are plenty of concerns about the 49ers offense, primarly because it’s unclear if Brian Hoyer is anything other than a short-term solution to lingering questions about the quarterback position. But if you’re looking for reasons for optimism, Hoyer and Marquise Goodwin — who is literally a world-class sprinter — hooked up on a 46-yard yard touchdown pass on the offense’s first drive.

Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College. Bill Belichick, here’s your new Jamie Collins. While Landry is nowhere near the run defender as Collins, he would give the Patriots a boost in getting after the quarterback, which they showed is a concern by bringing in linebacker James Harrison late in the season. Landry can give them that type of player regularly moving forward and should be an excellent chess piece for the Genius.

Billy Price, G, Ohio State. Assuming the Vikings figure out what to do with their free-agent quarterbacks heading into the draft, Price would be a great target for them as a potential replacement for Joe Berger inside. Price would be one of the better starting centers in the league, so the Vikings have the option of sticking him at the pivot immediately and having Pat Elflein compete at a guard spot.

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