Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
2 months ago

Wilhoite got the start Thursday, finishing with five tackles (three solo) and a half sack in the loss to the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Wilhoite started alongside Nick Bellore (11 tackles) and only ceded 10 snaps to Gerald Hodges. He will hold value in most IDP formats so long as he continues to start after posting 85 tackles in 12 games last season. If both Bellore and Wilhoite are available, The former may be the more attractive pickup due to latter likely dropping back in coverage more often than not.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
2 months ago

Wilhoite filled in for the injured NaVorro Bowman (Achilles) Sunday, accumulating 12 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Bowman was carted off the field after sustaining a non-contact leg injury. Initial reports indicate an Achilles injury, which could end the All-Pro linebacker's season. If that is the case, Wilhoite will step into a starting role and become an immediate IDP force due to the potential for high tackle totals. He racked up 85 tackles in 12 games last season.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
2 months ago

With Ray-Ray Armstrong (pectoral) being placed on IR Monday, Wilhoite could be in line for more snaps at middle linebacker, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

49ers defensive coordinator Jim O'Neill stated that the team is going to need Wilhoite and Hodges to win games with Armstrong going down. A timeshare would ultimately limit both player's IDP value.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
3 months ago

Wilhoite started Thursday's preseason finale and finished with a team-high eight tackles (seven solo) in a win over the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

While he had a strong performance on the field, the fact that he played in this game while Gerald Hodges and Ray-Ray Armstrong sat out doesn't bode well for his chances to begin the season as a starter. He racked up an IDP-relevant 85 tackles in 12 starts last season, but the team may opt to go with the more athletic platoon of Hodges and Armstrong alongside NaVorro Bowman to open to season.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
4 months ago

Wilhoite started Sunday's preseason opener alongside NaVorro Bowman, finishing with five tackles (all solo) in limited action.

EDGE Analysis

This should come as no surprise, as Wilhoite had been lining up next to Bowman during training camp and he has the most experience playing middle linebacker among his competition. This doesn't guarantee that he will be the starter come Week 1, but Wilhoite definitely has the early lead in a job battle that could lead to IDP relevance.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
4 months ago

Wilhoite lined up with the first-team defense during Sunday's practice, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

While this doesn't guarantee that he will start the season alongside NaVorro Bowman, it certainly gives Wilhoite the early lead over Gerald Hodges. With 85 tackles in 12 games last season, Wilhoite proved to be a valuable asset when starting, so this is a situation to monitor in IDP leagues as the season approaches.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
6 months ago

Wilhoite will get an opportunity to line up with the first-team defense during OTAs, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gerald Hodges has been getting first-unit reps alongside NaVorro Bowman - as he did on Wednesday as well - but defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said that Wilhoite will also get reps with the first-unit in an effort to create competition for the job during minicamp. Wilhoite was one of the 49ers' starting middle linebackers in 2015 before he went down with an ankle injury. He signed a one-year deal to stay with the club this offseason.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
7 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) has signed a one-year deal with the 49ers, The Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wilhoite found himself in an opportunistic position in 2015, with both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland announcing their retirement prior to the season, and proved to be a serviceable middle linebacker. The fifth-year player finished the 2015 season with 85 combined tackles in 12 games, but forced no fumbles and recorded only one interception, limiting his fantasy value. The 49ers did not go after any middle linebackers in the 2016 NFL Draft, yet Wilhoite will still receive competition from Gerald Hodges for a starting spot beside NaVorro Bowman. Hodges is much younger than Wilhoite and finished the 2015 campaign strong, racking up 32 combined tackles in the 49ers' last three contests.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
11 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) was placed on IR on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

With Wilhoite ruled out for the season finale, the 49ers opted to clear up a roster spot for Mike Davis (hand). Wilhoite had a career year, posting 85 tackles in just 12 games, but the 49ers would probably rather see Gerald Hodges starting in 2016.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
12 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Wilhoite out for a second straight game, Gerald Hodges figures to get another start alongside NaVorro Bowman at inside linebacker. Hodgers had seven tackles (four solo) on 71 defensive snaps in a Week 14 loss to the Browns.