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Shanahan has discussed their need for playmakers, and the time to add some is approaching.

“We still need a good draft, a good free agency,” he said. “We still need to improve from where we’re at right now. Our record obviously dictates that, but I feel good about the football team and the direction we’re headed.”

Notes: Running back Roy Helu was inactive for Saturday’s 33-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings because his knee and toe injuries were problematic. “We ran him about three hours before the game,” Shanahan said. “We tried to get him to push off and do all the football-related drills, but I talked to him, and our gut was no.”

Helu’s replacement, Evan Royster, rushed for 132 yards on 19 carries. “I thought Evan made a lot of great cuts, and he was very productive throughout the whole game,” Shanahan said.