NFC Notes: 49ers, Buccaneers, Redskins

49ers

49ers second-year TE George Kittle said he’s hoping to emerge as one of the best tight ends in the league with his role likely to increase this year.

Obviously I want to be the best as a tight end,” said Kittle, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. “I get on the field, I feel like it’s an opportunity to show that I can play football and I’m good at my job and I deserve to keep my job. … There’s comparisons everywhere, but if I can go out and show that I’m the best me, and I can ball and prove to myself that I can play really well and prove to Coach [Kyle] Shanahan and my tight end coach that I’m playing well and I’m the best one and they need me, then I’m satisfied.

Buccaneers

  • Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times mentions that Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater could make more sense as a potential trade option for the Buccaneers.
  • Stroud admits that injuries and performance during the preseason will likely determine whether the Buccaneers would be interested in Bridgewater, but he adds that unless Ryan Griffin develops, Tampa Bay would likely have no backup quarterback in 2019 with Jameis Winston in the final year of his contract.

Redskins

Redskins’ supplemental draft pick DB Adonis Alexander believes he can be an “instinctive” and “physical” safety for Washington if that ends up being his position.

At safety, I feel like my strength is just being an instinctive player,” said Alexander, via Rich Tandler of NBC Sports. “Being physical would definitely be my strength in playing safety, coming down to tackle and stuff.

Alexander adds that he is capable of successfully lining up at cornerback due to his skills in one-on-one battles.

As for corner, my competitiveness, instincts, like I said, would definitely be a strength at corner because as far as playing corner, it’s a one-on-one thing with you and the receiver,” he said. “I’ve definitely tried to win everyone at a one-on-one battle.

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