NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Eagles



  • Matt Barrows thinks Georgia WR Riley Ridley is a more likely candidate for the 49ers in the second round than Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry given Shanahan’s preference in receivers. 
  • Barrows writes the 49ers could trade either QB C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens if another team has injury issues, but otherwise, there’s a good chance they carry three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.  
  • Barrows also reports that the 49ers have scheduled visits with South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel and Mississippi WR A.J. Brown. 


Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said WR Larry Fitzgerald will move between the outside and slot receiver position depending on the circumstances.  

“He can still play at a high level, watching the film last year and watching late in the year how hard he was playing,” Kingsbury said via Kyle Odegard of the team site. “The speed he plays the game with. He’s got such great route savvy. He’s going to be very effective in our offense.”

Kingsbury is also expected to use RB David Johnson more in the passing game.  

“He’s a big back and when you split him out and put him in space like that he looks like a true receiver, so that’s a unique combination,” Kingsbury said. “You get a linebacker on him, you should feel comfortable he’s going to win that one.”


Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said wants “volume” in regards to the 2019 NFL Draft and feel this offseason has gone “exactly” how they’ve planned. 

Absolutely critical,” Lurie said, via Dave Spadaro of the Eagles’ official site. “Basically, we planned it exactly how it’s gone in the sense of we didn’t have as many draft picks. We’ve had some good young players, really good young players, but volume of draft picks? We believe in volume. We’re not cocky enough to feel that you’re going to draft way better than anybody else, and it’s very important to create volume.”

Lurie added that he believes the Eagles have a “good volume” of draft picks over the next couple of years. 

This draft we’re going to have good volume, especially in the top of the draft, two twos (second-round picks) and two fours (fourth-round picks) to go with our one (first-round pick), and next year we’re going to have quite a few draft choices. It’s very important, so when you look ahead over the next 13 months, we’re going to be adding about 20 draft choices. You’re going to have some undrafted players make the team, and so you can imagine there’s probably going to be about 20 to 25 players that are going to be about 22 years old, 23 years old on our roster, and we planned for that.”

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