49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said first-round QB Trey Lance has done a “good job” in OTAs toward learning their system.
“I think he did a good job just being able to throw everything at him,” Shanahan said, via Jennifer Lee Chen of NBC Sports. “We got through the whole installation. To be able to do that, there’s a process of it, some days you do good, some days you do bad, but there’s a whole up and down with it that is necessary for a guy to go through.”
Shanahan reiterated that Lance has done well in practice thus far.
“I never say whether it was good or bad because just going through it is good even if he didn’t do that good, which I thought he did,” Shanahan said. “It’s just the experience of how it affects you in camp which means what you have to work on when you’re away and really helps you get your mind right and your body right for what is ahead of us.”
Shanahan pointed out that they are focused on getting “those reps” for Lance in order to make him more comfortable with their system.
“You can get those reps, soak it in, have an idea for what it feels like,” Shanahan said. “Now we have tape to show him and talk to him about. He gets to get away on his own and have an idea of what is expected out of him when he gets back.”
- Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that there are issues between the Cardinals and OLB Chandler Jones, who held out of mandatory minicamp.
- La Canfora mentions that Jones is “vastly underpaid” and Arizona doesn’t seem to want to give him any more than the $15 million he’s scheduled to make this season.
- According to La Canfora, other teams would gladly take on Jones’ contract in a trade and even pay him a market value salary.
Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson likes what he has seen so far with Shane Waldron running the team’s offense.
“I think it’s super complex,” Wilson said, via Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk. “I think that we have a lot of great things about it. We’re going to be able to mix a lot of personnels, a lot of different people around, using the whole field. I think we’re going to be able to do everything that we want to. I think that the thing about Shane is he’s got, like I said earlier, I mean he’s got a great understanding of the game, you know, and for us to be together, it’s going to be super exciting. I had a great conversation with him, several conversations along the way with him during the process. And just I really believe in him. You know, I believe in this football team, I believe in the guys that are in the huddle with me and he makes it really smooth, a great transition. Obviously, we’ve been here for four days now or whatever it is. It is seamless out here. I think you guys are obviously out here today, just how efficient, how sharp, how clear, how the ball’s coming out, how we’re making all our throws, catches, running the ball well, do all the things we want to do. And that takes a lot of time. I mean, hours upon hours on Zoom calls and us talking extra, me and the guys and the players, spending a few hours a day extra, you know, guys coming down to San Diego, California to get the work in together and us doing all that. All of that has shown up in the three, four days we’ve been out here, and it’s been spectacular to see. So I’m excited. I’m excited. I know Shane’s excited, too, so it’s gonna ask me a lot of fun.”
- Wilson on not addressing offseason rumors involving himself until now: “Sometimes things are family matters and not everybody else is a part of it at the time. … we had to have a lot of conversations we had some great ones along the way and it made our relationship stronger.” (Curtis Crabtree)
- Wilson says his relationship with HC Pete Carroll couldn’t be stronger and says he is on the same page with both him and GM John Schneider. (Bob Condotta)
- As for his contract, Wilson said he told Carroll he would be willing to restructure if the situation calls for it. (Condotta)
- Wilson says the new offense will “not be a massive departure” from what they’ve done in the past, adding that many of their old concepts will still remain in the game plan. (Condotta)
- Seahawks’ DB D.J. Reed says he will focus on playing outside cornerback and returning punts this offseason. (John Boyle)
- Seahawks’ P Michael Dickson‘s new contract extension is for four years, $14.5 million in new money, with a total value of $18.083 million, a $6.5 million signing bonus, and $8.5 million guaranteed. (Aaron Wilson)