NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks


49ers TE George Kittle has been impressed early on by rookie QB Trey Lance.

“I think Trey he has all the attributes to be a very special quarterback,” Kittle said, via “He’s a freak athlete. I think really one of my favorite things about him right now, just as a rookie is he takes risks. He doesn’t compete all the passes that he throws, but he’s trying to fit it into the small windows. He’s just trying to throw it as hard as he can and get it into that wide receiver going from in to that second window. I think that’s really fun, just to see a guy take those risks.” 

Kittle also mentioned that Lance and QB Jimmy Garoppolo have had a great relationship so far.

“It was actually great,” Kittle said. “There was a story that came out that Jimmy Garoppolo was one of the first guys to text Trey Lance. That’s just the type of guy Jimmy is. He’s not going to shy away from adversity, shy away from a draft pick. He has a fire lit under him and he’s excited to roll. I think Jimmy, I know coach (Kyle) Shanahan said it, I think I said it, too, I think Jimmy played one of his best OTA balls that I’ve seen out of him. He was just slinging it left and right. So that was fun to see.”


The Cardinals signed QB Colt McCoy to be their backup quarterback this offseason after being weak in that spot bit them in the tail last season. However, Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury didn’t rule out former CFL QB Chris Streveler, who was erratic in his one start in 2020, from winning the job again. 

“We’ll have a competition but Colt has brought a great presence, there’s no doubt,” Kingsbury said via Darren Urban of the team website. “His leadership, his studiousness, the respect level he commands when he steps in the huddle it is tremendous. We couldn’t be more excited to have him here for two young quarterbacks who are really still developing and learning their way. One is trying to be the Face of the Franchise, one is trying to make it in the league. We couldn’t have gotten a better guy to come in here and really set an example.”


  • Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that indications are that the Seahawks will be able to finalize an extension with S Jamal Adams around the start of training camp on July 31.
  • Condotta notes that the Seahawks are increasingly tied to Adams given they exchanged two first-round picks to acquire him while getting a late-summer deal done fits the timeline of previous extensions for Russell Wilson in 2015 and Bobby Wagner’s in 2015 and 2019.
  • Condotta writes that the Seahawks’ depth at linebacker may confirm that there’s no need to re-sign LB K.J. Wright. 
  • Condotta adds that the Seahawks are using LB Jordyn Brooks on the weakside, and LB Darrell Taylor in the strongside role. 

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