NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks

     

49ers

Jets RB Frank Gore said he intends on retiring as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. 

“We talked about that,” Gore said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports. “I got to. That’s the team that gave me the opportunity to do something I always wanted to do when I was a kid, play NFL ball. I was there for 10 great years. Been on bad teams and been on great teams. I love it out there.”

Gore is grateful of the 49ers drafting him out of Miami after sustaining two ACL and shoulder injuries. 

“You got to understand, coming out of college: two ACLs, two shoulders,” Gore said. “Everybody wrote me off and wouldn’t draft me. They took the chance.”

Cardinals

Cardinals’ GM Steve Keim says that QB Chris Streveler earned the backup quarterback spot in training camp after previously playing for two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

“We thought Streveler had a fantastic camp and came in and won the job,” Keim said, via Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. “It just so happens the guy brings some extra flexibility and can do different things for you. Can play special teams, is gritty, tough, can run the football, has good size, is physical. All the things combined really impressed us this offseason and earned him that No. 2 spot.”

Keim also mentioned that rookie LB Isaiah Simmons is coming from being the best athlete at Clemson to having to adjust to the NFL level.

“He’s a guy who has room for growth, which is exactly what you anticipated,” Keim said. “This guy has tremendous skills, he’s extremely smart. The only way you’re going to grow and get better is to grow from your mistakes. It’s a big-boy league. We know that. They get paid too. The biggest thing that comes from it, and why he’s better from the experience, is that he stepped on the field in high school and was the best player on the field. He went to Clemson and he was the best athlete on the field at Clemson University. Now he’s not the best. He’s one of the best athletes, but he has to become the best football player.”

Seahawks

Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll told DE Darrell Taylor is back to running with his leg injury but is still “weeks” away from playing in his first NFL game.

“It’s been a tough return and I’m not sure when that time’s gonna come,” said Carroll, via Brady Henderson of ESPN. “He’s got weeks before that. But he’s working really hard at it, he cares so much, he wants to get it done so we’ll just have to stick with him. He was running on the ground pretty hard this week, so we’ll see how he handles all of that. I can’t tell you though. We thought we had what needed to know at the time. He was working out and we had seen some film of him and stuff in his workouts before draft time. I think we felt like he had a chance to be back sooner than what this is now. We weren’t sure that he was going to (be on NFI), we didn’t know that. We held out hope that maybe it wouldn’t, so it’s longer than we had anticipated. We’re just gonna have to wait it out and get him when we can get him.”

  • Carroll added that RB Rashaad Penny is “really trim and looking good” and is recovering from ACL surgery ahead of schedule despite being unable to practice until Week 7: “I think he’s gonna push sooner than that.”
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