NFC Notes: 49ers, Cowboys, Falcons



  • Unsurprisingly, Nick Wagoner considers RB Carlos Hyde, FB Kyle Juszczyk, and rookie RB Joe Williams to all be locks to make the 49ers’ 53-man roster.
  • Wagoner says it’s safe to say Juszczyk will be the team’s starting fullback, which means Tyler McCloskey will likely be looking for an opportunity with another team in the coming months.
  • As of now, Wagoner mentions that Hyde is still projected to be 49ers’ starting running back, but Williams should still get every chance to push Hyde for playing time.
  • Wagoner believes veteran RB Tim Hightower has a “great chance” to be the team’s third-down back, but he admits it’s probably too early to say he’s a lock to make the team.


Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones told reporters on Tuesday that they’re confident in their backup running backs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris should Ezekiel Elliott be punished by the NFL.

We’re really glad we got both Alfred and Darren,” Jones said, via the Star-Telegram. “Obviously both Darren and Alfred have carried the mail and had 1,000-plus yard seasons. We feel good about our running situation.”

The Cowboys’ offseason has included arrests and suspensions for CB Nolan Carroll, DE David Irving, and LB Damien Wilson.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones explained that it should go without saying that their players need to understand that their actions impact much more than just themselves.

I think the biggest message is not one that has to be stated, and that is that your actions impact an entire team; it impacts an entire fan base,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of responsibility there. To the team, it’s a reminder of the interest that’s in your actions and behavior, and it’s not dissimilar from the message you have when you sit down with a child and a young person when you’re talking about how they represent everybody. The message really is pretty simple: Try to think about your activities when you’re involved out here.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan mentioned that he isn’t worried about his next contract and instead offered support for Raiders QB Derek Carr and Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who is in line to take over as the highest-paid player in the NFL.

“That’s just kind of the nature of the business,” Ryan said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “Those guys have all played really well. Derek signed a new contract this offseason and he’s played great. Matthew Stafford’s is coming up, and he deserves it. He’s played really, really well and competed so hard throughout his career.

“That’s just the business side of it. I’m never worried too much about that. I’ve always tried to let the business people handle the business and for me, just try and take care of what I can control, and that’s playing good and preparing the right way. And I’ve always felt like if you do that, the business side of it will take care of itself. But certainly, those guys are deserving of what’s coming their way.’

Ryan did say that contract talks with the Falcons have yet to take place, but he appreciates the support from team owner Arthur Blank, who previously said that Ryan “needs to be compensated well … and he will be.

You know, I’m just happy to be a part of the organization, for sure,” Ryan said. “I’ve felt such great support from Arthur throughout my entire career. Like I said, I’ve felt like the business part of it has always taken care of itself. I’ve never worried too much about that. When your owner has your back and he’s been supportive like Arthur has been throughout my entire career, trust me that feels really good.”


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