NFC Notes: 49ers, Packers, Seahawks

     

49ers

49ers third-round WR Jalen Hurd says there no limit to what he can do on the offensive side of the ball.

“I have been at slot. I can play on the outside. Obviously I have a running back background, so there’s not really any limit to me on the offensive side,” Hurd said, via ESPN.com.

Packers

  • Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that new Packers HC Matt LaFleur was excited to hire former Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi during the offseason. 
  • Sources tell Silverstein that Rizzi informed the Packers that he would not meet with them unless they were willing to offer him a three-year deal worth $4.5 million and Green Bay told him to make the visit. 
  • Rizzi and LaFleur hit it off in their interview, but Silverstein says that the Packers offered Rizz less than he was seeking and Rizzi felt he had been led astray.
  • Green Bay would later meet Rizzi’s asking price, but by then he had already decided to pursue other options and eventually signed the contract he was seeking with the Saints. 
  • According to Silverstein, it appeared as though the Packers were going to retain OL coach James Campen, TEs coach Brian Angelichio defensive passing game coordinator Joe Whitt, but they kept none of them and Whitt was fired without any notice. 
  • Silverstein’s article is worth the read and delves into concerns about the Packers’ organizational structure from sources in and around the team. 
  • Michael Cohen of the Athletic writes that the Packers’ decision to draft Darnell Savage Jr. in the first round will likely lead to Josh Jones moving to linebacker this season. 
  • Cohen mentions that the close Jones plays to the line of scrimmage the best he has been and Green Bay could use depth at linebacker. 
 

Seahawks

  • Albert Breer considers the Seahawks as a good fit for free agent DT Ndamukong Suh
  • Breer notes that the Seahawks have a need at defensive tackle and the cap space to afford him, even after signing Ziggy Ansah.
  • Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Seahawks know they’ll need to manage Ezekiel Ansah’s surgically repaired shoulder this season along with the knee issues he’s dealt with over the past few years. 
  • However, Pelissero adds that Seattle still believes Ansah will be ready to play in Week 1, despite the earlier report that he could miss the first month of the season. 

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