NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


Through the first few weeks of training camp, 49ers first-round DT Javon Kinlaw has been his own biggest critic. The massive, 6-6, 310-pound Kinlaw was “used to playing bully ball in college” but admitted he’d “be lying if I thought [his performance] was good” going up against G Laken Tomlinson in practice. 

“I’ve probably all my life been the biggest guy. So that’s nothing new,” Kinlaw said via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “But honestly, coming in, I thought I’d be like another guy. Then I look around and, dang, I’m the biggest. But just because I’m big, it doesn’t mean anything. Everybody’s strong and big, so it’s all about technique for me now.”

  • Per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, 49ers DL coach Kris Kocurek has a well-documented man-crush on DE Kerry Hyder from their time together in Detroit: “I just love Kerry’s demeanor. Everything he stands for. How he handles himself. Always, in the back of my mind, I was hopeful I could get back with him because I kind of felt our time together kind of got cut short. … I just felt there was a little bit of unfinished business between us.”
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said DT D.J. Jones suffered a shoulder injury in practice that required further evaluation. (Matt Maiocco)
  • Shanahan said 49ers C Weston Richburg, WR Richie James and DT Jullian Taylor will not be ready by Week 1. The team is still hopeful DE Ronald Blair and WR Deebo Samuel can return by then. (Maiocco)
  • James will start the year on the non-football injury list, while Richburg and Taylor will land on the PUP and miss the first six games. (Matt Barrows)
  • 49ers CB K’Waun Williams is expected to miss the next couple of weeks with his calf injury. (Maiocco)


Rams DT Michael Brockers said he was surprised at just how “massive” third-round OLB Terrell Lewis is and initially thought he was a defensive tackle.

“Man, he’s a massive dude,” Brockers said, via Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. “At first, I was like, ‘That’s the guy they got replacing me.’ Then I saw him at outside linebacker and was like, ‘What?’”

Rams HC Sean McVay said Lewis “certainly looks” like an NFL edge rusher.

He certainly looks how you’re supposed to,” said McVay. “He’s exactly what you want when you draw up a Madden player, in terms of what that outside edge player looks like. … It’s just been good getting him back into the building, back into the flow.”


Seahawks TE Greg Olsen has no shortage of options when the Panthers cut him this offseason. Multiple teams expressed interest in the veteran tight end and he was also being chased by TV networks for broadcast booth opportunities. But Olsen chose the Seahawks because he thought they offered the best chance for him to rid himself of the sour taste the past few years have left him with. 

“I just feel like I still have game left, I thought I still had things to prove — both to myself and I thought I had some work to do to cement myself with my legacy as a player,” he said via Logan Reardon of the team’s official website. “I didn’t like the way my last two years (before last year), 2017 and 2018, went, with being hurt and getting dinged up and not feeling like I was able to be myself. That was kind of a bitter pill to swallow to think that my career would end like that. But when the opportunity came to play out here, it was just a really unique opportunity and a really unique circumstance to come out with a winning franchise and a proven head coach and proven quarterback.”

  • Seahawks fourth-round TE Colby Parkinson remains on track to come of the NFI list before the end of training camp, according to HC Pete Carroll. (Bob Condotta)
  • Seahawks LT Duane Brown says he’s still in touch with DE Jadeveon Clowney. He’s hoping Clowney comes back to Seattle but understands the business side if he doesn’t. (Condotta)

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