NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks

     

49ers

49ers’ LT Trent Williams believes that rookie first-round pick DT Javon Kinlaw has the potential to be a Defensive Player of the Year in the future after seeing him in camp

“Luckily I haven’t had to go against him in a one-on-one setting, he and Laken Tomlinson have some pretty epic battles, but I’ve had to block him in team play and he’s a ton man, he’s a lot to deal with,” Williams said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “Even when he’s pulling off his rush, you still feel that power, you still feel that size. You can’t really teach that, you can’t really coach that. I tell him all the time he’s got Defensive Player of the Year written all over him. Getting with the D-line coach they have, Kris Kocurek is probably the best in the land, I honestly feel like he’s going to turn him into a nightmare in this NFL.”

Rams

Rams TE Gerald Everett had dramatically different halves of the season in 2019. In the first half, Everett looked poised to finally break out for Los Angeles and recorded most of his final statline of 37 catches for 408 yards and two touchdowns. But an injury and breakout from teammate Tyler Higbee left Everett firmly in the second spot on the depth chart going into 2020. Everett’s goal for this year is to find consistency. 

“The NFL season is always going to be up and down,” Everett said via SI.com’s Eric Williams. “You just have to remain even and just stay the course, and just continue to identify weaknesses in yourself and work on those weaknesses. Just keep coming to work with the same positive mentality. I want to get better and just be a complete pro — that’s what we do here every day and that’s what I do. I don’t see that changing in the near future.”

Everett is also entering the final year of his deal, but if the Rams’ decision to draft TE Brycen Hopkins in the fourth round is any indication, 2020 might be his final year in Los Angeles. However, Everett is just worried about taking care of business on the field before he worries about other business. 

“I don’t really worry about contract talks,” Everett said. “We started off as kids playing this game for free and as we’ve been blessed to keep playing over college and professionally now. Everything’s inevitable and everything will happen when it’s time.”

  • Jourdan Rodrigue reports that the Rams have gotten a few calls inquiring about a potential trade for TE Gerald Everett. However, Rodrigue says the Rams met them with a resounding “no” and currently have no plans to trade the tight end.
  • Rams’ HC Sean McVay if he’s hopeful the team will reach a contract agreement with CB Jalen Ramsey with their history of signing large extensions prior to Week 1: “We’ll see, we’ll see.” (Lindsey Thiry)

Seahawks

  • Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll says the team has no word on when WR Josh Gordon will be reinstated: “Just have to wait and see when but happy to have the opportunity to bring him to our club.” (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll added that the Seahawks are still open to signing DE Jadeveon Clowney: “Always competing. Always competing.” (John Boyle)
  • The Seahawks have always had the money to re-sign Clowney but have been unwilling to meet his asking price for months. (Michael-Shawn Dugar)
  • Carroll mentioned rookie DE Darrell Taylor‘s continued absence played a factor in the team signing DE Damontre Moore. Carroll also added that Moore plays hard and said the hope is to have him ready to play Week 1. (Brady Henderson)
  • Carroll said it’s a “real possibility” that Taylor has to remain on the NFI list to begin the season and says the team will be patient with bringing him back. He is yet to practice due to his leg injury from last year.
  • Two other injuries mentioned by Carroll were OT Cedric Ogbuehi‘s minor pectoral strain from which he should return on Monday and rookie Stephen Sullivan who continues to deal with a lingering hip issue.
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