NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks

     

49ers

  • According to the Athletic’s Matt Barrows, there’s currently nothing percolating between the 49ers and OLB Clay Matthews despite San Francisco’s injuries. 
  • Barrows notes 49ers DL Solomon Thomas has a good chance of coming back in 2021 on a one-year, prove-it deal after tearing his ACL unless he wants a fresh start with another team. The 49ers did the same thing with DE Ronald Blair this offseason.
  • While San Francisco restructured DE Dee Ford‘s deal which makes it harder to move on from him next year, Barrows wouldn’t rule it out. He mentions Titans OLB Vic Beasley and Giants OLB Kyler Fackrell as some potential bargain-bin replacements. 
  • 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) returned to practice but was limited. (Barrows)
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan would be surprised if QB Jimmy Garoppolo returned to practice this week. Backup QB Nick Mullens is already slated to start Week 3. (Nick Wagoner)
  • With the injuries ahead of him, 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon is slated to start as well in Week 3, per Shanahan: “I’m very confident in Jet and he’s done a great job in all reps. With those two being out should get more opportunities. He’s excited for it and we’re excited to see him.” (Cam Inman)

Rams

Last year was supposed to be Rams LB Micah Kiser‘s debut as a starter but a torn pectoral sidelined him for the season. This year, though, Kiser’s taken the starting role and run with it, and was rewarded for a 16-tackle effort in Week 2 with a player of the week award. 

“Micah seemed like he was coming up with stop after stop,” Rams HC Sean McVay said via SI.com’s Eric Williams. “You feel his physicality. He’s got great command for what’s going on. He made a lot of plays today (Sunday) and was involved in a lot of the action.”

  • McVay dispelled any doubts about Rams WR Cooper Kupp keeping his job as the punt returner despite his fumble in Week 2 and his status as a highly-paid key cog in the offense: “I think the more touches that he gets, the better it is for our football team. Cooper will be our punt returner moving forward.” (Jourdan Rodrigue)

Seahawks

Through two games, the Seahawks offense has been incendiary, averaging over 400 yards and scoring 38 and 35 points in the first two games. Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer partially credits a move up to the booth to call plays, as before he called them from the sideline. 

“It’s something I thought about for the last couple years because you certainly see things so much better from up there,” Schottenheimer said via Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree. “You’re able to see the defensive adjustments and see the play unfold and kind of almost anticipate more what they’re doing. So something that we talked about and just with where we are with Russ and my confidence level with him and his understanding with the system it kind of became a no-brainer.”

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