NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


  • Given how the 49ers have struggled to keep running backs healthy in recent seasons, the Athletic’s Matt Barrows thinks they could keep four on the final Week 1 roster: Raheem Mostert, Wayne Gallman and third and sixth-round rookies Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell.
  • According to Barrows, the door remains open for CB Richard Sherman to return to the 49ers but it might take an injury to a corner to add more urgency to the situation. 
  • Barrows mentions 2020 sixth-round TE Charlie Woerner looks stronger after training with George Kittle this offseason and could secure the 49ers’ No. 2 tight end job, which is primarily focused on blocking. 


For the Rams, Day 3 draft picks take on added importance given how often they trade away their early draft capital for veterans. That puts more focus and pressure on guys like fourth-round DT Bobby Brown but the Rams are both realistic with their expectations — Brown won’t be asked to be more than a rotational backup at first — and hopeful of what could happen by putting a powerful, 6-4, 325-pound 20-year-old in the same room with Aaron Donald

“I think that’s the No. 1 asset for Bobby Brown, and I said it in our meetings,” Rams senior personnel advisor Taylor Morton said via the Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue. “He’s got all this talent, and then you put him in the room with professional, grown men like Aaron Donald. There’s peer pressure there. Usually, those kinds of guys, they’re going to rise to the occasion — to that peer pressure. And (Brown) is an intelligent person. So when he gets in the room with (Donald), he knows that now he’s in a business. He’s not in college anymore — he’s in a business with grown men … it’ll definitely get him going in the right direction.”


  • Regarding the Seahawks possibly trading for Falcons WR Julio Jones, ESPN’s Brady Henderson reports the organization was doing their “usual due diligence” in Jones, but his contract “is an obvious roadblock.
  • In the end, Henderson writes the Falcons would likely have to absorb some of Jones’ contract in order to make a deal work with Seattle. 
  • The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar writes his read on the situation is that Seattle has likely checked with Atlanta about the asking price. Whether or not they’ve made an offer is more up in the air. 
  • He adds Seattle should be interested in giving QB Russell Wilson another weapon that he’s been asking for and points out that despite already having D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks have three receivers on the field more than 60 percent of the time. 
  • As far as fitting Jones onto the cap, Dugar notes the Seahawks could restructure Wilson or extend either S Jamal Adams or Quandre Diggs, assuming Atlanta isn’t willing to eat any of Jones’ salary. 
  • The Seahawks don’t have a first-round pick until 2023, but Dugar says they have shown they’re willing to spend draft picks to trade for proven players in the past. 

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