NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Washington


49ers’ LB Fred Warner says that he wants to remain with the team for life and it’s clear that HC Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch are committed to keeping him.

“Obviously, I want to be a Niner for life,” Warner said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. “I know all that stuff will work itself out in due time. I’m just focused on being the best player I can for this team. That’s why I’m here, working with my guys and we have huge aspirations and goals for this season.”

“He’s exceeded every expectation we’ve had of him when he came in here and we had high expectations,” Lynch said. “Fred’s a special leader, a special player, and a big part of the fabric of this team.”

“I just see that kind of as a matter of time,” Shanahan said. “Fred’s a guy that I plan on being here forever and who has earned that. I’d be surprised if that doesn’t start sooner than later.”


It appears that Rams’ QB Matthew Stafford has already impressed HC Sean McVay and RB Cam Akers with not only his football skills but his ability to communicate as well.

“The way he’s handled things up to this point, I’ve been very pleased,” McVay said, via Eric D. Williams of “He’s been a joy to be around every single day. The consistency that he comes into work with is definitely something that makes it very fun. I’ve been pleased with what he’s done up to this point.”

“It’s working out great,” Akers said about Stafford. “He’s a great leader, a great communicator. So, it’s not hard to pick up or understand what he’s trying to get done or understand what he’s saying. He’s very clear-cut, and he’ll let you know what he wants you to do — what you’re doing wrong and what you’re doing right.”

Rookie WR Tutu Atwell is also competing in camp with WR Nsimba Webster for the punt returner job in Los Angeles.

“He’s come out here, and he’s done a good job trying to pick things up,” McVay said of Atwell. “There’s a lot of information we’re throwing at him in a short amount of time, but you can definitely feel that speed. We’ve got a lot of guys that are potential candidates to be punt returners for us, and we’ve got a long time to be able to figure that out. But I’ve been pleased with Tutu so far for sure.”


  • Ben Standig reports that new Washington LT Charles Leno is expected to be in attendance for this week’s OTA practices.
  • Standig notes that Leno skipped last week’s sessions, which came a few days after the birth of his second child.

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