NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams


New Cardinals’ WR coach and former NFL receiver Shawn Jefferson is excited for a chance to work with WR DeAndre Hopkins.

“DeAndre is a phenomenal talent,” Jefferson said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “Right now, to be honest with you, he’s probably the only one in the league I can compare to Calvin Johnson. [He] has the kind of skill set that Calvin had, playing above the rim, and just in those competitive situations, finding a way to come down with balls and everything like that. He’s a generational talent, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Jefferson is still evaluating a team he says has talent, and also praised receivers Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson despite their lack of production in the NFL.

“My job is to come here and get the most out of both of them, and I’m sure that both those guys have a lot to add to this team,” Jefferson said. “So I’m in the evaluation stage right now of the receiver group, early stages of it, and I’m looking forward to working with those guys.”


Pending 49ers free-agent OT Trent Williams did not disagree when his teammate, CB Richard Sherman, recently suggested that Williams may prefer to return to the 49ers this season. Williams is in line to be the top tackle on the open market. 

“That’s not a bad take, fellas,” Williams told Sherman and Cris Collinsworth on the Cris Collinsworth Podcast, via “That’s not a bad take. Y’all barking up the right tree.”

  • The 49ers have signed TE Ross Dwelley to a $920,000 deal plus a $480,000 signing bonus and up to $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses. (Field Yates)
  • The 49ers have signed S Marcell Harris to a 1-year deal worth up to $1.25 million. The contract includes a $1 million base salary with a $100,000 signing bonus, $100,000 in per-game roster bonuses and $50,000 in incentives. (Nick Wagoner)
  • The 49ers had two scouts attending Wisconsin-Whitewater OL Quinn Meinerz‘s Pro Day on Tuesday. (Matt Barrows)
  • Barrows also notes that the 49ers likely attended Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater earlier on Tuesday given the location was two hours away from Meinerz.


  • Per the Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, Rams GM Les Snead says there are “difficult decisions” ahead to get under the cap, adding that some guys who otherwise may have stayed may have to move on. 
  • However, Snead told reporters the goal is to create all the space they need through restructures and to avoid making any cuts: “The vision right now is to get to the finish line without having to release players.” (Rodrigue)
  • Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette will meet with the Rams (Justin Melo)

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