NFC West Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams



  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan indicated that veteran RB Alfred Morris has locked up a roster spot: “I don’t think we need to see much of him. I think we have an idea of what he can do. I don’t know how many guys are going to go. I don’t know how long Alf will go. I’d like to get some other guys some opportunities to evaluate them, too. I saw enough of Alf I think at Indy.”
  • Shanahan admitted that Mike Person is currently in position to be the team’s starting right guard over former first-round pick Joshua Garnett: “I would say it’s [Person’s] job to lose right now or however you want to say it. Josh could beat him out. But Person has been the most consistent since day one and he’s had a real good camp. We’ll see what happens these last few days.” (Pro Football Talk)
  • Shanahan credited the 49ers signing UDFA RB Ja’Quan Gardner to him doing a “good job” during the team’s rookie tryout camp: “He did a good job in our rookie tryout camp. He was a guy who picked the stuff up in the weekend he was here. We liked him as a person. We always liked his college tape, and he ran well while he was here.” (Matt Maiocco)
  • 49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) said he did individual workouts during Tuesday’s practice and expects to be “ready to go” for Week 1, though he has yet to be medically cleared for contact. (Nick Wagoner)


Though Cardinals’ first-round QB Josh Rosen said he wants to play in Thursday’s preseason finale, HC Steve Wilks thinks Rosen will be fine as the “No. 2” quarterback without the extra reps.

I think he’ll be fine as far as being the No. 2 if that was the case,” said Wilks, via Josh Weinfuss.

Regarding TE Jermaine Gresham and DE Markus Golden coming off the PUP list in time for Week 1, Wilks said: “I think it’s going to be close,” via Weinfuss.

Wilks said the receiver position is the most highly contested spot, and roster decisions will go “down to the wire.”

That’s a position right there that I think is still ongoing and guys are really trying to compete and separate themselves and it’s really going to go down to the wire,” said Wilks, via Weinfuss.


Regarding the comments made by Rams HC Sean McVay said Tuesday that he was “very, very optimistic” about getting a long-term extension in place for DT Aaron Donald, GM Les Snead said nothing is done right now, they’re close.

“Sean definitely is not speaking out of turn,” Snead said, via Pro Football Talk. “He is well aware of updates, but nothing has agreed upon.”

  • According to Albert Breer, the idea of the Rams trading for Teddy Bridgewater as injury insurance was raised to him recently. The Jets ultimately traded Bridgewater to the Saints on Wednesday.
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