NFC West Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks



  • 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo had a bit of an up and down performance in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes, but only one of those was to a teammate, with the other an interception returned for a touchdown. 
  • “There are things to correct,” Garoppolo said via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I missed a couple of throws I wish I could have had back. Little things. They’re fixable, too. You just have to learn from them week to week and keep progressing.”
  • 49ers fifth-round rookie LB Dre Greenlaw played a much larger than expected role Sunday following starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander‘s ejection. Greenlaw played 56 snaps and had four tackles in his NFL debut.
  • “Nothing like I imagined,” Greenlaw said via NBC Sports’ Jennifer Lee Chan. “I mean it was everything and more. Just the first time being out there, I definitely did not expect to play as much as I did, but coach always tells us to be ready. So when Kwon went down, it was my time to step in and focus on doing my job and doing my assignment.”
  • 49ers first-round DE Nick Bosa (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. His status for Sunday is up in the air. (Matt Maiocco)
  • The 49ers are targeting Week 4 after the bye to bring back WRs Trent Taylor (foot), Jalen Hurd (back) and RB Tevin Coleman (ankle). (Matt Barrows)


At 5-10, Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is the shortest quarterback to take an NFL field since Doug Flutie. NFL attitudes about height for quarterbacks have changed some in recent years, as both Murray and Browns QB Baker Mayfield were taken No. 1 overall in back-to-back years despite less than prototypical height. Murray still has a chip on his shoulder, though. 

“What fuels me?” Murray said via NFL Media’s Grant Gordon. “I would like to be the best to ever play the game.”

“When I left [Texas] A&M [after my freshman] year, nobody thought I could throw,” Murray added. “I’m short and I can’t throw. It’s a bad combination.”

  • Cardinals WR Michael Crabtree said he’s ready to make his 2019 debut after being a healthy scratch in Week 1: “I haven’t been playing, I haven’t been here. Now I’m here, now it’s time to go.” (Darren Urban)
  • Meanwhile, Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury mentioned that he’s unsure of Crabtree’s role at this point, but confirmed he will play in Week 2: “He brings a lot of experience, a lot of savvy, a lot catches, a lot of physicality and I know he’ll be excited for this one. I’m excited to watch him work this week and see where he’s at.”


  • Per the Athletic’s Vincent Bonsignore, Rams HC Sean McVay says S Eric Weddle is on track to play in Week 2 against the Saints despite concussion-like symptoms following their Week 1 game against Carolina: “I anticipate him playing.”


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