NFC West Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks

     

49ers

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said RB Tevin Coleman (shoulder) has no issues with running and will examine his pain tolerance later this week. 

“Looked good today. He has a shoulder injury. There’s no issues with his legs, and he’s running very well. We’ll see how the week goes with the pain tolerance for his shoulder,” said Shanahan, via Cam Inman.

49ers DB coach Joe Woods says he hasn’t had any contract discussions with the 49ers despite reports they would make a big push to keep him from leaving to take the defensive coordinator position with the Browns. He does not need permission to interview since his contract is up following the Super Bowl. 

“I’ve had absolutely zero contract talks with anybody,” Woods said via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “I’ve just been showing up to work doing my job and I’m just concerned with getting through the season, finishing the Super Bowl and then from there just make decisions. But I have not spoken to anyone about contracts at all.”

  • Per ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur said he wants to coach with HC Kyle Shanahan as long as he can: “I don’t know if it will be forever. It would be awesome, because I have so much respect for him. But my plan isn’t to leave any time soon.”
  • Despite a season with minimal production after being tabbed for a sophomore breakout, 49ers WR Dante Pettis still has the support of Shanahan: “I believe in Dante. He has helped us this year and I think hell help us more next year.” (Matt Barrows)

Rams

If you had asked Rams DT Aaron Donald whether he thought he would be a two-time defensive player of the year at this point, he probably wouldn’t have believed you. But that’s because Donald thought he would be dominating at running back instead of defensive tackle until his appetite made the choice for him. 

“I mean I grew up playing you know like middle linebacker since Little League, so growing up I always thought I would play running back you know,” Donald said via Pro Football Talk. “But I ate my way out of that position, so you know I started playing defensive line probably around 12 or 13 and just been stuck there ever since.”

Seahawks

  • ESPN’s Brady Henderson writes the Seahawks are hoping DE L.J. Collier has a similar sophomore leap after seeing minimal playing time as a rookie after being taken in the first round. 
  • Unless Seattle releases either starting safety Quandre Diggs or Bradley McDougald, second-round rookie Marquise Blair will likely still come off the bench in 2020. 
  • The Seahawks could call on third-round LB Cody Barton to step into the starting role to replace Mychal Kendricks in 2020. Barton started four games and led the team in special teams snaps as a rookie. 
  • Henderson reveals fourth-round former Seahawks WR Gary Jennings was waived because he had a hard time picking up the playbook. 
  • Seahawks fourth-round S Ugo Amadi will look to continue his strong play on special teams and prove he can be a viable nickel defender for Seattle, per Henderson. Fifth-round LB Ben Burr-Kirven also projects primarily as a special teamer. 
  • Henderson lists sixth-round RB Travis Homer, sixth-round DT Demarcus Christmas and seventh-round WR John Ursua as on the roster bubble heading into 2020. 
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