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49ers confirm second interviews with Shanahan, Paton

49ers confirm second interviews with Shanahan, Paton

The 49ers held second interviews Friday with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the head-coaching position and Minnesota executive George Paton for the general manager position, the team confirmed.

Shanahan is the 49ers’ only candidate to become head coach after originally interviewing six individuals for the job. The 49ers are prohibited from officially hiring Shanahan until the conclusion of the Falcons’ season.

The Falcons provided 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe with a window on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday to interview Shanahan before he travels with the team to Houston for Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots on Feb. 5.

Shanahan took part in the interview Friday evening with Paton, the Vikings’ assistant general manager. Shanahan will also be involved in the second interview of Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, which is scheduled for Saturday morning.

A source told CSNBayArea.com this week that there's a "good chance" the 49ers will hire one of the two finalists but "it's not a lock."

Shanahan and Paton originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 6 in Atlanta. McDonough’s initial interview was Jan. 13 in Santa Clara.

Paton (pronounced Payton) has spent the past 10 seasons with the Vikings under general manager Rick Spielman. Minnesota has won 10 or more games four times during that period, including three NFC North titles. Paton is also one of six candidates for the open general manager job with the Indianapolis Colts.

McDonough joined the Cardinals in 2013 after 10 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, the Cardinals finished 13-3. This year, the Cardinals and New England were the only teams that ranked in the top-10 in offense and defense. But the Cardinals finished 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs.

York announced the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke shortly after the team concluded a 2-14 season that included a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak. A day later, York addressed the media to discuss the direction of the organization.

“I think we need to be open and flexible to structure,” York said. “We need to make sure that the head coach and the general manager know each other, have a good understanding for each other. Doesn’t mean that they had to have worked together in the past, but they have to have a good respect for each other and a good understanding and know that they have similar visions and philosophies on building a football team.”

49ERS COACH/GM SEARCH
Wednesday, Jan. 4

Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (hired, L.A. Chargers)

Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (withdrew)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (withdrew)

Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (finalist)
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (presumptive coach)

Saturday, Jan. 7
New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (withdrew)

Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (eliminated after first round)

Monday, Jan. 9
Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (hired, L.A. Rams)
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (eliminated after first round)

Tuesday, Jan. 10
Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (hired, Buffalo)
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (eliminated after first round)

Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (finalist)

Sunday, Jan. 15
Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (withdrew)

Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (eliminated after first round)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (withdrew)

SECOND INTERVIEWS
Friday, Jan. 27

Shanahan
Paton

Saturday, Jan. 28
McDonough

49ers' Trent Taylor switches jersey number ahead of 2019 NFL season

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49ers' Trent Taylor switches jersey number ahead of 2019 NFL season

Trent Taylor will sport a new look this season for the 49ers.

The wide receiver has switched his jersey to No. 15, he announced Thursday on his Instagram. 

Taylor had a strong rookie season in 2017 as the team's primarly slot receiver, catching 43 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. But after undergoing offseason back surgery, Taylor struggled last season with just 26 catches for 215 yards and one touchdown. Taylor wore No. 5 during his college career at Louisiana Tech.

He takes over the uniform number Pierre Garçon wore the past two seasons. The 49ers declined the option on Garçon’s contract this month, and he remains unsigned as a free agent.

Taylor previously wore No. 81. That likely means new 49ers receiver Jordan Matthews will take over the jersey number he wore during his first three NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Matthews had his best three seasons with the Eagles, with 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns while wearing No. 81.

He wore No. 87 in his one season with the Buffalo Bills in 2017, and No. 80 upon his return to Philadelphia last season. The 49ers have retired those numbers, forever belonging to Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice, respectively.

Watch 49ers WR Richie James work out with NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes

Watch 49ers WR Richie James work out with NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes

With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing in only three games in 2018,  Richie James Jr. didn't have a great opportunity to showcase his skills during his rookie campaign.

But the 23-year-old showed off his ability to catch the deep ball Thursday when he was spotted working out with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

James had a quiet rookie campaign, catching nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, while showcasing some promise as a return man.

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The 49ers could use another weapon at wide receiver, so perhaps the Middle Tennessee State product could emerge as a deep threat for Jimmy G in 2019.

While we probably shouldn't read too much into a March workout video, it's hard to deny James looked good hauling in the effortless deep ball from Mahomes.