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49ers' DeForest Buckner considers Ex-Seahawk Michael Bennett a ‘mentor’

49ers' DeForest Buckner considers Ex-Seahawk Michael Bennett a ‘mentor’

The 49ers' defensive line is undoubtedly one of the most formidable the NFL has to offer entering the 2019 season. The team will have five former first-round draft picks lining up in the rotation, including 2016 No. 7 overall selection DeForest Buckner.

The Oregon product recently joined the “RapSheet and Friends” podcast with the NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport and spoke about a particular player who has helped him improve throughout his career.

“Mike’s a great dude, he’s probably one of the best people you’ll ever meet,” Buckner said of Michael Bennett, an 11-year NFL veteran who won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.

Bennett trains in Buckner’s home state of Hawaii during the offseason and reached out to the 6-foot-7 defensive lineman about joining him.

“I took advantage of that opportunity, it’s Michael Bennett. He’s a pro bowler, a Super Bowl champ. He plays on the edge and in the inside, and I really wanted to be able to pick his brain and learn from him.

"Since my rookie year, working out with him, seeing the different things in his game that I could instill in my game too, he helped me a lot on technique stuff.”

Buckner also emphasized that he’s learned a lot from Bennett off the field as well during their time together.

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“Just being a good mentor, he’s one of those guys where, he doesn’t care who you are. He’ll bring in younger guys coming up in the league, and also older guys, and just try to bring them to Hawaii and we all just work out together," Buckner said. 

"It’s great every offseason being able to pick his brain a little bit, and he’s been getting better each and every year as he’s gotten older, so he’s got a little formula he's got going on that's really successful for him, and I’m trying to learn from him.

“It’s definitely cool to have a savvy vet like him being able to take in younger guys, and bring them under their wing. And help them out a lot and show them the way through the league, because he’s had a lot of success, especially for an undrafted player. And like you said, he doesn’t have to do those things but that’s the kind of guy he is.”

49ers snap count: Raheem Mostert taking over as team's top back

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49ers snap count: Raheem Mostert taking over as team's top back

Raheem Mostert has never started a game in his NFL career, but he has become the 49ers’ leading rusher and most-used running back.

Mostert played 40 of the 49ers’ 67 offensive snaps on Sunday and has become a valuable member of the team’s offense after earning his way onto the roster primarily because of his skills as a special-teams performer.

Mostert gained 69 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushing attempts in the 49ers’ exhilarating 48-46 victory over the New Orleans Saints. He also caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Mostert has taken over the team’s rushing lead with 608 yards and four touchdowns on 102 rushing attempts with a 6.0 average.

Matt Breida returned to action Sunday after missing three games with an ankle sprain. Breida played 12 snaps and gained 54 yards on six rushing attempts.

Tevin Coleman started his eighth game of the season but was on the field for just 11 snaps. He gained 6 yards on three carries. The 49ers’ fourth running back, Jeff Wilson, was inactive for the game.

Here is a look at how much everyone on the 49ers played Sunday on offense, defense and special teams:

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 67
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 67
Running back – Raheem Mostert 40, Kyle Juszczyk 29, Matt Breida 12, Tevin Coleman 11
Wide receiver – Emmanuel Sanders 63, Deebo Samuel 53, Kendrick Bourne 38, Richie James 11
Tight end – George Kittle 62, Ross Dwelley 9, Garrett Celek 7
Offensive line – Laken Tomlinson 67, Mike Person 67, Mike McGlinchey 67, Joe Staley 67, Ben Garland 36, Weston Richburg 31
Did not play – QB Nick Mullens

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 72
Defensive line – Nick Bosa 68, DeForest Buckner 64, Arik Armstead 63, D.J. Jones 33, Solomon Thomas 33, Sheldon Day 14, Jeremiah Valoaga 9, Dee Ford 4
Linebacker – Fred Warner 72, Dre Greenlaw 71, Azeez Al-Shaair 9, Mark Nzeocha 1
Defensive back – Jimmie Ward 72, Marcell Harris 72, Ahkello Witherspoon 69, Richard Sherman 63, K’Waun Williams 53, Emmanuel Moseley 15, D.J. Reed 6, Tarvarius Moore 1

Special teams

Moore 29, Elijah Lee 28, Nzeocha 28, Moseley 26, Al-Shaair 24, Mitch Wishnowsky 20, James 19, Antone Exum 18, Mostert 16, Armstead 15, Buckner 15, Ward 15, Dwelley 14, Celek 13, Kyle Nelson 12, Jones 12, Bourne 10, Harris 9, Reed 9, Robbie Gould 8, Justin Skule 8, McGlinchey 8, Tomlinson 8, Thomas 7, Person 5, Breida 5, Greenlaw 5, Daniel Brunskill 4, Garland 4, Richburg 4, Juszczyk 4, Warner 1, Bosa 1, Williams 1, Day 1

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
WR Marquise Goodwin
WR Dante Pettis
DB Jaquiski Tartt
RB Jeff Wilson
DT Jullian Taylor
TE Levine Toilolo

NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. friendly with 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. friendly with 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

The Odell Beckham Jr. experiment in Cleveland hasn't gone to plan. While the Browns (6-7) are on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, the star receiver isn't having the season many expected. 

Through 13 games, OBJ has 59 receptions on 108 targets with 844 yards receiving and only two touchdowns. He's averaging a career-low 64.9 yards per game. But his time as a Brown might be over after only one season. 

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the three-time Pro Bowl receiver wants out of Cleveland

"[Throughout] this year, Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games, during games, 'Hey, come get me. Come get me out of here,'" Glazer said Sunday on "FOX NFL Sunday." "Remember: It was not Odell's choice to go to the Cleveland Browns. He got traded there. There now also is reports he needs sports hernia surgery.

"I've gotta say, I don't see that relationship ending well for them after this year."

The 49ers pursued a trade for OBJ this past offseason, and it sounds like he sure wishes he was sent to the Bay Area instead of the Dawg Pound. Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Monday that Beckham coveted a move to the 49ers or Rams if he were to be traded by the Giants. 

Sources also told Robinson that Beckham highly respects 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, and has formed a bond with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 

“He talks to Jimmy on and off the field,” one source told Robinson. “They have a friendship that is more than just saying hello before or after [a game]. There’s a lot of mutual respect there as football players and people -- which is important [to Beckham].”

Beckham was seen telling Jimmy G "I'll come here" after the 49ers beat the Browns, 31-3, on Oct. 7 in Santa Clara. 

The Browns haven't shown any indication they plan to move Beckham, who is signed through the 2023 season. To go along with his $90 million contract, it would be quite the reach for the 49ers to add the playmaker. San Francisco has its own players they need to take care of first. 

Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, tight end George Kittle and breakout defensive end Arik Armstead all are eligible to sign contract extensions this season. Armstead can become a free agent this offseason, while Kittle and Buckner can do the same in 2021.Over The Cap lists the 49ers as having just over $16 million in salary-cap room heading into the offseason, and Beckham will carry a cap hit of at least $14.25 million in each of the next four seasons.

The 49ers also don't have much draft capital after multiple trades. This upcoming April, San Francisco will be without a pick in the second, third and fourth round. 

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Beckham fits the bill as the perfect game-changing receiver the 49ers desperately want for Garoppolo. They already have a star tight end in Kittle, and the mid-season trade of veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders has paid off in huge ways. But Sanders, 32, will be a free agent this upcoming offseason. 

While Shanahan and general manager John Lynch clearly would love to see one-handed catches from OBJ at Levi's Stadium, making a deal won't be easy. One can still dream, though.