49ers made 'hard run' at Bruce Irvin before he signed with Falcons


49ers made 'hard run' at Bruce Irvin before he signed with Falcons

The 49ers were one of numerous NFL teams to show serious interest in pass rusher Bruce Irvin, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday morning.

Irvin, whom the Raiders released this week, signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday. The 49ers made a “hard run” at Irvin after he cleared waivers and was free to sign with any team, according to the source.

Irvin, 31, recorded three sacks through eight games with the Raiders this season. After he was waived Monday, approximately 10 mostly playoff-contending teams showed interest in signing Irvin, the source said.

Irvin has 40 sacks in his seven-year NFL career, which began with four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Robert Saleh, the 49ers’ defensive coordinator, was on the Seahawks’ defensive coaching staff during the first two seasons of Irvin’s career.

The 49ers likely will have another chance to sign Irvin, who is scheduled for unrestricted free agency in March.

Any team could have claimed Irvin off waivers this week and picked up the terms of the contract he signed with the Raiders as a free agent in 2016. He was scheduled to earn $4 million for the rest of this season and $9.25 million in 2019.

Watch 49ers' Javon Kinlaw replicate Aaron Donald knife training drill

Watch 49ers' Javon Kinlaw replicate Aaron Donald knife training drill

Javon Kinlaw isn't afraid of a few deadly weapons.

The 49ers rookie showed off a seemingly dangerous drill on social media Friday in a video posted by defensive line trainer Cam Spence.

You're correct, those are in fact a pair of knives being wielded and sent in Kinlaw's direction as he bats them away. We've seen a similar drill from two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

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Kinlaw was the 49ers' first selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, going No. 14 overall. The South Carolina product plugged up the middle for the Gamecocks' defense, picking up six sacks and recovering two fumbles. He likely will have an immediate chance to contribute, as All-Pro DeForest Buckner's departure to Indianapolis leaves a void in the 49ers' defensive line.

The rookie, along with a few returning players looking to earn a contract, will be imperative to make sure that void is filled in order for the 49ers to replicate the dominance the team enjoyed in 2019.

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49ers' Brandon Aiyuk sixth-best rookie receiver in Madden 21 ratings

49ers' Brandon Aiyuk sixth-best rookie receiver in Madden 21 ratings

The Brandon Aiyuk hype among 49ers fans has grown exponentially ever since he was drafted 25th overall in April.

The sixth receiver to come off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, Aiyuk is expected to make an immediate impact with his elite breakaway speed, which he showcased numerous times during his two seasons at Arizona State.

But based on the just-released Madden 21 ratings, Aiyuk isn't even among the fastest wide receivers in his rookie class. In fact, he's just the sixth-best rookie wideout according to the video game's new ratings, checking in at 72 overall.

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The rookie receivers' overall ratings were almost identical to their draft positions, with the Denver Broncos' Jerry Jeudy and the Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb swapping places being the only alteration.

When it comes to speed, however, Aiyuk checks in as the 10th-fastest rookie wide receiver, behind a handful of players drafted well behind him.

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Aiyuk's 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine wasn't exactly elite (4.54 seconds), but during his senior season, he was tracked with a top in-game speed of 21.97 mph -- a mark bested by just three NFL players in 2019.

Game speed is different than track speed, and Aiyuk brings game speed in spades every time he takes the field.

Guessing those ratings might be adjusted once Aiyuk actually sees some on-field action in a 49ers uniform.