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49ers receiver Jalen Hurd believes there's no offensive limit for him

49ers receiver Jalen Hurd believes there's no offensive limit for him

The 49ers' third-round selection, wide receiver Jalen Hurd is not lacking in confidence stating that there is no one else like him in the league. 

“I’ve been in the slot, I can play on the outside, obviously I have a running back background,” Hurd said. “So, there’s not really any limit to me on the offensive side I’d say.” 

Hurd is unusual for many reasons. He started playing football as a young running back but after three years at Tennessee, he transferred to Baylor and switched over to play wide receiver. At 6-foot-5 and weighing 230 pounds, he is a big-bodied receiver that the 49ers have been missing. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan has already described multiple ways he has thought about using Hurd on the offense. The specifics have not been revealed to the rookie receiver, he’s just ready to get to work. 

“I’m a mismatch guy so wherever they best see me fit, I can make a play,” Hurd said. “I can do a lot. That’s not really my position right now to guess and see where I’m going to play. I’m just going to go in there, work hard and see where I end up.” 

Shanahan sees him predominantly at wide receiver but is excited to see where he can take advantage of an opposing defense. 

“He can do about everything,” Shanahan said. “We plan on him coming in and being a receiver and working him with that group, but I don’t think that’s where it stops. We will see where his body ends up being here over the years and while he does it, we hope we can give him a few carries here and there.”

Hurd was very complimentary about Shanahan’s offensive scheming abilities and will play wherever his head coach sees fit. 

“I want to play receiver but I’m open to playing anything,” Hurd said. “He’s got a great offensive mind and I could not be more happy to be drafted and get a chance to play and just experience it so I’m looking forward to it.”  

In the middle of his third season as a Volunteer, Hurd transferred to Baylor and made his switch to wide receiver. He has stayed mum on details of his departure from Tennessee, keeping that between himself and the teams who interviewed him through the draft process. 

The position change gives Hurd a unique perspective that left him unable to offer a comparison to a player currently playing in the NFL. When Hurd’s plan was to become an NFL running back, however, a player he admired was Eddie George. George at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds had a very similar body shape to what Hurd had entering college. 

“I was a running back so I looked at Eddie George, from Nashville,” Hurd said. “Grew up a Titans fan so there you go. He’s also pretty tall and pretty big as well.”

On the other side of the size spectrum of players is 5-foot-9 receivers coach Wes Welker. Hurd is significantly impressed by his accomplishments and can’t wait to learn from the All-Pro wide receiver. 

“Oh man, I think I read he was 18 in all-purpose yards in the entire NFL,” Hurd said. “If there’s anybody that’s done it and been successful in this league it’s him. Anything I can pick up from him, receiver and all the different roles that he did.” 

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As far as Hurd’s health, he has recovered from a minor knee procedure that he had in December which kept him from running at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

"Knee is good, I’ll be ready to go.” 
 

When is Super Bowl? Date, time, location, halftime show, live stream, TV info

When is Super Bowl? Date, time, location, halftime show, live stream, TV info

It's almost here.

In a little less than two weeks, the lights will shine on Hard Rock Stadium in Miami when 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs clash in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2.

Whether you watch for the game, the commercials, the halftime show or just because your significant other makes you, it's sure to be must-watch four-plus hours of television.

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Here's all the information you need to know for Super Bowl LIV:

When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3:30 p.m. PT
Where: Hard Rock Stadium (Miami, Fla.)
Halftime Show: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FOXSports.com

John Lynch says NFC title as 49ers GM feels as good as it did as a player

John Lynch says NFC title as 49ers GM feels as good as it did as a player

SANTA CLARA – John Lynch has stood in a postgame locker room, talking to press after winning an NFC championship before. That came in the 2002 season while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was just a few weeks before they throttled the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Lynch didn’t believe that emotion could be replicated after his playing days were done. That belief held strong even after he took over as 49ers general manager, even as the 2019 came up roses.

Sunday’s 37-20 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship changed his mind completely.

“I never thought you could equal the feeling of going to the [Super Bowl] as a player, but this one’s just as good,” Lynch said in the 49ers locker room. “It’s much tougher during the game because you can’t do anything about it.

“I think if comes from the pride I have in these guys and the way they believe in themselves. It’s the same with the coaching staff. I watch the tireless hours they work and put to get us an advantage each week, and they do. This is awesome. It really is.”

Odds seemed great Lynch would never be part of an NFL team again. After all, he had a cushy gig as a FOX color analyst with upward mobility virtually guaranteed. He left it all to join the executive branch and lead the 49ers personnel department in partnership with head coach Kyle Shanahan.

He did it for a chance at this moment, and maybe a better one in a fortnight’s time.

“I remember my wife not being too happy I was going to do this because I really did have a nice job,” Lynch said. “At some point Troy Aikman was going to leave and I was going to be the lead guy, but something was pulling at me to compete and be a part of a team. Just as much as the wins, the adversity can’t be replicated. It’s awesome. It’s really fun.”