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.” 

Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full-speed in change-of-direction drills


Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full-speed in change-of-direction drills

Cornerback Jason Verrett did not take part in the 49ers’ practices during the offseason program with the plan of being ready to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July.

After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles sustained in a conditioning test at the opening of Los Angeles Chargers training camp, Verrett appears on pace to be cleared at or near the beginning of camp this summer.

Verrett on Monday posted videos to his Instagram account that show him going near full speed in change-of-direction drills. During the last week of the team’s offseason program, Verrett said he expected to be ready for training camp. The 49ers are scheduled to report to camp on July 27.

"I’m going to be ready,” Verrett said. “That’s my main focus. It’s just worrying about what I can control and I’m excited to be getting ready for training camp. My health is pretty much everything and I’m on track to be exactly where I want to be. The day I get on that football field they are going to like what they see.”

Verrett, who turned 28 last week, has played in just 25 games since breaking into the NFL in 2014 as the 25th overall draft pick of the Chargers.

He was limited to just six games because of a shoulder injury as a rookie. After appearing in 14 games in 2015 and earning a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team, Verrett sustained a partial tear of his ACL and played in just four games in 2016.

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In the first game of 2017, Verrett reinjured his knee and sat out the remainder of the season. Verrett missed all of last season with the injury he sustained on the first day of training camp.

Ahkello Witherspoon had a strong offseason program as the starting cornerback opposite Richard Sherman. Verrett is expected to compete with Witherspoon for a starting job.

49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices


49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices

The 49ers will open training camp at their Santa Clara practice facility on July 26, the NFL announced Monday.

The club’s first practice is slated for Saturday, July 27. The veterans and rookies are scheduled to report on the same date.

Team president Al Guido announced this month that the 49ers would have more open practices for the general public. Dates and times of those practices will be announced in the near future.

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Here is the schedule of important dates for the 49ers in training camp and beyond:

Monday, July 15: Deadline for any club to sign franchise player (49ers, Robbie Gould) to a multi-year contract, 1 p.m. PT.
Friday, July 26: Reporting date for veterans and rookies in Santa Clara.
Saturday, July 27: First practice of training camp.
Monday, July 29: First padded practice of training camp.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Exhibition game vs. Dallas Cowboys, Levi’s Stadium, 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16: Joint practice with Denver Broncos in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Saturday, Aug. 17: Joint practice with Denver in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Monday, Aug. 19: Exhibition game at Denver, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: Exhibition game at Kansas City Chiefs, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Exhibition game vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Levi’s Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31: Prior to 1 p.m. PT, all NFL teams must reduce rosters to maximum of 53 players.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at final roster reduction, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Teams can establish 10-player practice squads, approximately 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: NFL trade deadline, 1 p.m. (PT).
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Deadline for a franchise player to sign one-year tender with club in order to be eligible to play this season, 1 p.m. (PT).