49ers tight end Garret Celek has three weeks to make 53-man roster

49ers tight end Garret Celek has three weeks to make 53-man roster

SANTA CLARA -- Veteran tight end Garrett Celek has a three-week tryout to prove to the 49ers he deserves a spot on the roster for his eighth NFL season.

Celek, 31, returned to practice Tuesday from the physically-unable-to-perform list. The 49ers have until Nov. 25 to activate Celek to the 53-man roster or release him.

“Hopefully, I put up enough good film over these next three weeks that they feel confident enough to be able to activate me,” Celek said. “I have a three-week window now.”

Celek underwent surgery on a herniated disk in his back in early-June. He also spent the offseason in the NFL’s concussion protocol after missing the final game of last season with a concussion.

Immediately following the season, Celek underwent surgery to repair a broken thumb -- an injury with which he played the final three months of the 2018 season.

“I just love being here, this team, this organization,” Celek said. “I think it’s the best in the NFL, and I always wanted to continue to play for them.”

The question is whether the 49ers can find a spot for Celek on the club to finish the season. The 49ers have three tight ends on their roster. George Kittle and Ross Dwelley are not going anywhere. Veteran Levine Toilolo is the team’s third tight end.

Celek said he feels like the big brother to the team’s young tight ends. He has been particularly impressed with the strides Dwelley has taken in his second season. Dwelley filled in at fullback while Kyle Juszczyk was out. He had a big third-down reception last Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals that enabled the 49ers to run out the clock on their 28-25 victory.

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“He’s just made huge strides this year, and I’m really happy for him,” Celek said of Dwelley. “Just his savviness on the field, the way he finishes, how hard he works. He’s a really smart player, and I’m glad he’s finally had an opportunity to show it.”

Celek had the best three-season stretch of his career from 2015 to ’17, catching 69 passes for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season, he caught just five passes for 90 yards and two TDs while playing most of the season with a broken thumb.

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

Jimmy Garoppolo balled out in the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday.

For the third time this season, Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes in a game.

In guiding the 49ers to an NFC-best 11-2 record, Garoppolo has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,245 yards. He's thrown 25 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions this season.

While Garoppolo's not in the MVP conversation, he's putting up solid numbers as the 49ers continue to rack up wins. But there is one anonymous NFC offensive coach that still hasn't quite bought into Garoppolo.

"I don’t think he can do it consistently, but he did it today," the coach told The Athletic's Mike Sando after the 49ers beat the Saints. "[Drew] Brees moved down the field and scored. That is what you expect. I didn’t know that Garoppolo would be able to do it, but he did it."

Sando noted that in his annual Quarterback Tiers survey, the coach in question had Garoppolo on the second tier in 2017. Last season, after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Week 3, the coach moved Garoppolo down to the third tier of NFL quarterbacks.

Whether or not Garoppolo is an elite quarterback is up for debate. NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms feels the 49ers quarterback is "really good," but doesn't consider him elite. But what is for certain is that Garoppolo is not a "third tier" quarterback. He doesn't have the gaudy numbers like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, but Garoppolo has a 19-4 career record as a starter in the NFL. That can't be ignored.

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Garoppolo will have another chance to impress the offensive coach Sunday when the 49ers host the Falcons at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

When the Arizona Cardinals waived veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday, 49ers fans instantly wondered if the top team in the NFC would try to claim T-Sizzle.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes Suggs would be a fit for the 49ers due to injuries to Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore and Dee Ford.

But you can lower your expectations, 49ers fans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Suggs would "strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him."

Suggs spent the first 16 years of his NFL career in Baltimore, so it's understandable that the Ravens are the only team he wants to play for.

While it appears Suggs won't be donning a 49ers' uniform, it would still make sense for the 49ers to put in a waiver claim on the 37-year-old.


Assuming Suggs gets through the 30 teams ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order, the 49ers would be wise to try to block the linebacker from going to the Ravens.

After all, the 49ers and Ravens could meet up in Super Bowl LIV, and the last thing San Francisco wants to see is T-Sizzle coming after Jimmy Garoppolo.

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And you never know. Maybe coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch can convince Suggs to play for the 49ers.

Suggs' fate will be decided Monday when teams can put in a waiver claim on him. No matter what happens, the 49ers absolutely should claim him.