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Being drafted by 49ers was 'definitely a shock' for Mike McGlinchey

Being drafted by 49ers was 'definitely a shock' for Mike McGlinchey

SANTA CLARA -- Mike McGlinchey was the center of attention during a party with approximately 150 attendees Thursday night near his home in Richboro, Pennsylvania.

The Notre Dame offensive tackle knew his name would get called at some point in the first round of the NFL draft. But when the phone rang and the 49ers were on the other end, he was more than a little surprised.

“I had no idea,” McGlinchey said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “It’s definitely a shock. But (I’m) absolutely thrilled to be a part of the San Francisco 49ers organization and my family and I couldn’t be happier.”

McGlinchey had a formal meeting with the 49ers at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. But, then, he did not hear another word from the 49ers until the phone rang while he was seated at Giuseppe’s Restaurant on the first night of the NFL draft.

He was welcomed to the 49ers organzation by CEO Jed York, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers envision McGlinchey having a long career, beginning with some competition with Trent Brown at right tackle.

McGlinchey’s first cousin is Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, so he already knew a lot about Shanahan. Ryan had an MVP season in 2016 with Shanahan as the Falcons offensive coordinator.

“I’ve heard quite a bit about Kyle and he’s done obviously a great job both with the Falcons and started with the 49ers,” McGlinchey said. “My cousin Matt has said nothing but great things about Kyle. I’m really excited to get to work with him.”

McGlinchey said he was excited to come to an organization that was rich in history and appears to be heading in the right direction.

“I know that they were an up-and-coming organization with a great new head coach and a great new quarterback and they proved that at the end of the season last year,” he said.

McGlinchey figures to be protecting that new quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, for many years to come. McGlinchey liked what he saw from him during the 49ers’ season-ending five-game win streak.

“I watched a few of his games,” McGlinchey said of Garoppolo. “He looks amazing.”

Dante Pettis leads 49ers receivers in snaps vs. Broncos, shows promise

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Dante Pettis leads 49ers receivers in snaps vs. Broncos, shows promise

SANTA CLARA -- Marquise Goodwin’s low snap count in the 49ers' 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday wasn’t just because the receiver had been absent for two games.

It was more about getting rookie Dante Pettis additional playing experience. And he got just that, with a team-leading 61 snaps at receiver.

Kyle Shanahan and his coaching staff have regularly eased players back into the mix if they've been out for injuries or otherwise. It seemed to be the case for Goodwin’s return to the field after he missed two games while dealing with personal issues.

Shanahan explained that it was for a different reason this time, though. As he did with many positions, the 49ers coach wanted to see what some of the younger players could prove on the field. As a result, Pettis and second-year pro Kendrick Bourne, who was on 43 snaps, had the lion’s share of reps against the Broncos.

“We were going to feel it out as the week went,” Shanahan said of working Goodwin back into the lineup, as he had 24 snaps. “I thought he had a very good week of practice and got better, especially as the week went. He didn’t work at Z all week, but he was comfortable with it.

“Quise understands our offense pretty well. Just talking to him Saturday night and seeing where he was at, we told him if he felt good with it, we were going to throw him in at Z a little bit more so we could leave Dante on the field a little bit longer. He was up for the challenge and did a real good job in there.”

[RELATED: 49ers snap count report from win over Broncos]

Pettis had successes and challenges on the field. While he made some key plays, he also had a gut-wrenching drop. He finished the day catching three of his seven targets for 49 yards and one touchdown.

Shanahan explained Pettis' increased snap count hopefully will help the second-round draft pick be more consistent in the future.

“Yeah, that’s definitely the plan right now,” Shanahan said. “It started in Tampa [two weeks ago]. But that's something just realizing as coaches, Dante, we haven’t been ready to throw him out there a ton because he’s shown he’s not 100 percent fully ready to handle that.

“But what has been neat to watch him is, when we didn’t have a choice and had to throw him out there, he did some things that he wasn’t ready for that we anticipated. But, by going through it, he got better as the game went with it.

“He made some mistakes in Tampa in the first quarter that he was better in the second quarter and got him some experience that he needs. I thought he was better in Seattle after that. Just being out there playing more, he is a very smart guy who listens and understands what you’re saying. But you’ve always got to put athletes kind of through those situations so they can feel it themselves. He has, and he’s gotten better from it.”

Pettis has played in 10 games and caught 19 passes on 35 targets. He's currently second on the 49ers in receiving yards with 363, behind tight end George Kittle's 1,103. Goodwin is third with 359 yards.

49ers sign rookie safety Tyree Robinson off Cowboys' practice squad

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49ers sign rookie safety Tyree Robinson off Cowboys' practice squad

The 49ers  signed rookie safety Tyree Robinson off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad on Tuesday in order to fill the roster spot that opened with wide receiver Pierre Garçon going on injured reserve.

Garçon underwent season-ending surgery on his knee Tuesday after missing the past four games with the condition. Garçon appeared in 16 games for the 49ers over the past two seasons. He caught 64 passes for 786 yards and one touchdown.

Robinson (6-foot-2, 202 pounds) originally signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie from Oregon. He was active for the Cowboys’ first two games of the season before he was waived and signed to the team’s practice squad.

The 49ers signed Robinson through the 2019 season. He will wear No. 49.

Robinson started 23 of the 52 games in which he appeared at Oregon. As a senior in 2017, he started 12 games and recorded 48 tackles, five passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

[RELATED: The 49ers Insider Podcast with undrafted RB Jeff Wilson Jr.]

The 49ers also made a move on their practice squad, signing tight end Marcus Lucas, who has previously been on six different practice practice squads: the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. Lucas caught 130 passes for 1,638 yards in his four-year career at Missouri (2010-'13).

The 49ers signed Lucas after the Tennessee Titans signed tight end Cole Wick off the 49ers’ practice squad. Wick made the 49ers’ roster at the beginning of the regular season. He appeared in five games, but did not catch a pass.