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Chase McLaughlin not sure what happened on 49ers' missed field goal

Chase McLaughlin not sure what happened on 49ers' missed field goal

SANTA CLARA – Raheem Mostert charged forward full speed ahead, churning hard to convert a 49ers third down. He was only two yards away but ended up just short, so close a replay review was required to confirm it.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was faced with a fourth-and-short deep into Monday’s overtime period against Seattle and sent out the field goal unit without a second thought.

“Honestly, it never entered my mind right there,” Shanahan said. “We were 3-for-3 at the time, and it was certainly close enough for him.”

Shanahan wasn’t referring to former All-Pro Robbie Gould, someone as clutch as they come since joining the 49ers in 2017. He was out with a groin injury that forced the 49ers to sign a new kicker off the street.

Chase McLaughlin got the gig and made the most of his first three opportunities. He was nails from 43 yards out to open the scoring. He converted again from 39 to tie it midway through the fourth quarter. And then, with the game on the line and regulation time expiring, McLaughlin drilled one straight and true from 47 yards away.

McLaughlin faced the exact same distance to win it in overtime. That’s why Shanahan didn’t even consider going for it on fourth down.

This one, for all the marbles, didn’t go as planned. It went well wide left. Like, really wide. Like, so wide it sent folks ducking in the tunnel.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” McLaughlin said. “I’ll have to look at it on film, but I rushed it a little bit and hit it a little high. Unfortunately, I missed it.”

The 49ers forced a punt after that but gave Russell Wilson too many bites at the apple and the clutch quarterback eventually set his Seahawks up for a 27-24 victory at Levi’s Stadium.

His new 49ers teammates certainly felt for the 23-year old, who came through big-time at the end of the fourth quarter but couldn’t come through in overtime.

“You absolutely feel for Chase,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “He really did have a good game. That’s a lot to ask for a new kicker to come in and make all those kicks. I feel for him, but we all let him know we have his back.”

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That includes Gould, despite the team being hopeful he'll be ready next week game against Arizona. The veteran spoke to McLaughlin about the tough break that was a major reason why the 49ers are no longer unbeaten.

“He just said, ‘Keep your head up,’” McLaughlin said. “This game has a lot of highs and some lows. Unfortunately, today was one of them.”

Why Kendrick Bourne is thrilled 49ers put second-round tender on him

Why Kendrick Bourne is thrilled 49ers put second-round tender on him

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has become a staple of the 49ers' offense, and the team is looking to keep him around.

Back on March 17, the 49ers placed second-round tenders on Bourne and running back Matt Breida.

Appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast with NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco last week, Bourne was asked for his thoughts on the 49ers' decision.

"Definitely thrilled," Bourne said from his parents' home in Portland, Oregon. "Just kind of relieved a little bit, just feeling the respect coming around a little bit on my name, respect from the league and all that, the whole nine yards. Especially going to the Super Bowl, my team being a great team, us making it that far helps everybody, period, on the team. So just thrilled and thankful for the Niners for still believing in me after three years, believing for Year Four and just ready to attack it.

"It just sucks that our OTAs have been postponed. Really excited to get back and get to work, be around the guys again, but just a little more time to work and get a little more polished before OTAs, so I guess that's cool now."

As a restricted free agent, Bourne is allowed to negotiate a contract with another team. If he signs an offer sheet and the 49ers choose not to match, the team would get a second-round draft as compensation.

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Undrafted out of Eastern Washington, Bourne signed with the 49ers in 2017. This past season, he caught 30 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns.

NFL Draft 2020: Agents share how coronavirus changes impact prospects

NFL Draft 2020: Agents share how coronavirus changes impact prospects

The 2020 NFL Draft might favor players who were able to able to attend the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, because of pro days and in-person meetings being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But some agents believe teams have all the information they need to proceed on schedule.

Leigh Steinberg and Chris Cabott, from Steinberg Sports and Entertainment, spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area about how their preparation for the draft has been consistent to what they’ve done in the past. Their agency represents Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, among other draft hopefuls.

Both longtime agents believe players who attended an All-Star event or the combine have an advantage, but that always has been the case. As in every draft, there will be players who exceed expectations and those who don’t live up to them.

“When I first started in the industry in 1975 with Steve Bartkowski, there were no pro days, no team meetings, no combine,” Steinberg said. “If you look at statistics from players then, to those selected in 2005, the players in 1975 were more successful and productive. 

“Teams obviously believe that the more information they have, the better, but at some point, it’s enough. I believe they have enough information to make educated and prudent choices.”

Brett Tessler, who represents 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, believes players who weren’t able to attend or weren’t invited to the combine are at a disadvantage across the board. An off-the-radar player won’t have the chance to catch a scout or coach’s eye at a local pro day and jump up a team’s draft board.

“For most non-combine guys, it's going to put everybody at an equal disadvantage,” Tessler told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Teams will rely more on the spring testing numbers that they got prior to this season.

“But, the biggest disadvantage for non-combine guys trying to get drafted is the lack of being brought in for pre-draft visits, where the medical staffs can do all the background work on these guys that they need to do.”

Just like everyone across the nation, players, agents and teams are taking advantage of video conferencing technology such as Zoom and Skype for their 30 one-on-one pre-draft visits. This actually might be the one advantage for players who have grown up with video calls as the norm.

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As in the past, teams still have the ability to ask players schematic questions using a virtual chalkboard, and go over game film during video conferencing sessions. Cabott also believes one resource could be more important than in previous pre-draft research.

“Trainers,” Cabott said. “Those guys who were working with players, getting them ready for pro days will have information that will be important for teams. They can give projections, send videos of testing and have insight to a player’s work ethic.”