Jeff Wilson thankful after pow-wow with 49ers coach got his mind right

Jeff Wilson thankful after pow-wow with 49ers coach got his mind right

SANTA CLARA — 49ers running back Jeff Wilson says a heart-to-heart with his position coach was key to the turning point in his rookie year. 

“Me and my coach had a pow-wow,” Wilson said. “Me and Bobby Turner had a pow-wow about two weeks ago. Just me and him. I then I just got my mind right and just went from there.” 

Wilson, an undrafted free agent from North Texas, finally the call that he was being moved up to the active roster, just a day before the the team was to face off with the Buccaneers in Tampa. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan said WIlson’s performance in practice the two weeks prior to the game was why he got the nod. 

“He’s just been doing a good job in practice,” Shanahan said. “Especially coming off the bye week, getting some more work in. We did that the week before the bye week, getting him a lot more reps. 

“So we come back here and gave him even more reps. He had taken a big step in those two weeks. He seemed ready to play and we wanted to give him the opportunity.”

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Wilson explained that what Turner said to him were simple things that he already knew, but it gave him a sense of urgency to improve. After running back Raheem Mostert was placed on injured reserve after the 49ers win over the Raiders, Wilson knew his moment had arrived. 

“It was just like a light bulb went on,” Wilson said. “And you know, we’ve had a lot of injuries and stuff we had to deal with so the opportunity probably came faster than what was expected. Either way, I’m just happy to play, and happy to be with the guys.” 

Wilson not only got a surprise the day before the game, he received another on game day. Secret arrangements had been made for his parents to make the trip from Texas to attend their son’s first NFL game. 

“It means a lot to me and my family,” Wilson said. “I’m thankful to every coach that’s on this staff and every player that’s on this team because they always kept me up and they always kept me working. I feel like it’s my duty to give them all I got .” 

In Wilson’s first game, he almost scored his first NFL touchdown. Wilson’s 9-yard run to the right pylon was originally signaled as a touchdown, but the call was reversed. Wilson still believes he got in. 

“Yeah no doubt,“ Wilson said. “That’s why I had the little celebration. Even if I didn’t get it, I was still going to act like it because that’s a moment that you can’t pass up on.”

While he had a notable first performance, Wilson said it still hurts that the team didn’t get a win. He has also set some lofty goals for the remaining five games. 

“Win every one,” Wilson said. “Win every one and improve from the game before. Even though it may not turn out that way, that’s the way I’m going to approach it because I know that’s the way my team is going to approach it. So it’s only right that I do the same thing.”

NFL Draft 2020: Chase Young motivated by former teammate Nick Bosa

NFL Draft 2020: Chase Young motivated by former teammate Nick Bosa

Nick Bosa might have been the best player in last year’s draft, but the top spot went to a quarterback to fill a need for the team with the No. 1 overall pick.

Things could very well go the same way this year, with the Cincinnati Bengals taking quarterback Joe Burrow with the first selection.

That would leave the consensus top player, Chase Young, for Washington at No. 2.

Again, that player is a defensive end. Again, that player is a defensive end from Ohio State.

“Nick, he's always setting the standard,” Young said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “That's just motivation for me to achieve a lot of real good things.

“It's definitely been a blessing to watch him grow into the player that he is. He's definitely helped me along this passage. He hasn't stopped. I'm just grateful to be able to see him grow.”

The 49ers selected Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick last year after the Arizona Cardinals went with quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1.

Bosa registered nine sacks during the regular season and four more in the postseason. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He and Young also have been in contact as Young goes through the same process Bosa experienced a year ago.

“He just told me to be myself,” Young said. “That's what I have been trying to do the whole time I've been here.”

Young, like Bosa, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season. He enters the draft after compiling a more impressive college career than Bosa, who was hampered by injuries throughout his time at Ohio State.

In 34 college games, Young registered 30.5 sacks and 40.5 tackles for loss. Last season, he had 16.5 sacks, all of which came in the first nine games of the season. In 29 games at Ohio State, Bosa had 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss.

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Bosa’s brother, Joey, went to Ohio State, where he was coached by defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Nick Bosa did not have much of a decision where to attend college because the family was already sold on Johnson’s ability to groom defensive linemen.

“I think the technique that ‘Coach J’ teaches in college works in the NFL as well,” Young said. “I'll continue to perfect my technique. The toolbox that I have now, I know that it'll bring me success in the NFL. That's one thing that I took from Nick and Joey.”

Henry Ruggs, who ran 4.27 40-yard dash, met with 49ers during combine

Henry Ruggs, who ran 4.27 40-yard dash, met with 49ers during combine

The 49ers saw firsthand how a blazing-fast receiver like Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs can change a game when Hill's deep catch on third-and-15 swung the momentum in Super Bowl LIV. Henry Ruggs, believe it or not, might be even faster. 

As San Francisco looks to upgrade its receivers for coach Kyle Shanahan's motion-heavy offense, a speedster like Ruggs could be a game-changer. The Alabama receiver said Thursday that he has met with the 49ers at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

Ruggs put on an absolute show Thursday at the combine. After measuring in at 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Ruggs ran a ridiculous 4.27 40-yard dash. That is the fastest among receivers this year, and the best time thus far at the combine. His time also is tied with current 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin, who could be on his way out of San Francisco, as the fourth-fastest at the combine since 2006.

That was just the start of Ruggs' big day, too. He also recorded a 42-inch vertical leap and had a 10'11" broad jump. His athleticism simply is off the charts. 

Ruggs joins a growing list of receivers the 49ers have met with at the combine. But it seems highly unlikely he will be available for the NFC champions. The 49ers own the No. 31 pick in the draft this year, and a handful of teams ahead of them make sense as a landing spot for Ruggs. 

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Before the combine, Ruggs was selected No. 18 overall by the Miami Dolphins in our latest mock draft. It would be a big surprise to see him fall past the New Orleans Saints at No. 24 overall.

It's clear the 49ers are doing their due diligence on a loaded receiver class and could be eyeing a future star at the end of the first round. Adding Ruggs would be gold to Shanahan's offense.