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John Lynch wants to keep Joe Staley with 49ers for remainder of his career

John Lynch wants to keep Joe Staley with 49ers for remainder of his career

Less than a week after Joe Staley said there was no place he’d rather be than 4949 Marie DeBartolo Way, general manager John Lynch revealed that the front office doesn’t want him anywhere else either. 

Staley, a six time Pro Bowler, is only under contract through the end of 2019, which will be his 13th season. But there seems to be little concern about his future with the club even though there is no extension in place. 

Lynch explained that all parties involved, including coach Kyle Shanahan and the front office have a common goal. 

“I’m not going to get into the specifics of where we’re going on all that,” Lynch said. “But I’ll just tell you that my hope and Kyle’s hope, everybody associated that is involved in this decision, is that Joe never plays any place else but the San Francisco 49ers.” 

According to Lynch, Staley, who will turn 35 this August, is still playing at a very high level. He has also been a great mentor for Mike McGlinchey and the two have become inseparable around the facility. 

“We’re very pleased with Joe Staley and the way he’s playing,” Lynch said. “I think he’s a special player. He’s a special personality.”

Lynch has said repeatedly that the team will always look to improve at every position through both free agency and the draft. However, when asked about needing to look for a tackle in this year’s draft, Lynch had a slightly different response. 

“I think you’re always looking at the lines and trying to equip yourself for what’s to come,” Lynch said. “But, I’ll say this about Joe Staley, Joe has a unique opportunity. We all know what he’s meant to this organization. He’s got a unique opportunity to be a part of this organization and my hope is that he only plays for one organization.” 

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When asked about the status of DeForest Buckner’s future, Lynch expressed a desire for a similar one-team path, but noted that it is a much earlier stage in his career. Lynch added that there is still a lot of time to work out an extension for the defensive lineman.  
 
“Yeah, it is extremely early in that process,” Lynch said. “I would like to say the same thing about DeForest. He’s a little younger in his career, but I would love nothing more than for DeFo to be here. We’ve got a long time to work on that. 

“He’s very important to us. He’s another guy who’s a big part of what we’re doing. Just love everything about him and the way he goes about his business, his profession. I think he’s a special player and we’d like to keep him here for a long time.”

49ers' Jerick McKinnon still dominating footwork drills amid comeback

49ers' Jerick McKinnon still dominating footwork drills amid comeback

Jerick McKinnon has yet to don a 49ers uniform in the regular season since coming to the team in 2018 after facing multiple setbacks with a knee injury. But that doesn’t mean he has been lax about getting back on the field. 

His workouts continue to be posted on social media with the latest one showing how impressive his footwork is.  

This particular drill mimics what would happen in a real-game situation and the quick-to-rest exercise reinforces the concept of moving quickly even while fatigued. So this could help to remain at the top of his game even during the later quarters.

And it’s quite mesmerizing to watch. 

The comments from the video show a lot of people are anxious for him to make his return and see what he’s going to do.

The running back has missed the last two seasons after tearing his right ACL

“It’s going to be a surprise for everyone,” teammate Raheem Mostert said last month.  

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Mostert has been giving the 28-year-old Atlanta native pointers since last season and just like the rest of us, he looks forward to seeing his next chapter. 

Prior to the 49ers, McKinnon spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings totaling 2,902 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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George Kittle, Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa named to PFF's top 50 players

George Kittle, Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa named to PFF's top 50 players

From the front office to the coaching staff to the roster, it took a total group effort for the 49ers to go from four wins the season prior to 13 last year and going all the way to the Super Bowl. 

A lot of talent doesn't hurt, though. And yes, the 49ers had plenty of that last year. San Francisco was dominant on both sides of the ball in 2019, both scoring points in bunches and stifling opposing offenses. 

When it comes to the best players in the NFL, where do some 49ers sit? Pro Football Focus finished its ranking of the top 50 players in the league on Wednesday and three Niners made the list. Here's where they rank. 

Nick Bosa, No. 41 

Bosa's historic rookie year already has him among the NFL's elite. The No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft recorded 13 sacks, 30 QB hits and 19 tackles for loss in 19 games, including the playoffs. 

He was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year and his 17.2 percent pressure rate was the fifth-best in the entire league. 

Bosa was the highest ranked rookie, and he came in higher than his older brother, Joey, who is No. 47. 

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Richard Sherman, No. 14

Even at 31 years old, Sherman proved last season he still is an elite cornerback. The nine-year veteran was PFF's highest-graded corner last season and the top at his position on the top 50. 

Sherman was PFF's highest-graded cornerback last season. He finished the 2019 regular season with 61 tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions. He had PFF's highest coverage grade (90.5) and highest overall grade (90.3) last season, including the playoffs.

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George Kittle, No. 5

PFF's highest-graded player last season is seen as the fifth-best player in football right now. Kittle is behind only Quenton Nelson, Julio Jones, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Donald. 

Kittle is the rare player who is an elite blocker and elite receiver. The star tight end had 85 receptions for 1,053 receiving yards and five touchdowns over 14 regular-season games last year. He finished with a 95.0 grade, the best ever for a tight end in the PFF era (2006-19).

Yeah, he's going to get paid.