Long week refreshes 49ers' NaVorro Bowman: 'I feel 100 times better'


Long week refreshes 49ers' NaVorro Bowman: 'I feel 100 times better'

SANTA CLARA – The long week was good for 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

The 49ers’ defense was on the field for 79 snaps in the team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 17. Four days later, the 49ers looked worn down in a 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

Bowman, 29, said he feels a lot more fresh heading into Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals after missing the final 12 games last season after sustaining a torn Achilles tendon.

“I feel great. I feel 100 times better,” Bowman said on Wednesday. “I feel like we’ve had time to rest up and play a full 60-minute game.”

Bowman is tied with linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong for the team-lead with 20 tackles through three games. But his five missed tackles is also tied with Armstrong, according to Pro Football Focus. Four of Bowman’s missed tackles have been in the passing game.

“From myself, it’s just getting back in the flow,” Bowman said. "It’s been a while, so this being my third game, understanding the scheme and trying to absorb the offense have been my biggest challenges -- trying to do those two things at once. And I feel like I’m getting more comfortable.”

As Bowman gets more settled in Robert Saleh’s defense, he prepares this week to face a familiar offense. The Cardinals will not have the services of running back David Johnson, who is on injured reserve as he recovers from wrist surgery. Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is still the favored offensive weapon of quarterback Carson Palmer.

“They’re pretty much the same as they’ve been over the years, trying to get Larry the ball,” Bowman said. “David’s down, so Chris Johnson is back there. I’ve played against him a few times. As far as their mindset, it’s run the ball to open up the pass.”

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision


T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."

Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season


Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

With the 146th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected ...

George Kittle.

The tight end from Iowa had a solid rookie season, racking up 43 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns.

On the latest episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell was talking about Kyle Shanahan and Rams head coach Sean McVay. And then, unsolicited, Cosell pivoted the conversation to Kittle.

"You know, I think one player we should mention who I really liked coming out of college -- and I know he fought some injuries last year, but I think that he has a chance to be a really meaningul part of this offense -- and that's George Kittle," Cosell said. "I think George Kittle is a really good tight end who can do a lot of things.

"He can line up and be a really good blocking tight end -- and obviously we know that Kyle's offense does start with the run game. I think he's more athletic than people probably give him credit for.

"I remember studying him coming out of Iowa and looking at some of his combine measureables -- some were superior to those of OJ Howard from Alabama, and I think people would be surprised by that.

"In this offense, he might not catch 80 balls, but he might average 14, 15 yards a catch, and for a tight end, that's pretty darn good."

Kittle had his best game in the season finale, making four catches for 100 yards at the Rams.