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Madden NFL 20 player ratings: How each 49ers rookie ranks in video game

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Madden NFL 20 player ratings: How each 49ers rookie ranks in video game

After winning the 40 Yards of Gold title on Saturday, which featured some of the fastest players in the NFL, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin decided his video game likeness didn't measure up to his real-life self.

Specifically, Goodwin thought his Madden NFL 20 rating should be higher.

Well, when you win $1 million for outracing the other fastest players in the league, people take notice.

As a result of his performance in the 40 Yards of Gold competition, Goodwin saw his speed rating increased to 98 (out of 99) and acceleration rating increased to 97.

As for the agility and jump ratings, perhaps Goodwin will see those improve if he qualifies for the 2020 Summer Olympics, as he has made clear is his goal.

Speaking of Madden NFL 20 ratings, the 49ers' rookie class recently received theirs. Much like Goodwin, you can be sure they all feel shortchanged in some way.

Oh well. It's just a game -- well, depending on who you ask.

As you can see, the overall ratings of the 49ers' rookies go in the same order in which they were picked. Nick Bosa, whom San Francisco selected with the No. 2 overall selection, leads the pack with an overall rating of 78. That's the third-best rating among all NFL rookies, behind the Jets' Quinnen Williams (80) and Buffalo's Ed Oliver (79).

Assuming he stays healthy, Bosa is widely expected to contend for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and if he does, that rating will skyrocket in a hurry.

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Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd -- San Francisco's second and third round picks, respectively -- were given overall ratings of 71 and 68, which should provide for some good-natured trash-talking between the two rookie wide receivers.

But if any 49ers' rookie has a right to complain, it's San Francisco's fifth-round selection Dre Greenlaw. Either that or they grow super fast punters in Australia.

Greenlaw, listed as a middle linebacker, was given a speed rating of 83. San Francisco's fourth-round selection -- punter Mitch Wishnowsky -- was given a speed rating of 84.

Don't be surprised if Greenlaw and Wishnowsky are forced to go head-to-head in a 49ers' edition of 40 Yards of Gold come training camp.

Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy indentifies 'heart and soul' of 49ers' defense

Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy indentifies 'heart and soul' of 49ers' defense

The Kansas City Chiefs offense is stacked. They have an elite quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and a track team of receivers in Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce, the best tight end east of George Kittle.

They shouldn’t fear anybody. Not with that lineup. They do have great respect for the 49ers defense, its ferocious front in particular.

That’s an appropriate stance. The 49ers might have the NFL’s best defensive line, featuring Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Dee Ford and Arik Armstead.

The 49ers have the league’s best pass defense and ranked fifth with 48 sacks during the regular season. They have nine more this postseason, largely by taking opponents off schedule and setting up favorable pass-rush situations.

All that’s why the Chiefs attack versus the 49ers defense is strength on strength. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy understands that and identifies what makes the 49ers go.

“They are fast, and they do a great job of rushing the passer,” Bieniemy said in his Thursday press conference. “They have some big boys up front. That’s the heart and soul of who they are. I’m not knocking anybody on that defense because everything starts up front. It’s just like on offense. We want our guys to be the heart and soul of who we are.

"Well, the heart and soul of that defense lies up front. Those guys do a great job of getting off the ball. On top of that, they have a couple of backers who just fly around. On the back end, those guys are playing very, very sound, with one hell of a leader in Richard Sherman.”

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The 49ers have linebacker depth and legit players in a secondary that plays its coverages well. It’s a complete unit that has earned Kanas City’s respect.

“Obviously they have a ton of playmakers on the defense with the defensive line, linebackers and in the secondary,” Mahomes said. “They have guys that have experience and they have young guys that are super talented and so you can see that the young guys have really grown as the season has gone on and they have learned from other guys around. They’re very sound in what they do and in the coverages that they play. For us, it’s about executing at a high level and knowing it’s going to be a challenge every single play.”

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).

Jimmy Garoppolo's first encounter with Patrick Mahomes left impression

Jimmy Garoppolo's first encounter with Patrick Mahomes left impression

SANTA CLARA -- In Week 3 of the 2018 season, the Chiefs beat the 49ers 38-27, but more important than the loss alone, the trajectory of the losing club was changed forever. 
 
Late in the fourth quarter, down by 12 points, Jimmy Garoppolo faced a third-and-20 situation. The quarterback scrambled for 13 yards and in the process tore his ACL, ending his season. 

There were several impressions made on Garoppolo from the experience but one of the positives was his first interaction with Patrick Mahomes. After the game, Garoppolo was on a cart in the tunnels of Arrowhead Stadium and the Chiefs quarterback sought out Garoppolo to wish him luck in his recovery. 

It’s a moment that Garoppolo was asked if he still recalled. 

“Absolutely,” Garoppolo said. “I didn’t even know Pat at the time. For him to come out of his way after the game and wish me luck and everything, just a real class act. The guy is awesome, on the field, off the field, he does it all.”  

The 49ers went on to finish the 2018 season with a disappointing 4-12 record but an argument could be made that there was a huge positive from those results. The 49ers, in turn, had the second pick in the 2019 NFL draft and were able to select Nick Bosa. 

The addition of the Ohio State product, as well as free agent Dee Ford, has added speed to the defensive line. Those two, among other key additions, helped the team to a 13-3 regular season. Subsequently, the club is now preparing for Super Bowl LIV to face off with Chiefs once again, but this time for all the marbles. 

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The two quarterbacks have not had the chance to interact since that fateful game but Garoppolo still has a lot of respect for the gesture. 

“Not really since then, no, but just for him to do something as simple as that, it went a long way.”
 

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).