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McGlinchey excited to call Staley, Garoppolo teammates

McGlinchey excited to call Staley, Garoppolo teammates

SANTA CLARA -- While the 49ers ignored him for two months after the NFL Scouting Combine, Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey took a visit to meet with the Atlanta Falcons.

On his trip to Flowery Branch, Georgia, he saw his first cousin – his mother’s sister’s son – quarterback Matt Ryan. He thought it was a real possibility of playing for the Falcons, owners of the No. 26 overall draft pick.

So when the 49ers called him on Thursday night when they were on the clock with the ninth selection, McGlinchey was more than a little surprised.

On the 49ers Insider Podcast, McGlinchey said after the initial shock, he is thrilled to come to the Bay Area. In a visit to team's Santa Clara headquarters the day after the draft, McGlinchey met two of his highest-profile new teammates: six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Joe’s a guy I’ve studied and admired for a long time,” McGlinchey said. “Now to be his teammate is a pretty sweet deal for me.”

McGlinchey explained: “The edge that he plays with, and the technique that he plays with, you try to pull and use in your own game. He’s been a consistent force out there forever. Joe is awesome, and I can’t wait to learn from him and try to see it up-close and in-person now."

McGlinchey said he was equally excited about being teammates with Garoppolo. He said he was able to recognize in a short period of time why there's an aura surrounding Garoppolo.

“Everybody around here is certain that he’s going to be the guy who brings the 49ers back to where they’re supposed to be,” McGlinchey said. “And when you’re around him for 5 to 10 minutes, you can get that feel, as well.

“I’m excited to block for him and keep him upright and keep him helping us win football games.”

After months of workouts, testing and interviews during the pre-draft process, McGlinchey will get back on the field this week for the 49ers’ rookie minicamp. The workouts will include the team's nine draft picks, approximately a dozen undrafted rookies who’ve signed three-year contracts and other players invited to participate in tryouts.

“I’m ready to get back to work,” McGlinchey said. “It’s been a long couple of months off, and I don’t like being without football for very long. So I’m ready to get it rolling.”

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

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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

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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.