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New 49ers receiver Jordan Matthews reveals why he's been lifelong fan of team

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New 49ers receiver Jordan Matthews reveals why he's been lifelong fan of team

The 49ers added a longtime fan to the roster on Thursday when they signed receiver Jordan Matthews.

The reason behind Matthews' 49ers fandom is pretty simple. Jerry Rice, the GOAT, is his cousin. 

Matthews doesn’t remember his first visit California to see Rice play as a 49er, though. His first memory is attending a game when Rice played for the other Bay Area team. 

Matthews remained loyal, and was adamant about wearing a 49ers hat while his brother donned Silver and Black at that Raiders-Broncos game. 

Matthews hasn’t spoken to his Hall of Fame cousin since signing with his former team but is sure that it will happen sometime soon. He’s been too busy making transcontinental flights and meeting his new teammates and coaches. He revealed he hadn’t even spoken to his wife yet. 

Matthews’ mother, Brenda, is cousins with Rice and ran track with him at B.L. Moor High School in Oktoc, Mississippi. The Matthews family resided in nearby Crawford. He describes it as 30 miles in the backwoods from Starkville, the home of Mississippi State. 

Matthews, who went to Vanderbilt, did detail the advice that Rice imparted on him during the pre-draft process in 2014. 

“The most we talked as far as advice wise was coming out for the draft,” Matthews said. “I got in touch and said, ‘Hey what’s the best advice you can give me going into the draft, the Combine, the Senior Bowl?’

“He said ‘Just everywhere you go, just tell yourself you’re the best person there. That you’re supposed to be there.’ And that’s what I did. I’ve done that. I can use that advice in Year Five. That’s why he’s obviously the GOAT.” 

Matthews will no doubt be in contact with his cousin upon his return for the offseason program. And if he was invited to run the famous hill to train, would he be worried? 

“I’m not worried about that,” Matthews said. “I would be excited about that.”

49ers highlights: Jimmy Garoppolo, Marquise Goodwin connect for 38-yard TD

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49ers highlights: Jimmy Garoppolo, Marquise Goodwin connect for 38-yard TD

That was quick. 

The 49ers started Sunday just about perfect in Cincinnati. After the defense forced a Bengals three-and-out, highlighted by an Arik Armstead sack, the offense came out firing on all cylinders. 

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hit wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for a 38-yard touchdown pass to give the 49ers an early 6-0 lead. Kicker Robbie Gould pushed it to 7-0 with an extra point.

Garoppolo started a perfect 2-of-2 passing for 43 yards and the touchdown in his opening drive. 

The 38-yard TD is more than Goodwin had all game in Week 1.

49ers inactives: Jason Verrett ruled out again in Week 2 vs. Bengals

49ers inactives: Jason Verrett ruled out again in Week 2 vs. Bengals

For the second straight week, the 49ers are making sure they have a deep defensive line. Coach Kyle Shanahan will go with nine D-linemen Sunday when San Francisco takes on the Bengals. 

Jullian Taylor played just six snaps in Week 1, but he gets the nod over veteran cornerback Jason Verrett. Here is the full list of 49ers inactives. 

Nick Bosa, who was listed as questionable with an ankle injury, is active and ready to go. The No. 2 pick from the 2019 NFL Draft had three tackles and a sack in his NFL debut. 

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The 49ers need another big game from Bosa and the rest of the defensive line to take down the Bengals and begin the season with a 2-0 record.