NFL Draft 2019: Nick Bosa says he's learned from social media activity

NFL Draft 2019: Nick Bosa says he's learned from social media activity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nick Bosa does not foresee his activity on social media being an issue with the 49ers because of the history he’s had with teammates at every level, he said Thursday night.

Bosa, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, recently told ESPN that he stopped posting his conservative-leaning tweets on social media because of the chance he could end up in San Francisco.

“I love the Bay Area, and I’m excited to play there,” Bosa said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “I was a little insensitive in some of the things I said, so I’ve learned a lot in the past few months, and I’m just ready to move forward from that, put it in the past, and bring the Faithful some wins.”

It was reported this week that Bosa “liked” posts from a friend while in high school that had racist hashtags.

“I was a 16-year-old scrolling through my Instagram, and I liked a picture of somebody I knew with a girl,” he said. “There was nothing racist about the picture. Obviously, there were some bad things said in the hashtags. But, obviously I didn’t read those, and as a 16-year-old in high school, you kind of don’t think something like that will come back and bite you.”

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Bosa said at the NFL draft that he is looking forward to proving himself to his teammates through his actions and hard work.

“I think my teammates will learn what kind of person I am when I get in the locker room with them,” Bosa said. “I’ve never had any issues getting along with teammates. I’ve always been a great teammate, and have had great relationships with everybody on my teams. So I think that and my hard-working attitude will show my teammates and the fans that I’m a good pick.”

49ers' receivers embracing responsibilities as blockers in run game

49ers' receivers embracing responsibilities as blockers in run game

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers did not select wide receiver Dante Pettis in the second round of the 2018 draft for his tenacity as a blocker.

And Marquise Goodwin did not qualify for the Olympics because of his size, strength and aggression.

But the team’s starting wide receivers have played a significant supporting role in enabling the 49ers to rank No. 2 in the NFL through five games with a 178.9-yard average on the ground.

“They’re a smart group, so they know that if they block well in the run game, it’ll set up the play passes and things like that down the field,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said on Wednesday.

“When you have a group of receivers that are willing to do that and they’re able to make plays on the back end on the play passes, that makes for a dangerous combination. You got to tip your hat to them. That’s not easy for a wide receiver to go into the box.”

Neither Pettis nor Goodwin is known for his physicality or aggression. Yet, they often speak to each other about that area of their games. For Pettis, he said his improvement as a blocker is a direct result of understanding how it ties into the successes of the offense.

“I did it because I needed to,” he said of his improved blocking. “I was lazy in it before.

“My whole life blocking has never been something. I’m a receiver. But seeing how Kyle does a really good job of showing how important we are to the run game, showing how much our blocks tie into the scheme up front. Seeing all that, it was like, ‘OK, this is super important to the team.’”

Pettis said there will be times when he and Goodwin are watching film and Goodwin tells him he’s not doing his job well enough. Pettis consults Goodwin, who is an effective and willing blocker, about certain techniques.

In the 49ers’ 20-7 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Pettis made good blocks in the running game against linebacker Samson Ebukam and free safety Eric Weddle.

“You can’t play if you’re not out there blocking,” Pettis said.

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Pettis’ increase in playing time from the first couple games of the season has been a direct result of how much he has embraced his role as a blocker. Pettis has just nine catches for 83 yards and one touchdown on the season. Pettis had three receptions against the Rams, and each went for a first down.

“Dante is going to show up when he gets his chances,” Garoppolo said. “He’s been showing it in practice, consistently and it’s starting to transfer over to the games. He’s a hard-worker and puts in time, and he’s always going to be there for you.”

Joe Staley's daughter makes adorable get-well card for Mike McGlinchey

Joe Staley's daughter makes adorable get-well card for Mike McGlinchey

49ers offensive linemen Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey formed an instant friendship soon after San Francisco selected McGlinchey with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Clearly, Staley's oldest daughter Grace quickly became quite fond of McGlinchey, too. With McGlinchey nursing an injured left knee, Grace made him an adorable get-well-soon card. 

McGlinchey has the card hanging next his locker and was all smiles when asked about it on Wednesday. 

McGlinchey wasn't the only 49ers teammate to receive a get-well card from Grace. Injured fullback Kyle Juszczyk got one too.

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The two offensive tackles surely are spending plenty of time together as they rehab their injuries. McGlinchey is expected to miss another three-to-five weeks while Staley will be out for another month due to a broken fibula.

Until he's back on the field, McGlinchey has the perfect message to start his day with a smile. 

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