NFL Draft 2020: Jauan Jennings faces long odds to make 49ers' roster

NFL Draft 2020: Jauan Jennings faces long odds to make 49ers' roster

The 49ers selected a wide receiver in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft who faces a tall order to win a roster spot for the regular season.

At the very least, Tennessee's Jauan Jennings has length on his side as a bit of a roster long shot.

Jennings (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) is big and tough. He is a possession receiver, with the ability to work out of the slot and make catches over the middle and in traffic. Jennings ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, so he faces a challenge to be able to create separation against NFL defensive backs.

Jennings and Jalen Hurd, a third-round draft pick last year, are the biggest receivers on the team among veterans or draft picks. Hurd missed all of last season with a stress fracture in his back. The 49ers have been optimistic that Hurd will be available to practice when NFL teams are allowed to get back on the field.

Jennings is the second receiver the 49ers added during the draft. The 49ers traded up six spots in the first round of the draft to take Arizona State receiver Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 overall.

The 49ers also officially parted ways with a receiver, sending Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles -- along with the No. 210 pick of the sixth round -- for the No. 190 pick. The 49ers used that sixth-round selection to add blocking tight end Charlie Woerner of Georgia.

Jennings was recruited to Tennessee as a quarterback but was converted to wide receiver as a freshman. He sustained a dislocated wrist in the 2017 season-opener and took a medical redshirt season.

As a senior, Jennings was the Tennessee team MVP and team captain. He caught a career-best 59 passes for 969 and eight touchdowns.

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Jennings ran into some problems during his college career. He was temporarily dismissed from the team in 2017 when he tore into the Tennessee coaching staff in a post on Instagram. He described the coaches as "lying," ''fake" and "snake.”

This year, the SEC suspended him for the first half of the Gator Bowl for stepping on the face of a Vanderbilt player. He denied the allegation that the incident was intentional.

Jennings joins a crowded group of 49ers receivers that includes Deebo Samuel, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James, Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor, Travis Benjamin, Aiyuk and Hurd.

49ers' Richard Sherman calls out report on 2020 NFL season negotiations

49ers' Richard Sherman calls out report on 2020 NFL season negotiations

That's not exactly how Richard Sherman saw it.

The 49ers cornerback contradicted NFL Media's Ian Rapoport when he reported on Friday morning that the NFL and the league's Players' Association were nearly done with negotiations for the 2020 NFL season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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"Huge outstanding issues still are unresolved," Sherman tweeted in response to Rapoport's report. "We haven't agreed to anything in their proposal and literally just sent them a response. But all will be revealed."

Sherman has been one of the more outspoken players for the 49ers when it came to institutional response to the pandemic. He also questioned the motives of California Gov. Gavin Newsom after he reversed course several months back on the return of sports in the state.

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We've seen a litany of players and team officials from sports around the country who have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks, and concerns continue to be raised about whether the NFL indeed will be able to proceed with fans in attendance at games along with a standard league schedule, which would require teams to travel all over the U.S. over the fall months when a potential second wave of coronavirus could take hold.

It remains to be seen how the league will come to an agreement with its players, as NFL camps are scheduled to open next month.

Deebo Samuel wants Jets' Jamal Adams on 49ers as trade rumors swirl

Deebo Samuel wants Jets' Jamal Adams on 49ers as trade rumors swirl

Deebo Samuel likes the idea of another potential Super Bowl run for the 49ers.

All-Pro New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has requested a trade from the Big Apple, and the 49ers have been one of his most-rumored potential destinations. Samuel took to his Instagram story on Thursday night to send a subtle message of encouragement to the 24-year-old safety.

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Both the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have been reported to be in negotiations with the Jets regarding Adams, who has been an All-Pro in each of the past two seasons.

There are plenty of potential hurdles for the 49ers if they wanted to complete a potential trade for Adams. He has two years remaining on his rookie deal in New York and holds very little leverage outside of opting not to report to training camp and holding out. The Jets rightfully are asking for a high price, likely needing at least one first-round pick to even have a seat at the table in negotiations. All of that neglects to mention that Adams wants to be paid like the NFL's best safety (which he has a pretty good argument for being), but the 49ers' front office still has to pay George Kittle what is expected to be well above the current tight end market value.

Nevertheless, you can't blame Deebo for trying to bring as much talent to the 49ers as possible. 

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