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NFL draft: Possible 49ers target Nick Bosa plans to keep opinions to himself

NFL draft: Possible 49ers target Nick Bosa plans to keep opinions to himself

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa remained busy most of Wednesday, on the eve of the NFL draft.

Bosa, along with 20 other draft prospects, took part in an event to assemble 8,000 food kits for children as part of an NFL event, “Huddle against Hunger.” His life will change Thursday when he is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft. Bosa, however, kept himself occupied, rather than consider all of the possibilities.

“I’m getting kept pretty busy right now, so I’m not able to think about it quite as much,” Bosa said. “It’s awesome. It’s what I’ve been working for since I was seven years old. I think it’ll really hit me tomorrow. I’m just really excited to find out where the next journey is.”

Bosa has been mentioned recently as a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals. But if the Cardinals select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Bosa would appear to be the favorite to land with the 49ers at No. 2.

The 49ers have been on Bosa’s radar for a while as a distinct possibility. He recently told ESPN that he has refrained from political tweets because his conservative views run in contrast to the liberal-leaning Bay Area.

“I’m just getting ready for the draft,” Bosa said. “I’m not really worried about Twitter anymore.

“I think the people who know me, know who I am. And I’m going to keep my opinions to myself from now on.”

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Bosa appeared in only three games during his final season at Ohio State. He recorded four sacks in those games, and after recovering from surgery to repair a muscle tear in his upper groin, his draft stock has apparently not suffered.

“I don’t think I’ll be waiting too long,” Bosa said. “We’ll see. The draft is pretty unpredictable.”

Bosa said he came out of a pre-draft visit to Santa Clara feeling as if he would fit in perfectly with the 49ers. He said he has enjoyed getting to know general manager John Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“Just all really, really good dudes,” Bosa said. “We had dinner and sat around and talked, man to man. I just love them, the culture. It seems like the kind of culture I’d like to be in. It was just a really good visit.

“It just seems like a family. Every coach that I talked to when they were away from coach Shanahan just talked up how player-friendly he is and how he’s just a regular guy, but when it’s time to go to work, he goes to work. Playing for somebody like that would be really cool.”

There appears to be little question that Bosa, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the type of player the 49ers are looking to add to their defense. He said he bonded with Saleh, who told him how he would fit into the system.

“It’s my type of scheme,” Bosa said. “I’d put a hand in the dirt and get after it every play, crushing and closing, playing the edge and pass-rushing. It’s definitely my type of scheme.”

Kyle Shanahan sees Jordan Reed as big 49ers contributor, if healthy

Kyle Shanahan sees Jordan Reed as big 49ers contributor, if healthy

Veteran tight end Jordan Reed seemingly is taking a huge risk with designs on a return to football after sustaining a seventh documented concussion a year ago.

But it is a risk that could pay off big for Reed and the 49ers this season, his first NFL coach said on Monday.

Kyle Shanahan was in his final season as Washington’s offensive coordinator during Reed’s first season after entering the league as a second-round draft pick. Now, Shanahan and Reed are back together after Reed agreed to a one-year contract on Monday.

“I know he hasn’t been on the field for a little bit. I know he’s very hungry to get back out there,” Shanahan said.

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy. And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here. And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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Reed, 30, has appeared in just 65 games over the past seven seasons with Washington. He has 329 career receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best season came in 2015, when he saw action in 14 games and caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He did not play last season after sustaining a concussion in a preseason game. The Washington Football Team released him in February.

“Everyone is aware of Jordan’s ability,” Shanahan said. “When he’s been healthy, he’s played at an extremely high level. And he’s been one of the first third-down tight ends in the league when he’s been healthy.”

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Shanahan said he typically likes to bring six tight ends to training camp. It was a little more difficult this summer because teams have to trim to 80 players instead of the usual 90-man limits. But the 49ers found a way to add Reed, who figures to join a competition to become George Kittle’s backup.

Reed will compete with Ross Dwelley, Daniel Helm and sixth-round draft pick Charlie Woerner for the backup job.

“It's well-documented that he’s had multiple concussions prior,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “So in situations like this, there’s a reason that a guy like Jordan Reed is out there, right? There is some risk-reward. We got to a point where we felt the risk that we’re taking on was worth it with the potential reward.”

Trent Williams thrilled 49ers signed former teammate Jordan Reed

Trent Williams thrilled 49ers signed former teammate Jordan Reed

Trent Williams isn't the only former Washington Football Team player joining the 49ers this offseason.

San Francisco signed free agent tight end Jordan Reed to an incentive-laden one-year contract on Monday, hoping to put a steady backup behind All-Pro George Kittle. Formerly a third-round draft pick by Washington in 2013, Reed was a teammate of Williams in the nation's capital for each of the past six seasons. Williams expressed his excitement for Reed on his Instagram story Monday afternoon.

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A Pro Bowl selection in 2016, Reed missed all of the 2019 season after getting a concussion in the third preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Like Williams, Reed finished the 2019 season on injured reserve. Washington released Reed in February.

Reed could see his role increased significantly early on with the 49ers if Kittle's contract negotiations continue to stall, as general manager John Lynch didn't give much of an update Monday on the conversations.

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“We’re working diligently to come to a resolution,” Lynch told reporters over Zoom on Monday afternoon.

Reed's concerning history with concussions wasn't lost on Lynch, but the 49ers clearly see the upside in a tight end with four 50+ catch seasons out of his six healthy NFL seasons.

“It's well-documented that he’s had multiple concussions prior,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “So in situations like this, there’s a reason that a guy like Jordan Reed is out there, right? There is some risk-reward. We got to a point where we felt the risk that we’re taking on was worth it with the potential reward.”