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NFL draft target Nick Bosa met with John Lynch, hopes to get to know 49ers

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MATT MAIOCCO

NFL draft target Nick Bosa met with John Lynch, hopes to get to know 49ers

ATLANTA – Defensive end Nick Bosa withdrew from Ohio State in October to begin a 12-week rehabilitation from core muscle surgery and prepare for the NFL draft.

His school made it to the Rose Bowl without him. When he attended one of the Ohio State practices in Southern California, where he is training, he met 49ers general manager John Lynch.

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick, and Bosa is a distinct possibility as the club looks for an upgrade at edge rusher. Of course, the Arizona Cardinals will have the first shot at Bosa with the first pick in the draft.

“I haven’t really looked deep into the teams,” Bosa told NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday at the site of Super Bowl 53. “Any team that picks me, it’s really a blessing for someone to invest that much in me. It’s pretty crazy to even think about. I talked to John Lynch a little bit at an Ohio State practice. He seems like a really good dude.”

When asked what he knows about the 49ers, Bosa answered, “Not too much, but I’m hoping to get to know them a little better.”

Bosa said he is healthy and plans to be a full participant in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this month.

“If there’s anything he feels he’d like to re-test, then he’ll go to the Ohio State pro day and re-rest there,” said John Bosa, Nick’s father. “But I’m pretty sure he’s going to be pleased with everything he does at the combine.

“His training was a combination of rehab and training. Health-wise, as of about three weeks ago, now it’s 100 percent training for the combine. So he’s 100 percent healthy and ready to go.”

Said Nick Bosa, “I’m back in action.”

He said his goal at the combine is to “leave no doubt” among NFL teams about his health and physical tools.

Nick Bosa is the younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft. Nick recorded 8.5 sacks in 2017 to enter the season as the leading candidate to be the top overall pick. He recorded four sacks in three games as a junior before sustaining the injury that led to the season-ending surgery.

“It was definitely one of the harder things I’ve went through in my life, just getting injured in the year that I was getting ready to blow it all out and have a really fun year,” Bosa said. “But it’s past me now and I have to look forward.”

[RELATED: OSU captain told Cardinals to take Bosa]

Bosa took some criticism for leaving the team during the season, but he said everybody who knows him realized he had no other choice but to bring an early end to his final college season. 

“The people I really care about understood,” Bosa said. “But obviously there were some people who had issues, but that’s fine. I love all my guys at Ohio State, and they all understood what I had to do for myself. The players are all on the same page.”

49ers' Trent Taylor switches jersey number ahead of 2019 NFL season

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49ers' Trent Taylor switches jersey number ahead of 2019 NFL season

Trent Taylor will sport a new look this season for the 49ers.

The wide receiver has switched his jersey to No. 15, he announced Thursday on his Instagram. 

Taylor had a strong rookie season in 2017 as the team's primarly slot receiver, catching 43 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. But after undergoing offseason back surgery, Taylor struggled last season with just 26 catches for 215 yards and one touchdown. Taylor wore No. 5 during his college career at Louisiana Tech.

He takes over the uniform number Pierre Garçon wore the past two seasons. The 49ers declined the option on Garçon’s contract this month, and he remains unsigned as a free agent.

Taylor previously wore No. 81. That likely means new 49ers receiver Jordan Matthews will take over the jersey number he wore during his first three NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Matthews had his best three seasons with the Eagles, with 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns while wearing No. 81.

He wore No. 87 in his one season with the Buffalo Bills in 2017, and No. 80 upon his return to Philadelphia last season. The 49ers have retired those numbers, forever belonging to Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice, respectively.

Watch 49ers WR Richie James work out with NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes

Watch 49ers WR Richie James work out with NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes

With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing in only three games in 2018,  Richie James Jr. didn't have a great opportunity to showcase his skills during his rookie campaign.

But the 23-year-old showed off his ability to catch the deep ball Thursday when he was spotted working out with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

James had a quiet rookie campaign, catching nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, while showcasing some promise as a return man.

[RELATED: John Lynch believes free agency work set 49ers up for 2019 NFL Draft]

The 49ers could use another weapon at wide receiver, so perhaps the Middle Tennessee State product could emerge as a deep threat for Jimmy G in 2019.

While we probably shouldn't read too much into a March workout video, it's hard to deny James looked good hauling in the effortless deep ball from Mahomes.