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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.”

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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.”

Kyle Shanahan remains confident in Kendrick Bourne's hands

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Kyle Shanahan remains confident in Kendrick Bourne's hands

Coach Kyle Shanahan has often praised the abillity of 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne to catch the football.

After Bourne dropped two passes, including one that deflected into an interception in the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, Shanahan did not blame the mishaps on the third-year player’s hands.

“When a guy with really good hands drops it, it’s not because he has bad hands,” Shanahan said. “So then you look into why it was. It usually comes back to their eyes and their vision and concentration, or someone ripped it out, and that’s not what happened.

“Bourne, I’ll always puts him up there. I think Bourne has as good of hands as anyone in this league, and sometimes when you do that, you don’t focus, you don’t concentrate on it because you’re never scared of dropping it.”

Shanahan cited Cleveland receiver Odell Beckham, who he said has among the best hands in the league but also ranks among the worst in the league in dropped passes. Beckham has five dropped passes this season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Bourne ranks fourth on the 49ers with 15 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. He has three drops, according to PFF. On Monday, he caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, along with a reception on a two-point conversion. But the ones got away were what made the more lasting impression.

“He’s a guy who can catch the ball,” Shanahan said. “He’s made a lot of big catches for us. He made two big catches in that game leading up to that point, but that was a huge change. The pick that bounced off his hands, that would have been an explosive and then the drop inside the 10 that would have given us a chance at first-and-goal going for the lead. Hopefully, he will learn from that. He’ll make sure to look it in regardless of the confidence in his hands and make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

After letting another reception slip through his hands that resulted in a turnover that the Seahawks turned into a touchdown, Bourne let a key third-down pass from Jimmy Garoppolo get away in the fourth quarter.

“I kind of get a little jittery, anxious, and I tend to run before the catch,” Bourne said on The 49ers Insider Podcast. “I felt like on the second one, the third down, I was kind of worried about making my move. I was going to go under Bobby Wagner.

“It was a wide-open pass. I felt like I was too relaxed on the ball, rather than looking it in, making the catch, and then making the play. Just more focus. More hand-eye coordination when the ball’s coming.”

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After the game, Bourne was clearly disappointed in his own play. Teammates Tevin Coleman and Richie James spoke with him at his locker to offer support. Bourne said it is difficult for him to move on from bad plays.

“I am pretty bad with that,” Bourne said. “I am kind of one of those guys that will beat up on himself. Just having good teammates telling me to keep my head up. Just not really thinking about it.

“I am just down on myself because those type of things can happen. It is just about focusing in on the ball, because I know I can catch the ball. It is not hard. Sometimes you just squeeze it harder than other situations. When I am wide open, I tend to get more relaxed than when someone is on me.”

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan losing patience with receiver Dante Pettis

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan losing patience with receiver Dante Pettis

Coach Kyle Shanahan expects a lot from 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis.

But Pettis has yet to deliver, and Shanahan is running out of patience.

The 49ers traded up in 2018 to select Pettis in the second round of the draft with the No. 44 overall pick. Pettis finished last season strong, and appeared to be the favorite to open this season as the team’s top wide receiver.

But nine games into the season, Pettis virtually has disappeared.

“He’s had a number of opportunities,” Shanahan said. “I’m one of the guys that believe in him the most. That’s why he’s here. He’s had his opportunities.

“The more he doesn’t take advantage of his opportunities, the less opportunities he gets.”

After battling injuries early in his rookie season, Pettis finished 2018 in promising fashion. Over the final five games, he caught 20 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns.

But after getting off to a slow start in training camp and being challenged repeated by Shanahan, Pettis has not responded.

In nine games (four starts), Pettis has just 11 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns. There have been three games in which he has not caught a pass, including the 49ers’ 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

“He did get a couple (opportunities on Monday) because of injury and I didn’t think he made them,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see how this week goes. Dante has the ability, but we’re waiting for him to pick it up and have the consistency and take advantage of some of these opportunities he’s gotten.”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo targeted Pettis three times against the Seahawks. Pettis did not hold onto a pass at the sideline when safety Bradley McDougald hit him and jarred the ball out.

In overtime, Garoppolo and Pettis did not connect on a second-down pass in the closing two minutes. Shanahan thought it should have been an easy completion to keep the clock moving and give the 49ers a chance to pick up some yards and, potentially, move into position for the victory.

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Instead, the 49ers had a quick three-and-out, leaving plenty of time for Russell Wilson to move the ball down the field for Jason Myers’ game-winning field goal. The incomplete pass intended for Pettis was a pivotal play, Shanahan said.

“I think there’s no doubt we need to be able to make that catch, running through that ball, and if we do, then we’ll let the clock run down until a minute left before we try our third and 3, which could have been a big help,” Shanahan said.