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NFL rumors: 49ers targeting N'Keal Harry, Deebo Samuel in second round

NFL rumors: 49ers targeting N'Keal Harry, Deebo Samuel in second round

The 49ers selected wide receiver Dante Pettis in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and the team could be looking at another target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Round 2 yet again this year. 

With the draft just over two weeks away, the 49ers, and every other NFL team, are locking in on certain prospects. General manager John Lynch and Co. reportedly have their eyes on two wide receivers. 

“I will say, man, sometimes I don’t tell you guys everything I hear because I’ve got to keep some stuff back to myself,” Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said on the Stick To Football podcast. “I’ve heard if N’Keal Harry’s gone, Deebo's [Samuel] their guy at 36.”

The 49ers have already met with both prospects before the draft, The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported late last month.

Harry starred for three seasons at Arizona State University. This past season, he hauled in 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. The last two years combined, he had 155 receptions in 25 games for 2,230 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns.

At 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, Harry opened some eyes at the NFL Scouting Combine. He ran a 4.53 40-yard dash, put up 27 reps on the bench press, and leaped 38.5 inches in the vertical jump. 

Samuel is a different type of pass-catching option. He stands 5-11, 214 pounds and ran a 4.48 at the combine. As a senior, he had 11 touchdowns on 62 receptions for 882 yards at South Carolina. 

The 49ers have experience with Samuel, too. Kyle Shanahan and his staff worked with Samuel at the Senior Bowl and he stood out for his week of practice.

Though he's under 6-foot, Samuel is a weapon in the red zone with his advanced footwork.

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The 49ers missed out on big-name wide receivers in the offseason, but they can add another dangerous target for Jimmy G in the draft.

Sources: George Kittle, 49ers making 'healthy progress' on contract

Sources: George Kittle, 49ers making 'healthy progress' on contract

The 49ers and All-Pro tight end George Kittle reach a couple of key junctures in their negotiations toward a contract extension in the coming days.

The sides have not reached any agreement, league sources indicated Wednesday to NBC Sports Bay Area, but they appear to be making “healthier progress” toward a deal that is expected to make Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL by a wide margin.

Earlier this week, Mike Silver of the NFL Network quoted agent Jack Bechta as saying “progress has been minimal” in negotiations.

Kittle reported to training camp on time in late-July. He and his teammates have been taking part in meetings, workouts and walk-throughs at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara. The 49ers are scheduled to hold their first non-padded practices Saturday and Sunday before engaging in their first padded practice on Monday.

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The practices represent the first set of risks for players as they return to the field. Kittle is scheduled to make $2.133 million this season on the final year of his original four-year contract after the 49ers selected him in the fifth-round of the 2017 draft.

In addition to being a major factor in the 49ers’ run game as a blocker, Kittle had more receiving than any tight end in NFL history through three seasons. He has 216 catches for 2,945 yards and 12 touchdowns in 45 games.

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Kittle set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season from a tight end with 1,377 yards in 2018.

The Cleveland Browns made Austin Hooper the highest-paid tight end in free agency with a four-year deal that averages $10.5 million a season.

NFL rumors: Rams' Sean McVay approached for 'Monday Night Football' job

NFL rumors: Rams' Sean McVay approached for 'Monday Night Football' job

Sean McVay was the hottest name in the NFL just one year ago. The Los Angeles Rams locked up their head coach to a five-year contract extension in July 2019 after reaching the Super Bowl. 

But after a down season last year, could McVay already have his eyes on a different career path? The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported ESPN approached McVay about taking an analyst job for "Monday Night Football".

McVay didn't take the job and will remain the Rams' head coach, for now. His situation in the NFC West isn't exactly what it was going into last season, though. 

After going 24-8 his first two seasons as a head coach and winning the division twice, McVay's Rams went just 9-7 in 2019. They failed to make the playoffs and finished third in the NFC West. In the meantime, the 49ers went from 4-12 to Super Bowl runners-up. 

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The NFC West is loaded going into the 2020 season. San Francisco still is seen as the favorites, while the Seattle Seahawks are right behind and the Arizona Cardinals added to their explosive offense by acquiring star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. There's a lot in the Rams' way right now. 

McVay has spoken on his worries of "burning out" as a head coach in the past. He's sure to have a future beyond football one day, and that could come sooner than expected.

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