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Wes Welker motivates rookie receiver Deebo Samuel during 49ers OTAs

Wes Welker motivates rookie receiver Deebo Samuel during 49ers OTAs

Wes Welker is once again making an impact on the football world.

The two-time All-Pro wide receiver was recently added to the 49ers' coaching staff as a receivers coach -- and he isn't wasting any time working with newly drafted wide receiver Deebo Samuel.

In the second week of the team's OTAs, Welker was mic'd up as he worked with the former South Carolina wideout and the rest of the team.

"I don't know whether to commend you for the swag you got going on, or fine your a--," Welker said to receiver Kendrick Bourne in the 49ers' latest edition of 'Mic'd Up.'

Perhaps both? Welker didn't appear to hold back with any statements he was making toward members of the team.

Welker, a 12-year veteran receiver in his own right, even ran a few sprints with Samuel. Dare I say he's still got it, even after his retirement. 

The 49ers were starving for another wide receiver to pair up with Dante Pettis. Coach Kyle Shanahan was rather impressed with Samuel at the Senior Bowl and despite not being the tallest guy out there, Samuel has the ability to get open quickly, according to Matt Maiocco's scouting report.

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If you want to be the best, sometimes you have to learn from the best -- especially if it's someone like Welker who will let you know when the work is done.

Why Kyle Shanahan had to abort rep with Jimmy Garoppolo at 49ers minicamp

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Why Kyle Shanahan had to abort rep with Jimmy Garoppolo at 49ers minicamp

Jimmy Garoppolo was moving along in his rehab from the torn ACL he suffered in Week 3 of the 2018 season.

So, toward the end of minicamp, head coach Kyle Shanahan wanted to get his quarterback a rep or two in 11-on-11s. Shanahan's instructions to his defensive line were to stand still with their hands up and to not touch the franchise quarterback.

Shanahan's orders were heard, but the instincts of his defense took over and the head coach had to jump in to avoid catastrophe. 

"The animals that they are, why we love them, they couldn't help it," Shanahan told ESPN about his defensive line during the drill. "I saw it, so I stopped it. I wasn't going to mess with it."

After the minor heart attack, Shanahan was able to laugh it off. 

"I liked it, after I got over it," Shanahan said.

Exhale, Niners fans.

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Garoppolo has proclaimed himself "good to go" as training camp approaches, but hopefully, the 49ers' defensive line gets the memo during the next drill.

Robbie Gould excited 49ers 'stepped up big time' to bring him back

Robbie Gould excited 49ers 'stepped up big time' to bring him back

It seemed to be the perfect opportunity. After missing a critical kick that kept the Chicago Bears from advancing in last season's playoffs, fans were clamoring for an improved kicker. 49ers K Robbie Gould ascended to the top of the league at the position during his 11 seasons with the Bears, as he currently sits second in NFL history in field-goal percentage behind current Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker.

Gould was unhappy with the San Francisco 49ers after being franchise-tagged this offseason, and with his family still living in the Windy City, the stars appeared to be aligning for the NFC North Champions. 

Gould was the most recent guest of the Adam Schefter Podcast and spoke about what was a stressful offseason for the 36-year-old.

"It's a tough situation for sure, you know Chicago's home for me. I have a permanent house here in Chicago, it will always be home," said Gould. "I love the (Chicago Bears) organization. I played here for 11 years, I'm the all-time leading scorer."

The financial terms of Gould's deal with the 49ers were not disclosed, but sources say it is a fully guaranteed two-year, $10.5 million deal with an option that could make it a four-year, $18 million contract, $15 million of which would be guaranteed.

"Who knows what would have happened if something didn't get done, but the 49ers stepped up big-time to get this done," Gould said. 

Entering his fifteenth season, Gould also spoke about how his priorities affected his decision-making process.

"The big thing for me is that I wanted to be close to my family, and in the beginning in the entire conversation with the 49ers they knew it would have to take at least two years to fully guaranteed in a contract to get me to come back and they were able to make that happen," he said.

Gould's agent had requested a trade in April, but 49ers general manager John Lynch was determined to keep one of the league's best in San Francisco and the two sides were able to work out a deal just before Monday's deadline for extensions for players with the franchise tag.

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As the 2019 season gets closer and closer, Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan can rest easy knowing that another position on the depth chart is solidified going into training camp.