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Why John Lynch won't get on a plane to scout top QBs in 2018 NFL Draft

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Why John Lynch won't get on a plane to scout top QBs in 2018 NFL Draft

SANTA CLARA – There is still plenty of work that needs to be done at 49ers headquarters, so general manager John Lynch believes that is where he will be needed most this season.

The 49ers will chart their plan for a franchise quarterback. Brian Hoyer will get the first shot. The 49ers could also look to bring in someone from the outside -- via trade or free agency -- next offseason.

And there is also the possibility of drafting a quarterback.

Thankfully for Lynch, the top quarterbacks projected for the 2018 draft will be coming to the Bay Area this season.

“A lot of them are coming right here, so we don’t have to get on the road,” Lynch said on the “49ers Insider Podcast” on NBC Sports Bay Area.

UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold are scheduled to visit Stanford and Cal, respectively, on Sept. 23. Kickoff times have not been set, so it could be possible for Lynch and his personnel staff to watch both quarterbacks on the same day.

On Nov. 25, Wyoming and their highly touted quarterback, Josh Allen, will come to the South Bay to face San Jose State.

Lynch said it’s important for the 49ers – a franchise that fell into disrepair in recent seasons with general manager Trent Baalke and three head coaches in three years – to remain at the 49ers offices and practice facility throughout the season as a show of support for new coach Kyle Shanahan.

“A lot of general managers have shared things they learned the hard way,” Lynch said. “And one consistent message I’ve heard from people when you’re trying to change a culture and you’re trying to set a standards, it’s a good thing to be home more often than not.

“You want to show everyone, ‘Hey, I’m with you.’ . . . It’s important to be here. As much as I want to get out on the road, that’s going to be tempered a little by the fact, it’s important to be around here and be a support to Kyle and to continue to set the culture.”

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

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T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."

Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

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Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

With the 146th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected ...

George Kittle.

The tight end from Iowa had a solid rookie season, racking up 43 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns.

On the latest episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell was talking about Kyle Shanahan and Rams head coach Sean McVay. And then, unsolicited, Cosell pivoted the conversation to Kittle.

"You know, I think one player we should mention who I really liked coming out of college -- and I know he fought some injuries last year, but I think that he has a chance to be a really meaningul part of this offense -- and that's George Kittle," Cosell said. "I think George Kittle is a really good tight end who can do a lot of things.

"He can line up and be a really good blocking tight end -- and obviously we know that Kyle's offense does start with the run game. I think he's more athletic than people probably give him credit for.

"I remember studying him coming out of Iowa and looking at some of his combine measureables -- some were superior to those of OJ Howard from Alabama, and I think people would be surprised by that.

"In this offense, he might not catch 80 balls, but he might average 14, 15 yards a catch, and for a tight end, that's pretty darn good."

Kittle had his best game in the season finale, making four catches for 100 yards at the Rams.