Dekoda Watson

Watch ex-49er Dekoda Watson make kid’s day with impromptu blocking lesson

Watch ex-49er Dekoda Watson make kid’s day with impromptu blocking lesson

"How you gonna block me?" 

In this case, former 49ers linebacker Dekoda Watson was being sincere. He was asking someone in a Rams uniform, just much smaller and younger than he's used to. 

Watson, now with the Broncos, asked a group of a Rams youth football team who on the team plays offensive line. One lucky player stepped up to the challenge. 

"There you go!" Watson encouraged the kid while youngster attempted to block the 245-pound linebacker.

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No matter what this young tyke does with football, he'll never forget stepping on a NFL field and going toe-to-toe with a pro. 

Watson, 31, spent the past two season with the 49ers where he suited up in 18 games.

49ers trade Dekoda Watson, so jersey No. 97 now free for Nick Bosa

49ers trade Dekoda Watson, so jersey No. 97 now free for Nick Bosa

SANTA CLARA -- Nick Bosa was asked Friday if he knew what number he would wear during his rookie season with the 49ers.

“No, not yet,” Bosa answered. “I haven’t even thought about it. I’ll figure that out later.”

On Saturday, the answer became obvious. Bosa will wear No. 97, just as his dad, John Bosa, wore with the Miami Dolphins, and he and his brother, Joey, wore at Ohio State.

The 49ers traded outside linebacker Dekoda Watson, who previously wore No. 97, to the Denver Broncos on Saturday, along with a sixth-round pick (No. 212 overall) for the Broncos’ fifth-round pick at No. 148 overall.

"The fifth round has been pretty good to us, so we really wanted to get up there, and we were looking for trade partners." 49ers general manager John Lynch said. "At some point we had had a conversation about Dekoda, thinking that we might go edge. We had a conversation with Denver, and it led to this, which happened today. We were excited to get up into the fifth round. I think they were excited to have Dekoda in their equation, and we're excited for that."

Watson, 31, a nine-year veteran, appeared in 18 games and recorded 13 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble since signing with the team as a free agent in 2017. Watson appeared in just four games last season. He began the season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

"We love Dekoda," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "We brought him here to really help us out on special-teams and to be an edge rusher for us with the get-off and speed, and we've gotten better in some special team areas, and we've gotten better at our edge rusher, so I think it was a better situation for him in Denver, and we love Dekoda and appreciate everything for him, and think he's at a place that appreciates him, also.”

Before Watson came to the 49ers, the club had not put No. 97 into service since Bryant Young's retirement at the end of the 2007 season.

Earlier, the 49ers made a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The 49ers sent the No. 104 selection to Cincinnati, which used the pick to select North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley.

The Bengals sent a fourth-round pick at No. 110, which the 49ers used to pick Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky, along with sixth-round selections at Nos. 183 and 198.

Matt Breida ruled out of 49ers' game vs. Broncos with ankle injury

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Matt Breida ruled out of 49ers' game vs. Broncos with ankle injury

49ers running back Matt Breida will not be available to play this week against the Denver Broncos because of an ankle injury.

Breida sustained an injury to his left ankle Sunday during pregame warmups in Seattle. He has been bothered by a left ankle injury since the Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that the recent injury is different from the injury that has plagued the second-year pro this season.

Breida ranks 13th in the NFL with 744 yards on 132 carries, with three touchdowns. He also has caught 21 passes for 209 yards and two more scores.

Safety Jaquiski Tartt will not be available this week because of a shoulder stringer that he aggravated against the Seahawks. Outside linebacker/defensive end Dekoda Watson will go on season-ending injured reserve with a calf injury.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin returned to the team Monday, and is expected to be available this week, Shanahan said. Goodwin missed the past two games, as the team excused him to deal with a family matter.

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With Breida unavailable this week, undrafted rookie Jeff Wilson is expected to receive the bulk of the playing time. Wilson played 55 of the 49ers' 76 snaps Sunday, and he gained 61 yards on 15 carries and also caught eight passes for 73 yards.

Alfred Morris and Matthew Dayes are the only other healthy running backs on the 49ers' roster.