Tim Harris

49ers place cornerback Tim Harris on injured reserve, sign Jordan Holland

49ers place cornerback Tim Harris on injured reserve, sign Jordan Holland

The 49ers on Monday signed the son of their linebackers coach to a three-year contract, which likely will amount to a four-day contract.

Defensive back Jordan Holland, the son of run game specialist and outside linebackers coach Johnny Holland, signed a contract with the 49ers to be available for the 49ers’ preseason finale against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers placed rookie cornerback Tim Harris on season-ending injured reserve. Harris was a seventh-round draft pick from Virginia.

Holland, 25, was a tryout player for the 49ers during their rookie minicamp in the spring. He attended Prairie View A&M, where he appeared in seven games and recorded 20 tackles and five passes defensed.

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Holland (5-foot-9, 195 pounds) was signed by the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators in 2017 and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 2018.

How 49ers rookie Tim Harris is adjusting to life in NFL, in Bay Area


How 49ers rookie Tim Harris is adjusting to life in NFL, in Bay Area

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers rookie Tim Harris Jr. attended college fewer than 100 miles from his high school. The cornerback went to Varina High School just outside of Richmond and played for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, spending his formative years in the commonwealth.

Naturally, one difference already has stood out to Harris during his short time in Santa Clara.

“Probably the weather,” Harris told NBC Sports Bay Area on Thursday at the 49ers’ practice facility. “Beautiful day. What's today, like, 75, 80, no humidity? Back at home, it's probably 95, 100 percent humidity.”

Harris was off by a few percentage points, but his point was understood. The Santa Clara heat doesn’t hit the same as the muggy summers on the east coast.

But the 24-year-old has had to learn about more than just the local climate in his transition to the NFL. After season-ending injuries in what would have been his senior seasons at Virginia in both 2016 and 2017, Harris finally is getting a chance in the professional ranks after the 49ers selected him No. 198 overall in the sixth round of April’s draft.

Harris was third in line for reps at cornerback Thursday, but said he expects to see the field a lot in Saturday’s preseason opener at Levi’s Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys. Many regulars are expected to sit out, opening the door for Harris to take significant reps in his first professional game.

“I'm excited,” Harris said. “I know when I go out there [and] go in warm-ups and stuff, I'll be like, 'Whoa, I'm really about to play in the game.' But once I get out there, I'll be fine."

Like most rookies, Harris still is learning on the job. He has observed the work his veteran teammates put into preparing their bodies for a long NFL season and still is adjusting to the speed of the pro ranks.

During 11-on-11 walkthrough Thursday, Harris received instruction from his teammates and coaches as his wide receiver motioned across the offensive formation. In addition to knowing the 49ers’ defensive playbook, he also has had to learn to recognize the offense’s plays.

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon was in Harris’ cleats two summers ago, and said keeping up with coach Kyle Shanahan’s complex offense was a challenge in and of itself as a rookie.

“Just the speed and everything moving, all the moving parts,” Witherspoon said of going against Shanahan’s offense in camp as a rookie. “But really at the end of the day, you’ve got to guard the man in front of you, but you just don’t know where that guy is all the time.”

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Harris has relied on the 49ers’ veterans to help him acclimate. He reconnected with Richard Sherman after first meeting him at a football camp in high school, and said veteran cornerback Jason Verrett has been particularly helpful in camp.

The rookie will lean on that insight in his bid for a spot on the 53-man roster or the practice squad. After all, he wants to enjoy the Bay Area’s summers for a while.

"Nah, I don't,” Harris laughed when asked if he missed the summer humidity back home. “I would stay out here as long as I can. I'd live out here forever."

Why Tim Harris believes past injury issues will help him in 49ers career


Why Tim Harris believes past injury issues will help him in 49ers career

Tim Harris believes the adversity he faced at Virginia in battling back from injuries will help him long term in the NFL. 

Harris, the 49ers' sixth-round pick (198th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, suffered two season-ending injuries in college, both at the beginning of the season. His 2016 campaign ended after two games, as he needed shoulder surgery from an injury he suffered the previous year. In 2017, he fractured his wrist in the season opener.

Even though Harris was quickly granted a sixth year of eligibility, it still was a tough road for the young cornerback.

“Especially after my second injury, it was a rough time for me,” Harris said. “... I just put it aside me. I just didn’t want to live 10 years down the road regretting my decision not coming back and playing. And having this opportunity to come here, I think it honestly benefited me going down the road.”

Harris returned for his final season of eligibility at Virginia with a personal best of 36 total tackles, four passes defensed and two interceptions.

Harris had the support of his family, friends and a few current NFL players who kept him focused on his goals.

“I’m close with [safety] Anthony Harris from the Vikings and [cornerback] Maurice Canady from the Ravens,” Harris said. “We kind of grew up together, so it was talking to those guys. Everybody wanted me to fulfill my dreams like I want to, so it was good to talking to those guys. Just keeping me on the right track.” 

Harris also has a connection to current 49ers player Richard Sherman, whom he met when he attended Michael Robinson’s youth football camp at Varina High School in Virginia. He recalled that the veteran cornerback spoke to him more about life than football at the time.

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Harris said he already reconnected with Sherman when he was at the facility for his visit before the draft. Harris already has mentioned looking forward to learning from his new teammate.

“He’s a smart football player,” Harris said of Sherman. “He always knows where to be, so I’m going to try to learn as much as I can from him, just because of the type of player he is. I’m just ready to come in and learn from the best."