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Kyle Shanahan has high hopes for a healthy Jordan Reed on 49ers

Kyle Shanahan has high hopes for a healthy Jordan Reed on 49ers

After more than five months on the free-agent market, former Washington tight end Jordan Reed signed a one-year deal to join Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. 

It was a low-risk high-reward move by the 49ers to bring in the talented, yet injury-plagued 30-year-old. They have arguable the best tight end in the game in George Kittle, so if Reed's past struggles with concussions rear its ugly head again, the San Francisco offense won't be largely impacted. 

But if Reed can stay healthy enough to play a large portion of the season, Shanahan thinks he can become a serious steal for the 49ers. 

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy, Shanahan said, according to NBCS Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here. And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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A 49er offense with a healthy Reed playing in two-tight-end sets with Kittle is a scary thought, especially when you consider San Francisco's consistently strong running game. If quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can make defenses pay downfield enough, there just wouldn't be a way to defend them. Then there's the 49ers' nasty pass rush led by Nick Bosa on the other side to give teams problems. 

This isn't the first time we've heard a coach gush about Reed's talent. His ability has never been the issue. In 2015 and 2016, Reed was in the conversation with Rob Gronkowski as the league's best tight end, catching over 150 passes for 1,638 yards and 17 touchdowns in two years. If it weren't for seven diagnosed concussions throughout his career, who knows what kind of player he could have become. 

Perhaps Reed can tap into the production he has left in him with the 49ers. Maybe he can avoid the head injuries that have plagued his career. Nobody is rooting against him making a comeback, the unfortunate part is we haven't had a reason to believe it'll happen. 

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Trent Williams sounds relieved he won't have to deal with 'musical chairs' at QB anymore

Trent Williams sounds relieved he won't have to deal with 'musical chairs' at QB anymore

At times, Trent Williams still has to remind himself he's a 49er and not a Redskin. That's what the left tackle, who's now in San Francisco after a decade with Washington, told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport during a recent episode of the RapSheet and Friends podcast.

There's no confusion on Williams' part, however, when it comes to how he feels about his new home.

"I've loved every second of it," he said. "I was welcomed with warm, open arms."

One of the reasons Williams is so optimistic about his next team is because of the man he'll be blocking for in Jimmy Garoppolo. After dealing with a game of "musical chairs" at passer with the Burgundy and Gold for nearly his entire tenure with the franchise, the Pro Bowler sounded relieved as he described how much more settled the situation is with the Niners.

"I think Jimmy G is awesome," Williams said. "As proven, I think he's a quarterback you can win with in this league. It's just hard to find a quarterback, it's the toughest position to pin down."

Sure, Williams took the field with Kirk Cousins during the three-year stretch when Cousins started every single game for the Redskins, but he also was around for the likes of Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Mark Sanchez, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy and the exhausting rise and fall of Robert Griffin III. 

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Therefore, you can forgive him for looking so favorably at Garoppolo, who's coming off a Super Bowl appearance. Or, if you're a Redskins fan — and if you're reading NBCSportsWashington.com, you probably are — maybe you'll instead just get angrier at Williams. 

Either way, it's clear that the 31-year-old is quite content with the unit he's now a part of, which features not only Garoppolo but also George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and multiple skilled running backs.

"I'm extremely happy to just be a part of an offense that really doesn't need me to win," Williams said. "I can add to it."

He's happy, and, OK, you're most likely not. That's understandable.

So, just keep circling that Dec. 13 trip, when the Redskins travel out west to take on the 49ers.

Keep. Circling. It.

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Jerick McKinnon's 'last test' in comeback from knee injury will be working out with Adrian Peterson

Jerick McKinnon's 'last test' in comeback from knee injury will be working out with Adrian Peterson

Jerick McKinnon's time with the 49ers began in March 2018, when the running back signed a four-year contract with the team. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL before that year started, then suffered a setback before 2019 started, so he has yet to take a real snap for San Fran.

Well, McKinnon has been steadfastly grinding to get himself back in shape — again — and now, he's ready to really put himself through something serious: A workout in Houston with Adrian Peterson.

The 28-year-old overlapped with the future Hall of Famer in Minnesota, so he's well aware of what Peterson does in his training. To McKinnon, if he can get through what Peterson subjects him to, it'll be the surest sign yet his knee is where it needs to be.

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“I feel like it’s my last test to really see how it feels,” McKinnon told Matt Barrows of The Athletic. “That’s really where I’m going to amp it up as hard as I can and see where it goes.” 

It's not surprising at all that McKinnon is calling on Peterson in this crucial part of his comeback. Nearly every Redskin looks up to the legend, too, as do countless players around the league who haven't even shared a locker room with him. 

Now, as far as a "final test" goes, McKinnon sure is choosing the most difficult one available. Hopefully, though, he'll be able to pass it — and then have lots of water and a comfy couch to recover on after it.

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