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03.07.2019 08:32
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SANTA CLARA , Calif. (AP) —d come, even as training camps opened and he remained home in Texas.Once the San Francisco 49ers called, Morris didn’t take long to get comfortable with his new team.With a stellar performance in Saturday’s exhibition at Indianapolis, the veteran running back appears to have earned a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster.Coach Kyle Shanahan said Morris may not even suit up for Thursday’s exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Chargers, a strong indication that the staff already views Morris as a regular-season contributor.Patience paid off for the two-time Pro Bowler.“I wasn’t panicking,” Morris said of the wait to find a job. “It wasn’t if I would be on a team, it was when. I had teams reaching out, even in OTAs, but I didn’t think it would be a good fit so I turned it down. I knew I would get an opportunity. It was just waiting for the right opportunity.”The 29-year-old Morris carried 17 times for 84 yards in Saturday’s 23-17 loss to the Colts, displaying a physical style of running that should fit well with San Francisco’s offense. Starting running back Jerick McKinnon is known more for speed and shiftiness, and the 5-foot-10, 222-pound Morris can provide a bruising change of pace.McKinnon and second-string running back Matt Breida have missed the majority of the preseason with injuries, which provided the opening for the 49ers to sign Morris on Aug. 13.McKinnon (strained calf) and Breida (separated shoulder) are expected to be available for the Sept. 9 opener at Minnesota.Shanahan, who’s familiar with Morris when both were with the Washington Redskins, liked what he saw Saturday.“It was just good to see him do it live,” Shanahan said. “I thought we blocked very well Kyle Juszczyk Jersey , so we gave him an opportunity to do it. . But we had a couple 3rd-and-1’s where I thought we missed a guy (blocking) in the backfield and he got hit behind the line of scrimmage but still was able to get us a yard. Those are the ones that allow you to stay on the field and keep running plays.”There isn’t a ton of intrigue left before the 49ers cut down to their final 53-man roster. One battle is at right guard between Mike Person and Josh Garnett, but when asked about Person, Shanahan said, “It’s his job to lose right now.”Shanahan confirmed that backup quarterback C.J. Beathard would start Thursday against the Chargers. Jimmy Garoppolo and several other starters are expected to be held out to avoid injury.When training camp began, Morris was at home in Cross Roads, Texas, a town of less than 1,500 people. He relished the extra time with his wife, Lindsey, their 3-year-old son, Josiah, and their 1-year-old daughter, Grace. At times, Morris said, he had to calm his wife’s nerves about when he might get a call from an NFL team.“I had a peace, honestly Tom Rathman Color Rush Jersey ,” he said. “At times my wife was like, ‘Well, what’s going on?’ And I’m like, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK.'”NOTES: Linebacker Reuben Foster (concussion) and running back Joe Williams (ribs) didn’t practice Wednesday, although Shanahan wouldn’t rule either out for Thursday. Foster would have to clear concussion protocol. . Tight end George Kittle (shoulder) returned to practice in a limited capacity. . The 49ers signed undrafted running back Ja’Quan Gardner to a three-year deal Tuesday and waived safety Chanceller James. With word that the 49ers are looking to other kickers, maybe they can offload Gould to a team."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 49ers Salary CapLevi’s Stadium Events49ers Transactions49ers Injury News49ers Press Conferences & Conference CallsNFL Trade RumorsWhat would you trade Robbie Gould for? New,90commentsWith word that the 49ers are looking to other kickers, maybe they can offload Gould to a team. PDTShareTweetShareShareWhat would you trade Robbie Gould for? The San Francisco 49ers were to get Robbie Gould for at least one more year. Then they weren’t. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the 49ers were interested in New England Patriots free agent kicker Stephen Gostkowski. While Gostkowski would be signed back to the Patriots within hours, the whole act is weird considering the 49ers have issued the franchise tag to Gould, but it sounds as if he’s a bit miffed that he didn’t get a chance of testing the free agency waters.It’s understandable, considering his family is in Chicago, but the NFL is a business, I suppose. If the 49ers are looking to a new kicker, then Gould would be either traded , or the franchise tag (which hasn’t been signed by him) would be rescinded. Let’s go with that first scenario, trading Gould. It’s time to play armchair GM. The Chicago Bears are the prime targets in a deal here. After that blunder of a field goal in the NFL playoffs, the biggest beneficiary in all of this was Gould. It’s only more interesting that the Bears released him a few years back which enabled the eventual arrival in San Francisco in the first place. This isn’t the first time the 49ers have made a trade with the Bears, and the same logic applies. If the Bears want Gould, he’s not going to be cheap. This isn’t just another kicker, it’s one of the best kickers in the league.I’d start negotiations at a fourth rounder. That’s a fair price. I’ve seen some say a third, but that’s far too much for a kicker, even Gould and a good way to get laughed off the phone. Fourth is respectable. If we have to start going back and forth I may be willing to take a fifth and some change when negotiations end, but nothing less. The Bears are picking in the back, so a fifth would be somewhat of a disappointment. A fourth and Gould gets to go back to Chicago, plus the Bears get the best kicker in the league, all provided the Bears can work out their extension and not release him early this time. What would you think is adequate compensation for Gould?

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