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Golden Nuggets: Jimmie Ward is the latest member of the Niners secondary to change his number

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Friday, June 4, 2021

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The 49ers continue to look for the “power slot” type of pass-catcher of the middle as Tom Pelissero reported Canadian WR/TE Jevon Cottoy is scheduled to work out for the 49ers next week. Cottoy is 6’5”, 230 pounds.

Here are Cottoy’s highlights from his 38-catch season with the BC Lions:

San Francisco needs bodies at wide receiver.

Mohamed Sanu and Trent Sherfield were the starters during Wednesday’s practice, as Brandon Aiyuk (groin), Deebo Samuel (personal), Travis Benjamin (calf), Richie James (hamstring), and Jalen Hurd (knee) all sat out of practice. They should all be fine by the time training camp rolls around, but if they’re going to be out during OTAs the quarterbacks are going to need somebody to throw the ball to.

Also, Jimmie Ward is changing his number to No. 1:

That means the 49ers starters will wear No. 1, 2, and 4, making them the most aesthetically pleasing secondary in the NFL. Perhaps Ward’s number change was the reason that he was in a good mood on Wednesday.

He’s not the only safety thinking about a number change. Jaquiski Tartt already changed his number to 26, but, evidently, Tartt wants to join his buddies in the secondary and rock a single-digit number in 2021:

Just pay Josh Rosen for No. 3.

Jimmie Ward gets new number befitting of longest-tenured 49er

Ward wore No. 25 for the first four seasons of his NFL career after the 49ers made him a first-round draft pick in 2014. He is the only remaining player in the organization acquired under the Jim Harbaugh-Trent Baalke regime.

When the 49ers signed Richard Sherman, Ward gave up No. 25 to the NFL All-Decade cornerback and assumed No. 20.

Ward will become the first 49ers player to wear No. 1 during the regular season since quarterback Troy Smith in 2010.

Ranking the NFL’s worst-to-first candidates in 2021: 49ers, Falcons, Broncos ready to rise?

I still don’t love the mix at quarterback. Is Trey Lance ready to rock? He only started 17 games at FCS powerhouse North Dakota State, and just turned 21 last month. Is Jimmy Garoppolo truly still the QB1 for 2021? This kind of feels like an old-school episode of Days of Our Lives where Roman just refuses to die. The quarterback situations in Los Angeles, Arizona and Seattle appear vastly superior. But with Shanahan running the offense, you never say never.

Jevon Cottoy working out for 49ers next week

Cottoy has worked out for the Texans, Raiders, Patriots and Saints already. He has a scheduled workout with the 49ers for next week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Cottoy, who is 6 foot 5, 230 pounds, played in the Canadian Junior Football League in 2014 and 2015. He was offered a scholarship to play for the Calgary Dinos in 2016 but tore an ACL and MCL before the season.

Cottoy quit football to become a firefighter but returned to play for his former coach, Matt Blokker, with the Langley Rams in 2018.

Frank Gore would love reunion with 49ers, will retire if the ‘right situation’ isn’t presented

“I know that I can still play the game,” Gore said on the Murph & Mac show. “I know I can help a team. But it’s also got to be the right situation [with a] team that I feel [can go] to the playoffs and get a chance to probably go to the Super Bowl. Like I said, I know that I can still play the game of football, but I also want to be in the right situation and the right team.”

Added Gore: “I talked to a couple of teams, but my agent told me not to put no teams’ names out there. I kind of want to wait until training camp. I want to feel that. I want to wait to see, is the right situation for me? Right now, I’m just enjoying the family, working out, and if a team calls, and I feel like it’s right, I’m [going to] do it. If I don’t like the situation, I’ll say forget it and retire. I’ve been blessed. I’ve been blessed 16 years. I think about when I came in; I wanted to play two or three.”

49ers expect Kinlaw to feast on opponents as he does squirrels

“Looks like he’s wild out there in the jungle, in the woods,” 49ers teammate Jimmie Ward said. “I don’t know where. South Carolina?

“I just need him to be that same wild man on the field, and I know he will be.”

Kinlaw shot the video — after shooting the squirrel — less than two weeks after he concluded his rookie season with the 49ers.

He explained on Wednesday that it was just a normal day-in-the-life activity. But he admits he now wishes he had not posted the video to his Instagram account.

“I was just doing a little hunting, that was it,” Kinlaw said. “That’s what I do all the time. I just decided to put it on the ’gram, which I shouldn’t have.”