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Golden Nuggets: Backup TE battle heating up

Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Friday, August 5th, 2022

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49ers assistants on Trey Lance’s progress, Javon Kinlaw’s return, Fred Warner’s fire (paywall)

“One of the contenders, Tanner Hudson, is an excellent pass catcher. In fact, tight ends coach Brian Fleury said Hudson might have the best hands on the entire roster, an argument supported by two circus catches he made this week.”

49ers’ Emmanuel Moseley seeks to help Trey Lance, stop Brandon Aiyuk

“I think we have the best defense in the league, so if he can make plays against us, I know he can make plays on other people,” Moseley shared. “But whatever I’m seeing, I go up to him in the locker room and maybe tell him what I saw on film. ‘Hey, this is what I saw. This is why I did this, because I saw you do this.’ You know, little things like that [which] can help him out, that can definitely take his game to the next level.”

49ers place TE Jordan Matthews on IR, work out 3 O-linemen

“According to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network, the team also worked out three players. They are offensive linemen Jordan Mills, Tyree St. Louis, and Caleb Benenoch.”

Lombardi: How Darqueze Dennard’s 18 clutch snaps helped forge 49ers’ nickelback outlook (paywall)

“Cooper Kupp had an excellent year last year and he’s a great player, but I was up to the task,” Dennard said. “I was ready to go. I have been blessed. I’ve seen and I’ve practiced with two Hall of Fame receivers in A.J. Green and Julio Jones. So being able to see two guys day in and day out work every day and compete with them every day, that’s stayed with me.

Branch: Why Trent Williams, the 49ers’ $138 million man, has become a bargain (paywall)

“Yes, the 320-pound nine-time Pro Bowl selection known for his violent treatment of defensive linemen doubles as a diplomat with a deft touch. Williams supported and counseled a disgruntled teammate while maintaining a strong relationship with management.”

“We all trust in Trey”: Charvarius Ward says 49ers’ Lance will be a great NFL QB

“He’s got to work. He’s got to grow. All us got to do that. But I feel like Trey is going to be a great quarterback in the NFL. He’s got a good head on his shoulders. He’s confident in himself just like I’m confident in myself, and we all believe in him. We all trust in Trey.”

Charvarius Ward: 49ers secondary being overlooked; Brandon Aiyuk having a great camp

“B.A. be having a great camp,” Ward said. “I love competing against B.A. He’s got big hands, long arms, and he can jump like almost 60 inches in the air. He’s great to compete against. ... I got big hands. His hands are bigger than mine. B.A. got the potential to be one of those great receivers. He can be a real wide receiver No. 1.

He can run routes, go balls, he can catch slants, short passes, everything. He’s got that potential. He’s just got to continue to work on his game.”