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Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Saturday, October 14th, 2023

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49ers’ Trent Williams and Browns’ Myles Garrett are set for a titanic clash (paywall)

“Team brass in Washington saw Williams’ diligence, so before his eighth season there, they gave him an extracurricular assignment. They had Williams write scouting reports on the top eight edge rushers in the 2017 NFL Draft. His first work covered then-Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

If Williams becomes an NFL executive after his illustrious playing career is over, it’ll be possible to trace his scouting career back to 2017 viewings of Garrett, the Cleveland Browns superstar the 49ers will face Sunday.

This marks the first matchup between Williams and Garrett, the No. 1 pick from that 2017 draft.

“I can go back and look at my report,” Williams said in the 49ers’ locker room on Thursday. “He’s exactly what I thought he was going to be. But that story dates me. It shows how old I am.”

Five 49ers to watch: Gipson returns to Cleveland in Week 6 vs. Browns

“There could be some opportunities for Gipson and the 49ers’ defense to feast on Sunday.”

Is 49ers’ Brock Purdy the real deal? Results say yes, but critics are defiant (paywall)

“It doesn’t matter what the numbers say, and it doesn’t matter what the results say,” said longtime Bay Area sports talk radio show host Mark Willard, who devoted a lengthy segment on 95.7 The Game last week to Ruiz’s anti-Purdy stance. “There will always be people unwilling to put Brock in that top tier of quarterbacks alongside (the Chiefs’) Patrick Mahomes, (the Chargers’) Justin Herbert and (the Bengals’) Joe Burrow.”

John Lynch on potential pursuit of Frank Clark: We like our group

“We like our group. Frank Clark has been a really good player, but that’s all I’ll say to that. We’re happy with where our group’s at.”