49ers coach Kyle Shanahan loves him with a few tight ends.
They are essential to the way he prefers to manage his crime. With players lined up on the line of scrutiny who can help in both running and passing games, Shanahan is able to cover up any game without offering any prior hints of opponent defense. George Keatle of 49 days is the best example of this type of player and apparently Shanahan used it quite effectively.
The 49ers were staffed by 21 people – a formation with two running backs, two wide receivers and a tight end – 28 percent of the time last season, which was far more common than any other team in the league. San Francisco also employs 22 staff members ̵
So, it is no surprise that Shanahan puts a high value on the tight end position. That explains why the 49ers reportedly want to sign Austin Hooper to a free agency, even though they already have Keatle on the list.
Obviously, Hooper wasn’t the only one.
Athletic’s Matt Barrow said Wednesday that he had “soft talks” with free agent Delaney Walker in the spring of the spring, citing sources. In addition, San Francisco has shown a similar level of interest in former Washington football team Jordan Reid.
Walker previously played for San Francisco, and Reed played for Shanahan when he was Washington’s offensive coordinator. So in both cases there is a level of knowledge.
That said, don’t expect the 49ers to sign any of them. They are limited in salary capacity and with Keatle, Ross Duel and the recently signed selection for the sixth round Charlie Wörner fill the schedule of depth, there seems to be no need.
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Of course, if Dwelley is unable to take on more of Kittle’s shoulders and / or Woerner struggles to adapt to the NFL game, that could change.
Until then, however, expect the 49ers to rely on their inner capabilities.
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