SANTA CLARA — Before the 49ers went into light practice this morning and flew to Jacksonville for Sunday’s game, General Manager John Lynch had a few updates to share. Here are five highlights from Lynch’s talk at KNBR 680-AM:
Whether or not Eliza Mitchell will play despite missing practices this week due to finger surgery:
“We’ll see. The challenge, he had a kind of break that had some incentive to be able to work with it. You never know until you do, and surgery may be different than I anticipated.” Trust me, what Elijah has played during his rookie year, as well as he has been playing with ribs. He had two separate run-ins with rib problems, which are very painful. Bear the pain To do is not a problem for him, and he is able to function and it is very important to carry the football.
“We’ll see. He’s earned this right, even as a rookie, to take it up to game time. There’s a long flight. Sometimes things will react and swell. Our therapy The team will be aware of all these things and do a good job of getting him ready for Sunday. To be honest, I don’t know the answer as it will come down to whether he can work at the level we need And that’s what he needs.”
Trent Williams’ impressive season in a left tackle:
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player do this one-year-old, and it doesn’t go unnoticed because he’s a left tackle. Everyone should stop and try to focus on him because it’s It’s a beautiful thing to watch. … He’s a big guy who can move, and, man, this is as good a season as I’ve ever seen a player.”
On the NFL caretaker crisis:
“I don’t know of a ‘crisis.’ Well said and I’ll leave it there. (Pyton spoke on The Dan Patrick Show and said that the taunting rule is being abolished and there have been too many changes in action.)
“We look at things, for example, with Nick Bosa. Should he earn more holding calls? Absolutely. I believe a better continuation is needed.”
On Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s Hot Stretch:
“Jimmy is such a dynamic thrower, and one thing I’ve learned around him is that he really needs his feet. He got hurt versus Seattle and that calf hurt. Before that he was playing well When he came back, he wasn’t perfect. While healthy, he’s played at a really high level this year.
“Something that doesn’t go unnoticed with Jimmy – it was true in our playoff run in 2019, it’s been true the whole time – when the coach says he wants to run it 40 times, a lot of quarterbacks get fired. It’s in that you convert better at a higher rate on third down. He didn’t have a lot of opportunities but he made them count. It’s his attitude: do whatever it takes to win. I’ve always appreciated that about Jimmy.
“That fourth and -6 game is about as good as it gets. He just ripped it off and that was a beautiful throw to Dibo.”
On the safety of the 49ers:
“I have a security bond with all those people. Even in practice and camping, I love to stand on the ground. It’s where I watch sports, because that’s where I’ve lived my life for so long.
“Jimmy is the kind of guy who comes up to me from time to time. He has an incredibly high football IQ and he’ll say, ‘What do you think of this?’ I try not to fall into the plan because that’s the job of the coaches. I try to share with him, Tart, Hufanga, Tavon Wilson.
“We’ll have a situation where all those guys (Ward, Tart, Hufanga) are going to play. Tart was playing well when he got injured. Hufanga has a way of playing that protects us and helps our team.” Motivation comes. We can’t get him off the field. But is Tart also great, and we’ll have a combination of all those guys.”
pay attention: Lynch said he’ll attend a college football game tomorrow, but it won’t be at his alma mater, where Stanford and his son, Jake, host Cal. Instead, Lynch will take a side trip from Jacksonville to see Alabama’s hosts Arkansas, then return to the team hotel in time to watch the Big Game Online.