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Jennings Contract Extension, Kittle Recovery; 3 Takeaways from OTAs Week 2

The San Francisco 49ers are nearing the end of their offseason workout program, logging the final few practices ahead of mandatory minicamp at the start of June and a long break before the start of training camp.

Week 2 of organized team activities with the 49ers was headlined by a contract extension for one of San Francisco's wideouts.

Fourth-year wide receiver Jauan Jennings inked a one-year extension that will keep him in The Bay through the 2025 season. The former seventh-round pick entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, and in March, the 49ers placed a second-round tender on Jennings. This allowed Jennings to shop the open market, and in turn, allowed San Francisco to either match the offer received by another club or receive a second-round draft pick.

Ultimately, the team opted to strike a deal with Jennings to keep one of their more tenured wide receivers on the roster. The wideout was a big-time contributor in the 49ers Super Bowl LVIII appearance, catching four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey.

Jennings has appeared in 45 games (seven starts) and registered 78 receptions for 963 yards and seven touchdowns over the last three seasons. Jennings has also appeared in nine postseason games with San Francisco where he's tallied 20 receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown.

"I think every single person in the NFL that watches tape, every general manager, scout, anybody that watches tape, they look at Jauan's film and they go 'Holy cow! This guy is one of one,'" Kittle said. "His mindset, his attitude when he is on a football field is completely different... He is just very violent in the way that he plays the game, which you don't see in all receivers. He will hit defensive ends as hard as he can, linebackers as hard as he can. He's not scared of anything, and if you need him to win on a one-on-one rep, he's going to win on that one-on-one rep."

Tight end George Kittle offered a timeline for his recovery from offseason core muscle surgery.

The All-Pro tight end has been on hand for the team's OTAs but on the sidelines of practice as he recovers from core muscle surgery. Kittle shared that his injury was something he was dealing with midway through the 2023 season, and he and Charvarius Ward underwent surgeries within a week of each other for similar injuries. Kittle added that he is "progressing as planned" and on track to return in time for training camp in late July.

Wednesday practice highlights included some notable plays from the 49ers defense and quick connections between quarterback Brock Purdy and a pair of rookie wideouts.

  • Nick Bosa, Fred Warner and Kittle were present at practice but did not participate in drills.
  • Linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and cornerback Darrell Luter Jr. each snagged an interception during team drills.
  • Purdy connected with rookie receiver Jacob Cowing on a deep ball.
  • Ricky Pearsall practiced in a blue non-contact jersey and also caught at least a couple passes from Purdy.

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