49ers News: TE backup battle heats up

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

“One of the suitors, Tanner Hudson, is an excellent passer. In fact, tight ends coach Brian Fleury said Hudson might have the best hands in the entire lineup, a point backed by two circus catches he made this week.

49ers’ Emmanuel Moseley looks to help Trey Lance and stop Brandon Aiyuk

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

49ers place TE Jordan Matthews on IR, train 3 O linemen

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

Lombardi: How Darqueze Dennard’s 18 clutch slams helped shape 49ers nickelback prospects (paywall)

“Cooper Kupp had a great year last year and he’s a great player, but I was up to it,” Dennard said. “I was ready to go. I was blessed. I saw and practiced with two Hall of Fame receivers in AJ Green and Julio Jones. So to be able to see two guys work day in and day out and compete against them every day, that stuck with me.

Branch: Why Trent Williams, the 49ers’ $138 million man, became a big deal (paywall)

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

‘We all have faith in Trey’: Charvarius Ward says 49ers’ Lance will be great NFL QB

” He must work. He must grow. We all have to do this. But I have a feeling Trey is going to be a great quarterback in the NFL. He has a good head on his shoulders. He trusts him just like I trust me, and we all believe in him. We all trust Trey.

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

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

He can run routes, make balls, he can catch tilts, short passes, everything. He has that potential. He just has to keep working on his game.”

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