Bourne, an undrafted rookie from Eastern Washington last season, appeared in 11 games, caught 16 passes for 257 yards and averaged 16.1 yards per reception. All of that production, however, came in November and December, with his biggest game coming in the 49ers' 25-23 victory over the playoff-bound Tennessee Titans on Dec. 17. In that game, Bourne had a season-best four catches for 85 yards.
After that game, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers had liked Bourne from the start and that his big game against the Titans was proof of the potential they saw in him.
"Yeah, I was real happy for Kendrick," Shanahan told reporters. "Kendrick, he got a late start here. Missing all of OTAs with his semester scheduling, came in during training camp. Was really on the outside looking in for a while, because it just took him a while to pick it up having such a late start."
"But he was a guy we were scared to lose, so we kept him on our roster instead of putting him on practice squad and took him a while to get ready. Then once we lost Pierre (Garcon) he had to be ready. He's gotten better each week. He’s made some big plays for us. He did a great job today beating man coverage and made some plays after the catch. I was real happy for him. He’s been working real hard all year to get into this situation."
Via: Doug Williams on NBC Bay Area
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Is the NFL “blackballing” Eric Reid for his protests?
Free-agent safety Eric Reid on Thursday said his agent has been in contact with "a couple" of NFL teams but that there are no deals imminent and no visits planned as the second week of free agency draws to a close.
Reid spoke to reporters after watching his younger brother, Stanford safety Justin Reid, work out in front of NFL evaluators, including 49ers general manager John Lynch and Vice President of Player Personnel Adam Peters, at the school's pro day.
League observers are keeping a close eye on Eric Reid's foray into free agency. The market for safeties has lagged behind other positions such as cornerback and wide receiver, the best of which were quickly snapped up last week. There also has been speculation, including from Reid, that like quarterback Colin Kaepernick a year ago, his tepid market is tied to his association with the protests that occurred during the national anthem.
Reid said that while he will continue to be active in raising awareness about social issues such as excessive use of force by police, he likely will not continue to protest during the anthem in 2018.
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