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More than two years ago, Jerick McKinnon signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers in free agency. Two years on, he’s still yet to play a down with the team. But after reworking his deal with the team, effectively taking a pay cut to remain on the roster, and with Matt Breida being traded to the Miami Dolphins, McKinnon, if healthy, is very much in the mix.
The 49ers’ star offseason acquisition, Trent Williams, who worked out with McKinnon in Texas this summer, said he expects nothing less than a breakout year.
“As far as who I’m most looking forward to seeing, I’m looking forward to seeing Jet,” Williams said Thursday. “After two years, the way he’s looked in the offseason I just can’t fathom him not being a breakout player.”
In general, Williams, who said he did not consider opting out of this season after sitting out all of last year with an unresolved trade request from the Washington NFL team, seemed eager for contact practice and the season to begin.
As well as McKinnon, he expressed excitement at seeing George Kittle, and the 49ers’ dominant defensive line up close.
“Obviously going to see George [Kittle] up close, it’s going to be exciting and just seeing that defense man, seeing those linebackers those three linebackers we have seeing how they fly around seeing how well the DBs communicate and saying how freakish the D-line is, I just want to get this team to a game,” Williams said. “It feels like college again.”