Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports


Tavon Wilson on settling in with 49ers, battling against George Kittle, and more

Rohan Chakravarthi
Aug 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM--


49ers defensive back Tavon Wilson has been competing hard in camp, leading to speculation that he could unseat strong safety Jaquiski Tartt, who is currently on the physically unable to perform list, as the starter.

Wilson, who came into the offseason fighting for a roster spot, has suddenly put himself in a favorable place not only to make the roster, but to be a solid contributor for the 49ers in this upcoming season.

During Friday's presser, Wilson told reporters about how he's settling in with the team after coming over as a free agent in the offseason.

"I'm settled in pretty good," Wilson said. "I think, you know, when I got here, I was just trying to earn the respect of my teammates, earn the trust of everybody in the organization, and I feel like that's been going well."

With the 49ers being his fourth team as Wilson enters the tenth year of his career, the defensive back has embraced the opportunity he's been given, playing with the starters in practice due to Tartt's injury.

"I'm just coming in everyday trying to work hard," Wilson shared, "trying to give my best effort to this football team to contribute anyway I can to help win games."

When asked about why he chose the 49ers in free agency, Wilson noted the opportunity he was given and appreciated the interest that San Francisco had in his services.

"They were interested in me," he responded. "[General manager John Lynch] and [head coach Kyle Shanahan] and everything I've heard about this organization is great. So, when they gave me the opportunity, I thought it was the one that I couldn't pass up."

Wilson also has a familiar face on the roster from his first years in the NFL: quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, with whom Wilson played in New England.

After being able to watch Jimmy from the early stages in his career, Wilson is confident that the quarterback has continued to improve each season and is glad to work alongside him.

"Jimmy's gotten better every year and he's continued to get better every day," Wilson said, "and it's been exciting to see his face again from the past. It's been awesome."

In addition, Wilson has enjoyed the daily battles of going against tight end George Kittle in practice and understands that the work against each other only makes both players better.

"Everything's tough about going against George," Wilson commented. "He's just a great player all-around. [I'm] coming in every day just trying to challenge him and I'm trying to make him better, you know. We're making each other better every single day and that's ultimately going to make our football team better.

In fact, Kittle shouted out Wilson during his press conference earlier in the week and attributed some of his growth this offseason to those hard battles.

"I love [Wilson]. He's been great," Kittle said. "He's awesome. I think, I wasn't sure what to expect. He was really good in OTA's. But like I said, once you put the pads on, you know, it becomes more of a game, and you get to actually see physicality and stuff," Kittle told reporters Wednesday. "He definitely is a [veteran] guy. He holds a little bit extra, he gets away, like he knows how to get away with stuff, and that's fantastic for me to get. I'm getting reps against a [veteran] that knows how to play the game and he's a hell of a player too, but he's super smart, he's always in the right place at the right time."

In addition to Wilson's experience, Kittle also appreciated Wilson's knowledge of the game along with his competitiveness that fuel the energy of the defensive back's teammates.

"You can watch him on film," Kittle added. "He made a couple of fantastic plays yesterday, whether it's just filling the B-gap, A-gap, on a run and stuff," said Kittle. "He knows where he's supposed to be at all times, he quick triggers, and I love competing against him because he definitely brings the best out of me, but he wants to compete at a high level, and when you compete at a high level against your own teammates, it only makes you better."

With Wilson being praised by his teammates and coaches for his play this training camp, be on the lookout for a potential starter battle if Jaquiski Tartt comes back healthy.





More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers-Cardinals Injury Report: Jimmy Garoppolo, Trent Williams, George Kittle don't practice

By David Bonilla
Oct 6

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 5 contest against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Today's practice report looked very much like what head coach Kyle Shanahan previewed beforehand. There was no Jimmy Garoppolo, as the quarterback continues to recover from a calf injury. "I mean, it could go up to game time," Garoppolo said before practice about Sunday's game status. "We've done it before up to game time. And it's really just about getting the mental reps while I can out there today, see where I'm at tomorrow and everything." There was no Trent Williams, who, like Garoppolo, was injured this past weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. San Francisco continues to be cautious



49ers-Cardinals Injury Report: Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle don't practice; Trent Williams returns

By David Bonilla
Oct 7

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 5 contest against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Things are starting to trend towards rookie quarterback Trey Lance making his first NFL start. Jimmy Garoppolo missed his second consecutive practice after suffering a calf injury during Week 4. That makes it unlikely the veteran starter will be healthy enough to lead the offense against the Cardinals. Tight end George Kittle also missed his second consecutive practice. He is dealing with the same calf injury that sidelined him for most of last week. However, he still played this past weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. If Lance does start, he will probably have left tackle Trent Williams helping keep



Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance for 49ers-Cardinals? John Lynch responds, provides update on George Kittle

By David Bonilla
Oct 8

Today's practice will be very telling. Everyone wants to know which quarterback will head onto the field with the offense when the San Francisco 49ers take on the division-leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Will it be Jimmy Garoppolo, or will the team go with the rookie, Trey Lance? Garoppolo sustained a calf injury during Week 4's loss to the Seattle Seahawks and has not practiced this week. The 49ers' final practice will be this afternoon, and Garoppolo told head coach Kyle Shanahan that he wants to "give it a go." "Jimmy is a tough competitor," general manager John Lynch said this morning on KNBR's Murph & Mac show. "And Jimmy was



49ers-Cardinals Injury Report: Jimmy Garoppolo ruled out for Sunday; George Kittle doubtful

By David Bonilla
Oct 8

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 5 contest against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not practice this week and has been ruled "out" for Sunday, which means fans will see rookie Trey Lance in his first career NFL start. Garoppolo suffered a calf injury during Week 4's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The hope was that he would take part in today's practice and test his right leg. That didn't happen. Tight end George Kittle also did not practice this week and is listed as "doubtful." He is also dealing with a calf injury. It's the same injury that kept him out of practice for most of last week. However, Kittle was able to play this past weekend. We'll have to wait to see if


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone