49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner grew up in Hawaii.
And he's currently training in his home state with teammate Arik Armstead and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
“I think DeForest, I’m lucky to be working with a guy like that.” Bennett recently told Sam Spangler of KHON2. "I think DeForest will eventually be a defensive player of the year. I think he has the talent to be able to do that.
"I keep telling him there’s nobody like him. He’s not normal."
That's some pretty high praise from a guy who reached the Pro Bowl each of the last two years.
After four years at Oregon, the 49ers took Buckner with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 draft.
He made 15 starts as a rookie and racked up 73 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries.
He was honored with a spot on the NFL's All-Rookie team in a vote of the Pro Football Writers of America.
"His physique, his speed, it’s not normal," Bennett said. "So when you’re not normal you can do not normal things and winning the defensive MVP is not normal for most people.”
A pair of former Bay Area footballers are headed to Kansas City.
The Chiefs have reportedly signed former 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser and former Raiders running back George Atkinson to their practice squad.
News of the deals was first reported by ESPN.
Reaser was waived by the 49ers on Saturday to make room for cornerback Asa Jackson to be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday's game in Seattle. Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his entire rookie as he recovered from ACL surgery, Reaser played in 28 games over the past two seasons. He did not appear on defense in the 49ers’ season-opening loss to Carolina last week, but he appeared on 10 snaps of special teams.
Atkinson has been a familiar face around the Raiders. He was claimed off waivers from the Browns on July 29, but waived on Sept. 2.
San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.
Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.
“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”
Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.