49ers tight end Garrett Celek and the...

49ers tight end Garrett Celek and the secret to survival

In 2012, before the 49ers' preseason finale, then-undrafted rookie tight end Garrett Celek expected to be cut when the roster was pared to 53 players two days later. "The way it was playing out," Celek said, "I thought I was going to be on the practice squad." In 2017, after the 49ers signed free-agent tight end Logan Paulsen, who had played for just-hired head coach Kyle Shanahan in Washington, Celek assumed he soon would be released. "I figured he was my replacement," Celek said. "I thought 'This is Kyle's guy. We're very similar. We're blocking (tight ends). I might be on the outs here.'" Instead, Celek stayed in Santa Clara.

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