SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Seattle Seahawks, meet Chris Borland and Carlos Hyde. Aaron Lynch and Marcus Martin.
Those are just a few of the new faces on the San Francisco 49ers since Seattle last saw them in the NFC championship game in January, an impressive list of talented rookies called into action right away. Many have been by necessity, given the loss of star linebacker Patrick Willis and the long recovery of NaVorro Bowman since his devastating left knee injury in that six-point loss at Seattle.
There's Bruce Ellington and Dontae Johnson, too.