SANTA CLARA – Jack Heneghan, with Dartmouth business administration in hand, shelved his post-college plans when his hometown NFL team called.
He might have had an opportunity as an analyst at a private equity firm after he took a different life last summer when the 49ers offered him a place in their 90-man roster as an undrafted rookie quarterback.
Heneghan received only a few training sessions with the 49ers through organized team activities and training camps. But on Thursday's preseason 49ers final, Heneghan saw plenty of action as a reward for his hard work. Coach Kyle Shanahan said that Heneghan earned his big playing time against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi's Stadium.
"He knows everything inside and out, and has worked as hard as anyone else to learn the offense," said Shanahan. "I think the guys really respect him, how much he worked this offseason through OTAs and how hard he worked in the weight room when we were away, he's a talented guy who has the chance based on his abilities too He deserves the way he deals with himself. "
Heneghan is from the Bay Area and attended the Menlo School in Atherton. His father, Lal Heneghan, was a longtime NFL manager and spent five years with the 49ers as executive vice president of football administration.
The younger Heneghan graduated on Thursday eight of nine pass attempts for 58 yards. He developed a 1
"I grew up observing the Niners and going back to the games at Candlestick," Heneghan said. "I have always been a big fan of the team, I would have been happy to have an NFL opportunity somewhere, but it was much more exciting to make it home in front of friends and family."
Heneghan will not be the 53- Yet he will not plan the next step in his life until he sees what happens in the next few days – and if football remains an option.
"Like many guys in the room, I'm waiting to hear what's going on here and in the league in the next few days and see where that gets me," he said. "I definitely had a great time here and would love to continue playing here or elsewhere, one day at a time."
Roster Cuts Await
The 49ers will face some tough cuts over the next few days. Shanahan said the team would start the bad news on Friday. The timetable for trimming the rosters up to the maximum of 53 players is Saturday at 13 o'clock. Then the teams can start putting together their exercise groups.
"There are definitely more than 53 people I want to keep in our team," said Shanahan. "And there are definitely more than 10 guys I would like to have in our training squad."
An interesting decision for the training team will be that the 49ers retire and Jeremy McNichol's 27 yards and a touchdown on eight rushing attempts. Jeff Wilson had 17 yards and a TD on nine rushes. Joe Williams continued the game with a broken rib.
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rookie recipient Richie James saw a lot of action on Thursday night. He caught a game high seven passes for 80 yards. He also returned three punts for 32 yards and a kickoff for 22 yards.
But he said that no one gave him a hint if he made the team. 19659002] "No, that's a secret," James said. "I can not worry about that, I just control what I can control and play ball."
Shanahan said James is one of a number of broad receivers who performed well in the camp: James, Aldrick Robinson, Kendrick Bourne and Aaron Burbridg It is likely fought for two places.
"He was consistent everywhere," Shanahan said of James. "He had some opportunities tonight and came with them."
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linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas were the only starters who saw action. Foster will begin a two-game suspension for violating the League's policy on substances of abuse and personal conduct. That's why Shanahan wanted Foster to see some playtime. Foster picked up two tackles, including a stop in a passing game for a 6-yard loss. Thomas missed time in training camp with a concussion. "I did not get many repetitions at the camp because of an injury," Thomas said. "I just wanted to get out and do some reruns and prepare for Minnesota." , , Joshua Garnett started at the right guard while Mike did not suit Person. Shanahan said the team may not announce a starter against the Minnesota Vikings until 9 September. , , Start quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not pay attention. Backup C.J. Beathard started, but only played a series after taking a big hit on the sack. Shanahan said he does not want Beethard to play more than one series.