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Richard Sherman serving as pseudo assistant coach as he recovers from Achilles injury


San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t yet capable of taking part in practices with his new teammates in Santa Clara. However, that hasn’t stopped him from making his presence known in other ways.

“He’s very active, he’s very hands-on and he wants to see my game go to the next level,” cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon said.

Sherman is still recovering from a torn Achilles sustained last November, which is keeping him from taking part in offseason work. He had a secondary surgery to clean up bone spurs in his other ankle but that was a minor procedure.

The Packers cut veteran receiver Jordy Nelson in March; the former Pro Bowler eventually signed with the Oakland Raiders. Although Green Bay did not sign a free-agent receiver, new general manager Brian Gutekunst drafted three of them: Missouri’s J’Mon Moore (fourth round), South Florida’s Marquez Valdes-Scantling (fifth) and Notre Dame’s Equanimeous St. Brown (fifth).

Gutekunst also signed the top receiving tight end in free agency, Jimmy Graham.

Still, there’s no clear-cut No. 3 receiver behind Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, although third-year pro Geronimo Allison likely has the inside track on that spot entering OTAs.

Well, we like young receivers, so I’m assuming that’s the way they’re going to keep going, Rodgers said. “I don’t know why you’d cut Jordy and bring in Dez, but he’s a talented player. He’s going to end up somewhere. If he ends up here, we’ll obviously welcome him with open arms and get him up to speed as quick as possible.”ravens_089