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Son of 49ers Super Bowl champion under handful of tryouts: report

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According to the league’s transaction line, the San Francisco 49ers held tryouts for 14 different players on Tuesday, Sept. 20 — all after some major injuries in the first two games of the season.

During one of the visits from former North Carolina tight end Garrett Walston came as noted by Heavy senior NFL reporter Matt Lombardoturns out the towering 6-foot-4 Walston wasn’t the only TE visitor to Santa Clara.

In fact, one of the players who performed before the 49ers horns happened to be from a 49ers household.

Former San Jose State tight end Derrick Deese Jr. was among the 14 visitors — and part of the group of five tight ends all vying for a spot with injuries riddled the TE unit.

George Kittle has missed the last two games with a groin injury, Jordan Matthews is out for the season with a torn cruciate ligament and new signing Tyler Kroft is injured with a cruciate ligament injury.

But as for Deese, if the last name sounds familiar to longtime 49ers fans, he’s the son of someone who once blocked for Joe Montana, Steve Young, and played for former 49ers head coach George Seifert.

Deese’s father is ex-NFL offensive lineman Derrick Deese — who competed in offensive tackle for the 49ers. A native of Culver City, California, he first joined the 49ers in 1992 from USC. This 1992 season was also the last campaign for four-time Super Bowl winner Montana before he finally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Deese’s first 49ers season saw a 14-2 mark and grabbed the NFC’s top seed. However, the Dallas Cowboys stumbled the 49ers in the NFC title game in a rainy and saturated Candlestick Park. Deese and the 49ers would return to conference championship play in Dallas the following season, only to fall again. But in season three, the tackle Deese got a chance to experience the Super Bowl-winning euphoria following the 1994 season in Miami — winning the title with Young, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Ken Norton Jr. and others over the San Diego Chargers .

Deese played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the 2004 season. According to Pro Football Reference, Deese started in 116 games for the 49ers. He also played guard and left tackle for SF

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Deese Jr. immediately worked his way into the Silicon Valley tight-end rotation.

In 2019, he led all Spartan tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns. But 2020 was the season he saw his numbers and SJSU soar. Deese caught 20 footballs for 240 yards and scored 5 touchdowns in the shortened COVID-19 year. But that was also the year the Spartans rolled over their competition at the Mountain West Conference on their way to the MWC title. A highlight catch from Deese came against traditional MWC powerhouse San Diego State.

NFL Draft Diamonds labeled Deese as one with “some Antonio Gates in him,” referring to the eight-time pro bowler for the Chargers.

Deese was not drafted in the 2022 session. But with a depleted 49ers TE space, he became the second from his pedigree to set foot in the 49ers establishment. Now the question is whether he can become a second generation 49er.

Other tight end tryouts outside of Walston and Deese included Erik Krommenhoek (who played at Deese’s father’s alma mater USC), Briley Moore (Kansas State) and Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M).

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