49ers offensive lineman Jason Poe joined the Niner Noise Podcast this week and talked about his goals for the 2023 season (plus some other juicy tidbits).
A year ago at this time, former Mercer offensive lineman Jason Poe was wondering whether or not he’d get that phone call on day three of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Poe had met with a number of teams in advance of the draft itself, including the San Francisco 49ers, and yet the thing he wanted the most over being undrafted or signing as an undrafted free agent was, per his own words, “I just need one opportunity.”
As things turned out, Poe wasn’t drafted but signed with the Niners as a priority free agent. And, despite not initially making the 53-man roster his rookie year in a decision general manager John Lynch described as “a tough one,” Poe is now poised to enter year two of his pro career as a key member of a revamped San Francisco offensive line.
And it’s probably nice for him not to have to worry about the draft any longer. Instead, that’ll be for the 2023 class of rookies.
Jason Poe talks 49ers on Niner Noise Podcast
Poe was kind enough to share some of his draft experiences on the Niner Noise Podcast this week, and he noted out that “opportunity” either during or immediately after the draft was all that he wanted:
"Honestly, it was a whole bunch of emotions, you know. Like, you never know, you know, to get the call in [the draft]. So my thing is I just trust in God and just let it happen one day at a time. And then one thing I just realized is, “Hey, I just need one opportunity. I get one opportunity. I can work and build each day if I get that opportunity.” So that’s the way I thought about it."
A converted fullback, Poe caught the attention of All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams, who appreciated the rookie’s quick footwork and get-off during offseason workouts that year.
Yet that wasn’t enough to make the 53-man roster, as Lynch was forced into that challenging decision, but San Francisco was still able to retain the versatile lineman on the practice squad.
However, 2023 could open up a different context with a number of former teammates like Daniel Brunskill and Mike McGlinchey now playing elsewhere after leaving via free agency.
Poe described the goal ahead of him:
"I’ve always been like this, you know: I’m a starter, a backup, or on the scout team. I just want to help the team win, and everybody’s got the same goal to win that last game. So I want to do anything possible to win that last game.Even me, starting and backing up, or even if I do what I did last year [on the practice squad]. I don’t want to do that, but if I have to, hey, let’s go win that Super Bowl. So, anything to do to help the team’s expectations."
Considering some of the departures, it’s possible Poe could be bumped up the depth chart and assume a key role heading into the upcoming season.
Jason Poe reveals the biggest ‘jokester’ in 49ers O-line room
While getting into prep mode for the upcoming 2023 season is highly important to Poe and the rest of the team, there’s always a little room for fun in interviews like these.
To be specific, Poe shed a little light on who the biggest prankster and jokester was within the 49ers’ offensive line room.
You might be surprised by his answer (or not):
"You say, jokester? Well. I hate to say it, but if you actually asked anybody else, that probably be me, unfortunately.But if I had to choose, I’ll say either Trent or [Aaron] Banks."
The insight you can’t get anywhere else, folks.
You can check out the full interview with Poe here or wherever you get your Niner Noise Podcast subscriptions.