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49ers' Dre Greenlaw striving for encore season

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Linebacker Dre Greenlaw forever notched a spot in 49ers defensive lore with a goal-line tackle to secure last season’s Week 17 win at Seattle.

His encore?

“Now that I know I can do it once, I’m excited to do it over and over again,” Greenlaw said Wednesday in a video conference with reporters.

Greenlaw plans on bringing his offseason training within the next two weeks to the 49ers facility, which has been closed since mid-March but is available to prescribed players in need of rehabilitation or treatment.

Otherwise, NFL facilities are off-limits to coaches and non-rehabilitating players until the green light is given leaguewide, and, of course, from local health officials.

“I definitely think it’s in the next week or two, just so I can get around the treatment staff and some of the strength and conditioning staff, just so they know how to prepare us for the season,” said Greenlaw, who is currently training in Arkansas after doing so earlier this offseason at the University of Houston, where his father is the defensive line coach.

Coming off a surprisingly impressive rookie season, Greenlaw is preparing to play either the weak-side or strong-side spots at linebacker, having started eight games at the weak side last year once Kwon Alexander sustained a pectoral tear. Regardless of their alignment, the 49ers’ top three linebackers are Greenlaw, Alexander and third-year “Mike” linebacker Fred Warner.

“We’re both going to be ready and the coaches are going to make the right decision,” Greenlaw said of he and Alexander.

Greenlaw came through with the defensive play of the year in the regular-season finale at Seattle, where he stopped tight end Jacob Hollister from scoring a touchdown reception. That secured a 26-21 win and the NFC playoffs’ No. 1 seed for the Super Bowl-bound 49ers.

“I know how big of a play it was at the time and what it helped us get to,” Greenlaw said. “But it doesn’t seem bigger or smaller. It was really a memorable play and I’m excited to have been a part of it. I’m excited for next season.”

He’s also excited to play behind rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who got drafted 14th overall after the 49ers tradeded DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts.

“The way (Nick) Bosa came and showed his talent, I think Kinlaw can do the same thing and may very well be the defensive rookie of the year,” Greenlaw said. “He has that kind of potential. It’s going to be exciting to be behind him and play with him.”

Greenlaw’s potential shined on more than just the goal-line stop in Seattle. He made an acrobatic interception in overtime during an eventual loss to the Seahawks in November. “Now that I’ve got a year under my belt, I have a good feel for the speed of the game,” Greenlaw added.

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