Aaron Lynch lets his inner dog out

August, 14, 2014
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers played very nice with the Baltimore Ravens during their recent three-day joint workouts for the very most part.

However, one player wasn’t completely buying into the politeness. Rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch had a couple of heated moments during the workouts, and the South Florida product explained Wednesday that he can be a handful on the field.

“I’m just a dog on the field. That’s how I play,” Lynch said. “In order to be successful in this game, you have to have some type of dog in you. That’s who I am.”

If Lynch is a canine, let’s call him a German Shepherd with a bit of a Great Dane mix. At 6-foot-6 and 276 pounds, Lynch is a massive specimen that says he has gained 30 pounds since last season. He credits 49ers’ coach Jim Harbaugh’s blessing of letting players eat a second or even a third steak if they wish at the training table.

Lynch is a unique player because of his size, strength and success at Notre Dame as a freshman. He transferred to South Florida and his college career was checkered by some off-field issues, resulting in his drop into the fifth round of the draft.

Lynch has fit in with the 49ers so far and he has flashed major skill at times, making him an easy fit on the 53-man roster. Lynch said he is not dwelling on his past, only focusing on his opportunity.

“I came here not really to answer questions, but more to do what coaches tell me to do and fit the scheme I’m supposed to fit,” he said.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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