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Morning Tailgate: April 17

Posted by Taylor Price on April 17, 2012 – 9:44 AM

The sun was out on the 49ers practice fields on Monday and so were a large number of players for the start of the team’s offseason strength program.

The opening day of workouts saw a tremendous mix of veterans, young players and even free agent additions like Mario Manningham, Brandon Jacobs and Rock Cartwright taking part along with their new teammates. The workouts themselves were quite unique as witnessed by this TV49 recap of the afternoon workout group led by head strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama.

Additional 49ers headlines, including the second part of CEO Jed York’s interview with The San Jose Mercury News can be found after the jump.

In speaking with Mike Rosenberg of The Mercury News, York explained the future steps for the team’s new stadium site in Santa Clara. York also said the team plans on bidding to host Super Bowl L (50). “The NFL is going to take bids for Super Bowls 50 and 51 at the same time and want as many as possible to go for 50,” York said. “We’ll be in that and we hope we’ll get one.”

Perhaps one of the most anticipated mock drafts was recently released when Peter King of Sports Illustrated shared his final mock draft of 2012. King has the 49ers taking Stanford tight end Coby Fleener with the No. 30 overall selection.

In John Clayton’s recent ESPN.com mailbag column, the senior analyst explained the 49ers options in the first round where he sees the 49ers potentially taking Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill if available at No. 30.

With the NFL set to release the full 2012 schedule on Tuesday, ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando examines 10 potential calendar storylines which include seven postseason rematches from last season. The 49ers will host the New York Giants and will travel to face the New Orleans Saints, the two team’s they faced in last year’s playoffs.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares his thoughts on the 49ers defensive draft needs. According to Maiocco, the 49ers would be best served to add depth on defense behind a group that returns all 11 starters from 2011.

Lastly, we’re concluding our “49 in 49” pre-draft series by profiling the best non-BCS talent. First, we profiled the turbulent career of talented North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins.


Captain Patrick Willis weighed in on the first day of offseason workouts at 49ers headquarters.

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19 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: April 17”

  1. By rjdniner on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply


  2. By Kyle on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    *Sigh* If only he could play at home for super bowl “49″

  3. By Gabriel49 on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Train like Champions from day 1 to be a Champion. get the mind set early boys!!!

  4. By zevo49 on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Great season last year guy’s as you all played outstanding. Mr. Willis you got to go to Jim and Trent and push to have the front office seal the contracts for 2 of the BEST DEFENSIVE players in the game today and you know I’m talking about Mr.Goldson and Mr. Bowman. If and when you accomplish this we could have the best defense the NFL ever watched.

  5. By dave g. on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I see John Clayton aka “The Professor” agrees with me at the #30 spot. WR Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech)!

  6. By the fanster on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with you dave about stephen hill but i dont think he will be there at 30,,crossing fingers but with the recent signing of brett swain coach harbaugh might think he has enough young wide outs for the upcoming season,,and decide to use pick numero uno one a lineman or safety,,,we can only hope for hill,,

  7. By the fanster on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    nfl networks mike mayock, michael lombardi,charles davis,and bucky brooks of nflscouts.com all seem to think hill is a development player at this stage of his career,,those are their words not mine,,but with work can possibly turn out to be an elite player,,lets hope we get that chance to groom him,,,crossing fingers

  8. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    with coach not being handcuffed to what you got is what you get ….i am sure this will be one of the best offseasons we have seen for a while …..bless the coach and the players and lets have no injuries. Work hard and bring out the best guys we are behind you

  9. By johninchina on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    i certainly agree with zevo49 re Goldson & Bowman, first off, but the entire D is a keeper and on their way to true “greatness” if we can keep them intact! As for the O, so much talent it is awesome, now Alex, you have an entire offseason and preseason to get to know your receivers, get the timing down, the routes, the patterns; and start today, play catch with them, take them out to dinner, come early and stay late in training camp and preseason! This is the year Alex, you got to do it man! Step up and BE the man!

  10. By dave g. on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    I hope we get a solid WR & I am fully aware WR Stephen Hill is raw (like I said before). But the upside on this guy is tremendous! If we bring him along slowly his rookie year, kind of like Torrey Smith with Baltimore, he will be a star with proper coaching & learning from Moss. The guy is 6’4″ and can run a 4.3 in the 40. We have not had a guy remotely close to that since T.O. We need that bad!…think of the WR’s Alex has had…no offense to them BUT Montana & Young had Dwight Clark, Freddie Solomon, Jerry Rice, John Taylor & T.O. The best Alex has had would be his versions of a Tai Streets or Mike Sherard which was 3rd or 4th at best on those guys depth chart. Josh Morgan & Crabtree has been basically those guys. We NEED A BEAST! I hope we get the good Moss & I hope Manningham stays healthy because if that doesn’t happen and we don’t draft a great WR, we right back to where we were last year. Swain? Are you kidding?

  11. By the fanster on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    hey,they must have signed him for a reason,you dont give multi-year contracts to players wholare going to be on the practice squad

  12. By the fanster on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    but I agree with everything youve said,,we need a beast wide out

  13. By the fanster on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    and according to the mercury news,it was harbaugh who insisted that trent sign swain,,so hey,,what do we know. coach knows whats nest for the team wayyyyy more than we do,,the draft is right around the corner we will know soon enough,,,,,go 9ers

  14. By dave g. on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    I hear you on Swain. I am sure he is decent and will fill in nicely where needed. BUT man we have not had a bonafide WR BEAST who scares people since T.O! I mean at what point do we finally pull the trigger? Our great 49er teams always had at least one. I am sure Swain will do fine BUT we need more than fine. For Gods sake when was the last time we had a ProBowl caliber WR? That’s a big part of our QBs succeeding regardless of who starts.

  15. By dave g. on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Moss was one of those guys but at 35 years old which Moss are we getting & for how long? I would rather have a “security net” backup plan & someone to groom for the future.

  16. By the fanster on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    right there with ya dave,,we havent had that threat at WR since T.O. and we havent even sniffed anything like him since

  17. By the fanster on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    and I was wrong about swain,it was a 1 year deal, when they made the anouncement of swains deal when they said multiple years they meant years in a row with a 1 year contract,,so maybe swain is a player they want to keep for special teams,,those special teams players are famous for the 1 year contracts it seems

  18. By the fanster on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    which brings us right back to the fact we want hill in the 1st round,,,I recommend reading the article about baalke and what he wants to do in this years draft

  19. By dave g. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah..I read that article…Baalke is not showing his hand in the slightest. I like that.

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