49ers football school workouts received a jolt of energy on Monday as the 49ers rookies joined the veterans.
“There were a lot of bodies and a bunch of eager people ready to get in there and learn,” said three-year veteran Kyle Williams. “It’s always refreshing when you get some guys that are ready to work hard and this means everything to them. It was good to get them out there today.”
The only member of the 2012 draft class who could not attend was running back LaMichael James, who must wait until Oregon’s graduation before joining his 49ers teammates.
Offensive lineman Jason Slowey got plenty of reps at center as the rookies were able to build on what they learned during their three-day minicamp.
“It was a little less strenuous not having the helmets on and everything,” Slowey said after the non-padded workout. “It was more about mental reps and seeing how the veterans do it, learning little tips here and there.”
Slowey shadowed center Daniel Kilgore, who mentored the rookie during Monday’s drills.
“Kilgore has been a really good influence, helping me to pick up the calls,” Slowey said. “It’s a big help to have the veterans around and I don’t have to try to figure stuff out by myself.”
Undrafted free agent running back Jewel Hampton also benefited from the presence of the veterans, especially fellow Southern Illinois Saluki, Brandon Jacobs.
“I want to soak up all the knowledge from the vets, that’s the best thing you can do,” Hampton said eagerly. “I want to learn the playbook so you can perform out on the field and move up to potentially join the roster.”
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