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Rookies Add Energy to Football School

Posted by Scott Kegley on May 14, 2012 – 4:39 PM

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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5 Responses to “Rookies Add Energy to Football School”

  1. By Tim on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    A note to the Rookies wide receivers. Get a hold of Alex Smith and set up so extra practice. This way your starting QB gets to know you and you get to know him. That way you may have a head start on the veterans. From my out observations, Michael Crabtree does not seem to like extra practice time. I am not sure about Randy Moss or Mario Maningham. What is known is that Alex wants to be an elite QB, he can only get there by developing relationships with his receivers. So Rookie pick up the phone and give Alex a call. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

  2. By rocky on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome to the 49er family! Now prove your worth.

    #33 big shoes to fill..makeroger Craig and the49er faithful proud!!

  3. By 49wayz on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    lets go rookies.. Happy to hear that you guys are all working hard and veteran continue to teach these young guys.. Excited to hear that Alex Smith is getting better on his mechanics. Looking forward to seeing the long ball this season with these speedsters… Go NIners!!!1

  4. By Jason on May 15, 2012 | Reply

    It has been a long time since I was this anxious for the season to begin…..greatness is on its way once again in the bay area

  5. By mike on May 15, 2012 | Reply

    Im with you Jason. Last season has got us all excited for more. I cant wait for the season to start!

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