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Morning Tailgate: June 11

Posted by Taylor Price on June 11, 2012 – 9:38 AM

Thanks to productive efforts in free agency and in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have added depth to numerous position groups on both sides of the ball.

The added depth figures to keep key veterans like Frank Gore and Justin Smith fresher throughout the upcoming season.

According to a recent report from Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, Gore handled 57-percent of San Francisco’s rushing attempts last season. Following up on Barrows’ initial findings, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com believes Gore’s volume of carries will decrease based on the team’s backfield additions this offseason. Maiocco notes that Gore finished seventh in the NFL in terms of running back playing time.

In addition, Maiocco notes: “Part of the 49ers’ strategy for keeping Gore fresh will be getting comfortable with other running backs on the roster to take on the duty of blitz pickup.”

A similar conundrum is presented by Maiocco in regards to All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith, who rarely spent time on the sideline in 2011.

Though the 49ers did not draft, nor sign any defensive line free agents this offseason, several young linemen (Will Tukuafu, Demarcus Dobbs and Ian Williams) are expected to see the field more often in 2012 with the hopes of resting key contributors like Smith and fellow starting defensive tackle Ray McDonald.

According to Maiocco, Smith played the third-most snaps (91.12-percent) of any defensive linemen in the league.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Barrows writes that both Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs declined to visit the White House over the weekend with their former New York Giants teammates.

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle says tackle Joe Staley has invited several teammates to room with him over the years. Branch: “For the past several seasons, Staley has invited teammates, mostly members of the practice squad, to live for free in his three-bedroom house. The outgoing Staley says he likes the company, but he’s also aware it helps fringe players make ends meet in one the most expensive areas of the country to live.”

Branch also looks at members of the 49ers coaching staff’s involvement as candidates in recent college coaching searches.


Happy 56th Birthday, Joe Montana!

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7 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: June 11”

  1. By roodles111 on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    im glad to read the veterens are going to get some rest during the regular season games and the backups are going to see more action early in the season so when playoff time comes the vets will be well rested less wear and tear on the bodies and mind and the backups will get much needed playing time

  2. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    time for tukuafu,dobbs, and williams to step it up. I think tukuafu is a beast and dobbs can push the pile,dont really have to much from williams to go on but IN HARBAUGH AND BAALKE WE TRUST!!

  3. By rjdniner on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the way it suppose to be, when you don’t have the depth that we have not had or the coaching that we have not had, those day’s are in the past , if one of the vets goes down ,because the coaching staff knows what there doing , a back up becomes a starter ,Viking fan ask me what happen in the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP , costly mistake’s then I ask him were was his team , that ,s right setting at the house and your record was , no answer ……

  4. By 11 Years of 49er Life on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    WE’re going to be awesome

  5. By C.C. on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    I ld ike all the post. But lets not seat those starter;s 2 much, I like seeing them play, Defense monster killers.Offense will see,i mean that in a positive way …..c.c

  6. By Apocalypto on Jun 12, 2012 | Reply

    This philosophy of 2 & 3 way players is going back to the days of old…Genisis if you will..making the most of a roster.A good one at that,it insures to an extent loss of performance quality due to familiarity with playbook & condition’g expectations,consistancy…any pick up during the season could not hope to step in and contribute like a player who has been on the roster or on the developmt squad during the yr..another impressive preemptive approach to upcoming season.congrates to coach H. & staff.! looking forward to this year & years to come again as a competative franchise again.

  7. By Basil on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    are we going too hard too early? staying healthily has to be #1 in my book.

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