The 49ers mandatory three-day minicamp begins today, signaling the start of the team’s final on-field work prior to training camp.
Similar to Organized Team Activities, the minicamp will involve the same non-contact principles as the previous stages of the offseason program. Team and 7-on-7 periods are permitted, one-on-one pass-rushing battles, however, will have to wait until training camp.
49ers.com will have extended minicamp coverage throughout the week, but before camp begins, let’s take a look at the top team-related headlines.
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando takes a look at the rosters of every team in the division and notes that the 49ers have a division-high 11 players with one or more Pro Bowl appearances. The list includes: David Akers, Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Joe Staley, Dashon Goldson, Carlos Rogers, and Jonathan Goodwin. (Update: wide receiver Randy Moss and long snapper Brian Pontbriand also have multiple Pro Bowl appearances).
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee offers various notes from the 49ers play count numbers from 2011. Barrows: “Only one player, Isaac Sopoaga, played all three phases of the game. Interestingly Colin Jones, who is listed as a safety, played one offensive snap but zero defensive snaps.”
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle checks in with outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, who worked out over the offseason with Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler Clay Matthews. Branch: “Bakhtiari, 27, has logged time on the practice squads of seven teams since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Two years ago, he appeared on five teams’ practice squads, an odyssey that included his second stint with the 49ers. This offseason, with his practice-squad eligibility used up, the Burlingame native decided to alter his offseason workout program. Why? Obviously, he said, his standard routine wasn’t working.”
Safety Donte Whitner recently joined CSN’s Chronicle Live to discuss San Francisco’s defensive outlook for 2012.
Carl Steward of The San Jose Mercury News shares the story of 49ers fan Dennis Miller’s quest to win the 2012 U.S. Open as a tournament qualifier.
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Tags: Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Brian Pontbriand, Carlos Rogers, Colin Jones, Dashon Goldson, David Akers, Donte Whitner, Eric Bakhtiari, Frank Gore, Isaac Sopoaga, Joe Staley, Jonathan Goodwin, Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Randy Moss, Vernon Davis
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