Twenty-three days and counting.
Training Camp 2012 presented by HP is right around the corner for the San Francisco 49ers, who look to repeat as NFC West champs for the first time since the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando recently examined the 49ers offensive depth heading into training camp, and will offer a post on the defensive depth later today. 49ers.com, too, will begin to break down the various position groups on the roster, beginning with the quarterbacks. Stay tuned.
More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
Sando lists the nickel cornerback competition between Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox as a position battle to watch for the 49ers. Sando: “The 49ers easily could have handed the job to Culliver after the 2011 third-round choice played better than 40 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Adding Cox creates competition and improves depth at a position that has become increasingly important as offenses more use additional wide receivers.”
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com examines how much travel miles affect a team’s overall record. Barnwell: “Of the 10 longest distances traveled by teams in a given season over the past 10 years, seven belong to either the Seahawks or the 49ers.”
David Fucillo of NinersNation.com writes that Frank Gore will carry Bay Area-based boxer Nonito Donaire’s WBO super bantamweight belt to the ring for Donaire’s upcoming title fight.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shares voting information for the 2012 ESPY’s where the 49ers are nominated for “Best Game.” Barrows: “I’ve long said (for at least a month and a half) that one of the overlooked consequences of the 49ers’ overtime loss in the NFC Championship is it stole a little something from the previous game, the 36-32 win over the Saints. Five lead changes. More than 400 yards of offense for both teams. A last-second touchdown pass to Vernon Davis — it’s easily the best game I’ve covered in nine seasons.”
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison lists the 49ers-Giants regular season contest as the No. 18 overall game from the 2011 regular season. Harrison: “Obviously, this game didn’t carry the same stakes as the NFC title bout, but this midseason contest certainly provided championship-level drama. And truth be told, this edition of Giants-Niners was as much follow-up as it was warm-up, at least when you consider the insane stockpile of classic wars these two teams have waged over the years, in both the regular season and the playoffs.”
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