Players might be on vacation, but there’s plenty of action happening around 4949 Centennial Blvd. Construction work continues at the new Santa Clara Stadium site at a constant pace. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers’ three-day Youth Football Camp is taking place on the team’s practice fields next door.
Former players like Guy McIntyre, Eric Wright, Dennis Brown and J.J. Stokes, plus current 49ers like Delanie Walker, have joined the campers to share wisdom from their football experiences. Check out photos of Walker mingling with the campers on day one of camp.
While most of the 49ers are elsewhere getting their minds and bodies right for training camp (16 days away), that doesn’t mean they’re not being recognized in the media. All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman was recently named the No. 5 most underrated player in the NFL by the staff at Pro Football Weekly.
Bowman wasn’t a Pro Bowler last season, but his All-Pro selection and inclusion on PFF’s list should be considered as a nice consolation prize.
More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
Matt Bowen of The National Football Post breaks down the excellent technique used in Dashon Goldson’s interception of Drew Brees in the NFL Divisional Playoff round against the New Orleans Saints. Bowen: “Focus on Dashon Goldson’s technique—because this is what you want to coach at the FS position. The 49ers safety is patent is his drop (young safeties will panic and play with too much depth), slides to the middle of the field and gets his eyes back to the QB. This allows him to drive on the throw at an angle that puts him in a position to step in front of the seam route. Make the play, turn into a RB, get to the numbers and advance the football.”
Nathan Jahnke of ProFootballFocus.com reviewed the three years of production at the tight end position and notes that Vernon Davis totaled the second-most receiving yards and fifth-most yards per route during that period.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com examines the 49ers options in the return game where he figures Ted Ginn Jr. will handle return duties again in 2012.
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News shares comments from SiriusXM NFL radio host Rich Gannon, who relayed Jim Harbaugh’s offseason assessment of Randy Moss.
49ers.com’s offseason coverage continued with a defensive line camp preview and the first Meet the Gold Rush video of 2012 featuring veteran cheerleader Aleena.
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Tags: Dashon Goldson, Delanie Walker, Dennis Brown, Eric Wright, Guy McIntyre, J.J. Stokes, Jim Harbaugh, Navorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Randy Moss, Ted Ginn Jr., Vernon Davis
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