In just a few hours, 49ers rookies and a few early arriving veterans will speak with the media to discuss their mindset heading into training camp. Rookies officially reported over the weekend, and many were in awe once they arrived at team headquarters to discover game jerseys hanging in their lockers.
The 49ers will utilize the game jerseys to increase practice tempo, and to allow players to get a feel for proper blocking technique in game equipment.
As for the veterans, many have already made their way to team headquarters in Santa Clara. The group, however, won’t officially report until Thursday. Practices begin promptly on Friday.
But before camp can officially get underway, let’s examine the top storylines heading into camp after the jump.
Khaled Elsayed of ProFootballFocus.com lists wide receiver as the top position battle to watch for the 49ers. Elsayed expects Kyle Williams’ playing time to increase as the year goes on.
Pro Football Weekly’s Hub and Dan Arkush overview San Francisco’s offseason heading into camp in this video segment.
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News examines the 49ers role as Super Bowl contenders heading into camp. Inman: “Coach Jim Harbaugh first huddled his 49ers together a year ago at training camp, launching a startling journey that led to the franchise’s first NFC Championship game since 1998.Beginner’s luck? Hardly.Will there be a triumphant encore? Quite possibly.”
Inman also offers five questions to track during camp.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee writes draft picks Joe Looney and Darius Fleming are expected to begin camp on the physically unable to perform list, citing league sources. Barrows: “Placing them on PUP does not save roster spots during training camp and the preseason. However, it would allow the 49ers to keep the players on PUP when the season begins, a move which would open roster spots.”
Barrows also shares his top training camp storylines.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports lists Randy Moss among his top 20 players looking to regain their form in 2012.
NFL.com offers photos of Alex Smith golfing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championships over the weekend. Smith finished t-48; Jerry Rice finished in 31st place.
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CEO Jed York gave away two tickets and pre-game field passes to a 49ers regular season game over the weekend.
Tags: Alex Smith, Darius Fleming, Jed York, Jim Harbaugh, Joe Looney, Kyle Williams, Randy Moss
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