Starting Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers 90-man roster will get together for three days this week for a mandatory minicamp. The three practice sessions will conclude the 2013 offseason program.
The mandatory minicamp will be open all three days for the media to learn more about the progress being made by the defending NFC Champs.
Numerous storylines will be examined.
In the passing game, the 49ers will look to identify emerging performers to showcase in 2013.
Which wide receiver is stepping up to start opposite of Anquan Boldin? Will Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald be utilized more in the passing game to account for the loss of Michael Crabtree?
How is Colin Kaepernick developing as the team’s full-time starting quarterback? Will Colt McCoy continue to solidify himself as the No. 2 signal-caller? How will Scott Tolzien and B.J. Daniels perform with their opportunities?
Then there are questions to be resolved with the team’s newcomers.
Which rookie has made the biggest leap in a short time this offseason? Will Eric Reid insert himself into the conversation to start Week 1? How is undrafted defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye performing in his first offseason playing football in his entire life?
Defensively, the 49ers appear to have less unresolved situations. But those questions will mostly be decided in training camp where physicality stands out. When the players put pads on, we’ll learn which member of the team deserves to start at nose tackle. We’ll also learn the pecking order for the team’s cornerback roles.
In the short term, the 49ers will hold three days of practice to get ready for training camp and showcase the improvements they’ve made through “Football School” workouts and Organized Team Activities.
We’ll watch it unfold and report back on 49ers.com. Jim Harbaugh, plus coordinators Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, will all speak to the media this week. Several players will talk as well.
But until then, more 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com previews the upcoming minicamp.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com shared the results of ESPN’s Greatest Coach of NFL History list, Bill Walsh ranks No. 2 behind Vince Lombardi.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle caught up with Nick Moody’s college coach.
Dan Brown of San Jose Mercury News caught up with former 49ers offensive lineman Len Rohde to detail his battles against the late Deacon Jones.
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