Time for all 49ers to report for training camp
Reigning NFC champions reunite, only 193 days until NFL's Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey/New York
- The 49ers' third training camp under coach Jim Harbaugh kicks into full gear Wednesday, when veterans report alongside the rookies, quarterbacks and select others who've been at the Santa Clara practice facility since Friday.General manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday he expects full-squad attendance, and he facilitated one end of that by signing all 11 draft picks well in advance of this week's camp.
- This will also be the third camp in a 49ers uniform for strong safety Donte Whitner, who recently posted a different tweet in which he wondered where he'll be next year at this time. Whitner's contract expires after the coming season, as do those of most cornerbacks, so look for some hungry players in the secondary.
- Cox and all four other cornerbacks from last season's team are returning to compete for their roster spots. Social-media kudos to Cox for donning a #49ers cap to last night's Rangers game (rather than bust out, say, a Dolphins cap like his quarterback recently did in creating a silly controversy).
- The 49ers huddled up to listen to coach Harbaugh after Wednesday's practice for rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans. Thursday marks the first full-squad practice.
- Wait, what, 2014? Kilgore, a backup offensive lineman, is getting a bit ahead of himself.
- Yep, Goodwin knows the snap (and year) count as he prepares for his third camp as the starting center, a role that Kilgore could seize in (wait for it ... ) 2014.
- Linebacker Patrick Willis is an avid angler, only this camp he's lost one of his 2012 fishing buddies: Randy Moss, who remains unsigned and is not expected to return to the 49ers. Baalke wouldn't rule out Moss' return, however, and said no one is off limits.
- Like Moss, Michael Crabtree also won't be participating in this camp. Crabtree tore his right Achilles in the first offseason workout in May. Top candidates to replace him: A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore, at least until Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham prove they've recovered from 2012 ACL tears.
- Williams is not yet cleared to practice, as he's been placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list, as have Manningham, running back Kendall Hunter (Achilles) and linebacker Darius Fleming (knee).
- Quinton Patton (above) is a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech. He says he must get his conditioning up, even though he's worked out some the past month with his former college trainer who's now part of Cal's staff under coach Sonny Dykes.
- Lockette has had a busy offseason escorting his housemate, Kaepernick, to award shows -- and to practice fields. This camp will be crucial for Lockette to prove he knows the routes, thus complementing his tremendous speed and size.
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