The San Francisco 49ers concluded a three-day mandatory veteran minicamp on Thursday. Here are the key observations made from the third session.
1. Kaepernick and Co. on Point
The quarterback seemed to embody his teammates' week: not perfect, but close to it.
How did Jim Harbaugh sum up the offseason program-concluding three-day camp?
“Outstanding. Really pleased," he said. "Thought our players are getting better and better at multiple positions on our team. Coming out of this feeling really good that we improved as a football team this week, over the nine weeks over the offseason training, and stayed pretty much completely healthy. Come out of here with no serious injuries, no ‘keep-him-out-very-long’ injuries. Feel good about that. Both those things.”
2. Best Behavior
“Beware with whom you associate," Harbaugh said he told his players. "Very important to know your surroundings. Friend or foe. There always seems to be a foe present. Get into a good football position and be ready for anything that’s coming at you. Be able to see around corners, see under doors, anticipate. But mainly, surround yourself with good people.”
Kaepernick acknowledged the importance of the message.
“Yeah, I would say since I really started playing it’s something I’ve been more aware of and especially in the past few months," he said. "It’s something that obviously you have to be very aware of.
“You want to keep good people around at all times regardless of where you’re at... For the most part, I’m going to be me. Off the field, you just have to look out for what other people’s intentions are.”
3. Perfect Attendance
Harbaugh awarded a record 59 of his 89 players with a black and gray "49er Way" T-shirt and certificate for perfect attendance over the course of the offseason program.
The coach and his staff opened the initiative to rookies this year. Last year, 31 veterans didn't miss a single day of work.
4. Special Competition
Incumbent punt returner
"I think we’re going to come out of this with a real good returner, and not just one. Feel good about that position.”
James ranked 10th in the NFL with 10.9 yards per punt return in 2013.
5. Miscellaneous Moments
- READ: Kaepernick Strives to Join 'Elite' QBs
- READ: 49ers Add QB Guru as Intern Coach
- READ: Morris Aims to Replace Rogers as Nickel CB
- READ: Cook Works with 49ers First-Team Defense
- READ: McDonald Sees Himseld as 'Different Player'
- READ: Harbaugh Family Stars in Dockers Ad
- READ: T Martin Healthy, Ready to Compete
- READ: D. Johnson Studies Richard Sherman
- READ: Acker Improves During OTA Workouts