There's been a heat wave in the South Bay this week, but
The new 49ers defensive lineman and Louisiana native has been soaking up the sun rays, all while soaking up knowledge from San Francisco’s coaching staff.
Ever since Dorsey signed a two-year contract with the 49ers on Mar. 13, the sixth-year pro has been a mainstay at 49ers headquarters. Dorsey has been consistently lifting weights with the team’s defensive linemen and because of those sessions, he’s seeing results in the team’s “football school” workouts.
“Everybody’s strong,” said a smiling Dorsey when asked about San Francisco’s defensive linemen. “Everybody’s strong.”
Strength will come into greater focus when training camp begins. But for now, the 6-foot-1, 297-pound defensive lineman has concentrated on learning the 49ers defensive playbook and the basics of all defensive line positions in the team’s 3-4 defensive alignment.
“We’re focusing on getting the fundamentals down, getting down the techniques of the defense,” Dorsey said. “Everybody has been in high spirits, so it’s fun right now.”
The former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman has experience across the defensive line in various alignments. He started in 65 of the 66 games he played with Kansas City, totaling 238 tackles, four sacks, four fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and three pass breakups.
In San Francisco, Dorsey has enjoyed the challenge of learning multiple roles in a new defensive scheme. The 49ers will need a replacement for outgoing nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and Dorsey is in competition to man that spot.
For now, Dorsey is enjoying the multiple assignments he’s been given at offseason sessions.
“We play all positions,” Dorsey said. “It’s coming fast right now, but I’m getting it down.”
Dorsey is one of the many players on the roster that have provided great tempo at practice.
It’s not being overlooked by Jim Harbaugh.
“The team is in shape,” the 49ers coach said this week. “Guys have been doing a good job of getting themselves ready to go.”
Conditioning is one thing, but the bigger focus is learning the nuances of the playbook
“A lot of pretty days,” the Baton Rouge, La., native said. “The weather is nice and the guys around here like to work hard and help you out.”
“The guys you’re working with are helping you out,” Dorsey said.
Lifting and conditioning with some of the league’s strongest offensive and defensive linemen provides a quality benchmark for Dorsey this offseason, too.
“You have to make sure you’re getting yourself strong and that you’re doing your part,” he said.
For the rest of the time leading up to training camp, the former first-round pick will concentrate on learning San Francisco’s defensive schemes while strengthening bonds with his new teammates.
The process hasn’t been too difficult.
It also helps that the 49ers just drafted a fellow LSU Tiger to the defense with first-round draft pick
“I loved it,” said Dorsey, a multi-award recipient member on LSU’s 2008 BCS Championship team. “He’s from my hometown, so I was excited about it. I’m excited for him to come in and show what he can do.
“I know he’s going to come out and work hard. He’s going to be ready to go.”
Dorsey can relate.
A workman-like approach has been consistent ever since the 49ers signed him at the start of the free agency period.
The 49ers defensive lineman has motivation for the 2013 season. He wants to earn a significant role on a Super Bowl contenting team. He also wants to showcase his disruptive, defensive ability.
Dorsey couldn’t help but notice that Kansas City will be the first road game on San Francisco’s preseason schedule.
“That’s going to be fun to go back there and see faces that I know,” Dorsey said. “I’ll be looking forward to it.”