Used to putting his hand in the dirt, the 49ers third-round pick is learning how to take pass drops, make pre-snap reads and be able to adjust on the fly. Making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker has been difficult, but Lemonier has embraced his new role.
"It's been challenging, but it's something I've been doing and I keep getting better and better every day," Lemonier told 49ers.com. "I just come out here and keep working."
The biggest challenge for Lemonier thus far has been making his pre-snap adjustments.
"I've played with my hand down in the dirt all the time, just going straight or lateral," Lemonier said. "Now, you drop back and read the defense. I'm picking it up fast. It's different because I'm dropping back, but when it's third down and I have to pass rush, that's something I've been doing."
"Corey's getting it," Willis told the media on the final day of minicamp. "It's not coming as fast to him, but he's working every day. Coach Vic (Fangio) is working with him and Coach Pete (Hanson). I know they're going to have him ready so if he does have to step in there, he'll be ready to go."