Our training camp positional previews continue with a look at the team’s play-making linebackers.
-Speaking of the All-Pro, Bowman watched minicamp practices and routinely rehabbed his late-season knee injury under the supervision of team doctors. Jim Harbaugh has said the 49ers expect Bowman to return to the field in the middle-to-late stages of the ’14 regular season.
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It appears as if Wilhoite will be given the first crack at filling in for Bowman. The veteran linebacker replaced Willis for one start last season, totaling a career-high 13 tackles against the Houston Texans. San Francisco has a pair of rookies in
Borland was a third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin. General manager Trent Baalke raved after the draft about the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year’s play-making ability. Borland backed up the hype, breaking up a number of passes in OTAs and minicamp sessions… Skov played one season at Stanford for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The familiarity helped Skov sign with San Francisco as an undrafted rookie… Lynch, too, has a unique tie with the 49ers. His college coach, Willie Taggart, is very close friends with Harbaugh. Taggart helped vouch for Lynch during the draft process.