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Reid Eager for Training Camp

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Eric Reid had not been in a padded practice in months, but Monday’s workout at 49ers headquarters was a welcome introduction into how San Francisco’s training camp practices will be later this week.

Eric Reid had not been in a padded practice in months, but Monday’s workout at 49ers headquarters was a welcome introduction into how San Francisco’s training camp practices will be later this week.

The first-round draft pick out of LSU was eager to get back to the physical side of play now that rookies and a select number of veterans have reported to camp. The rookies have been on the field four times – Monday’s workout signaled the first session in their full uniforms, pads included.

“We had a little contact today,” said Reid, a candidate to step in as the 49ers starting free safety. “That’s my favorite part of football. It was good to finally be back in pads today.”

San Francisco’s rookies are using the opening week to get ready for the speed of training camp once the veterans join them for Thursday practices.

Reid shared the importance of the first week at team headquarters by highlighting Jim Harbaugh’s message to young players looking to make either the team’s 53-man roster or 8-man practice squad.

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“He’s trying to let us know when the vets get here, ‘It’s time to go,’” said Reid, sharing the post-practice words of the 49ers head coach.

The rookies weren’t the only ones eager to begin the season. Harbaugh beamed when speaking about the upcoming training camp sessions.

“That first day, I always think of it as New Years,” the third-year 49ers coach said. “It’s like your birthday. It’s like the start of a long journey whose conclusion isn’t certain. It’s all of those things on one day.”

Rookies like Reid are focused solely on improving each day and are less concerned about how they’ll mesh with veterans in camp. In fact, Reid praised his teammates and the 49ers organization on how they interact with rookies.

“Here, they are concerned about one thing and that’s winning,” Reid, the No. 18 overall pick in the draft said. “They’d rather spend their time and energy on getting better as a team. They want the rookies to come in and play like they’re veterans. They have one goal in mind and that’s to win games.”

For Reid, helping the team wins could come in the form of earning a starting spot on defense.

The 6-foot-1, 213-pound safety is not backing down from the challenge of lining up a starter in his first season.

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“I’m confident in myself,” Reid said. “I’ll leave that decision up to the coach. I’ll just go out to practice every day and try to get better, work on myself and try and make the team better. When the season gets here, we’ll see who gets on the field.”

Reid has put himself in position to earn first-team reps in camp with his consistent studying of the 49ers defensive playbook.

Reid feels much faster at this point of the offseason compared to his first practice sessions in the Bay Area.

“It feels good knowing what you’re doing. It’s never a good feeling when the ball is snapped and you don’t know what’s going on. Knowing the playbook is key, especially in this league, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

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