The San Francisco 49ers voluntary program begins on Monday. The nine-week program consists of three phases: two weeks of strength and conditioning work, three weeks of on-field workouts with coaches and four weeks of OTAs and minicamps.
The offseason program is essential for newcomers and young players on the 49ers roster. Veterans typically take a limited role in the second phase of the program, allowing younger teammates to handle the bulk of the practice reps.
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With team workouts starting next week, 49ers.com has combed through the roster to find the top young players to track as the program gets underway.
With the recent signing of veteran wide receiver
The 2013 second-round draft pick is on track to make his NFL debut this September. But, Carradine will first look to assert himself in the offseason program. With veteran starters
Jim Harbaugh has earned praise for his development of young quarterbacks. His next apprentice is the former first-round draft pick whom the 49ers acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars. San Francisco’s coaching staff can’t begin working with the players until the second phase of the offseason program, but look for Gabbert to get months of detailed tutorials from Harbaugh and quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst.
The more Jerod-Eddie was on the field in 2013, the better the 6-foot-5, 301-pound defensive lineman was able to play. Stalwarts on the line, including Smith and McDonald, didn’t have to play every snap for the 49ers defense to succeed. Jerod-Eddie appeared in 15 games and recorded 28 tackles and one interception in his second season. Expect bigger and better things.
Being awarded a three-year contract extension was a good sign for Kigore’s future in San Francisco. As the roster currently stands, the team has an opening at center this season, and the former fifth-round draft pick will compete to earn that role. Kilgore’s three years in the NFL has seen him practice at center and both guard spots. One could assume that Kilgore will be primarily snapping the ball all spring and summer.
It’s hard to be a fan favorite without playing in a regular season game, let alone a preseason game. Lattimore, however, finds himself in that role based on his unique story. The standout college performer, derailed by two serious knee injuries, was selected in the fourth round to “redshirt” for the 49ers as a rookie. Lattimore says he’ll be ready to play ball in 2014. The comeback trail continues with offseason work.
San Francisco’s 3-4 defense is predicated on solid play from its linebacking corps. With
We know Morris has speed. We’ll get a better sense of Morris’ coverage skills this offseason. Behind leader
The football foreigner story hasn’t gotten old by any means. If anything, the former Olympian’s journey to the NFL will only intensify. Okoye has learned plenty about professional football. He spent the entire 2013 season traveling with the 49ers and soaking up knowledge every step of the way. In a matter of a few weeks, we’ll see how far he’s come.
Other young 49ers to track:
CB Culliver, DT
Which young player are you most excited to follow this offseason?