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Michael Wilhoite on Yoga, 49ers Roster at Ripe Age, Trip around the NFL

Posted Apr 15, 2014

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1. Michael the Yoga Master

Michael Wilhoite likes to work out. In fact, the 49ers reserve middle linebacker answered questions for 25 minutes on 580 Sports Talk in Kansas right after working out. Some parts of his offseason regimen: Bag drills, back-pedaling on the field, lifting weights, running stairs and, in between, playing basketball. After his morning session on Wednesday, he does Yoga and some Pilates. "It's a really good way to work on your flexibility, your core muscles, your stability muscles," he said. "And then at the same time, get a little strength and a little meditation. I like it. It works well for me. I've been doing it a couple years.

"I'm getting my body prepared for whatever come's my way on the field."

Wilhoite, who is listed at a sturdy 240 pounds, may have a lot to prepare for this spring and summer. With starting 'backer NaVorro Bowman on the mend and not expected back by a specific date, Wilhoite will be competing to help fill Bowman's cleats. This will be no easy feat, which explains why he's not taking any days off.

>>Players will soon be arriving for the start of workouts on April 21. Here are the OTA and minicamp dates.

>>We know where and against whom Wilhoite and San Francisco will be playing its games in 2014, but we don't know when, at least not yet.

>>Another calendar question: Will Paul McCartney perform the first concert at new Levi's® Stadium?

2. What's in a Number?

According to our math, the average age of the 49ers current, 73-man roster is 26, right around a given player's prime. Mix in a healthy dose of experienced veterans (34-year-old Justin Smith and 33-year-old Anquan Boldin to name a couple) and you have a squad suited to win now and in the future.

>>Player-turned-analyst Terrell Davis said he thinks running back Frank Gore, who turns 31 in May, has "a few more years" left in his tank.

>>Boldin, who entered the league one season before Gore in 2003, is still lauded for his toughness as a player. Brandon Marshall told us as much, and so did NFL alum Sterling Sharpe, who said Boldin reminded him of himself.

>>With tenured players comes increased salaries, but San Francisco ranks 140th among pro sports teams in terms of spending, says an ESPN The Magazine survey, showing it gets more bang for its buck than competitors.

>>Speaking of digits, thank you for contributing to our three-plus million likes on Facebook. Here's your reward.

3. Around the League

>>Draft-eligible Derek Carr of Fresno State told NFL Media that he is "absolutely" the best quarterback in this year's pool of amateur players. Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater might feel differently.

>>Teams still looking for depth at wide receiver via free agency can consider ex-Seattle Seahawk Sidney Rice, who has been rehabbing his torn ACL and was cleared for football activities.

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