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1. Brock in the Building
Brock, 25, will enter the 2014 season as the team’s top cornerback after signing a four-year contract extension last November. Brock said he’s looking to assert himself as the leader in the cornerback group and setting an example is how he plans to do it. “I want to be the best throughout the whole league,” Brock told Scott Kegley of 49ers Studios. “I know that’s hard to say and that’s hard to do, but that’s my goal. That’s what I’m going to be fighting for this whole season.”
>> Brock's phsyical play should not go unnoticed.
>> Without Brock, there would be no "Pick at The 'Stick."
2. A Word from Management
Robert Alberino Jr., the team’s Executive Producer (and my boss), recapped his first season in San Francisco by sharing a recent piece he wrote for Sony’s CineAlta Magazine. Alberino discussed some of the strides made by the 49ers in-house production group and also revealed upcoming projects. Alberino noted that the team will create two in-house television shows (Forty Niners Way and The Faithful) starting in September.
>> The EP's tweets offer a glimpse into the team's in-house media projects.
>> 49ers Studios channel reflects the team's enhanced emphasis on production.
3. Roster Battles on the Way
It’s never too early to look at position battles. Even in April, CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco decided to glance at the current state of the 49ers roster and detail an early blueprint for the upcoming competitions for coveted roster spots. With 11 draft picks in May, the 49ers have the means to find impact players at positions of need and find depth for multiple position groups.
>> A look at the comings and goings on the 49ers roster.
>> Noteworthy dates on San Francisco's offseason calendar.
4. Around the NFL
After veteran running back Chris Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans, speculation immediately picked up on where the speedy runner would sign next. Johnson’s release was made official on Monday and reports indicate that Johnson will pick his next team by the end of the week.
NFL.com predicted the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills could be the most likely landing places for the seventh-year pro.
>> Per ESPN, Clemson offensive line prospect Brandon Thomas, a projected mid-round draft pick, suffered a torn ACL while working out for the New Orleans Saints.
>> NFL Network reported that top prospects (quarterback Johnny Manziel, offensive tackle Greg Robinson and linebacker Khalil Mack) are headed for meetings with the Jacksonville Jaguars.