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The 49ers’ coaching staff was able to get on the football field April 25 for some coaching during the organization’s local pro day.
However, the majority of draft-eligible players at the 49ers’ Santa Clara practice facility will end up in training camps of the opposition.
On Monday, Jim Harbaugh and his staff can legally begin coaching their own players on the field.
The initial two-week opening phase of the NFL’s voluntary offseason program began April 21. Only strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama and his staff were able to work on the field with players.
Now, all coaches are allowed on the field for individual player instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play” drills that include an offense or defense but no offense vs. defense work. There can be no one-on-one offense vs. defense drills, and no helmets are allowed.
The 49ers had strong participation during the conditioning phase of the offseason program.
The most notable absence continues to be running back LaMichael James, a source told CSNBayArea.com. James did not participate in the two-week conditioning session nor is he on hand for the beginning of "Football School."
On April 25, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said he was not alarmed by James' absence in the voluntary program. However, James will forfeit a $50,000 workout bonus.
“No,” Baalke said, “because he just had a young child and has a new baby at home, settling into life. Understand this, this is voluntary. This isn’t where they have to be here right now. You have to trust that the guys who aren’t here are working just has hard as the guys who are here.”
The 49ers’ mandatory full-squad minicamp is scheduled for June 17-19.