Rookies and selected veterans reported Saturday for the opening of 49ers training camp in Santa Clara.
After seeing his jersey in his locker, Deante Purvis, a rookie cornerback from UNLV, tweeted, First Time ever having my name on my Jersey. Blessedinstagr.ampNXKvdDNXEp Deante Purvis (@humptypurvis20) July 21, 2012Likewise, Al Netter, a rookie offensive lineman from Northwestern tweeted, What a great bday present! twitter.comAlNetterstatu Al Netter (@AlNetter) July 21, 2012Jason Slowey, whom the 49ers drafted in the sixth round (No.199 overall), tweeted,Never had a jersey with my name on it b4 instagr.ampNXHpBgrlkQ Jason Slowey (@JasonSlowey) July 21, 2012Kourtnei Brown, a rookie linebacker from Clemson, also tweeted a picture of his jersey.
All four players have "work to do" to make the 49ers' 53-man roster.
The players will get some practices together before the veterans are scheduled to report on Thursday. The practices involving the rookies will be closed to the media.The first full-squad practice is slated for Friday. The team's first practice in pads is scheduled for Sunday, July 29.The 49ers open the exhibition season on Friday, Aug. 10, against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park.
General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.
“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.
Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.
Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.
“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.
“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who faces an uncertain future with the 49ers, visited team headquarters in Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, according to a league source.
Kaepernick was likely there to meet with 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan for the first time since they were hired to replace Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly.
On Feb. 9, Lynch said Kaepernick “reached out” to him shortly after he was hired as general manager. Lynch said he and Kaepernick planned on meeting in the near future.
Earlier this week, Lynch said he would have open and honest communication with Kaepernick about the club’s plan at the quarterback position.
“The one thing we will do very well with Kap is we’ll communicate,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”
Kaepernick and the 49ers agreed to a restructured contract in October. The sides tore up the final four years of Kaepernick’s contract and replaced it with a deal that enables Kaepernick to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Kaepernick's non-guaranteed scheduled pay is $14.9 million for the 2017 season.
Kaepernick does not currently have agent representation, according to the NFL Players Association.
He started 11 games last season after replacing Blaine Gabbert in the starting lineup and bounced back with a solid statistical season. Kaepernick threw 16 touchdown passes and just four interceptions for a passer rating of 90.7. He also rushed for 468 yards and a career-best 6.8-yards per carry.