James looks to get up to speed with 49ers offense

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James looks to get up to speed with 49ers offense

SANTA CLARA -- While most of the 49ers were taking part in offseason workouts on the team's practice field, rookie running back LaMichael James had some alone time with his playbook.NFL rules prohibit rookies from taking part in a team's offseason program until the school he attended holds its graduation ceremonies. James attended Oregon, which is on the quarters system. And that meant a mid-June graduation.
James, a second-round draft pick was allowed to begin work at the 49ers' practice facility only after the veterans had already departed for the offseason.He has yet to meet running back Frank Gore. And he has only communicated with veteran running back Brandon Jacobs via text messages.But James was among the rookies and selected veterans to report to training camp over the weekend and begin practices. He said he is comfortable with the strides he has made in learning the system. And he should be further along for when the veterans report later this week for the first full-squad practice on Friday.RELATED: 49ers rookies excited to see their jerseys in lockers
"I feel like I've made great progression in that department, getting into the playbook and learning the plays," James said on Monday. "I've been getting with Colin (Kaepernick) and he's been helping me out. A lot of the quarterbacks and other players are helping me out, bringing me along. (Running backs) coach Tom Rathman is spending extra time with me just to get the playbook down."James averaged 7.3 yards a carry during his final season at Oregon. His game is built around speed, and his goal is to become so familiar with his assignment that he can make a swift impact.
"I want to get each and every day," James said. "When a player doesn't know what he's doing, he tends to play slow. When you're in the NFL, everybody's fast."

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day in College Station, Texas.

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”