Editor's note: Training camp is underway.
SANTA CLARA -- Donte Whitner was the No. 8 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2006. There were never a doubt he would be on the field for Week 1 of his rookie season.
Pete Carroll, a former defensive backs coach, used the word "ridiculous" to describe 49ers safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner.
Of course, he meant it as a huge compliment.
It was a busy evening for Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner, each of whom played all 94 snaps of defense in the 49ers' 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.