Matt Maiocco

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SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde, a second-round pick last year, returns to take on his expected role as the 49ers’ starting running back. But nothing will be handed to him as a second-year player.

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SANTA CLARA -- Among the 49ers offseason acquisitions, one particular face on the team’s practice field stands out.

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SANTA CLARA – It’ll never be found on any stat sheet, but on Friday linebacker NaVorro Bowman recorded his first interception against a starting NFL quarterback in 17 months.

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SANTA CLARA – Two cornerbacks who spent their rookie seasons rehabbing injuries are back on the field and figure to compete this season for roles on the 53-man roster.

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SANTA CLARA –- The 49ers plan to re-sod the surface of Levi’s Stadium seven or eight times before Super Bowl 50 in February.

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