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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers opened last season with seven defensive linemen on their 53-man roster and two additional players stashed on reserve lists.


SANTA CLARA – It’s typical that the defense is ahead of the offense in the early days of training camp, especially when a new offense is being installed.


SANTA CLARA – Everything changes on Tuesday for the 49ers.


SANTA CLARA – The conversion of athletically gifted Lawrence Okoye from a rugby player and Olympic discus finalist from Great Britain into an NFL defensive lineman is suddenly not such a far-fetch


SANTA CLARA –- The 49ers’ defensive line is making the adjustment to life without Justin Smith and Ray McDonald, who were mainstays together at the end positions over the past four seasons.