49ers OLB Aldon Smith (shoulder surgery) is doing a "little bit" in OTAs.
Smith resumed lifting weights last month, and is expected to be 100 percent for training camp. Smith is looking to bounce-back from a frigid finish to his 2012 season, where including the playoffs, he notched zero sacks over his final six games.
49ers CB Carlos Rogers is "told (he's a) starter," but expects Nnamdi Asomugha to have a "big role."
Asomugha was expected to push Rogers opposite Tarell Brown, but Rogers remains penciled in for now. CSN Bay Area called Rogers a "lock" for a roster spot earlier this month, while estimating Asomugha was "50-50." Asomugha has to prove he's not done before competing for a starting job.
49ers WR A.J. Jenkins admits his rookie season was "very humbling," and is trying to bulk up from 192 pounds to 200.
"From being the top dog on campus to not playing at all, it teaches you a lot about the game and you try learning from the sidelines and other players," Jenkins said. "I need to make sure it doesn't happen again this year." In the mix for No. 3 receiver duties behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, Jenkins is currently tipping the scales at 196. For the time being, he remains off the fantasy radar.
The NFL has awarded Super Bowl L to San Francisco, and Super Bowl LI to Houston.
Super Bowl L ' or 50, if you will ' will be played in the 49ers' new stadium in February 2016. It will be the first Super Bowl played in the Bay Area since 1985. Super Bowl LI will be Houston's first Super Bowl since the Patriots defeated the Panthers in 2004. Shut out of the bidding was Miami, which failed to secure public funding for apparently necessary upgrades to Sun Life Stadium. Next year's Super Bowl will be played in New York/New Jersey's MetLife Stadium ' outdoors.
The Sacramento Bee considers the 49ers' No. 3 receiver job "wide open."
Keep in mind San Francisco's third receiver rotation wasn't productive in 2012 as Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams rotated behind Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss. Still, there is some opportunity for A.J. Jenkins behind Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. The 2012 first-rounder has reportedly added muscle this offseason. Jenkins will be competing with Quinton Patton, Williams, and Ricardo Lockette.
According to ESPN's John Clayton, the "early word" on 49ers undrafted rookie DL Lawrence Okoye is he's shown enough talent at offseason workouts to make a serious run at a 53-man roster spot.
Per Clayton, there is "such a good buzz" on the freakishly athletic Okoye that he'd get claimed off waivers if San Francisco tried to push him onto the practice squad. Of course, Okoye has never played organized football and his star could fade fast when contact practices begin. Okoye is a former rugby player.
GM Trent Baalke said the 49ers are "big believers" in a three-headed approach at running back.
Last year, Frank Gore averaged a reasonable 17.8 touches per game. Kendall Hunter got 7.3 before partially tearing his Achilles' tendon and LaMichael James stepped up with 6.1 over the final seven games (including playoffs). Gore is no longer a candidate for 300 touches at age 30, but he's still the Niners' feature back. Another 250 touches is a safe projection.