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THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR AS 49ERS TRAINING CAMP BEGINS

New Era Kicks Off in Santa Clara

John Dickinson
July 28, 2017 - 9:27 am
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What’s the deal with RB Carlos Hyde?

Something has to give for 49ers RB Carlos Hyde. A slimmed down Hyde reported to training camp in Santa Clara weighing in at 228 pounds, the lightest he’s been since high school. Hyde said his goal is to be the number one running back in the league. GM John Lynch spoke glowingly of Hyde saying he, “looks tremendous” and “really dedicated himself.” This comes after an offseason where 49ers brass stated Hyde would have to prove himself and questioned how good a fit he would be in Kyle Shanahan’s system. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal reported earlier in the week Hyde could even be a surprise training camp cut. Camp should tell the story for Hyde who said he’s in the best shape of his life and, “can’t wait to hit the field and show off my new speed.” Will he show himself to a factor or will he get outperformed by some of other running back options in camp?

Can DL Solomon Thomas make up for lost time?

Number three overall pick Solomon Thomas remains unsigned as training camp begins, just one of three first round picks that haven’t inked a deal. Missing time in the offseason is always a concern for rookies and Thomas didn’t participate in the 49ers offseason program beyond rookie mini-camp. John Lynch singled out the defensive line group as an area he’s particularly excited about heading into the season. Thomas figures to be part of that but there is some depth at the position if Thomas needs time to get up to speed. The 49ers won’t practice in pads until Sunday morning and while it may be easier for a defensive lineman to make up for lost time, it’s always a major concern when a top of the first round pick isn’t ready to roll on day 1 of practice. How much time will Thomas miss? How long will it take for Thomas to make up any ground he's lost by not signing sooner?

What’s the ceiling for LB Reuben Foster?

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster was cleared for full contact on the eve of training camp with no restrictions as he returns from shoulder surgery. If healthy he’s a candidate to force his way onto the field quickly. John Lynch and NaVorro Bowman both praised Foster with Bowman staying Foster, “plays the linebacker position right” and Lynch calling Foster, “an alpha dog” that wants to lead. Many believed on draft night Foster could be the steal of the opening night of the draft and while his health was a major question, getting an opportunity to show what he can do at 100% as camp begins will go a long way.

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