The 49ers and every other NFL team with a new head coach are allotted one extra minicamp to begin installing new offenses and defenses. San Francisco’s top three coaches -- Jim Tomsula, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst and defensive coordinator Eric Mangini -- were part of last year's staff, which means the 49ers' learning curve may not be as steep as that other teams with new coaches.
Every NFL team is allotted 30 official "visits" with college players in the run-up to the draft. The 49ers tend to use those visits on smaller-school prospects who don't get as much attention during the college season, on prospects with character concerns and on players they might want to take with their first-round pick. (See list below).
Bob St. Clair, who died Monday in Santa Rosa at age 84, played 11 seasons at tackle for the 49ers, blocked for the most famous backfield in team history and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
In recent years, figuring out which draft prospects suffered ACL tears or other major injuries has been an excellent way of predicting who would end up on the 49ers' roster. In 2014, for example, the team took three such players while in college -- guard Brandon Thomas, cornerback Keith Reaser and fullback Trey Millard -- as well as a defensive lineman, Kaleb Ramsey, who had so many injuries at Boston College that he played six seasons there.
The 49ers will open the season in prime time when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. The game will be the second of a double header of Monday games on the opening weekend, which has become the league's custom.
New 49ers running back Reggie Bush will wear No. 23 this season. It's unlikely he asked for No. 21, which he wore for two seasons in Detroit, but it would have been unavailable if he had considering it once belonged to the team's all-time leading rusher, Frank Gore.
SANTA CLARA -- Bob St. Clair, the 49ers hall-of-fame tackle who devoured raw meat and defensive lineman with equal gusto, died Monday in Santa Rosa at age 84. According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, St. Clair suffered complications from a broken hip he sustained on Feb. 24 at his home.
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke hasn't been real conventional in recent months basically running off a coaching heavyweight, Jim Harbaugh, for a guy, Jim Tomsula, who came off like a "Saturday Night Live" skit in some early interviews.
Alex Boone said former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh “wore out his welcome.” It’s an about-face for the guard, who defended Harbaugh last season. Harbaugh “might be clinically insane. He’s crazy,” Boone told HBO’s “Real Sports.”
While most of his teammates have attended the 49ers’ offseason program, fullback Bruce Miller, arrested last month on suspicion of spousal battery, has been home in Georgia “taking care of business,” general manager Trent Baalke said Friday.
The 49ers have no holes. If there was a theme that Trent Baalke wanted to get across in his pre-draft press conference today, it was that his team won't be forced to select a specific position when the draft gets underway in two weeks.
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.