The 49ers are about to go on a six-week break, but some players won’t be vacationing from football the entire time.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer said he and some of the other offensive players will get together in early July to ensure the chemistry they started to develop in spring drills doesn’t evaporate before training camp. Players are scheduled to report on July 27.
“We’ll get as many guys together as we can,” Hoyer said. “We can’t accommodate everybody (because) people are coming in from all across the country. So we’re going to get together, get three days in, and then come back ready to go July 27.”
Marquise Goodwin, who connected with Hoyer on a 50-yard bomb in Tuesday’s practice, confirmed that he will be among those who meet up next month.
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“We’ve been doing pretty well, actually,” Goodwin said of his chemistry with Hoyer. “We’ve connected on a few balls, but we’ve got to keep on those real deep routes.”
Kyle Shanahan said he advised his players to take a break from the sport, and the playbook, for a little while but not the entire period.
“I think the X’s and O’s – they’ve hit it so hard here through these three phases (of the offseason program), I think it’s good to just not think about it for like 10 days, two weeks at the most, and then get back into the book,” he said.
The 49ers coach said he’d follow his own advice. Shanahan went straight from the Falcons’ Super Bowl to his new job with the 49ers and has been going nonstop since.
“I try to check out, personally,” he said. “It’s been a while. Usually I take a couple of weeks after the season. It was different this year for obvious reasons. It will be nice to get away for an extended period of time.”
Staley excited again – The longest tenured 49er said Wednesday that “the energy is back in the building” after a long absence.
“This might sound kind of bad but I’m enjoying football again,” left tackle Joe Staley said following the team’s final spring practice. “I’m excited to come into work every day. The last couple of years, there were days where I couldn’t honestly say that. It’s awesome to have that feeling back.”
Staley, who is entering his 11th season, attributed his enthusiasm to Shanahan and the level of detail – accounting for all 22 players on the field – he brings to every play. During a meeting Wednesday he nudged center Daniel Kilgore and said, “This is awesome.”
“You kind of get chills almost because it’s cool to see football talked about that way instead of like, ‘Hey, you’ve got to do your job,’ ” Staley said. “It was like, ‘OK, but why do I have to do my job?’ ”
Staley also cited Shanahan’s directness. “He calls out myself and (NaVorro) Bowman the same way he calls out a rookie free agent,” he said. “He expects the same out of all of us. No one is above anybody (else).”
Et cetera – The 49ers had a brief scare Wednesday when linebacker Brock Coyle went to the ground and stayed there for about a minute. Coyle, however, eventually walked off and returned to practice. The 49ers will not practice Thursday, meaning they have avoided having any major injury this spring.
▪ Shanahan said he expects linebacker Reuben Foster to be “more than ready” for the start of training camp. The first-round draft pick has been held out of most spring drills as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.
▪ Rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon lined up with the first-team defense on three different series Wednesday. Rashard Robinson, the frontrunner for a starting role at the position, did not practice in full due to a minor injury. Witherspoon paired with Dontae Johnson with the first group.