The number of players working out at the 49ers team facility this offseason appears about the same as previous seasons, according to various league sources and the players' social media accounts. The big difference, of course, is that the sessions began three to five weeks earlier than in previous seasons because the 49ers did not make the playoffs.
As expected, the most diligent players are those rehabilitating from injuries. For the 49ers, that group includes linebackers NaVorro Bowman (knee) and Patrick Willis (toe), nose tackles Ian Williams (leg) and Glenn Dorsey (arm), running back Kendall Hunter (knee), offensive linemen Daniel Kilgore (ankle) and Brandon Thomas (knee), nickel back Jimmie Ward (foot) and receivers Chuck Jacobs (knee) and Stevie Johnson (knee).
Non-rehab players who have been frequent visitors include defensive end Tank Carradine, fullback Bruce Miller and safety Eric Reid. A number of others -- including, notably, defensive end Justin Smith -- have been more infrequent. According to the team's injury reports, Smith dealt with a back injury toward the end of the 2014 season. He is under contract for the 2015 season but has been non-committal when asked if he'll be back for a 15th season.
Of course, many of the 49ers' notable players work out elsewhere. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been training in Phoenix. Receivers Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton are expected to join him. So are tight end Vernon Davis -- how long they will work together is not known -- and guard Alex Boone. Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, who had a rather eventful Super Bowl and who is a close friend of Kaepernick's, will be there, too.
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Frank Gore, scheduled to be a free agent next month, typically works out in South Florida as does receiver Anquan Boldin. Offensive lineman Marcus Martin Tweeted recently that he is working out at Davis' D1 training center in Santa Clara. Davis presumably is working there, too.
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