As with most things in this world, we must take the good with the bad—such is life for the San Francisco 49ers in the early goings of their 2013 training camp.
The 49ers began their latest version of offseason workouts with four straight practices before an off day on Monday. Stellar play on both sides of the ball notwithstanding, the 24-hour hiatus couldn’t have come at a better time.
Injuries from the minor-tweak variety to season-ending tears have plagued the men sporting the Red and Gold. Wide receivers and linebackers have been especially hampered.
But these unfortunate developments are emblematic of what teams across the NFL have experienced since the offseason began. In other words, one cannot dwell in a cynical abyss when there are still plenty of positives to be had.
Rookie tight end Vance McDonald, second-year linebacker Cam Johnson, the unheralded Michael Wilhoite and the rejuvenated “Smith Brothers” are a few of the 49ers who have showcased themselves in fine form thus far in camp. And the list certainly doesn’t stop there.
Let’s run down five notable early observations from the 49ers’ Santa Clara-based training camp.