Scenes from a minicamp: Day 2
--- There's a lot of hurrying going on in the defensive line. With Pro Bowl tackle Bryant Young limited after undergoing offseason surgery to repair ligament damage in his right shoulder, it's open season at tackle, with a lot of fresh faces getting a chance to work with the top two units in team drills. That has led to a lot of new bodies flying around, particularly second-round draft pick Anthony Adams and newcomers D'Marco Farr and Travis Kirschke. Those players are competing with veteran Jim Flanigan to replace the departed Dana Stubblefield for the starting position opposite Young. --- When Adams and Farr line up together as the tackle tandem, the biggest thing you notice is, well, that they are small. Make that short, at least. Wide bodies and quickness will have to make up for lack of height in their cases. Here's hoping they both get bigger when the pads go on. --- Other serious contenders for the defensive tackle rotation, which could be without Young in team drills throughout the spring minicamps: Josh Shaw and Ross Kolodziej. "We've got some veteran players there, along with Anthony Adams and D'Marco Farr," Niners coach Dennis Erickson said. "It's going to be interesting. We've got some depth there with what I think are pretty darn good players." --- Despite it being soaked throughout the night, the Niners practiced on the same stretches of field as the day before and they held up well despite the conditions. "Actually, it's pretty good," Erickson said. "I left here about 10 or so last night and I tell you what, I thought I was back in Seattle, on the coast. It was terrible. But those two fields hold up pretty good." No wonder the Niners recently moved their summer training camp to their Santa Clara headquarters from the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, where the fields couldn't hold up for more than a week despite optimum summer conditions. --- Cornerback Jason Webster entered minicamp still bothered by the ankle injury that kept him out of the team's playoff games last year. Then he re-injured the ankle during drills Friday and won't practice again until the June minicamp at the earliest. The team is considering arthroscopic surgery after Webster's latest setback. In his place, Rashad Holman and Mike Rumph are manning the right corner position with the first team. --- Lindsy McLean, the Niners' head trainer, announced Saturday that he will retire on July 1 – three days after his 65th birthday. McLean is one of the organization's final remaining links to San Francisco's five Super Bowl championships. He has been in his current capacity with the team since 1979. McClean's typical workday for the past 24 years has lasted from 6:30 in the morning until 7:30 at night with 16-hour days during training camp. "It is just what you do," he said. "It's been a great run for me. I'm really going to miss it." --- Pro Bowl guard Ron Stone is not participating in this minicamp due to a heel injury but should return for the next minicamp in two weeks. Tailback Kevan Barlow sat out Saturday's sessions after experiencing some soreness in his left knee – the same one on which he had arthroscopic surgery in the middle of last season – but says he is fine. Rookie receiver Brandon Lloyd, the team's fourth-round draft pick, pulled a hip flexor during the morning session, which will slow his impressive development so far. "He's doing some darn good things," Erickson said. --- Erickson has big plans for fullback Fred Beasley, a second-team All-Pro last year who is considered perhaps the best blocking fullback in the game. Erickson's offense doesn't typically have room for an every-down blocking fullback, but the coach is excited about maximizing Beasley's skills by moving him around, and he may even get more opportunities to get the ball in his hands. "Here's a guy that we've got to get in the game a little bit more, not just in one personnel set," Erickson said. "He's a good football player, regardless of where you put him or place him. We'll move him from where he's at. We'll put him at a wing and we'll move him from there. We'll kind of use him in an H-back type situation, but it's in regular personnel, so it's kind of hard to tell what you're doing. Are we going to do it some with him or are we going to do it a lot? Probably not, but enough to keep people honest ."
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