TRAINING CAMP CHECKLIST

What can you expect from the 2004 49ers? <BR><BR> That's a loaded question, and there's a contrasting variety of answers and perceptions out there as the team begins summer preparation for its second season under coach Dennis Erickson.

KEY NEW FACES RASHAUN WOODS: The team's No. 1 draft pick was brought along slowly this spring, but that pace will be accelerated during the summer, because the Niners need him to step in and become a factor in their receiving game immediately.

WILLY ROBINSON: The team's new defensive coordinator takes command of a talented unit that has great potential, but never quite reached that level or developed consistency last season under Jim Mora.

SHAWNTAE SPENCER: The Niners need a new spark in their secondary, and Spencer was drafted in the second round – ahead of most projections – to provide it. He'll push for the No. 3 cornerback role and could bring some of the speed and cover ability the Niners need to make their secondary complete.

CURTIS CONWAY: Comes to the 49ers with 556 career receptions, a decade of NFL experience, a good understanding of the West Coast offensive system and a mature attitude that indicates he'll be a willing mentor to the team's young receivers.

SCOTT REHBERG: Eighth-year veteran brings size and flexibility behind the starting five on San Francisco's offensive line.

BRANDON WHITING: Niners are anxious to see what this productive 285-pound end could mean to their defensive plans, particularly in 3-4 formations.


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