Happy to have him back

What the 49ers are saying about the return of All-Pro linebacker Julian Peterson, who ended his 28-day training-cakmp holdout and joined the team Wednesday:

"I'm excited and glad to have him back, just because I consider him a friend as well as a teammate. It's good for the team, you know? It's good to have a guy like Julian back. He's a positive presence, and he'll help this team out a lot. He brings some really good things to this team. I'm really glad to have him back. He's got a little bit of learning to do, but we'll rally around him and help him out. He'll have time. He'll be just fine." – Linebacker Derek Smith

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"I knew that Julian would be here, but it's a relief that he's coming in now. It's an emotional boost for this whole football team. The longer he's here, the more things we can do defensively and the more impact he can have in that first (regular-season) game against Atlanta. He's a guy that makes a ton of plays. In the concepts that we have put in, he can have even more of an impact. That's why we put the franchise tag on him. He's an impact player, as a pass rusher, as a cover guy, as an athlete and a football player. That's really the key." – Coach Dennis Erickson

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"Having a guy like that back isn't a bad deal, you know? I think it will mean a lot, not only from a players' standpoint, but just from a locker-room standpoint. That's the type of player he is, and he's a great guy, too. It will be great to have him back, just to have that personality in the locker room again." – Quarterback Ken Dorsey

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"It doesn't take much for Julian to get excited, and guys will feed off his enthusiasm and excitement. Every team needs somebody that can provide that type of boost. That's a role that Julian has picked up, a role that he's accepted and we've accepted as a team. So we look forward to him being back with us. I remember times in a game when I was, like, ‘Julian, get this crowd into the game.' The next thing I know, Julian's got the whole crowd playing defense." – Cornerback Ahmed Plummer

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"He's going to have to learn and get in as much practice time and classroom time as he possibly can because he's way behind with missing minicamps and most of the training-camp stuff. He's going to have absorb it as quick as he can. He's a guy that everybody's been wondering when he's going to come back. We all understand there's a business side to this game, and nobody likes to go through it. I'm just glad he's going to be back with us and that will be behind us and now we can just focus on football and having everybody on our defense." – Defensive tackle Bryant Young


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