Frank Gore has experienced more running backs added to the roster this offseason. He’s not worried one bit about the competition among the RBs. Gore is just content with being back to playing football.
“[Having more RBs] make our team better,” said Gore. “You see a bunch of good [players] at whatever position and it shows how good your team is.”
He praised his teammates with optimism working with new RBs like Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James. It will be nice and competitive for him.
Frank Gore’s commitment to football is coming to practice early in the morning every day to work with some teammates, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. He said he works with Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers.
“Frank [Gore] likes to work and likes as much work as he can get,” said Harbaugh. “He’s back on his routine of being here at 6:15 a.m. getting his [work] done in the regular season. It’s not about how many reps he gets or how many times he gets the ball. [Gore] is creative in finding ways to work during the day.”
S Donte Whitner admits that people still remember the hit he had on Pierre Thomas during the NFC Divisional playoff game. It gets talked about every day wherever he goes.
“[I hear] about it almost every day,” said Whitner. “It’s just the nature of a good defensive football team. I’m not happy [Thomas] was injured on the play, but I am happy that I was able to deliver a big blow and get the football for our team. Confidence could’ve been shaken.”
In regards to the recent Saints bounty-gate, Whitner saw the irony that he knocked out Thomas while the bounty was ongoing. He’s focused on the team first more than anything else.
“It’s very ironic because we don’t have to talk like that around our group,” said Whitner. “You don’t have to say stuff like injuring a player and knocking them out of the game. All coach Vic [Fangio] always says we need to play physical football, stop the run and stop certain players from running on our defense. If you have the right type of guys in the room, you don’t need to set bounties and play hard because it comes naturally.”
Whitner said Fangio is one of the most calm coaches for the team. Whether it is the preseason or the playoffs, he never had to see Fangio stressed or angry.
“The same way he was during practice, was the same way right before NFC Championship game,” said Whitner. “[He was] very calm and informed us of what we had to do to win. I appreciated this because some coaches change with nerves during the playoffs. You don’t see this with Vic [Fangio].”
-Harbaugh likes what he’s seeing in new G Leonard Davis. He’s “coming along fast and will be good, real good.”
-RB Jewel Hampton will begin the season on the IR and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
-Whitner spent last spring taking classes at San Jose State finishing up his degree in consumer affairs. He was forced to switch to taking online classes because he was uncomfortable with being recognized by people.
-RB Anthony Dixon is trying out at fullback in attempt to remain on the roster.