Takeaways from the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan Training Camp Press Conference
As we begin training camp today in Santa Clara, CA, the first order of business is the press conference for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan. It's the first time they've talked to the media since OTAs. There were a lot of questions, but if you didn't get a chance to catch the press conference, here are the five key takeaways.
1. Solomon Thomas' contract still hasn't been signed
One of the major concerns coming into training camp was whether or not rookie Solomon Thomas would be signed to a deal to attend camp. Remember, he has the same agent as Chargers' DE Joey Bosa, who held out for a while before getting his rookie deal.
Lynch and Shanahan both seemed confident that they're moving towards a deal with Thomas, but nothing has been officially signed yet.
2. Reuben Foster is completely healthy and will be a full participant in training camp
One of the big worries right after drafting Reuben Foster was if he'd be fully healthy for the season. No worries 49ers fans, as Foster will be a full participant, according to coach Kyle Shanahan. He'll be wearing pads and participating like every other player in training camp. He had a final ultrasound checkup yesterday and it's "all systems go."
That's great news for someone that's had shoulder surgery in the offseason. It looks like Foster has made great progress in his rehab and will be ready to go. He's going to be one of the names to watch when the season begins.
Lynch added that he's an Alpha that wants to lead. His excitement has been infectious and they've almost had to hold him back, but Foster wants to get out there.
3. No player will begin the season on PUP (Phyiscally Unable to Perform List)
This is fantastic news for a 49ers' team that has been plagued by the injury bug in years past. Heading into training camp, there won't be a single player on PUP and I'm sure the coaches want to keep it that way.
4. There won't be much live tackling until the pads come on
Kyle Shanahan doesn't have an itinerary exactly of all the drills that he'll be using in training camp, but has a schedule mapped out. He wants the 49ers to be physical at the point of attack, like any other coach, but will ease the players in. He claimed that its hard to evaluate the players until the pads come on.
5. The 49ers won't be bringing back Colin Kaepernick
John Lynch was asked about a potential reunion with Kaepernick and shot it down quickly. He claimed that they want to commit to a scheme that will make them successful. It's interesting to hear, but I think all 49ers' fans knew that there would be no reunion with Kaepernick any time soon.
6. San Francisco won't have very many delay-of-game penalties on offense
In response to Matt Ryan's comments from earlier this week, Shanahan quickly defended himself, claiming that Falcons didn't have a single delay of game penalty on offense. They were one of the quickest to call plays and the head coach hopes to translate the same to the 49ers. Shanahan wants to make sure to "play fast and not sit at the line."
7. Shanahan says it's an open competition at the running back spot
One of the big questions coming in was if the 49ers have decided to have a bell-cow running back or two-back system, but according to the head coach, they haven't decided yet. Shanahan has run both types of system in the past and will decide as training camp moves along.
8. Lynch comments on Carlos Hyde
One of the hot topics heading into training camp is the status of RB Carlos Hyde. When asked about him during the press conference, Lynch added that Hyde is in fantastic shape and that he looks "tremendous."
We'll keep you updated with live updates from training camp and the rest of the season. Stay Tuned with the 49ersHub!