The team workouts being organized by free agent quarterback Alex Smith is coming along nicely. While we only know that Frank Gore is the only 49er veteran to have said he will attend Smith’s minicamp the Sacramento Bee’s 49ers Blog is reporting that all offensive rookies minus Bruce Miller will attend.
The 49ers’ player-led practices next week will include nearly every offensive rookie from the team’s 10-man draft class. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, running back Kendall Hunter, receiver Ronald Johnson and offensive linemen Daniel Kilgore and Mike Person are currently making travel arrangements to attend, according to various sources. Bruce Miller, a seventh-round pick who will compete at fullback, will not attend, his agent said.
With most of the rookies attending this will serve them well especially Kaepernick. Smith has limited knowledge of Harbaugh’s playbook only having it a little over a month and without Harbaugh explaining it to him. Nonetheless for Smith, Kaepernick and even David Carr to be going over the plays on the field, minus against a defense, will make learning the offense a little bit easier. It is better to have the rookies on the field with veteran 49ers so the quarterbacks get a feel for the players rather than them all sitting at home working out on their own. The workouts will lessen the impact of anytime missed out for training camp depending on how long the lockout lasts.