SANTA CLARA – Second-year outside linebacker Aaron Lynch spoke in the 49ers auditorium Wednesday afternoon. Here are selected quotes.
Q: Did you have a back injury during the offseason?
LYNCH: Yeah, I did something to my back. It kept me out a little bit, but now that’s behind me. I’m full steam ahead.
Q: What are you expecting out of yourself this season?
LYNCH: Honestly, I’m just here to do exactly what I’m told to do, and that’s play football. That’s what they drafted me last year to do, and that’s what I’m here to do – whatever the coaches tell me. Anything I can do to help out the team. If my role is to start or my role is to backup or my role is just nickel packages or whatever, that’s my role and I’m going to go 100 percent.
Q: Is that the next step in your progression, seeing more action on base downs?
LYNCH: I mean, that’s all our progression. We all want to be out there on base, nickel and dime. I could say, “Yeah, that is my progression,” but I’m here to play football.
Q: You only played the left side last year. Are you comfortable moving over to the right if need be?
LYNCH: I’m more comfortable on the left. I can set the edge and rush off the right side, but I played most of my time in college and high school on the left side, so that’s just where I’m most comfortable. But being on the right side isn’t a step back.
Q: It seems like there’s less of you since camp begin. Have you lost weight?
LYNCH: Yeah, I did lose some weight. The setback, I gained a lot of weight not being able to do much. Now I’m doing a lot more. I’ve shed a few pounds. I’m on a strict diet. I’ve lost good fat.
Q: No steaks in the strict diet?
LYNCH: No, steaks are good protein. I can eat steak, I just can’t eat too much of it.
Q: Are you where you want to be or close to it for when the season starts?
LYNCH: Yeah, I’m real close. I’ve still got a lot of work, but weight-wise I’m real close. Mentally I’m close. I’m right there.
Q: How much do you weigh right now?
LYNCH: I’m right under 270. Right under there.
Q: How much did you get up to?
LYNCH: Shoot…I was like…280? Yeah.
Q: What do you consider your ideal playing weight?
LYNCH: Last year I played between 262 and 267. Anywhere in the 260’s is a good weight for me.
Q: That’s where you are now?
Q: When you look at the new defense being installed by Eric Mangini are you being asked to do different things, or for you is it still, “Go get the quarterback”?
LYNCH: The terminology is different, but we still run the same 3-4 type of defense. We do some things different, but not much has changed. Just more the terminology, trying to plug in what you did last year terminology-wise to what you’re doing this year, and try to remember.