SANTA CLARA – Here are select quotes from Day 2 of 49ers minicamp.
Carlos Hyde on staying healthy: “The biggest thing to me is being in the best shape possible and taking care of your body, whether that’s getting in the cold tub, getting massages every day – whatever it is to take care of your body, just do it.”
Hyde on changing his running style to stay healthy: “I don’t need to change my running style at all. I play the way I play. I don’t need to change…I don’t think I need to change it at all.”
Hyde on delivering punishment: “There’s definitely sometimes in a game where, alright, maybe you don’t need to truck this guy, sorry, you just go out of bounds right here. But to me, that’s not really dictating the game to that person. You’re just running out of bounds. To me, I just think that person might be like, ‘Oh, he might be scared,’ or ‘He don’t want to play.’ I’d rather just try to run through you, let you know that I’m not running out of bounds, I’m here to play and it’s going to be all game just like this. I ain’t shying away.”
Hyde on catching passes: “I definitely think I will be involved in the passing game a lot more this year, which I’m excited about. I like playing receiver. Another opportunity to get out in space and get the ball in your hands.”
DeForest Buckner on Arik Armstead: “He got a lot better than he was before (at Oregon). I’m catching up with him. It was always a friendly competition back at Oregon. Who can get to the quarterback first, stuff like that. Arik, he’s doing really well. He’s built as a player on and off the field. I’m following his footsteps right now because he’s got a year over me. I’m just following what he and all the veterans do.”
Buckner on Armstead’s physique: “That year in the league, it’s going to change you no matter what. He’s bigger, stronger, faster – I’ve just got to catch up.”
NaVorro Bowman on his surgically-repaired knee: “I feel it sometimes, but it’s nowhere near what I went through last year, the constant attention that I had to put on it. This year I’m able to wake up and ride.”