Catching up on 49ers happenings

Just spent a few minutes catching up on some of the happenings around 49erland, courtesy of fellow beats Bee-Rows, Mr. Angels and Demons, and S.F. Boys. Now, I think I’m caught up on what’s going on:

–The 49ers practiced Monday and Tuesday, and will return to the practice field for their three-day mandatory minicamp, which begins Friday. That will begin a stretch of seven consecutive days of practice. After the minicamp, the 49ers will then hold four days of organized team activities. Offseason? What offseason?


–Coach Mike Singletary was not made available to the media Monday or Tuesday. He is scheduled to address the media Friday and again on . . . Thursday, June 11. Looks as if he’s attempting to put a gag order on himself.


–Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye is scheduled to speak to the media Saturday, while defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will take questions on Sunday.


–Although the 49ers gave veteran safety Mark Roman permission to seek a trade in the offseason, don’t be surprised if he plays a major role this season. Presumptive starter Dashon Goldson has experienced injuries in both of his first two seasons. Roman might not be a fan favorite, but coaches like him because he is a diligent student. It looks as if Roman could be the primary backup at the free- and strong-safety positions.


–Read in a couple places that Singletary got after Ahmad Brooks pretty good following a practice. Brooks has extraordinary talent. That is the reason the 49ers claimed him off waivers last year. But Singletary’s motivational skills will be in for severe test, as he tries to light a fire under Brooks.


–The defense is well ahead of the offense at this stage, and that is to be expected. The 49ers are learning a new offense. The defense is pickup up where it left off last season.


–Nate Clements is expected to miss several more practices with what was called a minor case of pneumonia. Sure hope it’s nothing like that “minor knee injury” Walt Harris sustained a couple weeks ago. The silver lining is that now Dre’ Bly and Tarell Brown will be competing against each other at the same time on opposite sides of the field.


–The 49ers still have a long road ahead to get that stadium built in Santa Clara, but I’ve thought all along that would be the easiest place for them to win voter approval. The thought of the San Francisco 49ers playing in Santa Clara might seem odd now. But if a stadium is ready to go in 2014, probably in the middle of that first season nobody will be talking about it any more.


The concept is not new. Here are the NFL teams that play their home games outside their major city: Bills (Orchard Park), Dolphins (Miami Gardens), Patriots (Foxborough), Jets and Giants (East Rutherford, N.J.), Cardinals (Glendale), Cowboys (moving from Irving to Arlington) and Redskins (Landover, Md.).


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