Niners reporting dates set

Coach Mike Singletary said at the conclusion of organized team activities that the 49ers are behind many of the top teams in the league because they: a) don’t have a starting QB named; b) have their seventh offensive coordinator in seven years; c) they need to work out their depth chart at WR, and d) have a head coach who has not spent a full season on the job.


Question: When do the 49ers open training camp and how many dates are going to be open to the public?


Answer: The 49ers might be playing catch-up, but they will not have any additional time in training camp to make up ground. The league announced today that the 49ers are scheduled to have rookies report to training camp at their team complex in Santa Clara on July 28. (All four quarterbacks are expected to be on hand.)


The entire team will join the rookies two days later, July 30. The 49ers’ first exhibition game is scheduled for Aug. 14 at home against the Broncos. The full squad can’t be required to begin practice more than 15 days prior to the first exhibition game.


The 49ers’ second exhibition is Aug. 22 against the Raiders. The clubs are finalizing plans to practice against each other that week, too.


The Cardinals, winners of the NFC last season, open camp with rookies and veterans on July 29 on the campus of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The Rams will have rookies report on July 30 with veterans coming in the next day at their camp in Earth City, Mo. And the Seahawks rookies will report on July 30 with the entire team scheduled to roll into camp in Renton, Wash., the following day.


The 49ers have yet to announce which practice days will be open to the public. Expect the 49ers to have fewer days available for fans this summer because of the logistics around the club’s ongoing construction project at the team’s training facility. One reasonable guess is that the 49ers might open only for the weekend practices.


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