Kaepernick pumped over Davis, offense

July, 23, 2014
Jul 23
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Seeing tight end Vernon Davis report to the San Francisco 49ers on time Wednesday only heightened Colin Kaepernick's excitement as the team tries to make another Super Bowl run.

In his second full season as the starting quarterback and fresh off a long contract extension, Kaepernick loves what his team's offense looks like. The team is much deeper on offense, particularly after the trade for receiver Stevie Johnson and the drafting of running back Carlos Hyde in the second round.

"I think we're further along than last year," Kaepernick told reporters Wednesday. "Going into camp, we have a lot more weapons and a lot more health on offense. So, something I'm excited about and I think this team is excited about."

As for seeing Davis report -- the star tight end held out of the mandatory minicamp last month -- Kaepernick said: "Always great to have Vernon on the field. Looks good. Excited to have him back out here."

In other 49ers notes:
  • As expected, the 49ers placed inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the PUP list. He is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the NFC title game at Seattle in January. He is expected to be back around midseason.
  • Also, cornerback Chris Culliver has been cleared to practice. Culliver, who is expected to start, missed all of last season with a torn ACL he suffered in training camp.
  • Defensive end Justin Smith told reporters he had offseason shoulder surgery to repair a 2013 training camp injury he played through. Smith, 34, said he feels good now.
  • Davis is scheduled to meet with the media Thursday, the first day of training camp.
  • The 49ers put tight end Garrett Celek on the PUP as well. Even if healthy, he is not a sure thing to make the roster.

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