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49ers OT Anthony Davis: Muscling Up For His Sophomore Campaign?

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SANTA CLARA CA - AUGUST 02:  Anthony Davis #76 works out during the San Francisco 49ers training camp at their training complex on August 2 2010 in Santa Clara California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA CA - AUGUST 02: Anthony Davis #76 works out during the San Francisco 49ers training camp at their training complex on August 2 2010 in Santa Clara California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Yesterday the 49ers completed their first day of "Camp Alex" and there was bits and pieces worth noting from the camp. While it's hard to know much of anything from tweets outside the fences of practice, one tweet spoke volumes. Matt Barrows tweeted that Anthony Davis hired a personal strength coach in the offseason. Apparently he ended last season at 330 pounds and is currently weighing 328 pounds with more muscle and less fat.

Throughout the offseason, when we've had posts about Anthony Davis, one of the running themes in a lot of comments has been the expectation that Davis would likely show up out of weight and in poor condition. I don't know exactly why that became a prevailing opinion other than the fact that he's young and maybe the lack of Singletary and organized team activities meant he was going to get lazy.

That does not actually appear to be the case. The team ran wind sprints to finish off the practice and apparently Davis looked to be in good shape. Now, it's only June so I suppose we shouldn't go overboard on the praise. Nonetheless, this kind of news is arguably the best news to come out of this minicamp so far. It's hard to tell how the implementation of the playbook will go. However, knowing that one of your young guys appears to be showing a serious commitment to improving himself is excellent news.

Anthony Davis will be looking to build on a 2010 season that was inconsistent but showed signs of progress. While muscling up doesn't guarantee on-field success, I'll take it as a significant step in the right direction. For now we can call big Anthony Davis Hercules!