There is still our normal dearth of news stories at this time of year, but as we've seen from the past couple of months, no news is definitely better as the team goes through with optional team activities. No news of injuries and no news of extra-curricular shenanigans are always welcome.
What we do have are individual stories on Brandon Lloyd and Vance McDonald and what we can expect from them. Vance is pretty much a lock to make the 53-man roster at TE2, while Lloyd is a big toss up, but I would not be surprised to see him hang on as the 5th or even 6th WR. So far we are hearing positive things from the team about him, but that is to be expected especially in the pre-season when everybody still has a chance to make the team.
NFL.com is also doing their top 100 players, and 49ers.com has some photos from the just concluded Rookie Camp. I threw in a couple of stories which are not exactly about the team, but it does mention the team so it's up to you whether you want to go there or not. On to the links!
Some really nice photos of the action from Rookie Camp. | 2014 Rookie Minicamp (49ers)
What are the odds of Brandon Lloyd making the 53-man roster? | Brandon Lloyd Will Be On Week 1 Roster for San Francisco 49ers (RantSports.com)
With Vernon Davis' contract status supposedly up in the air, how much improvement can we expect from Vance McDonald at the other TE position? | Vance McDonald Sees Himself as ‘Different Player' (49ers)
We all know these lists are very subjective, but it's still fun to debate who goes where. | 49ers begin run on NFL Network's 'Top 100 Players of 2014' (CSN)
This is on the fringes, but Aldon Smith was mentioned in connection to the incumbent sheriff who invited him and other players to a fundraiser after Smith's gun charges came out. | Race For Santa Clara County Sheriff Pits 16-Year Incumbent Against Retired Captain Backed By Unions, Guards (CBS)
John Harbaugh's Ravens are competing with brother Jim Harbaugh's 49ers for most off-the-field issues. | Accountability For Baltimore Ravens Players Begins With Coach John Harbaugh (RantSports.com)