The San Francisco 49ers rookies, quarterbacks and injured players reported to training camp earlier this week, with veterans following them on Friday. The rookie arrival meant Arik Armstead was back in the house. After the 49ers selected Armstead, he took part in rookie minicamp in May, but otherwise had to stay away from the team's facility until June 12 due to Oregon's academic calendar.
On Friday, the 49ers had about a dozen players and Jim Tomsula speak with the media in a formal press conference setting. The players were primarily veterans, but Armstead also had a chance to speak with the media. Given his absence from the team for much of the offseason workout program it is not all that surprising that he would be part of the press conference group. You can listen to the audio here.
Armstead talked about his time before June 12, and what he worked on away from the facility. It sounds like he had access to the playbook on his iPad, which would provide him a chance to work on learning the playbook. He did not think learning it would be too difficult, as he felt the playbook was similar to things he did up in Oregon.
Armstead thought training camp would give him a better chance to improve his strength and physical condition before the season. He was not concerned about weight, saying he's weighed around 295 to 300 pounds since his senior year of high school. Rather, he felt it would provide more of an opportunity to re-shape his body, and boost his strength.
Jim Tomsula had plenty of praise for Armstead, saying the rookie came into training camp in great shape, and is picking up the playbook quickly. Glenn Dorsey also chimed in, saying he was a big, strong guy, and that he works hard. It is just a couple comments, but something to get started.