SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The return of Frank Gore to the San Francisco 49ers brought a lot of smiles to the players on the team. His backup Anthony Dixon was excited to have his friend with the team again.
“It’s good to have him back,” Dixon said. “I’ve been missing him.”
Dixon has been serving as the team’s top back and with Gore returning, he said nothing too much will change with Gore back as the team’s starting running back.
“I’m very excited that Frank’s back,” tackle Joe Staley said. “He’s the leader of this team. He’s really smart when it comes to football. He creates so many different things (on the field) on his own.”
Gore ended his four-day holdout by returning to the Bay Area from Miami on Monday. With Gore back in the mix, the 49ers now are one more player closer to having most of the key starters returning.
“He’s a vet, a great student of the game,” cornerback Shawntae Spencer said of Gore.
Gore is expected to hit the field for practice and meet with the media afterward. It was something that Staley is happy about.
“It’ll be good to get everyone back on the football field,” Staley added. “It’s good to have everyone out there.”
Other quick notes
- The 49ers signed undrafted free agent Phillip Davis to the roster. The Tulane University cornerback will wear #33.
- Dixon added that he “loves Coach Harbaugh” saying that he liked his football philosophies. Dixon also said that he hasn’t gotten any reps at FB since the team already has a couple on the roster.
- Staley praised rookie teammate linebacker Aldon Smith. Staley worked with Smith pass rushing during drills on Sunday.
“He’s impressed me,” Staley said. “He’s very multi-dimensional as a pass rusher. I cvan see why they drafted him so high.”
- Staley also said that he sees new center Adam Snyder, one of Staley’s best friends, playing real well at the new position.
- Spencer said that he was held out with a hamstring injury on Sunday and that he doesn’t think he’d be practicing today. He noted that he didn’t think it was something serious.
- When asked about being a veteran leader with so many young players in the secondary, Spencer jokingly responded, “I’ll never say that. I’m trying to stay forever young.”
- WR Joshua Morgan said that he was glad Gore was back and jokingly said that he almost kissed Gore on the cheek when he saw him back.