49ers
USATSI

49ers' Jason Verrett feeling confident about his return to the field

SANTA CLARA -- When cornerback Jason Verrett has been healthy, he has played at an elite level, which is exactly where he sees himself this season with the 49ers. 

Verrett will remain in the Santa Clara area during the break before training camp, and he's been very pleased with his rehabilitation process thus far. 

“It’s been good,” Verrett said. “Training staff and strength coaches are all doing well. I feel like I’m on track to be ready for training camp and the rest of the season.”  

That doesn’t mean that it’s been easy for the cornerback to stand on the sidelines and watch. While he admits that a player can never get enough mental reps, he’s ready to get back on the field. 

“It’s hard,” Verrett said. “It’s very hard. But it's about 30-40 days until training camp so from here, it’s just about getting back healthy.”

While Verrett played in a very similar scheme when he was a member of the Chargers, that is not what influenced his decision to head to the Bay Area.  

“My vibe was just good with the coaches when I came here, just seeing the direction they were going when I signed,” Verrett said. “It had nothing to do with the scheme.”  

The offensive scheme, however, has impressed Verrett. He believes it will be an advantage for the defense to have to practice against it on a daily basis. He also was complimentary of the talent on the offensive side of the ball. 

“Fast,” Verrett said. “The tempo is quick. I think that’s good for the defense to be able to be ready for an offense like the Rams that go up-tempo. There’s definitely been good looks out there. 

“If you study Kyle Shanahan, you know that he likes guys that can get open. Just from his style of coaching from watching the team in Atlanta, it’s all about timing and about being able to create space.” 

After missing team drills during OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Verrett's attention remains focused solely on getting himself healthy. 

[RELATED: Shanahan: 49ers have enough depth to overcome injuries]

"I’m going to be ready,” Verrett said. “That’s my main focus. It’s just worrying about what I can control and I’m excited to be getting ready for training camp. My health is pretty much everything and I’m on track to be exactly where I want to be. The day I get on that football field they are going to like what they see.”