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Nick Bosa believes he'll be ready to play in Week 1 of 49ers season

Nick Bosa believes he'll be ready to play in Week 1 of 49ers season

SANTA CLARA — 49ers' first-round draft pick Nick Bosa was disappointed in not being able to stay healthy during OTAs and minicamp but he believes he will get enough reps during training camp to be ready for the regular season. 

Bosa initially was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain on May 23.

“I was worried when it happened,” Bosa said. “I was pretty down on myself that I couldn’t stay on the field but once I got with the guys and just had some of the older guys talk me up a little bit, it’s been super helpful.” 

Bosa believes he prepared well to return to the football field but he had two big things going against him. One was the busy travel schedule of a top pick, and the other was not playing football for nearly a year due to his sports hernia injury. 

“Injuries kind of come out of nowhere but I think I kind of prepared pretty well,” Bosa said. “It’s just, you can’t really simulate what football does to your body.  And for me to jump in with almost a year of not playing, the body is kind of, "whoa, slow down.’” 

While Bosa would prefer to be on the field with his teammates, he has taken advantage of his situation. He has been able to watch his position group work with coach Kris Kocurek while learning the scheme and picking up techniques from the veterans. 

“It kind of forced me to slow down a bit,” Bosa said. “But I think I’ve taken this time to just sit back and watch and I honestly think it’s been super beneficial for me because we have such a good unit. Just watching these guys play, just learning the plays and learning the scheme, because it’s really similar to what I used to do but [also] a lot different.”  

One of the players that Bosa has been focusing on is Arik Armstead, who he says has stood out to him during the offseason. Bosa has also been picking the brain of Dee Ford and taking notes on Solomon Thomas. 

"He’s probably having the best camp out of anyone that I’ve noticed,” Bosa said of Armstead. “He’s just playing out of his mind right now and I’m excited to see what he does during the year. And he plays the big end too so I’m just watching him and Dee and Solly. Just great examples for me.”  

Ford’s football philosophy and specificity have made an impression on Bosa. It has influenced the way he looks at his position. 

“Just seeing a vet, just how he goes about his craft and how much he actually loves football,” Bosa said. “It’s pretty fun to watch. You don’t really get that in college. He works his craft. He only does a few things, but those things are unbelievable. That’s all you need. Master a few things. I’ve learned that from him.”  

Bosa is confident that he will be ready to go for training camp. He will remain in Santa Clara one more week, with the other rookies working with the strength and conditioning staff before heading back home to Florida. There he plans to work out with his brother, Chargers d-lineman Joey Bosa, who had a hamstring injury his rookie year as well. 

“I think I’m going to be just fine,” Nick Bosa said. "I’m going to get this hammy perfectly right and I think there will be plenty of time to play football and get the reps that I need.” 

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Bosa added that it won’t take long to get his confidence back when he’s on the field.  

“Probably just a couple of weeks of practice just getting those reps over and over again,” Bosa said. “Obviously you can keep improving from there. And I’m missing a little of that now but I think camp will be plenty of time, and preseason.” 

Chris Simms wouldn't be shocked if 49ers faced Patriots in Super Bowl

Chris Simms wouldn't be shocked if 49ers faced Patriots in Super Bowl

If you're looking for someone to slow down the 49ers' hype train, sorry, NBC Sports' Chris Simms isn't here to help.

Actually, it's quite the opposite.

Simms wants you to know San Francisco's 5-0 record doesn't lack substance, and he expects the 49ers to continue progressing to the highest levels this season.

Are they legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

"Yes they are," Simms told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday. "They're not going anywhere."

"They are arguably the best team in football," Simms continued. "Okay, yeah, I'll give the Patriots the advantage right now because they're the Patriots and we've seen them do it, but when I look at the San Francisco 49ers, I look at -- it's a first-round bye. Is it a one-seed, or is it going to be a two-seed? That's how good the San Francisco 49ers are."

Simms has been impressed by San Francisco's depth and balance, particularly within the offensive and defensive lines.

"It starts up front," Simms explained, "and the 49ers -- yes, Mike McGlinchey's out ... and I know Joe Staley's out, and that hurts, and we might not see him the rest of the year -- but when McGlinchey is back in the fold, this is still one of the best offensive lines in football. Let alone, [Kyle] Shanahan is one of the best game plan designers in football with the run game, the play-action. And the defense ain't going anywhere.

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"They might be battling it out with the Patriots for the best defense in the sport," he elaborated. "It's the best front four in the sport I think right now, as far as size, physicality, ferociousness, their speed at the linebacker positions. I like Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt at safety. The corners are good, they're coached well."

Put it all together, and Simms believes the 49ers have the potential to play into February.

"The 49ers are for real, and I would not be shocked if we were down in Miami watching New England and San Francisco in the Super Bowl."

Hype train, full speed ahead.

Jalen Ramsey-Aaron Donald best NFL duo? Marcell Harris says this isn't NBA

Jalen Ramsey-Aaron Donald best NFL duo? Marcell Harris says this isn't NBA

The 49ers' much-improved defense has plenty of star power, but so do their rivals in Los Angeles after a blockbuster trade Tuesday. 

The Rams traded a trio of draft picks -- two first-rounders and one fourth-rounder -- to the Jacksonville Jaguars for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, giving LA two of the NFL best players at their respective positions when you remember that defensive tackle defensive lineman force of nature Aaron Donald also plies his trade in Tinseltown. 

It'd be difficult to find a pair of players on the same defense better than Ramsey and Donald, ESPN's "SportsCenter" account posed the question on Twitter if there is a better duo of defensive cornerstones around the NFL. The problem, according to 49ers safety Marcell Harris? There are nine other players on a defense. 

Harris has a point. Star power can only get you so far in the NFL -- even at historically important positions like quarterback or edge rusher -- because of the league's commitment to parity above all else. When it comes to the NBA, a team with the two best players on the court wins in the regular season and playoffs more often than not. 

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While this is not necessarily Harris' gripe, the 49ers have a strong case to have a duo under consideration. Whether pairing defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and edge rusher Nick Bosa or swapping out one for one of linebackers Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner, San Francisco has a few cornerstones in its front seven. It's that group that made the Ramsey trade a head-scratcher to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, who argued that the Rams' offensive line should have been a bigger concern than their secondary considering the 49ers' success in Week 6.

Still, Ramsey and Donald are as good as what they do as just about anyone else in the NFL. The 49ers will get their first look at them in the same defense in Week 16 at Levi's Stadium, and they'll see firsthand whether the duo's dominance lifts the rest of the Rams defense.