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Staley: Rebuilding 'a waste to guys like me'

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Staley: Rebuilding 'a waste to guys like me'

SANTA CLARA – The longest-tenured player in the organization wants to hear no talk about a “rebuilding season” – even if there appears to be long odds against the 49ers improving enough to rebound this year as a playoff contender.

Joe Staley is entering his 10th NFL season, and he will be 32 years old when the regular season begins. He implied he does not have the time or patience for another long-term building process to take shape.

Coming off a season in which the 49ers finished last in the NFC West with a 5-11 record in Jim Tomsula’s only season as head coach, the 49ers did not use free agency to add veteran players to strengthen positions that need help despite the presence of $52.6 million in cap space.

But the 49ers currently own 12 draft picks, which is likely to mean the team’s roster will see another influx of youth and inexperience that must be developed.

“We have the 12 draft picks,” Staley said. “This is all front office stuff. I approach every season the same, trying to do my job the best I can and try to help the team win football games. That’s why we’re all here.

“As far as rebuilding and all that stuff, I don’t look at any of that stuff. We have guys who have to step up and have to play well. But we’re all paid to . . . we’re all brought into the NFL as a rookie, as first- and second-year guys to win football games.”

Staley did not experience a winning season in his first four years in the league. But that turned in 2011, and the 49ers did not experience a losing season under coach Jim Harbaugh.

Last year, the 49ers were among the worst teams in the league and own the No. 7 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

“You see the results last year. That’s not what we wanted,” Staley said. “I can see where people make the assumption it’s rebuilding and stuff. But as players, you never look at a season as a rebuilding season.

“It’s a waste to guys like me, guys that have been coming to the end of their career a little bit. We can’t waste years for rebuilding. I’m trying to win right now, so we got to do everything we can to win football games this year.”

Source: 49ers, Nick Bosa scheduled to meet at Ohio State's Pro Day

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Source: 49ers, Nick Bosa scheduled to meet at Ohio State's Pro Day

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 49ers’ traveling party that includes general manager John Lynch and vice president of player personnel Adam Peters has moved on to Ohio State.

Lynch and Peters attended Alabama’s pro day on Tuesday and met with potential No. 2 overall pick Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle.

On Wednesday, the 49ers are scheduled to meet with another possibility for the second overall selection, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, according to a source.

The 49ers and Bosa are scheduled to have dinner, reports Albert Breer of the MMQB. But a source has told NBC Sports Bay that the 49ers hope to move the date up to a late lunch.

Bosa is not scheduled to work out on Wednesday. The plan all along was to test well enough at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that any re-dos were not necessary. Bosa's marks ranked favorably against his brother Joey, the No. 3 overall pick in three years ago.

Nick Bosa is completely healthy after his final season at Ohio State was cut short due to a core muscle injury.

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Among the other top draft prospects at Ohio State are quarterback Dwayne Haskins, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, and offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince.

49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

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49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

The 49ers named Dustin Little head athletic trainer Tuesday, locking in one of the final pieces of their new strength and conditioning and athletic training structure. 

After 17 players spent time on injured reserve during the 2018 season and 24 players the season prior, the 49ers sought change. The team fired longtime head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson and head of strength and conditioning Ray Wright. 

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both identified streamlining the two programs as an offseason priority. 

“It’s about where we want to go, how we can make the overall process of it better,” Shanahan said after the season ended. “Injuries happen, and we’ve looked into that, and we’re going to do everything we can to improve that. We have to, because that has hurt us a lot in the last two years.”

“We consulted with some other teams,” Lynch said a few months ago. “Organizations in some other sports, looking for the right answers, and trying to put our own stamp on it. We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. We’re just trying to get that deal right."

Hiring Ben Peterson as the head of player health and performance several weeks ago was the first step of that process. Peterson and Little will work together closely, as the 49ers model their structure after the NHL and NBA. 

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“We are excited to add Dustin to our health and performance team and believe he is a tremendous fit for our group,” Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “A wide net was cast for this search, and we simply kept coming back to him. 

“Our due diligence and a great recommendation from the Broncos organization, which is highly regarded for the care of its players, made us extremely confident in bringing Dustin aboard.”

Little comes to Santa Clara after spending more than five years in Denver in a variety of roles, including as an assistant athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation.