The early word out of San Francisco is that Frank Gore might get 50 fewer carries this year. He had 276 last year.
The niners have been preparing for the wheels to come off the Frank Gore cart for three seasons now. They have an elite core of back-up runners headed by Kendall Hunter, trickling down to draftee Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore, and LaMichael James. It's too early to tell what the distribution will look like, but 2013 was Gore's least efficient performance as a runner. This is a situation to monitor. ANALYST:
Bobby Parnell's velocity was up to 94-95 MPH in his rehab appearance on Thursday.
Parnell conceded eight runs in his first 6 1/3 rehab innings. He's been lights out lately, with his velocity trending in the right direction. He's on the road to recovery from Tommy John, and it often takes pitchers time before their velocity, control and feel return. Parnell's velocity had dropped substantially before the UCL tear was announced last season, so it's a nice sign that he's throwing hard once again. Analysis: Spencer Silva