Will Colin Kaepernick finally make the jump in 2015?
There have been nothing but rave reviews this offseason about Kaepernick. He has been working with Kurt Warner, changed his throwing motion and is apparently making quicker more decisive decisions on the field. Once the pads go on, training camp will be Kaep’s opportunity to prove his growth as a quarterback and whether all the reports this offseason about his improvement are actually true.
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Will Jim Tomsula command the respect of the players?
First-year head coach Jim Tomsula has his work cut out for him. His only NFL head coaching experience came in an interim win with the 49ers in 2010 season finale, and with much of his full-time experience coming in NFL Europe. He has a wide range of veterans and rookies on the roster that he will need to relate to in order to be successful. Training camp will be a key time for Tomsula to prove himself to his players that he is up for the job.
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Are the 49ers still a power-running team?
For years now, the 49ers were always run first and pass second. With Frank Gore leaving in free agency, the 49ers must decide if it is time to change their approach and start becoming a passing team. Second-year RB Carlos Hyde will likely handle the majority of the workload with Reggie Bush backing him up. Training camp will be crucial for the 49ers to start to develop an identity for the regular season.
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Will the 49ers be able to replace the losses on the offensive line?
The 49ers lost one of the best run-blocking guards to free agency in Mike Iupati. Then they got the surprise retirement of OT Anthony Davis. The 49ers will need to find replacements for these guys in training camp. They will have some young options or can potentially move some players, but will need to make decisions quickly,
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Can Vernon Davis have a bounce-back year?
Of all the bad things that happened to the 49ers last season, Vernon Davis may have been the most disappointing. He finished the year with just two touchdowns, both of which he caught in Week 1. If the Niners are going to be successful, Davis must reestablish himself as one of the premiere tight ends in the NFL. Davis has looked good so far this offseason and will need that trend to continue throughout training camp.