San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy's rehabilitation from ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) surgery is progressing ahead of schedule, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Purdy began his throwing program in May, earlier than expected, and has been "obsessed" with his rehab. Shanahan said the team is taking a slow approach to ensure proper healing, but he hopes that Purdy will be ready to play by Week 1 of the regular season.
Meanwhile, backup quarterback Trey Lance is committed to staying with the 49ers despite rumors that the team is fielding trade calls for him. Lance has the potential to be a long-term starter, but Purdy's progress through rehab makes an offseason QB competition moot.
On the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver Deebo Samuel has vowed to return to training camp in July "more than ready to go" after a disappointing 2022 season. Samuel described the season as "awful" and said that contract negotiations had distracted him and left him "behind the 8-ball". However, he recently reviewed his 2022 film with Shanahan and intends to come back in better shape for the 2023 season.
All of the 49ers' receivers, including Brandon Aiyuk, were present for the first day of minicamp. Aiyuk stood out as particularly impressive, providing hope for a strong offensive showing in the upcoming season.