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• Speaking of Robinson, he talked a lot with fellow former Penn State running back Larry Johnson in the offseason, looking to pick up tips. Robinson was primarily a quarterback at Penn State before being shifted by the 49ers. He's still learning a lot of the subtle parts of being a back, such as improving his vision so that he can show better patience as he waits for the holes to develop.

"You see guys like (Gore), L.J. and (LaDainian Tomlinson) and you see how patient they are, knowing when to hit it and when to wait," Robinson said. "For me, it's about seeing the whole picture in front of me, but being able to do that without turning my head. As a quarterback, you're looking downfield on the throw and if it breaks down, you just take off. As a back, where you're looking is different."

• Don't be surprised if first-round pick and offensive tackle Joe Staley is the starting right tackle by the opener. The 49ers would love to have right tackle Kwame Harris, a former first-round pick, serve as the backup tackle and Staley has been impressive in the early going.

• Despite making several additions to the defensive line in the offseason (tackles Aubrayo Franklin, Joe Cohen and end Ray McDonald are the biggest additions), look for the 49ers to be looking at the position again come April. The team is solid with rotation players, but is in need of a top-shelf performer.


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Speaking of Robinson, he talked a lot with fellow former Penn State running back Larry Johnson in the offseason, looking to pick up tips. Robinson was primarily a quarterback at Penn State before being shifted by the 49ers. He's still learning a lot of the subtle parts of being a back, such as improving his vision so that he can show better patience as he waits for the holes to develop.

"You see guys like (Gore), L.J. and (LaDainian Tomlinson) and you see how patient they are, knowing when to hit it and when to wait," Robinson said. "For me, it's about seeing the whole picture in front of me, but being able to do that without turning my head. As a quarterback, you're looking downfield on the throw and if it breaks down, you just take off. As a back, where you're looking is different."

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Don't be surprised if first-round pick and offensive tackle Joe Staley is the starting right tackle by the opener. The 49ers would love to have right tackle Kwame Harris, a former first-round pick, serve as the backup tackle and Staley has been impressive in the early going.

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Despite making several additions to the defensive line in the offseason (tackles Aubrayo Franklin, Joe Cohen and end Ray McDonald are the biggest additions), look for the 49ers to be looking at the position again come April. The team is solid with rotation players, but is in need of a top-shelf performer.