SANTA CLARA — The 49ers have three practices this week for their mandatory minicamp, and all three workouts will take place on the field at Levi’s Stadium — not the adjoining practice field.
“We’d like this stadium to feel like something old to us, so we’re going to practice in the stadium and take advantage of that,” Tomsula said. “Just being in that stadium — the wind, the sun — it’s good to be in our building.”
“It’s always good to be as comfortable as possible on your home field,” Colin Kaepernick said.
In addition, the 49ers are one of six teams starting their mandatory minicamp early, and according to Tomsula, it’s “by design.”
With plenty of turnover, the team has chemistry to build.
The rest of the NFL teams start their mandatory minicamp on June 16, while the Rams do not have one scheduled.
MOVING ON FROM DAVIS
The 49ers have been blasted by retirements this offseason, with right tackle Anthony Davis on Friday joining Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.
It certainly caught Kaepernick by surprise.
“I didn’t (see it coming),” he said. “I was surprised by it, but to each his own. If that’s what he feels like he needs to do, wish him the best. He was a good friend of mine, so I hope everything’s going well with him. He’s a very talented player. I think everyone saw his impact while he was playing and when he was gone. It’s a loss for us, but it’s next man up and we have to get him replaced and find someone that’s able to get the job done.”
For Alex Boone, who is a candidate to replace Davis on the right end, it’s just a bit simpler.
“I respect his decision and I hope he’s doing all right,” Boone said.
The 49ers traded mainstay Andy Lee to the Cleveland Browns this weekend, and it appears as if it was the punter’s choice.
“It was what he wanted, and I know our organization worked hard to help with that,” Tomsula said Tuesday. “We feel real good for Andy. Nothing but well wishes.”
Asked to expand, Tomsula declined to reveal internal conversations, but did say that “Andy is very happy.”
The 49ers selected Bradley Pinion in this year’s draft and will move forward with him as the punter.
“We have faith in Pinion. He’s doing a nice job right now,” Tomsula said.
Phil Dawson didn’t have an incredible season kicking at Levi’s Stadium, but he’s a fan of the rule change that will make extra points a bit more difficult.
“I’m not against the rule change,” Dawson said. “Any time the rule changes highlight what kickers do well, I’m for it.”
Dawson did indicate that it will require an adjustment, especially on quick scores, as the extra point is no longer just a chip shot.
“Gotta roll with the punches,” he said. “I’ll establish a new routine in preseason.”
TAKING THE HARD LINE
Jim Tomsula is old school, and his stance on social media couldn’t be clearer.
“I don’t like it at all,” Tomsula said. “Don’t know anything about it. I don’t use it. I really don’t want everyone knowing where I’m at all the time or what I’m eating.”
Still, the team will hold meetings to give players the tools they need to conduct themselves properly and appropriately … and stay out of trouble.