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Takeo Spikes, who bolted from the team to agree to a new free-agent contract with San Diego the first day after the lockout ended. The reason for that? The 49ers don't want anything to get in the way of Bowman's development, because they feel he's ready to get onto the field for full-time duty. The 49ers attempted to rush Bowman onto the field early last season, but in retrospect, it was much better for him to get a year of gradual development watching top pros like Spikes and Patrick Willis show everybody how it's really done. Bowman will step in as the starter next to Willis this year and, considering all the attention Willis gets, Bowman will have many one-on-one opportunities to make plays. Bowman sent a message during the season finale last year that he's ready for bigger and better things when, in his only start of the season in place of an injured Willis, Bowman responded in spectacular style with a game-high 15 tackles.
Manny Lawson walk in free agency, and if that happens, it will open the door for a more extensive role for Brooks, who continued his gradual development as an edge rusher last season after moving in 2009 to outside linebacker from the inside position he'd played most of his career. Brooks had five sacks last season – raising his total to 11 over the past two seasons as a part-time player – and he could become a featured edge rusher on passing downs this year, particularly if Parys Haralson continues on his 2010 pace and rookie first-round draft pick Aldon Smith is slow to develop.
Frank Gore shouldn't affect Gore's status as the team's featured back this year, but expect the 49ers to find a regular role in their offense for Dixon in his second NFL season, even if it's just a carry here or there every other series. Those carries will add up as the team attempts to protect Gore and limit the punishment he absorbs, and Dixon has an opportunity to take advantage with his shifty and powerful running contrasting Gore's slashing style. Now bulked up to 250 pounds with quick feet, Dixon has the power to run over opponents and the moves to elude them.
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