Patrick Willis: 49ers are “very fortunate” to have Blake Costanzo back

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On possibly replacing teammate ILB NaVorro Bowman to start the season:

“Since NaVorro is going to be down for a little bit, it might be a possibility that I could be moving over and playing some of that position. If not primarily playing it until he gets back. But it’s been one of those things since we’ve put it in the defense, I always try to take pride in knowing what all other 10 guys do, not just my position.”

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On having LB Blake Costanzo back with the 49ers:

“Blake was with us a few years ago. A great guy, a guy that comes to work everyday. Great team player and a guy that goes out on Game Day and even practicing gives you everything he got. We’re very fortunate to have a guy like that back on special teams. We’ve lost some guys who have been key special teams players for us, to add Blake back there you know it’s going to help us out big time.”


On being a vocal team leader:

“If I come in and talk to you it’s not because I think I know everything. A lot of the times it’s to kind of help myself too as I explain it. To make sure I’m explaining it right, because I don’t want to give false information…At the end of the day, we’re all in it together, we all want to be a great defense together.”

On if he’s been a part of a team that’s had so much depth this season:

“You know I haven’t. I’m not sure if it’s due to the new CBA. Whatever it is, I don’t complain about it.”

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On WR Brandon Lloyd:

“Man. Brandon Lloyd! I was watching him on film not just on film but just watching us go against the offense, and I remember telling coach Leavitt, “I said coach, this guy still fast.” He said which guy, “I said 84. Lloyd this guy’s like a rubber band or something. I remember we played him and he got behind our DBs a few times but man when you see him on film I swear you not, I don’t know how he come off his start as fast as he does…And then during the lifting part of OTAs, this guy was bounding! And I swear I would have thought he was bending his knees and jumping. His bounds were almost as high as people can bend their knees and jump. He’s very athletic and doesn’t look like he’s missed a year of football at all. We’re glad to have him on our team and I know he’s going to make some plays for us.”

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