Ball In Good Hands Now
August 9 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The 49ers suffered through a series of tough weeks once Jeremy Newberry went down with an injury earlier this off-season. It was for that reason that the site of Ben Lynch in 49ers training camp on Thursday. Lynch was certainly a welcome addition. Despite Newberry expecting to return in less than two weeks, the 49ers were thrilled to have Lynch at center.
Working with the first team offense, Lynch stepped in as if he had never left. The 49ers have not decided whether he will play this weekend against the Chiefs, but there is little reason he shouldn’t. After all, he wouldn’t be in on too many snaps (because he would be working with the first string offense), so his conditioning (though he kept in shape) shouldn’t be an issue. Also Lynch is very familiar with the 49ers offense, so he could in theory step right in.
Lynch was happy to be back with the 49ers. “It was a long, long wait for that phone call, I just wanted to play football and I’m so happy its back here with the 49ers. I thought we had a great season last year and I’m looking forward to more success this year.”
Lynch kept in condition this off-season working with fellow 49ers offensive lineman Dave Fiore. Apparently the extra work has finally paid off. The Lynch signing is key to the depth along the offensive line, and that was quite evident simply by the improvement in the offensive line in his first day in camp.