49ers QB Alex Smith may be having one of the best offseasons of any player as San Francisco brass, including new coach Jim Harbaugh, have praised Smith and made no secret of their intention to re-sign him. In that vein, Smith may be the only free agent to be given a playbook during the lockout’s brief lapse in April. Most important, he seems to be earning scads of respect while spearheading the 49ers’ players-only workouts. “He’s more of a leader than he’s ever been at this point,” 49ers TE Vernon Davis told CSNBayArea.com’s Chronicle Live.
“I’ve never seen Alex like this, ‘taking charge’ is what I call it. It’s Alex taking charge. He’s in the classroom walking us through everything, talking about all the plays. He’s taking all the snaps. And he’s really being a leader out there. That’s what Alex should’ve been doing. But it takes time for some guys to get to where you need to be. …He really cares about his career, and he knows he’s on his last straw, so he has to be exact and precise.” For now, it’s working. “I think everything is going good so far,” WR Josh Morgan said. “Camp Alex is a success.”