Smith said he will not make any public comments until the workouts conclude Thursday. He has hosted smaller, private workouts with some 49ers players this summer and has tried to stay clear of the public eye and free agency talk.
Smith has already asked Staley to help him organize another informal minicamp later this month if there is not a new collective bargaining agreement between owners and players. Between the two of them, they have tried to make sure every player has the opportunity to attend.
Some rookies are staying with veterans, who have helped pay for travel and other expenses. Others have prior commitments and might not be able to make every practice.
If nothing else, players believe "Camp Alex" will help with camaraderie.
"I think it's one of the things you miss this offseason, just team building," Staley said. "And I think this is definitely beneficial, laying the foundation for the season."
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