Nick Bosa reports to the 49ers mini camp ‘definitely’ in better shape

Santa Clara – Even during a year in which he scored 19.5 sacks in 20 games, Nick Bossa was looking forward to what he could do after the perfect season to prepare.

Before entering his third season in the NFL, Bossa spent his months away from the sport trying to improve his strength and conditioning after surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

Now that he has gone through an entire season in good health, he can improve his body while also honing his footballing skills.

When asked Wednesday if he’s in better shape than he was a year ago, Bossa replied, “Absolutely.”

Bosa reported this week about the team’s mandatory minicamp after spending the bulk of the off-season work in Florida.

“It was a kind of regular off-season workout that I wasn’t able to do as much last year,” Bossa said. “I’ve been working my way back to being healthy, and this year I’ve been healthy from the start, so (I) took some time off and got it going.

“Up until this point, the focus was mainly on getting my body where it should be to play a long season. From now on, I will be doing more football-specific things.”

Bossa, who only engaged in individual training for the first two days of camp, appears to be in tremendous shape with perhaps less body fat than when he was last seen around the 49ers training facility.

“His quads are still huge, and he’s ready to play football whenever it’s time to go,” said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

Bosa said he’s about the same weight he played last season as he continued the strict diet he had been on for several years.

“It’s a better off season overall because I was able to enjoy myself a little bit because I wasn’t just resting as much as I needed to on my knees,” he said. “But now the knee is in good shape and I’m able to go on with my life normally, which is great.”

Bosa is set to enter the final year of his original four-year contract as the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 49ers have already picked the fifth year option fully guaranteed over $17 million for the 2023 season.

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Representatives for the 49ers and Bosa have yet to begin negotiations over a long-term contract, which Bosa indicated is not currently on his mind. He said he was not sure when contract talks would start.

“I’m sure I’ll be notified,” Bossa said. “I was just focused on getting better. I’m going to let my agent worry about that.”

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