Patrick Willis said he's in the best shape of his career as the 49ers' Pro Bowl linebacker enters his seventh NFL season.
"I really feel mentally and physically, I'm in the best shape that I've been in since I was a rookie," said Willis, a Pro Bowler in each of his first six seasons. "I feel like mentally, I'm in a place that I've never been in before."
The 28-year-old said he's still as fast as he ever was, but he's learning new tricks that may help him as his career progresses.
"I learned this camp that you don't have to move as fast if you're smarter," Willis said. "It almost looks like you're not moving at all but you're making the plays. That's where I'm trying to get to in my career."