Quarterback Nate Montana fared well enough at his pro day for the 49ers to invite him to their rookie mini camp. On Friday, he began the process of learning a system that his father mastered during a Hall of Fame career.
"This is my first time in a West Coast system," said Montana, an undrafted player out of West Virginia Wesleyan. "I've been studying, trying to get it down as fast as possible."
Montana joined fellow rookie B.J. Daniels as the only quarterbacks participating in the 49ers three-day rookie mini camp. The 49ers drafted Daniels. Montana is here on a tryout basis.
The pressure of measuring up to his famous father, Joe Montana, is something that doesn't weigh on Nate Montana, he said.
"At this point in my life, I've been able to just forget about all that and go out and play football," Nate said. "I'm not him. I'm not going to be him. I would like to get to that spot, but it's damn near impossible, obviously. Other quarterbacks would have done it, everyone would do it if it were that easy."
Just the same, Montana's father sent Nate to camp with a little bit of helpful advice.