The wide receiver and running back performed so well in OTA work Wednesday that Pagano claimed that it appeared they had been with the organization for years.
"Pretty seamless," Pagano said about their work. "They don't miss a beat as far as the playbook goes, knowing what to do. Every time I see them in the huddle, break a huddle, to me it looks like they're going the right direction. They're lining up right. They're very talented, talented guys. They fit right into the locker room. They're professionals. ... They're not talkers. They're workers, they're doers."
Both veterans, however, have shown signs that their best days are behind them. The 33-year-old Johnson failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving last season for Houston for the first time in his last seven full seasons. The 32-year-old Gore managed another 1,000-yard performance in 2014, but his total was its lowest of any in a full season since 2008.
"I wanted him to come back," Hyde said, per 49ers.com. "When I found out he wasn't coming back, I was like, 'Are you really leaving?' I was shocked."
"I wasn't expecting to come in and take Frank Gore's spot," Hyde added. "It was more of a, 'Come in and learn from Frank Gore.' That's exactly what I did."
The biggest thing he learned from his year with Gore was not to be in a hurry to make plays. "Be patient on runs, let the play develop and not be so quick," he said. "I felt like last year I was being too quick on plays and not letting them develop. I was missing reads."
But after weighing his options over the weekend, he felt like he had a better chance for success in Indianapolis. A lot of that had to do with the style the
"I felt like I wanted to see what the best fit was for me," Gore said, via the Indianapolis Star. "Greg Roman and Pep [Hamilton] coached on the same team in college. Similar styles. ... That's why I came here."
Gore was referring to Roman, his coordinator with the 49ers, and Hamilton, the Colts' offensive coordinator, coaching together at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh.
Gore mentioned that the Eagles recruited him hard to join them but that he had to change his mind when it came time to sign.
"The Eagles came and they really pressed and they really wanted me," Gore said. "When you're a free agent, you want to be wanted. [But] I always wanted to come play for the Colts."
Gore had a deal worked out with the Eagles before backing out at the last minute. The 31-year-old will now join the Colts.
During his time with the 49ers, he rushed 2,442 times for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns.
Gore backed out because of a deal with the Eagles because was concerned with Chip Kelly's "overbearing approach," and is seeking to play for a contender.
Gore, 31, totaled 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns on the ground over his 10-year career with the 49ers. He is the 20th player in NFL history to reach 11,000 rushing yards in a career.
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||312||1695||5.4||72||8||15||68|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||15||15||260||1102||4.2||43||5||5||42|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||240||1036||4.3||41||6||8||44|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||229||1120||4.9||80||10||11||47|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||11||203||853||4.2||64||3||6||42|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||15||282||1211||4.3||55||8||11||53|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||258||1214||4.7||37||8||7||67|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||276||1128||4.1||51||9||9||55|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||255||1106||4.3||52||4||5||53|
|2005||San Francisco 49ers||14||1||15||131||8.7||47||0||2||1||4|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||61||485||8.0||39||1||4||0||20|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||15||15||53||436||8.2||23||1||6||0||20|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||43||373||8.7||26||2||4||0||15|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||52||406||7.8||48||3||3||1||13|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||11||46||452||9.8||41||2||6||1||16|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||15||17||114||6.7||13||0||0||0||5|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||28||234||8.4||26||1||1||0||10|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||16||141||8.8||29||0||1||0||5|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||11||111||10.1||55||1||1||1||2|
|2005||San Francisco 49ers||14||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||15||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||6||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||4||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||4||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
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