49ers' Hill ready for second season 

Jason Hill

The former Sacred Heart Cathedral High School star wide receiver is set to start his second year in the NFL, playing for his hometown 49ers, who open their season Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. Kickoff is set for 1:15 p.m.

How do you feel going into your second year? A lot better than last year. More confident.

What was the difference from last year’s training camp? A lot. The new system [offensive coordinator Mike] Martz put in. I’m still learning it and have a long way to go, but I’m gaining confidence.

What has it been like learning Martz’s offense? It’s been tough. You have your ups and downs. It’s a complicated offense and it takes a lot of time to learn.

What did you learn as a rookie? You had just one catch for six yards. It was a learning process. Just learning the NFL. Unfortunately, I had a couple injuries, but I was able to learn from the guys and take the good with the bad.

Do you have any goals for this season? Just to be better than last year. That’s the team’s goal — be better than last year.

What is it like being a city guy playing for the Niners? It’s sinking in a little bit, playing at Candllestick, guys [from The City] from other teams coming up to me. It’s kinda neat. But I’m just taking it one day at a time. I want to be a great 49er eventually.

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