This is the first offseason in a few years that 49ers star Richard Sherman hasn’t been recovering from a major injury, and it has made a huge difference in his training. A few years ago, he was dealing with an MCL injury, and last season he was coming off an Achilles injury. This season he has just been able to focus on training and says this is the best he has felt in a few years.

“It’s the first time in a few years that I’ve been able to move and groove like I wanted to,” Sherman said via ESPN. “I had the MCL a few years ago, had the Achilles. This offseason, I don’t have anything, thank goodness. And I’m able to just move and explode and just get to the spots I want to. I can stop when I want to stop; I can go when I want to go. It changes the whole dynamic for me.”

Sherman was still able to play 14 games last year with the 49ers but he admits that most of the season he was slowed down with lingering effects of the Achilles. Sherman tried to overcompensate for the Achilles injury which caused him to suffer a calf injury that also slowed him down.

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“I think it goes away when you don’t physically feel pain anymore,” Sherman said. “Then you know you can move like you want to. When you feel pain in certain movements, you just don’t want to hurt it any worse than it already is, so you kind of baby it a little bit. When you don’t have it, you don’t worry about it. You’re just moving. You’re just getting to your spots, you’re moving full speed.”

This is good news for the 49ers who have goals of making the playoffs and need Sherman to be at full speed if they want to reach that. At times the secondary struggled last year and a big reason was that Sherman wasn’t at full strength.