Waiving Aldon Smith opened up a starting job at outside linebacker, one in which the 49ers are still unsure of who can fill that void.

Will it be Aaron Lynch, Ahmad Brooks, rookie Eli Harold or Corey Lemonier?

Regardless, Lynch knows his role on the team, whether he's starting or coming off the bench.

"Honestly, I'm just here to do exactly what I'm told to do, and that's play football," Lynch said, via the team website. "That's what they drafted me last year to do, and that's what I'm here to do. Anything I can do to help out the team. If my role is to start or my role is to backup or my role is just nickel packages or whatever, that's my role, I'm going to go 100 percent, and that's it."

During his rookie season, Lynch played in all 16 games and tallied 23 tackles, plus six sacks.

He was limited in the early parts of training camp due to a back injury, and even acknowledged he gained weight in the process (up to 280 at one point).

However, he's working back towards his ideal playing weight closer to 260.

"It felt real good to get back out there, running around and engaging in football," Lynch said, via the team website. "I did something to my back and it kept me out a little bit, but now that's behind me. I'm just full steam ahead."

(h/t 49ers.com)

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