The heart wrenching parental guidance miniseries House of Glass: The David Baas Story continued through Day 3 of TC, as our hero posed on the sidelines in various postures of dismay, gazing forlornly at his practicing teammates.
Baas’ yearly injury has pretty much closed the book on who will be our starting LG in game number one against Seattle. Many bloggers have pitched in with their predictions as to which game Mike Iupati would become the starter at LG. Some voted Day One and guesses ranged on up to no later than the sixth game. The debate is now closed, pending NoFear’s irascible ornery choice to keep it open just for argument’s sake.
It is generally assumed that the 49ers will keep either Brandon Jones or Jason Hill, but not both. And it is also presumed that Jones would be the one ousted because his salary is greater than Hill’s. However, Hill is in the last year of his contract and Jones has two or three more years on his. Jones is also getting reps with the punt return candidates (Kyle Williams, Ted Ginn, and LeRoy Vann), perhaps to see if he has any Special Teams value. Hill proved last year to be a solid ST performer, while Jones flunked rather spectacularly.
Purely as receivers, Jones is the better choice. He has great hands, is fast, runs good routes, and proved during his time in Tennessee to be a clutch 3rd down receiver. IOW, he’s consistent. Jimmy Raye pointed out Tuesday that Hill is not yet consistent — going into his 4th year. This whole debate would not be taking place, however, if it were not for the one thing that has plagued Jones’ career. He has David Baas Syndrome. Should he break a fingernail during TCs and sit out a week, look for the pink slip to come on cut down day.
Looks like Tony Wragge and Adam Snyder have taken the clear lead for interior line backup jobs. With Eric Heitmannand Chilo Rachal sitting out the morning practice yesterday, it was Wragge filling in at center and Snyder at LG. Cody Wallace is becoming more and more a spectator. Picking him in the 4th round of the 2008 draft is looking very much like a swing and a miss by Scot McCloughan. Don’t see Cody even making it through the first cut down from 80 to 75, let alone the final cut to 53. He may exit the team with the distinction of making the roster all three years he was here, but only suiting up for one garbage game near the end of the 2008 season, getting in on about two plays.
We’ll have to consider inventing a Cody Wallace Award symbolizing something not particularly good. Jay Moore, from the 2007 class, made it through three TCs without ever playing a regular season game, but he was cut before the 2009 season. Tennessee picked him up and cut him July 9 of this year. In a career that rivals Wallace, Moore, in three plus seaons, has yet to record a single stat in the NFL. Both Wallace and Moore were 4th round picks, so maybe tossing that pick in the hopper last year and this year was not such a bad idea.
The awesome chemistry between Alex Smith and Vernon Davis was on full display yesterday. After Davis caught two 60 yard TD bombs, Patrick Willis was so incensed he called his defensive mates into a huddle and gave them twenty lashes with his sharpened tongue. Didn’t help much, as Smith opened up the afternoon practice by hitting VD for a TD again.
It’s okay Patrick, Vernon just can’t be covered by LBs, even our own speedy fellows. Davis is going to continue to just kill defenses this coming year, especially with a camp hardened Michael Crabtree and perhaps a blazing fast Ted Ginn on the field with him. It would not surprise this scribe if our offense took a quantum leap into the top ten this coming year. It all depends on the O-line. The skill players are certainly there and good to go.
Scot McKillop will be sidelined for awhile after spraining his left knee yesterday during passing drills. At least we hope it’s only a sprain. Sometimes these initial diagnosis sprains turn into medial collateral ligament damage or the dreaded ACL season enders when a full MRI is performed. We’ll find out today how bad the injury is.