2010 TC III: Cut Line Clues

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.

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17 comments on “2010 TC III: Cut Line Clues
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So I guess the question is, can Jones get over the Hill?

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- PNG is pencil neck geek.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Maiocco’s in Canton, Barber has disappeared, and Barrows is the only one still in town to cover the practices the next few days.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, pencil neck geek. Didn’t know that one. I hope they at least have some lead in their pencils. And how did a No. 2 pencil become the standardize choice for all testing? Sounds like to me that the No. 1 pencil got crapped on when No. 2 came calling.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone know why we’re practicing in Monterey this morning?

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wooooo! Dumervil has a torn pectoral. Out four months to maybe the whole season. That 49er London game just got a bit easier.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yikes. A lot of early injuries. NO has been hit by the injury bug as well . . .

  8. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I love celebrating injuries for other teams. You know you probably should feel a little bad for them, but you don’t. Screw ’em!

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    NOFEAR , i like the new pic ! what’s this one ?

    SKEEBERS i think this is better for nofear
    ORNERY adj.; contrary in disposition , cantankerous

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our camp has been very fysical. Like Sing says, with an “f”. I like that very much but it is time to go a little easier very soon to cut down the possibility of injuries. I’m wondering if going to Monterey is symbolic of this happening? We shall see tomorrow. I would not like to see more than one week of two-a-days and wouldn’t mind one practice a day starting today.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, good choice. Done.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think you might be right, Berger. I bet they call off the afternoon practice and do some bonding type deal.

  13. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Anthony Davis getting a lot of reps with first-team offense despite Adam Snyder being healthy.

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    reports should start coming in soon from today’s pracitces because …
    the 49ers are in monterey jack !
    i know this was a cheesy comment , but i just couldn’t resist !

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    good call by berger , now there’s a report that travis laboy has a “mild” concussion !

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Crap. My fears were all too accurate. McKillop has a torn patella and torn ACL. Bye bye season.

  17. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Big loss. Led the team in ST tackles (31) last yr. I’m really expecting the ST at least in terms of the return guys improving tremendously this season. But losing a “core” guy like him surely won’t make things any easier. Damn.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
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12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
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2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
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