We’re half way through the offseason. And less than a week away from the resumption of football related activity. Rookie minicamp begins this Friday, May 10th, and lasts three days. A week and a half later, on May 21, the Organized Team Activities begin (or OTAs for you Insider Outsider Upsiders). There’s three of these OTAs: May 21-23, May 28-30, and June 3-6. And lastly, but not leastly, the final offseason practices occur on June 11-13. This last three day session is called a minicamp. The difference between a minicamp and an OTA, other than spelling, is a mystery of the universe that no man should admit knowing the answer to.
Now that I’ve ended the opening paragraph with a preposition, the Funk and Wagnalls secret police will probably show up at my doorstep with razor sharp BICs to gouge out my eyes. But in these days of “u r 2 f**ked 4 wrds bruh,” perhaps the F&W team has retired wearily to the senior citizen center, as Classical English goes the way of Classical Latin.
Before getting too excited about the upcoming practices, it’s pertinent to remember that this is the Jim Harbaugh regime and all of these events will be blacked out. Which means we won’t be hearing the beat reporters telling us “Top draft pick FS Eric Reid is getting burned so badly he’s already being called “Toast” by his teammates and making Craig Dahl look like a pro bowler in comparison.”
I suppose this keeps us from getting HYSTERICAL, leaving the hysteria booth open for Dennis to monopolize, but it still sucks.
Actually, regarding Reid, it doesn’t matter a whole lot whether he’s a solid FS when the season begins. The 49ers are back to being measured by how they fare in the postseason, not how they do in the regular season. Reid has 16 games to get used to the speed of the NFL and he’ll be schooled by the likes of Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Sam Bradford, and Peyton Manning.
If he’s not shell shocked by the time the team reaches the playoffs, he should be able to hold his own. Besides, those QBs will most likely be looking for whom Donte Whitner is covering and throw to that WR, giving Reid a free ride.
I find myself liking our second 2nd round pick, TE Vance McDonald, before I’ve even seen him play. From descriptions by those who have watched him, he sounds like a Mark Bavaro – Russ Francis type of mugger. Vernon Davis has a clumsy elegance to him, but we need a big, bruising, blue collar head banger, too. Besides, now we’ll have VD and VMcD bracketing the big boys on the O-line. How can that not be lethal?