The top story of Training Camp so far has been injuries. Let’s hope this is just an early season rash, and not a season long epidemic.
The wide receivers have been hardest hit, with six of them standing on the sidelines by Saturday’s day off. So, the 49ers signed a couple of WRs off the street, one of whom has a long injury history! Austin Collie is a pretty good receiver, but he’s one concussion away from retirement. More likely, one concussion over the line from retirement. I’d like to say the NFL boys are a charitable lot, but they aren’t and will be gunning for his head on every play.
Collie says, “I’m a smart kid. I’m not going to put myself at risk.”
Moving right along, Jets CB Antonio Cromartie objects to boos for Jets QB Mark Sanchez.
Moving right along, Craig Dahl has quietly been moved to strong safety as Donte Whitner’s backup and removed from the competition to replace departed free safety Dashon Goldon. That contest now seems between first rounder Eric Reid and special teams star CJ Spillman. Those who think Spillman will win this battle should make reservations at Del Mar’s Hysteria Lounge for an opening day quaffathon.
The beat writers have been impressed with the play of CB Nnamdi Asomugha, but Vic Fangio only gave him a so-so appraisal. Are the beat guys optically challenged? Or is it just that the bar for keeping Nnamdi, a 32 year old corner, is much higher than the bar for a young CB like Perrish Cox or Tramaine Brock? IOW, if Nnamdi isn’t the old shut down Nnamdi, then he’s just old.
The 49ers have continued to “assess” CB Eric Wright, recently cut by Tampa after getting arrested for a DUI and then failing a physical when Tampa tried to trade him to the Niners. Apparently, Wright has a still lingering Achilles injury, in addition to the long arm of the law hanging over him. He’s scheduled to appear in court this week on the DUI charge, so maybe the “aasessment” of him is more like a waiting to see what, if any, legal injuries will be inflicted upon the somewhat wayward lad.
The 2013 Preseason kicked off Sunday night with the annual Hall of Fame game. This year’s contestants were Dallas and Miami. The only significance of the game was providing visual proof that NFL football has indeed returned to the airwaves. The 49ers will have their inaugural exhibition effort this coming Thursday againt Denver. Sigh. The long offseason is finally over.