Through two exhibition games, the 49er scrubeenies have definitely gotten a lot of work. Most of it, in fact. The good news is the coaches have copious reams of tape for their cut-down day evaluations. The bad news is the team’s supposedly excellent depth hasn’t performed very excellently. Back to you, Bill and Ted.
Jim Harbaugh characterized the first two games as a period of “experimenting.” Not sure what the experiment was, unless it involved the notion of playing the scrubs all season and seeing how many games we could get drubbed before the tar and feathers squad appeared outside 49er HQ.
Evidently, Harbaugh sensed these entities were near enough to sound a sense of urgency that has been missing so far. Or he just looked at the date and realized it was time to start preparing for the season opener against the Cowboys, hoping he had convinced the rest of the league that the 49ers could be discounted this year as serious contenders.
Perhaps Sunday’s game against the Chargers will quicken our blood.
Alex Boone did not report for duty this week and now, compliments of the new CBA, has 16 days left to show up for work or lose an accrued season. In the older days, he could have reported after the 10th game of the season and still gotten credit for the season. Not now. Here’s the wording of the CBA: “Any player under contract with a team that fails to report within 30 days prior to the first regular season game will not receive a season towards free agency.”
Any way you look at it, Boone has essentially handed his starting job to Joe Looney. Maybe he didn’t think Joe could cut it, but that assumption seems to be inaccurate. In a certain sense, Boone might actually have more value as a backup. He can play both tackle spots, as well as RG. I doubt the Niners will trade him without a very nice return, which doesn’t seem likely this late into camp.
The other candidate for backup swing tackle is Jonathan Martin, whom Harbaugh praised this week. Of course, Harbaugh praised AJ Jenkins last year at this time, and we saw what that meant. Squatola. Jenkins, BTW, continued his invisibility last Sunday for Kansas City. Nine KC receivers had catches in the KC vs Panthers game, yet Jenkins posted a ZERO on his one and only target. Kyle Williams, OTOH, stomped Jenkins by recording one catch for one yard.