The Singletary Hill is back at the 49ers’ Training Camp, in the form of a 30 degree ramp. And right away, sending chills down the spine of every reasonably cognizant fan, video emerged of Jed York chubbing and huffing his way up this ramp. Just one of the guys. NOOOOOOOOO!!! Go away! Make yourself invisible!
Sunday was the first padded practice and right away the O-line got trampled. The guards were shoved back on their butts and RT Trent Brown gave up about 5 sacks to Elvis Dumerville and Arik Armstead. Somehow, though, mostly maligned QB Brian Hoyer had a great day heaving the ball around. Maybe it’s because “sacks” in practice are hand taps on the QB’s hips rather than shoulder pads bored into his ribs.
The defense looked great in camp last year, too, BTW. We all know how that worked out when the season rolled around.
The D-line looks like a keeper, though — long termish. It’s got a rookie, a couple of oldies, a second year guy, and a third year fellow. The LBs are a weak bunch against the pass. Depending how fast Reuben Foster grasps the pro game and how well his shoulder holds up, this group could get better as the year unfolds.
There doesn’t seem to be a silver lining for the secondary, though. This is a mediocre group, even though former GM Trent Baalke kept drafting CBs and safeties by the boatload. Jimmy Ward is supposed to hold it all together on the back end as the FS, but he’ll miss half of TC with a hamstring issue.
Fifth round rookie TE George Kittle has been a bright spot for the receiving corps, along with speedster WR Marquis Grissom. These two should have pretty good years in 2017 — if Hoyer has time to throw. And that’s a big IF.