49er Training Camp is a week old and the good news is there have been no serious injuries … yet. There’s the annual Arik Armstead “issue” – this year it’s his hamstring, last year his hand, the year before that his shoulder – but after missing all of TC and the preseason, he should be good to go in September. Maybe.
Right guard is still up in the air at the moment. That position always seems problematic to the Niners. Since the days of Randy Cross and Jesse Sapolu, I can’t think of anybody who has held down that spot for longer than a couple of years. Maybe Alex Boone, who held the position from 2012 through 2015. No one else comes to mind. Boone is currently out of football, after spending the past few years in Minnesota and Arizona running his mouth hither and yon like a broken field runner reversing directions willy nilly.
Ten years on the blogosphere have diluted the interest in these early practices. Mike Singletary’s nutcracker drills were the last time TC events drew much attention or interest. Veterans play at half speed while rookies and marginals play like their NFL lives depended on every snap. As a result, a lot of guys look good in camp and not so good when the games start counting and the intensity level zooms forth in frothing abundance.
Preseason games aren’t much better, but at least it’s a simulation of real football, the fix we’ve all waited more or less patiently for six months to inject into our veins. Barely more than a week until kickoff.