Almost There

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.


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13 comments on “Almost There
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob, good news!! We’re not on this list:

    “It’s August 1st and at least seven players have already torn their ACL this offseason:
    * Packers LB Jake Ryan
    * Chargers TE Hunter Henry
    * Eagles LB Paul Worrilow
    * Panthers RB Fozzy Whitaker
    * Rams DE Morgan Fox
    * Bengals G Rod Taylor
    * Lions FB Nick Bawden”

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CB from LAC, Verret???? On rookie contract and injured again. ACL or achilles, IR’D for season.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Damn, seven ACLs… almost got the All-Baalke team together there, Skeebs.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There was a Memorial Service for DC at Grace Cathedral this morning.
    Joe and Eddie D spoke of their memories.

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/01/eddie-debartolo-remembers-dwight-clark-heres-what-he-had-to-say/

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    New rule on kickoffs

    The kickoff coverage team can no longer take a running start and must be stationary until the ball is kicked. It’s going to take some getting used to.

    This will really change the onside kick.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Garnett seems to be in Shanahan’s doghouse and needs to change dramatically or he won’t be on this team. Another Baalke cluster flub pick?

    Being from Stanford I thought they were getting a olineman like David Decastro but he’s turning out to be another Jonathan Martin.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Very good NN fanpost:

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2018/8/3/17650086/looking-back-at-2017-is-the-niners-defense-better-this-year

    Looking in retrospect an eye-opener.

    Exodus of Dontae Johnson with upgrade of Sherman and Tarvarius Moore is biggest year over year improvement.

    Cassius Marsh outplayed Dumervil. Both he and Attaochu do ST work also. Dumervil release makes sense.

    Run D consistent but Solomon Thomas on edge was doing an inside rush. LB coverage on edge took time but got better.

    At start of year Foster mostly injured and Malcolm Smith IR’d all season. More depth this year so our back 7 should be much improved.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Browns traded 2016 first round pick WR Corey Coleman to the Bills for their 2020 7th round pick. This was the 1st round pick they got back from Philly in exchange for Carson Wentz.

    The Browns ineptness is that there is no first round pick on their roster from 2012 to 2016 which is 8 picks on top of the draft.
    That is why this team sucks. They could not even get a 7th round pick in next year’s draft for Coleman.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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