The 49ers play Denver next Sunday. Hmmmm. What will the storyline be? Aldon Smith vs Von Miller? The return of Perrish Cox? Hmmm….
Traditionally, the third exhibition game is viewed as the most meaningful of the meaningless games. The starters usually play the entire first half and that’s basically the last we’ll see of them until opening day on September 9th. The last half of this game and pretty much all of the final game are reserved for 1200 or so marginal talents to make one last desperate bid to find a spot on a roster or a practice squad.
Denver, of course, inexplicably got rid of their star running back this offseason and signed a broken down, washed up, old quarterback to replace him. This has-been QB was cut by the 2-14 Colts in March, which is the ultimate indignity. Trent Baalke felt sorry for the bum and sought him out to play 3rd string for us this year, but Denver offered him a few nickels more. Naturally, through two exhibition games, this relic has 0 TDs, 3 INTs, and a 48.4 QBR. You get what you pay for.
The Broncos have been a troubled franchise lately, and local boy DJ Williams has sadly caught the bug. Williams was a multi-sport star at De La Salle in 2002, and played LB and RB for the football team. He was drafted by Miami to play LB only and eventually signed with Denver. Now he’s looking at a PED suspension and was just convicted of a DUI. Somewhere, his old high school coach, Bob Ladouceur, is shaking his head sadly.
We’ve had some spirited discussion of “the play” from last week’s Houston game, which seemed a bit strange since it was a simple play call, executed quickly and precisely (except for VD dropping the pass), so we sent our agricologist onto the scene to examine the seeds of dissent. Imagine our surprise when he reported back that the seeds were manufactured in a secret underground facility at the boarded up Smith Haters Club! Wow. These fellows are certainly persistent.
Normally, the star of the 49er exhibition season has been a running back — Thomas Clayton, Glen Coffee, Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter — but this year might be different. The team has trotted out so many RBs that none have accumulated the massive yardage stats we’ve come to expect. Hunter has certainly looked exceptional, but he hasn’t played enough — yet.
The star this year might be AJ Jenkins, if he puts together another six quarters of constantly getting open. Of course, the QBs would actually have to throw a pass he can catch, but that’s a work in progress. If they do, he could generate some buzz.
One guy who generated a lot of buzz this offseason was Kyle Williams. Through two exhibition games, though, he has yet to accomplish squat. He did let two punts bounce harmlessly away from him, which was an improvement on his championship game performance. But maybe this guy isn’t a lock to make the team afterall.