I’d like to say that the 49er offense looks okay and the defense looks great, but we haven’t really seen either one of them play much through two exhibition games. It’s been one series and off to the bench for both squads. The usually secretive Jim Harbaugh is out-secreting even himself this preseason. He got to celebrate a little on Sunday when it became okay to place the media off limits to all remaining practices — all the way to next May’s rookie minicamp.
Marlon Moore has been the starting WR opposite Anquan Boldin in both games so far, and he’s gotten the starter treatment of one series and off the field. So it seems fair to assume that Moore has won the number two WR position. It also seems fair to say nobody saw that development coming during the long offseason.
There are two cut down days before the start of the regular season, but this year there’ll be a third one sometime after the sixth game of the year. That’s when guys on the PUP list can be activated — a list that will include Mario Manningham, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, and perhaps Marcus Lattimore. Michael Crabtree isn’t on the PUP list, but he is eligible to return sometime in late November or early December.
The cut down to the 53 man roster is going to be brutal this year. Some very good players are going to be pink slipped and gobbled up by other teams. With Kansas City getting first dibs on all waived players, we could see several ex-49ers on their squad this year. You can bet the KC scouts were in full attendance for last Friday’s game.
BJ Daniels looked pretty smooth and elusive out there in the late fourth quarter scrum of roster bubble players. Certainly better than Scott Tolzien and Colt McCoy have looked, though they’ve faced better defensive personnel. Heck, BJ looked better than starter Colin Kaepernick, for that matter. BJ’s TD pass to Chuck Jacobs was a beautiful ball, right on the money, whereas Kaepernick had a wide open Chad Hall in the end zone and heaved it five yards over his head.
Harbaugh announced Sunday that AJ Jenkins will be tried as a kick returner in the next preseason game. This could be a desperate attempt to find some use for the kid other than spending another year on the game day inactive list or it could be a clever maneuver to make sure he gets tackled with the ball in his hands and can then be diagnosed with a season ending injury. [UPDATE: Never mind this paragraph. Niners have traded Jenkins to KC for WR Jonathan Baldwin.]
If this were 30 years ago, the players would have broken camp Sunday and headed back to the Bay Area from their Rocklin training camp. As it is, they’re already here and today is just another practice. Three weeks down, and three weeks to go.