The first day of OTAs concluded without anyone getting broken. That was encouraging news, though a bit hampering reportage wise. Perhaps we can reach into the old noggin hole and salvage the day.
Brandon Jones appeared to be third on the flanker depth chart, behind Josh Morgan and Jason Hill. Not a good opening omen for our FA prize of 2009. Drafting Crabtree just about ruined this guy’s career here. I’d put a Tonya Harding watch on him, just to be safe.
Travis LaBoy was lined up behind Parys Haralson, even though the position everyone had him pegged for was Manny Lawson’s, who wasn’t even in attendance. I assume LaBoy was equipped with a small blow torch to warm Haralson’s backside intermittently as a reminder that job security in the NFL can disappear in a heartbeat.
Cody Wallace fans (a gesture to his family and relatives) couldn’t be too thrilled that Tony Wragge was getting most of the 2nd team reps at center. It’s possible that an award will eventually be created to dishonor draftees who manage to make the roster for two years and an off season without anyone actually seeing them play football. How does he hook up with another team? A resume of shuffling around behind the bench wearing street clothes and occasionally cheering?
Karl Paymah takes the early lead over Keith Smith for somewhere near the last guy we keep as a reserve CB. We’ve had too many “Keiths” and too many “Smiths” anyway. And Karl with a “K” is kool. Cind of like physical with an F.
Taylor Mays was playing behind Dashon Goldson at FS, according to Maiocco. His replacement at the PD, Phil Barber, couldn’t say definitively whether he was playing FS or SS. These two guys are sitting right next to each other tapping out Tweets and proving that eyeballs aren’t just biological machines, but have personalities. Later, they appear to have put their eyeballs on the table and synced them up to agree that the two positions were interchangeable. Isn’t one on the left side and one on the right? Maybe they should be called LS and RS, like the corners and the linemen.
One item that bears watching is that three of the four 49er QBs were wearing shorts this first day of camp, and one was wearing long pants and a long sleeve sweatshirt. That guy was Nate Davis. Is the cold and drizzly weather not to Nate’s liking?
Now that Maiocco is blogging for Comcast, I thought I’d keep an eye on how many of his readers followed him or stayed at the Press Demo site, now hosted by ex-Raiders beat guy making the pleasant transition to covering an actual NFL franchise, Phil Barber. Barber’s handling some low life you-ain’t-Matt sniping with pretty good aplomb. Today is the first day of real 49er news, which they both would write about, so it’s a fair first hint of audience drift:
Maiocco Comments: 25
Barber Comments: 17
Lynch’s site had 34 comments, but not many devoted to the OTA happenings. Arguing and quibbling with FlyingV took equal billing on that site, as it usually does. Barrows’ site had 24 comments. All in all, the blogorama, after repeated yearnings for some real action instead of off season filler, showed curiously little avid interest in the first OTA session.
Let’s go fans. Time to pick up the pace and limber up those keyboard thumbs.