Rookies and selected veterans practiced in full pads Monday and Tuesday. There were no catastrophic injuries reported in this first round of torso colliding. Bravo, lads! Only six more months of pounding to go.
Proving they are in mid-season form right off the bat, Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke held their first evasive press conferences of the year and managed to dodge all questions on anything. Bravo, lads! Only six more months of stonewalling to go.
All veterans not in the “selected” category reported for duty on Wednesday. Thursday, they joined in the torso fun and Training Camp 2013 was officially underway.
Tony Romo says this is the best Dallas team he’s played on. My first thought was that he must have been benched. Then I realized how clever Romo had become. He’s set the bar so low in Cowboy territory that 8-8 seems like a winner and a mere 9-7 season is all it would take to get himself a parade in downtown D. Still, I wonder where they picked up that extra victory between choking away last year’s season and the start of TC.
From deep in the bowels of Geek City, some overamped database miner discovered that Aaron Rodgers is 0-18 in 4th quarter comebacks against .500 or better teams. Good grief! Alex Smith had a handful of those type of wins in 2011 alone, the most visible of which was the playoff game against the Saints. Colin Kaepernick had one against the Falcons last year that put the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
Kyle Williams became the first guy from last year’s IR list to return to action when he was removed from the PUP list and suited up Thursday for practice. Kendall Hunter and Mario Manningham are still out of action. Kyle has his best chance this year to climb up from the bottom rungs of the WR depth chart ladder. The #2 and #3 WR spots are up for grabs and he could be ready to grab one of those jobs from the early favorites AJ Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette.
The wide open WR competition might be causing some fan anxiety, but it will certainly make the preseason games more fun to watch this year. The roster has been pretty well set the previous two years, but not this year. In addition to WR, we have the office pool sweepstakes as to which day of TC #1 draft pick Eric Reid will be anointed the starting free safety, putting an end to the Craig Dahl Fan Club.
On a scale of one to ten for excitement, the past week was a zero. But, we’re off and running and the first game is less than two weeks away.