OTAs and minicamp have ended. The players now have five weeks or so of dangerous freedom before the start of Training Camp. Plenty of time to do something insane, like hoisting a huge party, shooting assault rifles from your roof in lieu of firecrackers, getting stabbed while trying to break up a fight, and getting sued on top of it.
Unfortunately, that scenario has already been used. So has drinking yourself blind, catching a ride home with a teammate, then bonking the guy over the head with an empty beer bottle. At least we hope it was empty. Risking a good beer for a mere bonko would be incredibly lame.
CB Eric Wright abruptly retired this past week, despite the honey-please-don’t-go treatment from Trent Baalke. Baalke liked Wright, but Jim Harbaugh didn’t. Score one for the HC. Wright got a wad of cash from Tampa Bay a couple years ago, then promptly loafed his way out of the league.
Rookie speedster WR Bruce Ellington got glowing reviews during the minicamp, from both Harbaugh and QB Colin Kaepernick. Excelling in seven-on-seven drills against DBs who can look but not touch does not necessarily translate into game day success, but it’s encouraging for those who like that kind of thing. Those who lean toward discouragement as a pleasure principle will just have to wait till opening day.
There will be a lot of speculation over the next month about camp no-shows Vernon Davis and Alex Boone, but only if there’s nothing else to talk about. Which depends on whether our lads show up on PFT in a mug shot photo donating their finger prints to the FBI database, or whether they spend a quiet, discretionary summer.
Can Aldon Smith actually lay off the sauce an entire month, with parties abounding all around him and those sweet temptations whispering in his ear, “It’s only one beer. You can do it.”? Can Chris Culliver keep his mouth shut all month and avoid driving in the bike lane? Do we have any rookies who will show the first signs of a guy who can’t stay out of trouble?
OC Greg Roman has promised us a new offense this coming season, which presumably includes more passing. Yet Baalke just drafted a fullback, center, guard, and yet another running back. We’re five deep in the running back category, with Frank Gore probably still slated to get 80% of the snaps. Some might be tempted to think Roman speaks with forked tongue.