The 49ers wrapped up their minicamp last week and the offseason practices have come to an end.
A few players were too dinged up, for one reason or another, to join in the final festivities:
RT Mike McGlinchey
WR Deebo Samuel
TE Garrett Celek
RB Matt Breida
RB Jerick McKinnon
RB Raheem Mostert
WR Jalen Hurd
C Weston Richburg
DE Nick Bosa
LB Kwon Alexander
LB Fred Warner
CB Jason Verrett
S Jimmie Ward
S D.J. Reed
26% of the roster, so to speak, including our top three draft picks. Good thing we have the new hi-tech medicine men on the team. They’re going to be busy this year.
The end of minicamp also concludes the Happy Talk portion of the offseason gatherings. This time of year all teams have SB ambitions. And seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day.
Now comes the hard part: six weeks in the dreaded Aldon Smith Zone. That time of year when players avail themselves of entertainment which oftentimes produces non-productive results. Mug shots, DUIs, fingers blown off, public indecency, drug busts, PED violations, car wrecks – ah, the foibles of youth.
Aldon made himself at home in this dangerous region several years back and never really escaped, wresting the title of this dark area from pretenders such as Ryan Leaf, who only squandered the mediocre career of an all time NFL bust, whereas Aldon pissed away a sure fire Hall of Fame career.
When last we saw Aldon, he was checking into police HQ in San Jose for missing a court date, whereupon he blew a BAC over .40 and was saved from an alcoholic coma by being incarcerated and presumably dried out.
Why or when he was released is not known, but in the ten seconds of sobriety he experienced upon exiting jail, he no doubt concluded it was time to get out of California, where his rap sheet had grown to encyclopedic proportions.
So he returned to his midwest roots and promptly picked up a DUI in Mission, Kansas – just across the river from his old high school in Raytown, Missouri. Where Aldon ends up next will surely deserve a mention in future episodes of this blog. Hopefully, that won’t be in the morgue, where this sad tale seems destined to end sooner, rather than later.