Favorable first impressions
-- The first couple of offensive series of the Dennis Erickson era didn't look a whole lot different than the boring, dinky stuff we saw all too often last year under deposed head coach Steve Mariucci. -- But it got a whole lot better from there, thanks to a lot of young guys who could hold the future for the 49ers, even if they may not figure so prominently in the present. -- Brandon Lloyd's first catch as a 49er couldn't have been much more impressive. -- Ditto for Arnaz Battle. -- Ken Dorsey, the quarterback of the future for the Niners? We think maybe so. -- Anybody still wondering if Dorsey has caught and passed Brandon Doman on the depth chart yet? -- It was a bad omen to see a 49er defender being helped off the field just four plays into the preseason. -- It was an even worse omen to see him wearing crutches on the sidelines the rest of the game. -- That extra time working on goal-line defense in training camp sure looks like time well spent. -- Jeremy Newberry starts at center and puts in a few solid series with the first team? On that bad ankle? This guy is one tough hombre. -- Somebody is going to be open this season whenever the Niners come out in four-receiver sets. -- Jed Weaver has to hold onto the ball if he's going to catch it two yards from his own goal line. -- Those Niner linebackers can play from sideline to sideline to sideline. -- We'd sure like to see John Engelberger getting a little bit closer to the quarterback on passing downs. -- There's got to be a place on this team for Jamal Robertson. -- Jeff Ulbrich obviously doesn't plan on relinquishing his position in the starting lineup. -- If nothing else, Arland Bruce just earned a longer look as a kick returner. -- You've just got to love the way Ronnie Heard went mano-y-mano with Tony Gonzalez near the goal line. -- That's not exactly the way anybody hoped Jeff Chandler would start out kicking the ball. -- Let's just go ahead and ordain rookie Anthony Adams as a starter at defensive tackle right now. -- We'll take that kind of performance anytime from Mike Rumph. -- Bill LaFleur doesn't appear to be any more consistent punting the ball than he was last year. -- Ray Wells put his name into the mix. Too bad for him he plays linebacker. -- Kwame Harris is learning the hard way, but he's learning. -- Several of those young defensive backs showed the Niners something. -- One of the big knocks on Rashaan Salaam always has been that he puts the football on the ground much too often. -- A 24-6 thumping of the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium wasn't a bad way for the Niners to start things off under their new coach. Not bad at all.
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