Signing off until summer
--- Goldy two-shoes? Jimmy Williams was wearing flashy gold covers over both cleats Thursday, perhaps an indication those feet are headed toward some golden performance this season. --- And why not? Williams looks like he's finally 100 percent recovered from his 2002 knee surgery and he has been displaying considerable potential this spring. --- When the 49ers use two linebackers in passing situations, there names will be Derek Smith and Jamie Winborn. --- The Niners haven't decided just where Curtis Conway fits in, but he definitely fits in somewhere. --- Saleem Rasheed is the Niners' No. 4 linebacker until Julian Peterson returns. But Richard Seigler might have something to say about that in training camp. --- The Niners don't look too concerned about Kevan Barlow's blocking, because they'd rather have him swinging out of the backfield on pass patterns. --- Scott Rehberg looks like the consummate teammate every time he grapples with a defender, then pats that teammate on the back once the play is finished. --- Beaten by Derrick Hamilton on a sideline fly pattern, Shawntae Spencer displayed his closing speed by making it back in time to bat away the pass at the last second with a diving lunge. --- Ken Dorsey, of course, put that pass right on Hamilton's hands, 45 yards down the field. --- This summer has to be the last chance for defensive tackle Josh Shaw, right? --- Andre Carter is ready for a breakout year. --- In addition to his many other virtues, Justin Smiley holds his space in pass blocking like a player beyond his years. --- The 49ers gave a lot of money to tight end Eric Johnson, but it will be difficult to keep the bigger, athletic Aaron Walker off the field. --- He's a roster longshot, but Norm Katnik has a chance to challenge Brock Gutierrez as the team's backup center. --- No matter how you slice it, the Niners are going to be small on defense when they go to a 3-4 set unless they have both Bryant Young and Anthony Adams on the field at the same time. And maybe even then, too. --- Cedrick Wilson beat Ahmed Plummer on a deep slant in team drills, then made a diving grab and held on even though the cornerback was draped all over him. --- Dorsey drilled that pass on the money, right where it needed to be. Does this guy ever miss a throw? --- Well, yes, but not many lately. --- Jimmy Williams and Shawntae Spencer are set as the Nos. 3 and 4 cornerbacks entering training camp. The fifth corner at this point looks like pesky Joselio Hanson. --- We would have liked to have seen more this spring from Isaac Sopoaga. Maybe he just needs to hit somebody wearing pads. --- If nothing else, all that shifting with receivers, tight ends and running backs should at least confuse opposing defenses for a while. --- Hopefully, the Niners won't need that deception to make up for a lack of experience or - even worse - talent on offense. --- Brandon Lloyd made his daily diving grab Thursday. Or two. --- Everyone's anxious to see what Brandon Whiting can do in training camp. --- Did somebody say training camp? Only 50 more days and counting.
Niners Digest Top Stories
Marshall Can't Fathom Kaep's UnemploymentDenver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall doesn't understand why quarterback Colin Kaepernick is unemployed.
Mile High HuddleFriday at 2:20 PM
Buffalo Bills Offensive Stat ProjectionsLooking forward to the 2017 Fantasy Football season, Senior Expert Shawn Childs provides offensive stat projections for every team in the NFL.
Scout FantasyTuesday at 10:58 AM
NFL changes overtime, roster movesThe NFL passed a few resolutions Tuesday at the owners meetings, some of them pretty significant in the way the game and rosters are managed.
Thomas Wants QB Battle Decided EarlyDenver's Pro Bowl wideout would rather the team's quarterback competition be decided early in training camp. But is that a realistic ambition?
Mile High Huddle07/09/2017