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.
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