Michael Crabtree Holdout:
18 days into training camp and Crabtree has not signed. Nothing new developed over the weekend in regards to MCT. Tight end Vernon Davis did say he needs to “get his butt here.” By the second game of the preseason if MCT is not signed, trade away his rights.
Friday, August 7:
With receiver Brandon Jones out with a fractured shoulder for eight weeks does the signing of Crabtree become more important? Other than the fact that I don’t care for Crabtree anymore after his threat of sitting out the season I think we will be fine with our current roster of receivers that are developing under the radar in Josh Morgan, Jason Hill and Dominique Zeigler. Jones should be back by the fourth week of the season and veterans Isaac Bruce and Arnaz Battle are equipped to lead the receiving corps in his absence.
Saturday, August 8:
Hill has done nothing to lose the job, but Smith has been connecting on most of his passes in training camp. With the first preseason game on Friday, August 14 it is not clear who will work with the first-team offense or how the rotation will go. I still believe Hill should be named the starter based on his performance the last two seasons and I still consider Smith a draft bust, but a QB competition is a healthy thing for both players and the team. At first I thought not having a starter established early in camp would hurt the team but so far that has proven not to be true. The team is united behind both Hill and Smith.
Sunday, August 9:
The 49ers had a light-practice as they had walkthroughs in preparation for the first preseason game on Friday against the Broncos. Do you know who is the new defensive coordinator for the Broncos? None other than Mike Nolan. I wonder how hard Nolan will send his D after Smith when he is in the game. Smith will be playing with a chip on his shoulder because of their rocky relationship they had.
Monday, August 10:
Apparently Singletary was upset with the offense fumbling the ball in practice and said the next player to cause a turnover would sit on Hamstring Hill the rest of the practice. The next person to do that was Smith. To show team unity he was joined by injured receiver Jones and by five of his offensive lineman. This is why Singletary is the right man for the job. He does not tolerate mistakes or turnovers from anyone no matter how small the mistake. Smith had a pass tipped by a D-lineman that was picked off from corner back Marcus Hudson. Mistakes happen right? Yes, but in Singletary’s world no turnovers is too small, it is the fault of the player no matter the situation.
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