We have entered our 26th day of training camp of the Michael Crabtree hold out. Seriously, if he is not signed by Sunday I say start trying to trade his rights away on Monday. If Michael Vick was able to sign with a team I am sure someone will take him. Scott Ostler at the San Francisco Chronicle has dubbed MCT Michael CASHtree…ha.
LB Patrick Willis (ankle), RB Michael Robinson (groin) and CB Tarell Brown (toe) all returned to practice on Monday after missing a good amount of camp. Most importantly Willis is back on the field. It is no secret that Willis is a freak on defense so to have him back on the field is a plus.
RB Thomas Clayton was waived from the team after tearing his ACL in his right knee against the Broncos. The team won’t be impacted by the loss of Clayton because he spent all of his time with the 49ers on the practice squad. Clayton did show some promise during last year’s preseason games. The 49ers signed rookie free agent FB Bill Rentmeester to take Clayton’s place on the roster.
FB Zak Keasey fractured his forearm in the same game. He will be out for eight weeks and will most likely be placed on IR with the return of Moran Norris and Brit Miller, the other fullback on the roster, playing well in the first preseason game. Keasey was never a fullback before he came to the 49ers and he was hurt most of last season. I think it is time to part ways with Keasey.
I have not been able to update the site since the 49ers defeated the Broncos. Here are my thoughts on the game:
The first preseason game has come and gone with the 49ers defeating the Broncos on Friday night 17-16. Most of my attention was on the quarterback dual between Shaun Hill and Alex Smith. Both QB’s were adequate in the time they saw on Friday night. Here’s how they did:
Hill: In for one series. Started the game and lead an opening drive of 58 yards on 10 plays that ended with a field goal. He was 2 for 2 in passing, with Vernon Davis catching both, for 41 yards. He was sacked twice. Most importantly the offense converted on a 3rd down to keep the drive alive.
Smith: Took over on the second offensive series and was in the game for four drives. He was 5 for 7 in passing for 33 yards with a touchdown pass to FB Brit Miller.
Nothing too spectacular from both but Hill has to be in the running to be named the starter. Why would you have him only play in one series if you did not know what Hill brings as a quarterback or what he can do on the field? Singletary knows what Hill can do, with Smith he is still trying to figure out what he brings to the team as a QB and what he can do on the field. This is why I think Smith was in the game for four offensive series.
Free-agent rookie and third-string fullback Brit Miller caught two touchdown passes in the game. It is only one game but I think he moved himself move up the depth chart passed second-string fullback Zac Keasey who gave up two sacks in the game because of poor blocking.
The 49ers secondary made Bronco fans everywhere wish for Jay Cutler as Kyle Orton threw three interceptions to CB Nate Clements, Dre’ Bly and Reggie Smith. Not too impressive for Orton but the 49ers secondary and the D-line deserve credit for the INT’s even though it is only preseason. I think the 49ers secondary had three picks all of the last year, ha.
Equally impressive was rookie running back Glen Coffee. He received most of the playing time with Frank Gore sitting out and rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries. He had runs of 12 and 15 yards.
Watching Vernon Davis catch two passes for 41 yards was awesome. He showed what he is capable of, the question is can he do it in the regular season and keep it up each game.
Next Game: Raiders @ Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park, Friday August 22.
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