The NFL regular season feels like its right around the corner now that the league released the 2012 preseason schedule for all 32 clubs. Oh, and mock drafts, those are coming out fast and furiously with the NFL Draft just three weeks away.
As for the preseason, the 49ers will face the Denver Broncos on the road in the important third preseason game, viewed by many to be a team’s true dress rehearsal for the regular season. The game will also be televised nationally on Aug. 26 on FOX.
San Francisco opens up the preseason at home against the Minnesota Vikings and then travels to face the Houston Texans and Broncos, before finishing the preseason at home against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers and 49ers will meet in the preseason for a 26th consecutive season.
More analysis on the preseason schedule release, a few of those mock draft offerings and highlights from Patrick Willis’ day at ESPN can be found after the jump.
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando highlights the noticeable preseason matchups, which includes a Week 3 meeting between the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins.
Don Banks of SI.com shares his fourth mock draft of the 2012 offseason. In his latest offering, Banks has the 49ers taking Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, who previously played under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
According to Sando, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper has the 49ers taking Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill in his fourth mock of the offseason. Kiper believes “Hill is the biggest home-run threat in the draft.”
Patrick Willis remains in contention for the 2013 EA Madden video game cover and let the world know that he’s open to gracing the cover. In comments Willis made on ESPN’s SportsCenter (transcribed by Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News), Willis believes he has what it takes to be the first defensive player to be featured by himself on the Madden cover since Ray Lewis. Vote for Willis by clicking here.
Lastly, 49ers.com spoke with players who are getting a head start on offseason workouts by training on their own at team headquarters.
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