Just as 49ers rookie minicamp begins, there’s plenty of headlines stemming from Thursday’s veteran Football School workout worthy of examination.
It was the first look at Randy Moss for the Bay Area media, and many in attendance were left impressed with the quick footwork, precise route-running and sure-handed pass-catching from the veteran widedout.
After the workout, Moss’ teammates raved about his early contributions to the team, too. Besides serving as a mentor to the team’s young receivers, Moss has already picked up a good grasp on the team’s offensive concepts according to quarterback Alex Smith.
More on the 49ers Football School session and the latest team headlines after the jump.
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News was one of the on-lookers impressed with Moss’ Thursday performance. Inman: “Thursday marked the media’s first access to view on-field workouts, and Moss did not disappoint. That goes for how he interacted with teammates such as Crabtree, as well as the long-striding, sure-handed form that’s helped him tally the second-most touchdown catches in NFL history behind Jerry Rice.”
Inman also shares the comments of Smith, who worked this summer with a former pitching coach to help his quarterbacking mechanics. Inman: “Smith said Thursday he worked on his throwing motion earlier this offseason in Southern California with pitching coach Tom House, who Smith was referred to by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. House pitched in the major leagues in the 1970s and also worked recently with another San Diego-bred product, Giants pitcher Barry Zito.”
ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards shared his feelings on Moss’ potential production in a recent SportsCenter appearance. Edwards: “I think you’re going to see an energetic Randy Moss. He understands he’s on a pretty good football team.”
Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com chimes in on Moss’ workout which included a long touchdown grab from Smith. Lynch: “Moss did nothing to greatly impress in the short workout the 49ers conducted Thursday. In this second phase of off-season workouts teams can’t scrimmage and defensive backs can’t cover wide receivers. Nevertheless, when Moss caught a 50-yard bomb from Alex Smith, a ripple went through the media.”
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle shares the comments from offensive lineman Alex Boone, who is competing for the 49ers starting right guard position. Branch: “Boone will have to overcome two obstacles to win the job. At 6-foot-8 and 303 pounds, he’s both lighter and taller than a typical guard. Boone hopes to add about 20 pounds while working on his technique.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com previews this weekend’s upcoming rookie minicamp. Maiocco: “All the 49ers’ rookies, along with some players invited to attend the camp as a tryout, will be in attendance, as the team is paced through five practices in three days. Think of it as a 49ers 101 crash course.”
Chris Burke of SI.com lists Stanford wideout Chris Owusu as San Francisco’s top undrafted newcomer. Burke: “In Owusu, the 49ers are getting a wide receiver with explosive, big-play potential (4.33 40, 40 1/2-inch vertical), but also one who suffered three concussions in a 13-month span. If Owusu can stay healthy, he could be a terrific addition.”
Burke also breaks down the game tape of first-round pick A.J. Jenkins and compares the Illinois wideout to Baltimore Ravens wideout Torrey Smith, a rookie who became a big contributor on last year’s Ravens offense. Burke: “He may find himself asked to carve out a niche like the one Baltimore’s Torrey Smith did in his rookie season. The two receivers carry similar size (Smith is 6-1, 205; Jenkins 6-1, 190), and both thrive while stretching the field. Smith averaged 16.8 yards per catch (50 for 841 yards) in 2011.”
Doug Farrar of Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner Blog shares the comments from Greg Cosell of NFL Films who’s well respected for his game film analysis. Cosell shared his thoughts on Jenkins in a recent Shutdown Corner podcast appearance: “When he was drafted and I went back and looked at my notes, I wasn’t surprised [that he was taken in the first round.] To me, he’s a complete receiver. You saw him run short routes, intermediate routes, vertical routes … you saw him make catches in traffic, and there was quickness and fluidity to his movement.”
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Sounds like Jenkins is ready to get his NFL career started.
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