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Morning Tailgate: May 25

Posted by Taylor Price on May 25, 2012 – 9:37 AM

On Mario Manningham’s 26th birthday, it seems like much of the Bay Area media’s recent attention has been on the San Francisco 49ers’ other top wideouts: Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, and first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.

That’s fine with the quiet, unassuming former New York Giants wide receiver, who’s happy to stay out of the spotlight after joining the 49ers this offseason on a two-year deal.

Moss made headlines twice this week when Jenkins shared insight on the veteran receiver’s training tips, which includes an affinity for swimming after practices. The 14-year-veteran also was discussed when 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis told the media that the two have formed a bond from fishing outings with former San Jose Sharks All-Star Owen Nolan.

Crabtree’s improved health, according to quarterback Alex Smith, has been a big positive for the passing game’s development this offseason.

It’s a great development considering a recent post from Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle, who explained that Crabtree was one of the game’s best wideouts over the final 11 games of the 2011 regular season. Branch: “In the season’s final 11 games, Crabtree had 61 catches for 742 yards and four touchdowns, which would translate to 89 catches for 1,079 yards and six touchdowns over a 16-game season.

“During that stretch, Crabtree had more receptions than Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe and then-Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall had in their final 11 games. He also had more yards than Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace and as many touchdowns as New England’s Wes Welker.”

More on the 49ers offense and the latest OTA headlines after the jump.

ESPN’s First Take panel of Herm Edwards, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless recently discussed the 49ers chances of representing the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII.

SB Nation continues to share footage from last weekend’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere with a video of Jenkins interviewing rookie running back LaMichael James.

Lastly, fullback Bruce Miller continues to develop at a position that’s fairly new to him.


Happy Birthday Mario Manningham. Send him your birthday well wishes @Manningham49ers.

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40 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: May 25”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    rookies and team coming together looks good ….hope the team doesnt suffer from the alex hype…..again

  2. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    team game and yes the team won everyone one of those games last year ….but alex will need to step up to help out or the team will really suffer from this schedule ….and we will lose some great coaches to the alex syndrome

  3. By gary potter on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    same old 11. know nothing say nothing. we are going SB with ALEX get used to it

  4. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    lol i am used to it you guys have been saying that for years …we still need a QB always will …if alex steps up then great …but we know the truth and so we wait to see just how far he can go

  5. By deb on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    what do yiu expect from him. the reason he does not believe in throng for 300 yard games it because he cant. come on owners finally get a glue and get rid of him!!!

  6. By Niner from the cradle 2 the grave on May 25, 2012 | Reply

  7. By gary potter on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    11 who is we???? you and jeromy??

  8. By true faith49 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    great post grave gettin pumped for next year

  9. By jeromy on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    haha, funny “overpaid underperforming Alex” criticizing a QB who is already better than him, as a rookie

  10. By jeromy on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    if we had cam last year, we might have went undefeated, superbowl included

  11. By ninerz 1 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy, what harbaugh meant was crabtree had the best hand for thumb sucking!!!!

  12. By Basil on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    other day at Doc.s office I read in SI that the Saints vs 9er’s playoff game was one of the best EVER. The game in which Alex had 2 4th QT drives of 80 for TD’s with under 2 minutes. To ‘HELP’ his team win “win and lose as a team” 16 and 0 very important? I don’t think so ,,,, NY giants went 9 and 7.
    It’s like our QB Alex Smith said stats don’t mean as much as winning.
    Point in case NE 18 – 0 final 19 – 1! Matter of face thats twice that NE’s regular season record, didn’t hold up in the lowly NY Giants in the Big Game! Alex is right, stats are over rated ? ?

  13. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    lol they all say tat when they cant put up any numbers …just like they say hey 2nd place ios cool …no it isnt …and of course he would say that numbers dont matter because his numbers suck andthe team carried him sure he threw the ball in the saints game he had to …he had nothing to lose plus they were playing man coverage wich alex can figure out if they played zone like the ravens and giants did than alex would have been home sooner ….look for lots of zone coverage and drop backs on alex this year as teams follow the ravens plan to a T and take alex out of the game

  14. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    lol yeah stats are over rated that is what the kicker and punter say usually when they put on their rings ….accept for the niners kicker and punters they broke records and carried alex in several games and yeah nothing for it accept a trip to probowl and their names in record books …at least they can show their kids that all alex can do is say hey look i bilked a team of millions by saying i didnt care about stats…..now come on kids lets throw that ball and talk the talk so we can get you some millions from the niners

  15. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    wow alex feeling a little chippy poppin off about the panthers …HEY ALEX DO SOMETHING FIRST BEFORE YOU START TALKING TRASH

  16. By Basil on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    do you really believe that the ‘Kickers’ break all these records by them-selfs, do you really? Have you ever given any thought to the team concept idea. But everybody here knows that we have 2 of the best spacial team units in the NFL Both offense and defense but still even at that. Bug thats just what they are spacial teams ,, not every down players! (at this time, for some) I’m just saying …………..

  17. By dave g. on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Jeromy Lipton. As you usual you clueless. When you are always having a new coordinator…guess what happens? You have to learn a new PLAYBOOK! You dillusional dumb@ss…do you think learning a new playbook just goes “poof” in your brain? BTW: You ARE $26 million too high on how much Alex has made at this point. You and your lover Eleven HAVE A HABIT OF STRETCHING THE TRUTH DON”T YOU? Shut up and make Eleven some coffee.

  18. By rjdniner on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    At lest he’s doing it to improve for the team , you two are stuck in let get Alex mode .

  19. By rjdniner on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Dave g shouldn’t have mentioned the word (play book) that’s just too much for there mind’s to comprehend since they don’t know football……

  20. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    playbook has nothing to do with his bad mechanics ……playbook has nothing to do with the fact that he has no concept how to lead a game how to work the safeties and linbackers …he stands there and hopes to see someone with 5 feet of seperation or he dumps it off ….please you can babble all day long the proof is in the game film

  21. By ermac87 on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    eleven years and jeremy……you guys make me sick you call yourself real fans ….you unloyal alex haters need to just chill an shut up …..he helped lead us to the conference campionship game last year and you guys still hate on him……he even took a pay cut a couple years ago ….

  22. By dave g. on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Eleven…in your emotional protective state of defending your damsel in distress you failed to fully understand the logic in the argument. NO ONE SAID THE PLAY BOOK & MECHANICS WAS THE SAME!!!!!! Now I understand you were in a protective state for your “special friend”. Now back to the point. Every season ALEX has had to learn a new playbook with a new coordinator, new terminology, schemes, etc. You two idiots have obviously never played football OR you would understand the amount of time this consumes you. This is his 1st off season that he has had that he can actually focus more on refining his skills. Comprende Muchacha….try to take the emotions out of it for once. I know its very difficult for you.

  23. By rjdniner on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Do you think you can do better; you talk as if you can walk on the field and be a QB in the NFL, I do believe he was hurt, shoulder problems, as I remember his mechanics were working just fine when he throw to Davis, for use to beat the Saints, now that ,s what you call game film.

  24. By dave g. on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    And by the way YOU & YOUR GIRL JEROMY LIPTON are the only two babling on these blogs AND not fully watching the game film. No one is saying Alex has been perfect BUT it takes an entire team and it has all of Alex’s years. Players, Coaches, Concepts , etc. There are sooooo much more involved than you two fools can ever imagine. From the uneducation football observer’s perspective the QB gets way too much credit and way to much blame. Unless you have actually played & fully understand the game you will never realize ALL it takes for a team to win. Yeah…you two think you know during your pillow talk BUT you have ZERO clue.

  25. By dave g. on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Look I am not making excuses for ALEX but the SF49ers have had many flaws since 2005. There is a reason why we had the 1st pick in the draft when he was drafted. I LOVE THE 49ERS BUT we were a BAD TEAM lacking much talent around him. We have had a revolving door of offensive coaches & philosophies to add to it. Last year was our most successful year FOR MANY REASONS BUT even with that it was obvious even before the playoffs that we needed WRs help desperatley. How can a logical person NOT see that these things have an affect on a team & especially a QB? Use logic & quit using emotions. And you two idiots are waaaaaaaaay off on how much money he has made in those years. You keep exaggerating the $$$’s to try to strengthen your point. BUT its NOT factual at all. Look its fine if you don’t like him. Everyone is allowed to like or dislike who they choose & if you two are in love thats your biz. BUT stop blaming the guy for EVERYTHING constantly. He honestly gives us the BEST chance right now & thats what this is about. Harbaugh & Baalke obviouly see that or they would have drafted, traded or signed someone else this offseason.

  26. By Basil on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    excuses for Alex, dave we all know that you’re not, no reason too! The 2012 draft showed where our weakness were, and I say WERE. Seems to me that 11/jeromy prefer losing pretty for some reason or another.
    2010 lot of people picked us to win the NFC-W we had all this talent, BUT what we lacked was coaching pure and simple. We had all this talent, but because of the lack of coaching we played 4 QT’s of inconsistent football.
    Can I prove this? 2011 New Coaches and we go 13 – 3!

  27. By rjdniner on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Basil everything go ok concerning your knee, hope so , in a lot of way’s am glade that Alex said that because he’s not afraid to say or express his point of view ..

  28. By gary potter on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner: couldn’t agree more. only no nothings would disagree.

  29. By Basil on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    rjd, thanks, yeah Alex is right in what he said, probably could have left names out though? Stats are best if you have some incentives written into your contract, and they would sure help a player get into the HOF, and yes that means a lot, for sure!
    I guess you could ask Dan Morino about that .. Bet he’d trade in all the stats for one ring, IMHO ?

  30. By rjdniner on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Yaw we all know who spoiled that; yep put Danny on his fanny .and specking of stats, and Drew has no contract ,and we don’t ,have to deal with that ….

  31. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    wow so you are saying that when teams draft a QB they have to show him what a crossing route is and a slant route and a go…..come on its all the same moves just called a different name ….and refine his skills according to you he has all the skills lol …and best chance why is that because he has been around for ever …. what ever keep the excuses rolling …..his performance will still be average at best

  32. By rjdniner on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    Apparently you got up really early this morning to respond to these posts, did you get permission to do this from 11yrs, why do you get so upset when I talk about Alex, or would you prefer that I talk about you instead on how you don’t know anything about the game. Would you rather have Garcia or Shaun? Hill back, did you have a love interest in them, let’s not forget about Dilfer, you would have rather have had COLIN, as our QB last year who didn’t have any experience at all, if the coaching staff see that Alex’s performance is not up to what they want and they put in Colin I support that, remember who Alex, s coach was in college and who was that do you know, I do. Alex has a rookie card and you try to get him to sign it for you he was to busy, couldn’t do it. Now we know …..

  33. By Basil on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    11 aka jeromy: “come on its all the same moves just called a different name” Just called a deferent name JUST? the play books have all the same plays just Deferent names. Yes its all the same Just deferent, 11aka jeromy you’re like a black hole full of nothing. what a waste ……..

  34. By Basil on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    “The 49ers travel to Lambeau Field—where they haven’t won since 1998″ is this right or is it 1990?

  35. By rjdniner on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    Basil all those 11year, s he been with Alex, he should have learned something, There are high school kids that know more then those two.

  36. By Basil on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    rjd: btw knees okay just tender, thanks for asking, eh:)

  37. By rjdniner on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    It’s been 8 games straight; I truly believe that going to change.

  38. By gary potter on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy: wish i was harry potter. buy web-site and rid it of you and 11.

  39. By dave g. on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy Lipton its not about loving 1 player. You two are sooo obsessed with Alex that you don’t see anything else. I know you all about LOVE & EMOTIONS for your Eleven. Its about living in the REAL world & what its best for the whole TEAM. Eleven I am not sure you understand what working on your mechanics are as a QB. Its hilarious how little you know BUT you like to throw football lingo to sound smart, the only problem is you throwing it when it does not apply. Eleven you obviously really lack football knowledge. You trying too hard to sound like you have it thou..its hilarious…the good news is you don’t have to try to hard to impress your girl Jeromy. She likes you just the way you are.

  40. By dave g. on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    So Eleven & Jeromy, whats your excuses for ALWAYS answering blogs right after each other (back to back) ALL the time even at the oddest hours…first thing in the morning even..you can’t even be slick about it. HAHAHAHAHA! LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When a clown has to back himself up constantly to try to strengthen his own argument posed as 2 different jokers…man thats lame!!!! As I said before YOU EITHER THE SAME DUESCHE BAG or LOVERS rolling out of bed together! What a loser/s!

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