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Morning Tailgate: June 5

Posted by Taylor Price on June 5, 2012 – 9:55 AM

Rain, rain, go away. Come back another day.

The San Francisco 49ers canceled Monday’s Organized Team Activity at team headquarters in Santa Clara, presumably due to inclement weather. But with the sun out early Tuesday morning, it looks like today’s practice is a full-go.  This week stands as the team’s last set of voluntary practices. Next week, the 49ers will hold a three-day mandatory minicamp.

Additional 49ers headlines, including where left tackle Joe Staley ranks amongst the league’s top tackles, can be found after the jump.

Clifton Brown of The Sporting News lists Staley as his No. 5 overall tackle in the NFL. Brown on Staley: “He made his first Pro Bowl last season, but it won’t be his last. The 49ers’ success brought more attention to Staley’s play. The Niners are a physical team on both sides of the ball, and Staley fits that style perfectly. At age 27, Staley will be an offensive line mainstay for years, and his best should be yet to come.”

Monte Poole of The Bay Area News Group takes a look at the improvements Michael Crabtree can make with a full offseason under his belt. Poole on Crabtree: “His numbers, as they are, have been compiled despite Crabtree rarely being a regular during offseason practices and never lining up in an exhibition game. Crabtree is following a different script so far this year. He has been healthy, a regular on the practice field and in the weight room. Logic dictates he’ll be better.”

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at undrafted wide receiver Nathan Palmer’s quest to make the 49ers. Branch: “A slot receiver in college, Palmer had 47 catches for 695 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior in a spread offense that emphasized the run – NIU had 595 rushing attempts and threw 408 passes. In a nod to his speed, Palmer averaged 9.5 yards on 21 carries during his career.”

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News offers a number of team-related notes, including the recent technological improvements made to Candlestick Park’s wireless connection.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando examines the 49ers options at backup quarterback.

Lastly, fifth-year quarterback Josh Johnson, one of three players vying for the backup role, spoke about his early experiences being reunited with his college head coach, Jim Harbaugh.

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10 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: June 5”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    run run get the best out there …hungry and wide eyed always looking for the opportunity to make a play and change the game

  2. By ZenTwist on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    if the guy is better than another wide rec then they will find a place for him and someone else will be out of a job its the way of the NFL… I love to route for underdogs would like to see the guy play Baalke saw something in Palmer to pay 10,000 for an undrafted free agent so this will be interesting to watch.. I also remember Harbaugh saying they could go with 7 WRs

  3. By Basil on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    kids gotta be able to play special teams, if he hopes to make the team. But its going to be hard for anybody new players to make this team, when it comes to talent we’re fifty rich!
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  4. By DYENNY on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    REALLY SOUNDS GOOD ON ALL REPORTS IM READING BUT , I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR SOME NEWS ON HOW OUR OFFENSIVE LINE AND DEFFENSIVE LINE IS DOING EXSPECIALY THE NEW COMERS WE HAVE THIS YEAR. THATS WHERE IT ALL BEGINS . YOU CAN HAVE GREAT RECEIVERS LIKE WE DO BUT IF YOU DONT HAVE NASTY BIG GUYS BLOCKING FOR YOUR Q BACK YOU CANTY THROW IT . IM SURE HARBOUGH HAS A PLAN .

  5. By dgon on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Staley looks like he has Downs Syndrome

  6. By dgon on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Is that Woody Harrelson in the background?

  7. By Spencer on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Staley looks weird.

  8. By rjdniner on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    everybody he did pose with an Easter Island head stone on his tweeter . hey dgon bet you won,t say that in front of him .

  9. By rjdniner on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    everybody get,s bold on the blog when you don,t have to face that person, who your talking about .

  10. By Wayne Karnes on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    I think dgon is right

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