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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