It’s officially the first day of summer and that means 49ers football is right around the corner. How good does that sound?
Before we can get to training camp (36 days away, but who’s counting?), let’s take a look at the latest 49ers headlines, beginning with the latest from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, who will analyze each position group on the roster. First up, the quarterbacks.
The tenured 49ers beat writer believes Alex Smith “completely passed the eyeball test as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback.” Maiocco noted that the eighth-year pro looked more comfortable than any other 49ers quarterback over the offseason. Smith’s performances in two-minute scenarios especially impressed Maiocco.
Another observation from Maiocco worth passing along dealt with Smith’s growth at the position:
“Smith’s accuracy and anticipation seemed to progress throughout the seven week of practices, including the execution of back-shoulder throws.”
More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
Nathan Jahnke of ProFootballFocus.com lists 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks as one of the NFL’s secret superstars. Brooks’ play might be overshadowed at times by his peers on a stingy defensive unit, but Janhke offers tangible proof of Brooks’ game-changing plays.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee takes a look at the progress of 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox over the offseason and how the versatile cornerback has embraced playing both on the perimeter and as a nickel corner. Barrows: “In addition to hanging on (Randy) Moss’ every word, Cox has been shadowing Carlos Rogers as much as possible. Rogers, of course, started at cornerback last year and moved to the nickel spot on passing downs. He did so with much fanfare, finishing tied for the team lead in interceptions and earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl.”
Douglas Martin of The New York Times offers a must-read obituary on 49ers legend R.C. Owens, a football pioneer in many ways. Martin: “In 1962, the 6-foot-3 Owens wowed fans by standing under the goal post at the goal line (goal posts have since been moved to the back of the end zone) and leaping to block a long, line-drive field-goal attempt by the Washington Redskins. The tactic was legislated out of existence.”
Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com writes that this year’s NFL Rookie Symposium (which begins this Sunday) will break up the rookies by division.
Comcast SportsNet Central will air interviews with the 49ers rookies all week. Enjoy this preview that has this year’s rookies discussing what’s on their iPod, what dishes they can cook and any hidden talents they might possess.
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Someone is feeling extra chipper this morning, I wonder why…
Tags: Ahmad Brooks, Alex Smith, R.C. Owens, Randy Moss, Ricky Jean-Francois, Rock Cartwright
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