Running back Brandon Jacobs made good on his promise to six-year-old Joseph Alemnto, the young New York Giants fan who emptied his piggy bank and sent Jacobs $3.36 to try to convince him to stay in The Big Apple. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, Jacobs took Almento to the Jump On In bounce house in Boonton, N.J. on Wednesday.
Almento and his four-year-old brother spent nearly two hours bouncing on the inflatable castles with Jacobs and his five-year-old son Brayden.
“He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids,” Julie Armento, Joseph’s mother, told The Bee. “He really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was amazing.”
Jacobs also repaid Almento…with interest. The young Giants fan turned his $3.36 into $5.
Wednesday was also an important day on the field for the 49ers as they wrapped up their final day of rookie minicamp. With head coach Jim Harbaugh in Peru building houses with a church group, assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely was running the 49ers practices.
Defensive tackle Justin Smith checked in at No. 17 on the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2012. With the way Smith’s peers around the league talked about him, you’d think he’d be ranked much higher. Here are some of the best quotes about “The Cowboy.”
Buccaneers tackle Donald Penn: “When you play him, you know you have to bring your lunch pail. It’s going to be a long day.”
Eagles tackle Todd Herremens: “Very strong, un-humanly strong at times.”
Eagles guard Evan Mathis: “He looks like he’s a genetic mutant. He looks like the incredible hulk. He’s a monster.”
Ravens center Matt Birk: “Explosive, also has some veteran craftiness to him that allows him to be dominant.”
49ers tackle Joe Staley: “Justin Smith is a man beast.”
49ers running back Frank Gore: “Justin Smith can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.”
Patrick Willis is the only remaining 49ers player yet to be revealed on the NFL Top 100. Tune in next Wednesday to find out where he’ll fall in the top 10.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com continues his analysis of every position on the 49ers roster, focusing at the defensive backs.
ESPN’s NFC West blogger, Mike Sando, shares his thoughts on the NFC West after John Clayton made his 2012 predictions. Clayton sees the 49ers finishing with a record of 10-6, one game ahead of the Seattle Seahawks. Sando is quick to note that “it’s tough to win 13 games once, let alone again,” but sees the 49ers a much improved team.
“They appear stronger on paper after adding to their offensive weaponry through the draft and free agency. Having a full offseason should let the 49ers more fully implement and grasp schemes that were new to the team when the lockout ended a year ago.”
For those who can never seem to get enough of the NFL draft, The Sporting News looks ahead to next April, analyzing the top 100 prospects of the 2013 draft class.
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