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Morning Tailgate: June 21

Posted by Scott Kegley on June 21, 2012 – 11:21 AM

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.

Shortly after the final practice concluded, first-round pick A.J. Jenkins signed a four-year deal with the 49ers. TV49 spoke with Jenkins about his new deal.

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.


Looks like the 49ers resident Heat fan is hoping his squad can wrap up the NBA Championship tonight.

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19 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: June 21”

  1. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    for anyone living in the bay area,ktvu channel 2 news at noon reported that aldon smith will be at team super stores in vallejo this saturday from 9-3 siging autographs along with sf giant nate scheirholtz

  2. By dave g. on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Thats very cool of Brandon BUT man he could have afforded a lil more than $5. Brandon is looking trim though. He looks less than 260-265 now. He may be more devastating with the increased speed at 250.

  3. By Basil on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hard to believe that Justin didn’t make the top 10. I mean the season he had, he saved us at least 2 games anyway. He’s my D player of the year thats for sure, the man is nothing but stud!

  4. By Basil on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    the eagles game where Justin remembered that Maclin(?) carried the ball loosely, this was in the closing minutes of the game and he knew that we needed to get the ball to save the game. Maclin got the ball and Justin ran him down about 20 yards knocked the ball loose keeping it inbounds, and then recovered the ball.
    But it wasn’t a fumble, it was a take away! Just the fact that he remembered from game film that Maclin carried the ball like that. He could have been hurt the way he was mobbed on the sidelines, that was sweet!

  5. By time2speakup on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Having THE best three players at their positions (Bowman, Justin,PWilly) has to be plaguing each O Coord on this upcoming schedule. Then you factor in the effectiveness and cohesiveness of the rest of the front seven with Aldon running around loose, all that youth, speed and skills on the back end, and it all seems just a touch unfair for the rest of the league. Oh well!

  6. By tom in N J on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Man I am glad Justin Smith is getting his credit…17th on top 100! Player like him is so deserving….He plays like B Young! Just hope player like him that works his tail off gets a ring before he retires! He deserves it…Let get it done this year NINERS! GO NINERS!

  7. By Ladybug on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    The team is looking good. I am so excited about this coming season. I disagree with Mike Sando on the projected winning games the 49ers will have….NO way it will only be 10 -6…..they will do much better than that ! Doesn’t it make you wonder why some sports writers give the 49ers no respect? Last year no one believed in them, even with 13 wins!….It’s starting again this year.

    All I can say is….they are going to eat their words.

  8. By roodles111 on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    i wanna see the def against these high powered off this season look at what the def accomplised last season no rushing tds or 100 yard rusher till week 13 or 14 did that with new def cordinator new playbook and new schemes no otas or mini camps i dont even think they opened up whole playbook. knowing the playbook scheme vic knowing his players strengths and weaknesses havin otas mini camps and all 11 starters retuning they can carry the superbowl trophy where it belongs to sf and they will be in the discusion of best def ever

  9. By roodles111 on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    im not a brandon jacobs fan so i honestly i hope he doesnt make the team didnt have him last season the running game was just fine for all the alex haters he will be just fine he probably still wont have eye popping numbers he can check all day they can into 40 plus yard tds with all the explosion they added a.k.a. montana to rice and taylor how many 5 yard slants went the distance so check down all game alex

  10. By NinerFanFrmTonga on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’m going to every home game this year, I don’t care how much it will cost me….that’s how much I love this upcoming season. I don’t even wanna miss on snap, one click of the clock when it’s game time for the Niners @ home. I have to see…..hahahahahaha. This year have been like 365 days of Christmas everyday and alllllll daaaayyyyy longgggg. Kind of fun looking forward to catching up on what’s going on with the team, whats the latest this amazing team got going. Thanks York, thanks Baalke, thanks coach Harbs, and most of all, thanks to every single player on the 90 man roster. May the best win a spot in the final cuts, and may all the rest find good fortune where ever you end up……………God Bless

  11. By Basil on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    and yet another post goes ,, POOF

  12. By Spokaneninerfan on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Clayton……….are you nuts? The niners will match there record from last year and win the super bowl this year. GO DUCKS!

  13. By DMT on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    10-6 one game ahead of the sea chickens. Oh yeah, that idiot clayton works for the chickens.

  14. By 11 Years of 49er Life on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply


  15. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    @ basil,justin smith didnt recover maclins fumble,it was dashon goldson.proving once again you didnt even watch the game you just saw the highlight on espn,you say you live in green bay? well the 49ers eagles game was on at the same time the packers game was on,so im pretty sure with tv contracts the 49ers eagles was not televised locally in your area and just the other day you said you have never been able to afford the nfl ticket on directv,dude,if your going to lie about things make sure no one can call you on it

  16. By Basil on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    Giants finished 9 – 7, 3 teams in the nfc finished with better records. but Giants peaked at the right time, and that seems to be all-important?

  17. By rjdniner on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    Tonga man, now that, s being a HARD CORE 49er fan, you were able to get tickets befor they were sold out ,

  18. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner/basil,,tonga is saying he is going to the games no matter how much it WILL cost,he doesnt have season tickets he is going to be buying them from scalpers or some other outlet, if you could read you would have seen this,but since you cant spell or put sentences together that make any sense,your lack of being able to interpret a simple sentence does not surprise me

  19. By plantfeeder49 on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Justin Smith. We all think you should be higher up. But I would think that he is the highest defensive lineman. If he isn’t, that would be an affront to all defensive linemen.

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