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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 29

Posted by Taylor Price on August 29, 2012 – 9:56 AM

There’s nothing Tavares Gooden wouldn’t do to bring down an opposing ball carrier, or make a block to spring one of his players (See photo atop this post). The 49ers special teams standout has endeared himself to teammates and coaches for his relentless pursuit to the football whether it’s on kickoff or punt coverage teams. Gooden’s unselfish play as a blocker is also well-respected.

The 49ers linebacker explained his all-out mindset in the latest Niner Talk podcast on 49ers.com. In addition, the 6-foot-1, 242-pound, fifth-year pro also explained how the birth of his newborn son, Kadence, has already made a major impact on his life.

Also on the show, San Francisco Chronicle 49ers beat writer Eric Branch previewed two of his feature stories set to hit the newspaper this week. Branch also previewed things to look for in Thursday night’s preseason finale, including the No. 3 quarterback competition between Scott Tolzien and Josh Johnson.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee writes that Anthony Dixon just might have worked his way on to the team’s 53-man roster. Barrows: “Dixon led all rushers Sunday in Denver with 58 yards on 13 carries, including a 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter in which he followed key blocks by fullback Will Tukuafu and pulling guard Derek Hall. Earlier in the game, Dixon had followed a Tukuafu block to the outside for a minimal gain. When he returned to the sideline, position coach Tom Rathman told him to break inside the next time, and that’s what Dixon did.”

Barrows also shares his 47 “locks” to make the 49ers roster at this stage of the preseason.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com notes that seventh-round pick Cam Johnson returned to Thursday’s practice.

Maiocco, along with CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach, discussed Dixon’s recent surge in a “Matt and Mindi” video segment.

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News caught up with Tolzien to find out how he’s approaching the preseason finale under unique circumstances. Inman: “A year ago, when these same teams met in San Diego, Tolzien played quarterback for the Chargers as an undrafted rookie. He didn’t survive the final cuts in San Diego, but that final audition caught the eye of the opposition and helped him land on the 49ers roster.”

Inman also shared the Madden ’13 player ratings for 49ers players, which includes 98-rankings for Patrick Willis and Justin Smith.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com predicts Kendall Hunter to be his breakout star of 2012. Rosenthal: “San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter can be the next Darren Sproles, but with more power between the tackles.”

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com shares 47 things to look for before team’s embark on reaching Super Bowl XLVII, including this item on Willis. Rapoport: “They’re over quickly, but those moments when San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis spots an opening in the line and darts through are truly special. The poor running backs on the other side of the collisions that follow probably don’t share the sentiment, though. Willis’ recognition skills and a well-tooled ability to close turn him into a missile on the field.”

Michael Lombardi of NFL.com lists his blue and red-chip defensive players, a list which includes many San Francisco defenders.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com predicts Aldon Smith to have 20 sacks this season.  Schrager: “There’s an incredibly promising young crop of young pass rushers in this league right now. Jason Pierre-Paul and Aldon Smith are two of the best. Both will top 20 sacks, but will fall short of Michael Strahan’s single-season record.”

Esquire Magazine lists Alex Smith among the top 15 best-dressed NFL players. “Because, while many of his peers go for flash, he dresses like he plays: clean, understated, and reliable.”

49ers.com’s Tuesday coverage included a story on Michael Crabtree maximizing his first preseason action, a video on Dixon’s hard-working ways and a must-see highlight video from the team’s 29-24 win in Denver.


Looks like the 49ers made another best-dressed list.

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16 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Aug. 29”

  1. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    soon all the talk from fans,local, and national media will be over and the 53 man roster will be finalized. looking forward to thursday nights game and the battle of the back ups. many things remain un-decided, and this will be a fun one for us cold fans at candlestick park tomorrow night. the scott tolzien vs josh johnson battle will be most watched by other teams scouts as well. will chris owusu win a roster spot to rejoin harbaugh and roman’s system? many guys who wont make it here will land themselves on other teams roster, but I think the most interesting aspect of this game will be the guys fighting to make the practice squad, it all adds up to some good football watching for us fans

  2. By layzie on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    i felt that Joe Looney had a great block on a DL that sprung open that hole…there were a few more…and on most it was Looney and Kilgore opening holes…man this team has a great future…CK already looks poised to take over…one more year and i think CK will be way better than Newton…JH really knows how to pick em…with the way we are drafting id say we are set for a dynasty run…now we may never break the records that once were put up by those great Niners of the past but be sure that these Niners are going to do some GREAT things…for those thinking that they have seen it all…lol…the best is yet to come…

  3. By gary potter on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    11: in the past you have praised Joe Montana and rightfully so. go read bleacher report today on what he has to say about AS and come back to blog and explain why he doesn’t know what he is talking about. just sayn

  4. By Basil on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Right On GP! let see what he does with that?

  5. By bow9ers53 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    even if the 53man roster is not finalize yet,in my mind i already have an idea who’s in there,and the way i look at it ,and men..theres only one word to describe it, “DEEP”…and were pretty much loaded & @D-FENSE ur right who ever is gonna get cut here can be easily picked up by other team right away,i was vouching for scott t.to be #2 cuz of his accurate throwns but i guess c.k. performed well in the last game and @layzie ur also right , the best is yet to come….

  6. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    I think it is WAYYY too soon to be saying ck is ready to take over, it takes more than a couple of good throws against a teams back-ups to fairly evaluate a qb and though cap has been showing some improvement, he has quite a ways to go yet before he is anoited as the starting qb, just my opinion,

  7. By Basil on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Lets keep Scott, I like him for #2 .. he looks so good in the pocket, thats reason why coach picked him up, eh?

  8. By John1616 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Keep Tolzien, dude can ball. Go Frisco!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By ace on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    no you didnt just say frisco ? um we call it the city

  10. By ace on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    go scott , good luck lite um up buddy

  11. By ace on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    im not sure i would keep 3 qb’s but thats just me

  12. By As far as the off line is concerned I would like to see Leonard Davis start the last preseason game and see what happens.rjdniner on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hey ACE look at what happened to Houston last year that’s part of the reason you keep 3. QB,S

  13. By Dave on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    People shouldn’t be suprised at Dixon. He’s been good since he was drafted. He’s just goofy looking.

  14. By Basil on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Never frisco its the City, but hey now you know, its all cool!
    QB’s I’m sure we keep 3 ,,,,, don’t we?

  15. By Hermie on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Jim will keep 3 for sure!!

  16. By 49erfaithful on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    The re-BIRTH of a DYNASTY! 1 TEAM 1 GOAL! LETS GO 9’ERS!

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