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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 10

Posted by Taylor Price on August 10, 2012 – 9:47 AM

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: Gameday. The 49ers will begin the 2012 preseason schedule tonight when the Minnesota Vikings come into town for a 6 p.m. kick-off at Candlestick Park.

It figures to be an important night for many on the 49ers roster. As for the players photographed above, All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith will likely take part in a limited number of plays. Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, however, will get an opportunity play a lot more than Smith, last season’s team MVP.

If you’re unable to catch the game on in person, or locally on CBS 5, don’t worry, NFL.com’s Preseason Live subscription service offers complete re-broadcasts of every preseason game with plenty of unique features for the die-hard football fan to enjoy.

If you’re heading into “The ‘Stick” tonight, check out the latest 49ers.com’s Niner Talk podcast, featuring interviews with rookie wide receiver Nathan Palmer and CSN Bay Area’s 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco. Download the 49ers Gameday Live App and listen to the podcast on your way to the game.

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Morning Tailgate: July 11

Posted by Taylor Price on July 11, 2012 – 9:57 AM

It’s safe to assume that the 49ers Faithful had a hand in stuffing ballots for members of the San Francisco Giants to start in last night’s All-Star Game. So with that assumption in mind, the folks here at Goal Posts would like to say – nice work everyone – give yourselves a hand… The National League won 8-0 giving San Francisco another opportunity to potentially host the World Series.

Tonight is unique in that it’s the only night with no major sporting events taking place. Instead, the collective sports world will turn to the 2012 ESPY Awards which airs tonight at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN. If you haven’t heard, the 49ers Divisional Playoff win over the New Orleans Saints is one of three nominees in the “Best Game” category. There’s still time to vote before the start of tonight’s show. CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Tune in tonight to see if San Francisco takes home the honor.

As for the current state of the franchise, NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest and Warren Sapp recently discussed the biggest question marks of all NFC West teams heading into training camp. For Sapp, San Francisco’s biggest question mark is whether or not the defensive unit can maintain its health and dominant play from 2011. McGinest, on the other hand, wondered if the offense would be able to fully showcase new perimeter weapons that were added in the offseason.

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Morning Tailgate: June 14

Posted by Taylor Price on June 14, 2012 – 10:19 AM

The final day of San Francisco 49ers minicamp is here, and that means players will soon be on their own to stay fit and mentally sharp until training camp begins. But once practice concludes in the afternoon on Thursday, Jim Harbaugh will address the media on what he saw from his team in the offseason program.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the strides being made by his unit. According to Fangio, the squad can be even better than last season, but matching eye-popping statistics like 38 forced turnovers might be difficult to duplicate.

However, Fangio has raised the expectations for the defense, and second-year linebacker Aldon Smith, whom Fangio expects to become an every-down linebacker in 2012.

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Morning Tailgate: June 5

Posted by Taylor Price on June 5, 2012 – 9:55 AM

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.

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Morning Tailgate: June 4

Posted by Taylor Price on June 4, 2012 – 8:03 AM

One of the San Francisco 49ers’ quietest, but perhaps, most crucial offseason additions, wide receiver Mario Manningham, enjoyed some well-deserved time in the spotlight over the weekend.

Dan Brown of The San Jose Mercury News recently spoke with the former New York Giants wideout, who signed a two-year contract with the 49ers shortly into the free agency signing period following a dominant 2011 postsesaon. With an assist from the team’s video director Michael Bracken, Manningham and Brown discussed the athletic, play-making receiver’s 38-yard catch in last year’s Super Bowl, one that set up the game’s go-ahead touchdown.

“I don’t ignore it,” Manningham told Brown. “I know what I did: I won a Super Bowl with a nice catch. But I’m trying to get another one, man.”

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