Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Now is the TIme

I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I will give our last years first round pick, Rashaun Woods, the biggest benefit of the doubt. I just have a feeling about this kid. I really feel like he his going to emerge this season in 2005. I would have really liked to have seen Hamilton show his stuff but because of his recent injury that will not happen this year.

Still I have faith in Jerry Sullivan, he will make all the deference in how are receiver core will perform this year. The more I think about it the more I get excited. Woods has an excellent opportunity to show he is worth being on the roster. So with the injury to Hamilton, Woods has one last moment to shine during training camp before any other receivers are brought in.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Set Back

2004 third round draft pick Derrick Hamilton was a promising talent in the young reicever core that the Niners have. He was penciled in as the number three receiver behind Lloyd and Battle.

Bad news though. Hamilton suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. He injured himself during practice. This is not good for the Niners who hoped Hamilton would help them out his year. But I think Nolan will figure something out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Getting Excited

I know there is a lot of excitement around Niner land, as new head coach Mike Nolan is bringing the 3-4 defense over to San Francisco. This is really a perfect fit for outside linebacker Julian Peterson. Peterson who is just coming back from a torn Achilles is excited himself and can’t wait to try on his new defense. Peterson if 100% healthy will wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Needing some Wood Work

New head Coach Mike Nolan took a good look at his young and inexperienced group of receivers and smiled. He mentioned if the season started today Derrick Hamilton would be the 3rd receiver or even little P.J. Fleck.

It has mostly been Arnaz Battle who is making heads turn during the Mini-camps and yes there is Brandon Lloyd, but that guy has never impressed me. I am still waiting.

As for Woods, he is dropping down the depth chart. Woods, the last years first round draft pick has not really progressed as fans would have liked him to. But I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say his lack of development was do mostly to the coaching from last season’s staff.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Never say Never

Everyone is all talk about Alex Smith and I understand why. He was our number one draft pick over all, but I would not rule out Ken Dorsey just yet. I know there are some fans out there that look down on him, but this kid is a student of the game and he always works to improve himself. Let’s not forget the possibility of having an outstanding offensive line can greatly affect the skill of all our quarterbacks.

It is surprising to me how often fans and writers don't understand that skilled and talented players no matter how gifted can not be successful with out a decent offensive line. Too often people rush to criticize players and never look at other underlining problems.

Dorsey just recently grabbed Nolan’s attention, which means if Nolan takes time to notice you, you will be more likely on his team.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Mini-camp Overview

from Foxsports.com
Aside from fumbling on his first snap in team drills, rookie QB Alex Smith made a satisfying first impression with his huddle presence and signal calling. He showed some jitters but also displayed the passing touch, mobility and excitement expected from this year's No. 1 overall draft pick. Smith split most first-team snaps with Tim Rattay, who shook off a lingering foot injury and looked at ease with the new scheme.

Coach Mike Nolan hasn't anointed a starting QB yet and said even Ken Dorsey is in the thick of the race. C Jeremy Newberry and OLB Andre Carter impressed Nolan in their first action under him, as did rookie RB Frank Gore, who showed surprising cutting ability. WR Arnaz Battle continues to stand out from the young receiving corps, a unit that Nolan vowed won't include former 49er Jerry Rice, who's been vying to return to the club.