Posted: 5:14 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
By Aaron Malone
Usually I like to scour the training camp reports and try to find little nuggets for the Nuggets. I have to say that today, every beat writer said nearly the same thing. Everyone noted Ricardo Lockette as the star of the show. Some said Austin Collie played well. Then most noted the players who did not participate or were limited. Not much to glean from here.
And the day was rather quiet otherwise. You will notice the glut of receiver stories out right now. It seems like the only topic anyone is talking about. And as long as their talking about it, I'm linking to it. But until someone separates from this massive peloton of WRs, the writers will keep harping on it. It's my biggest concern.
Have some links.
Training Camp Day 11
Ricardo Lockette was the star of the show according to all. Austin Collie also had some big catches. It's been a bit of a carousel lately with a different receiver stepping up to take the center stage. Now all we need is consistency from any of them and we'll have a starter. I'm glad Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis already appear to be on the same page with Colin Kaepernick. | Training camp D11: Lockette, Collie go deep; Iupati sits out practice (Barrows)
Wide Receiver Jumble
Colin Kaepernick and Anquan Boldin had nice words for each other. It's pretty obvious that Boldin is making life easier for Kaepernick. I sincerely feel we'd be in deep trouble had we not made that trade. Both players stressed chemistry. | Anquan Boldin and Colin Kaepernick emphasize the importance of team chemistry (Gin)
Here's an article on the same topic as the above with interviews as well. Maiocco has a video discussing the situation. | Kaepernick, Boldin continue to mesh (Maiocco)
Ruthless Sports Guy takes a look at our wide receiver position. The drop off after Boldin is steep. If Austin Collie were to stay healthy, he'd have a superb chance at taking the No. 3 spot. Who's going to get the nod? Kyle Williams? A.J. Jenkins? Today's camp hero Lockette? There are stats for your enjoyment. | Getting to know (as much as we can) about the 49ers' wide receivers (BASG)
Matt Maiocco gives you his thoughts on each of the wide receivers. | Sorting through crowded group of 49ers wide receivers (Maiocco)
If this headline is really the case, then A.J. Jenkins should have no problem seizing a spot near the top of the depth chart at wide receiver. I'm happy if he's No. 2 or No. 3. As long as he's seeing the field. We rarely use 4 receivers, so he won't sniff much turf unless he gets one of those top spots. | Jenkins ‘Comfortable' in 49ers Offense (49ers.com)
Thursday vs Denver
Both Craig Dahl and Demarcus Dobbs were announced as starters for tomorrow's game against Denver. I was hoping to see Eric Reid in coverage against Peyton Manning, but Fangio knows best. | 49ers' Craig Dahl, Demarcus Dobbs to start exhibition opener (Mercury News)
We'll get our first chance to see Lawrence Okoye in action. His situation makes him one of the more bizarre and unique rookies I can remember. I'm pretty excited to see him go. He could do something amazing or he could get pushed around by a 3rd string undrafted guard who's got one-fifth of his physical skills and 500 times his experience. | Mind the (experience) gap: Fangio curious about Lawrence Okoye's debut (Barrows)
It's funny when I look at the titles of these two pieces. My greatest memory of Candlestick Park was Roger Craig's fumble following the '90 season in the NFC Championship Game to give the Giants the trip to the Super Bowl. That was the only playoff game I've ever been to and it ruined our chances for a three-peat. I also saw Jerry Rice break Steve Largent's record for most receiving touchdowns. But I have to say the loss to the Giants had the greater impact.
Here's one from SI on Nnamdi Asomugha's return to the Bay Area. Reports have him having a great camp so far. A friend of the site who's been at camp told me he's been the best DB in camp, and it's not even close. Let's hope all this preseason joy turns into regular season gold. | Nnamdi Asomugha hoping return to Bay Area can revitalize his career (SI)
Now that we see how it has played out, it would seem obvious that Martin was kept over Schmidt when the 49ers signed Lavelle Hawkins and Austin Collie just to provide Kaep with someone to throw to. Now that most of the receivers are healthy, Martin is axed and Schmidt is brought right back. Did Schmidt know this all along, or did he have a real crappy weekend? | Good luck Charly: WR Charly Martin cut to make room for return of P/K Colton Schmidt (Inman)
49ers Benefit from Cohesive O-Line (49ers.com)
Williams Making Strides as 49ers Nose Tackle (Scout.com)
Episode 2: Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman (49ers.com)
Looking ahead: 49ers' 2014 opponents (Maiocco)
Being a Sheep
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