San Francisco 49ers OTA’s: Notes and Analysis
Defensively, the San Francisco 49ers were one of the best in the NFL last season. The defense only allowed 14.3 points per game, which was good enough for second in the league. But this offseason has been about strengthening the offense, which ranked 11th in the league in terms of points per game. That might sound pretty good, and it is, but Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers are looking to get even better. So far, the 49ers have had three days of organized team activities, and here the latest notes from 49ers camp.
Randy Moss, who was signed this offseason, looks to be in tip-top shape. Moss has looked extremely sharp so far. He definitely hasn’t lost his hands, and for that matter, his speed. Coach Harbaugh was asked about Moss’ speed and he said, “Well, I think it’s really good. He’s one of the fastest guys on our team when you put a watch on certain drills, so that’s all I have to go off of.” Moss is part of a deep receiving corps that includes newcomer Mario Manningham, rookie A.J. Jenkins, and Michael Crabtree. All four of the receivers have looked good so far, but remember, these are only OTA’s.
But the fact that these are only OTA’s isn’t keeping quarterback Alex Smith from being excited. When talking about all the new players, Smith said, “It’s like waking up on Christmas. You got a lot of new toys out there.” Well, I wouldn’t exactly call the newcomers toys, as much as I would call them weapons. But Smith seemed particularly excited about Randy Moss. “Well, he’s easy to throw to. You know, a guy that big, and catches everything,” Smith said. It looks like there is definitely some chemistry there. And Smith and the 49ers have a full offseason to build that chemistry this year.
Alex Smith has also looked surprisingly sharp. Smith’s throws have been accurate and have had some zip on them as well. And Jim Harbaugh has noticed. “Alex has really been, in the two days out here, has been spreading the ball very well. He’s got a lot of options,” he said.
This is good news for the 49ers. Alex Smith hasn’t been consistent throughout his career, and this year he’ll look to have back-to-back solid seasons. I must reiterate that it’s only May, but so far everything looks smooth in San Francisco.
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