By Brian Cox @bacox87 on June 22, 2014
Minicamps are now over in the NFL and we now have to wait until late July for more football. However, these minicamps have given us optimism about certain things and has also showed us things that can be discouraging. The San Francisco 49ers’ minicamp is no different. Here are five duds from the 49ers’ minicamp.
Everyone knew Boone was going to holdout for a new contract even though he still has two years left on his current one. 49ers fans were still holding out hope that someone would talk some sense into him and he’d show up. He didn’t. Boone is the 49ers’ best option at right guard, but if this holdout lasts into the season, the 49ers have a number of options to take his spot.
Initial reports before minicamp said Davis was going to holdout. Then he went on record saying he wasn’t going to holdout and would show up to minicamp, giving 49ers fans everywhere hope. Well, he wants more money. Although he is the second highest paid 49er this season, he still has an incredible amount of leverage due to his skill and the 49ers’ lack of depth at his position.
The 49ers have the biggest question mark at the cornerback position. Making it worse for them was Wright announcing his retirement at the young age of 28 during minicamp. While Wright wasn’t a starter or a key contributor on the 49ers' defense, he provided them with depth. Now the 49ers will rely on their rookies more for their depth at corner.
Right before minicamp, Davis revealed that he had surgery on his left shoulder from an injury sustained in Week 3 against the Colts. This surgery was unexpected by most people and came as a surprise. When asked if it was a torn labrum, he replied, “Labrum and bicep.” There is no timetable for his return, but Davis hasn’t missed a single game in his four years with the 49ers.
The biggest dud from minicamp was the unexpected absence of Justin Smith. Head coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t disclose what procedure he had done on what body part, but said Smith wasn’t cleared for practice. At the age of 35, injuries can become more of a problem and also tend to linger more. However, Harbaugh did say that Smith would be cleared for training camp.
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