Found June 15, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
Aldon Smith made a major case for rookie of the year last year, with 17 sacks, 17 quarterback hits, and 43 quarterback pressures in 18 total games with the 49ers en route to the surprise berth in the NFC Championship game. 9 years out of 10, he probably wins that award, but his strong rookie year unfortunately coincided with Von Miller’s even stronger rookie year so Smith did not get that award. However, as strong as Smith’s rookie year was, he was still just a situational player, splitting reps with Parys Haralson and playing primarily on passing downs. Of Smith’s 616 snaps in 2011, in 18 games, a remarkable 441 of them were rushing the passer, which is almost as much as an every down player (the opposite rush linebacker, Ahmad Brooks, rushed the passer 555 times on 1123 snaps). Smith was still incredibly efficient and graded out as one of the top pass rushers in the league on ProFootballFocus. Heading into his 2nd season in the league, Smith is expected to take over an every down ...

Moss showing 'Hall of Fame skills'?

Is Randy Moss going to be an impact player for the 49ers? If this report is to be believed, then it looks like that will be the case.

Exonerated Brian Banks to work out for San Francisco 49ers

Free agent LB Brian Banks has been invited to work out for the 49ers on Monday, as reported by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. It was also confirmed by Banks himself via Twitter. Banks, a top high school prospect, committed to USC before pleading no contest to rape and kidnapping charges. He was exonerated after the accuser admitted to lying about it. He and his attorney...

Report suggests QB Colin Kaepernick is struggling for the San Francisco 49ers

Last season, the San Francisco 49ers used the overall 36th pick of the NFL Draft in order to select Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was projected as a project but under the tutelage head coach Jim Harbaugh it was believed he could be groomed into a franchise quarterback. Entering his second season with the 49ers, the signal caller appears to be struggling with his throws this...

5 candidates for NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2012

The NFL Comeback Player of the Year honor has been awarded since 1972.  It recognizes a player who has returned to form after dealing with adversity, be it injury or sub par performance.  In 2011, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won the honor.  After only playing in three games in 2010, Stafford came back in

Reaching the unreachable star: chasing Joe Montana

Over roughly the last decade during the NBA Finals, every June has followed a similar pattern for basketball fans. The search for an entity comparable to Michael Jordan fills thoughts as if we’re trying to re-capture our childhood or another golden period of our otherwise mundane lives. Undoubtedly, the same thing at a crucial point in the Finals occurs whether it be LeBron...

Justin Smith sees sense of urgency developing

Nobody represents the win-now mentality of the San Francisco 49ers more than Justin Smith. The All-Pro defensive tackle will tell you so himself. The 49ers concluded their offseason workout program Thursday with Smith stressing the urgency he sees developing as the defending NFC West champions prepare for the 2012 season. San Francisco has built a contender expected to challenge...

49ers WR Randy Moss continues to impress at minicamp

Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss drew little attention during free agency, but he is now receiving rave reviews on his performance on the field for the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. Of course it is only June, but Moss is being described as being in shape and focused on football. The Niners are hoping that the version of Moss they signed this offseason will resemble the 2007...

Vernon Davis believes the 49ers have the talent to win the Super Bowl

Getty Images San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis won’t predict that his team will win this year’s Super Bowl, but he does believe they have the talent to get there. “We can pick up where we left off,” said Davis, per “Each year is different. You never know what’s going to happen. But you have to approach this thing with a winning attitude....

Randy Moss impressing in 49ers’ minicamp

The 49ers took a chance on a 35 year old Randy Moss this offseason, even though Moss was out of football last season and barely played towards the end of an atrocious season in 2010. The 49ers were looking for a playmaker on the outside at wide receiver. Multiple reports out of San Francisco have said that Moss has looked very good, some even saying that he’s looked like his old...

Randy Moss flashing ‘Hall of Fame skills’ in San Fran

The Niners raised an eyebrow or two in March, when they signed Randy Moss to a one-year contract, giving the mercurial receiver a new home after 12 months of unemployment. Judging by the early returns, though, it seems they knew what they were doing. Bay Area sources close to the team have raved about Moss, telling that the 35-year-old “couldn’t be making...

Moss Makes 49ers Better in Every Way

Former Patriots WR Randy Moss is teaching the 49ers that they can be dangerous team. Moss is receiving rave reviews on his contributions. One 49ers staffer said that Moss "Is as good ...

Notebook: 49ers ‘truly impressed’ with Moss

Former Vikings WR Randy Moss is impressing the 49ers coaching staff on and off the field. Plus, Roger Goodell seeks tougher DUI penalties, and the Bears and Lions both experience issues at running back.
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