Originally posted on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 5/16/12

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 27: Wide receiver Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots signals first down after catching a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
These are the dog days of the NFL offseason. Rookies and fringe players are trying to impress enough in minicamps to get a look going into training camp.  Those same players are trying to not lose their roster spots, as a release in May is never a good sign for a player’s prospects.  Players are also trying to avoid getting hurt in May, something that 49ers fifth-round rookie OLB Darius Fleming unfortunately fell victim to.  Hurt a day after signing with the 49ers, Fleming will miss his rookie year with a torn ACL. Meanwhile, the veterans are on and off this month.  After a great 2011 season that saw the 49ers win the NFC West and lose the NFC Championship in OT, the 49ers went out and added high profile free agents WR Mario Manningham, RB Brandon Jacobs, and WR Randy Moss. Manningham and first-round rookie WR A.J. Jenkins are locks to join WR Michael Crabtree in the 49ers’ wide receiver corps next season.  As detailed earlier this month when discussing Jenkins, Moss is a luxury sig...
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