Well, based on he first preseason drives of both QBs, the Niners would have been better off sticking with young Sir Alex. Just kidding. Game one is in the books. And while too much can’t be gleaned from it, some players looked good early. Kappy led a nice opening drive until a penalty (stop me if this sounds familiar) stalled out a drive. Richard Dawson came in to kick a FG. The first string D looked nice even without J Smith. A Smith got pressure on PM to stall Denver’s first drive. After that it was backup time. Turnovers ensued, and the rest was pretty much sloppy, but some players looked good. Ian Williams, ice soap’s replacement, played well, and provided a nice push up front. Something Mike Nolan stressed him not to do. Something which he became great at not doing. Eric Reid played a nice game and laid the wood on a couple guys. However he had a mild back strain in practice today.
The other big pick in the draft, Vance McDonald, played a fairly solid game, with a couple drops. One pass he alligatored, the other was a flat drop. This was his knock coming in, and the hope is he can lose that problem, as well as pick up pointers on how to block. He has great size and power as a pass catcher, and is a nice big target. The fight for #2 WR was apparently going toward Marlon Moore and Kassim Osgood. They both made a few nice catches, while AJ Jenkins, who was in for more plays, managed to make one catch and then promptly fumbled it away. All in all, tough sledding for a guy who can’t seem to do anything right.
The bad? Well, neither back up QB looked very good. That had something to do with the shaky line play by the backup O line, bit still and all, the luxury of having 2 starting caliber QBs like we did last year is but a memory. Tukafu on the line was washed out on a few plays but he had a couple good plays as well, AJ, Dawson missed a FG to close the half, and the turnovers led to the only TD, when DJ Harper fumbled and it was returned for a flop 6. Dorsey was invisible, and each backup QB had a pick. The good news was a light injury report.