Competition waged at right tackle

Right tackle Adam Snyder assessed his Week 1 performance as follows: “I think I need to play better.”

 

That’s one point in which everybody is in agreement. Otherwise, he might not be the starting right tackle for long. The 49ers added veteran tackle Tony Pashos as a free agent prior to the start of the season.

 

“We’re mixing him (Pashos) in and he’s getting a shot as we go,” 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said. “He’s competing for the job with Adam over there on that side. But right now, he’s not up to speed or far enough along with what we do to be a legitimate threat.

 

“He’s played and started in this league as a tackle for four or five years, but in terms of all of the little nuances of things that we do and words, he’s still getting up to speed on that. Once he’s comfortable with that we’ll see where we are.”

 

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Niners defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was gushing over the play of defensive lineman Justin Smith, who played almost every snap in the opener. After the 49ers’ coaches’ film review, Smith was credited with 13 quarterback pressure and nine hits on Kurt Warner to go along with his one sack.

 

Said Manusky, “I’ve been in the league for a long time and I haven’t seen a defensive lineman do what he did in all 20 years of playing and coaching. . . . I’ve never seen a guy play at that high a level for that amount of snaps and be as effective as he is. He had a good game.”

 

When told of Manusky’s remarks, Smith said wryly, “He’s full of crap.”

 

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–Receiver Brandon Jones, out since Aug. 6 with a fractured right shoulder blade, returned to practice this week and hopes to be available to play in Sunday’s game. But Raye is not so sure.

 

“He looked like a guy who has missed six weeks of practice to me,” Raye said. “He’s got to get back up to speed and get in some shape physically. When he’s ready and we think he can go full speed, then we’ll involve him in what we’re doing.”

 

–Linebacker Ahmad Brooks (knee) did not practice. All the other players on the 49ers’ injury report saw full practices: Jones (shoulder), guards Chilo Rachal (neck) and David Baas (biceps), defensive linemen Smith (elbow), Aubrayo Franklin (shin) and Isaac Sopoaga (shoulder), and cornerback Marcus Hudson (knee).

 

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The term “GPS game” is gaining momentum around the NFL – seriously.

 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter “re-tweeted” it a little while ago, and Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has already used the term to describe a Packers game next month against the Vikings.

 

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And now for some interesting reading . . . Charles Robinson of Yahoo!Sports reports that seven NFL executives have no sympathy for the 49ers in their situation with Michael Crabtree. There isn’t a team or an agent out there who disagrees with the 49ers’ approach to handling the contract situation, but some anonymous executives say they believe the 49ers should’ve known what they were getting into.

 

From today’s Press Democrat . . .  Crabtree could do well to emulate Seahawks’ Curry” and “Davis has gone from doghouse to captaincy.”

 

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