Pashos still trying to make contribution

Rookie outside linebacker Diyral Briggs earned his spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster this week the old-fashioned way: He was promoted from the practice squad.


We join this conversation in the middle as Briggs was talking about his late start playing football. He said he thought he was the “next Michael Jordan” until he was talked into playing football as a junior in high school.



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Veteran tackle Tony Pashos, who was played on injured reserve with a broken shoulder blade this week, won’t get on the playing field for the rest of the season. But he is still trying to make a contribution to the 49ers’ offensive line.


Pashos.jpgPashos pieced together an extensive video breakdown of every player on the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive line to serve as a tool for the 49ers’ offensive linemen this week to study in preparation of Sunday’s game.


“It’s been a big help,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. “The offensive line coach can only do so much. Our coach (Chris Foerster) stays until forever and breaks down as much film as he can. He’ll put together all the run tapes and situations, but this gave us an extra jump.


“He (Pashos) has been a big help this week, as far as getting ready for Indianapolis.”


“He broke down this year’s film and last year’s film, all the games, and categorized it by player,” Staley said.


The video includes clips of players, such as Colts defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, beating opposing offensive linemen. Pashos spliced the film to categorize the video the moves the Colts defenders used to win their one-on-one battles.


“It shows Dwight Freeney beating a tackle, and it’ll have 10 spin moves in a row, four bull-rushes in a row, and three dip-unders in a row,” Staley said. “He also has a tape put together of those guys getting blocked and what the offensive linemen did.”


Pashos can be a big help in the coming weeks. He spent the past two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the AFC South. The 49ers face AFC South teams in back-to-back games (Indianapolis and Tennessee), then go up against the Jaguars on Nov. 29.


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Coach Mike Singletary was non-committal when asked who would return punts on Sunday against the Colts. He mentioned Nate Clements, Brandon Jones and Arnaz Battle as possibilities. As for Jones, Singletary said he would be the team’s fifth receiver behind Michael Crabtree, Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan and Arnaz Battle.


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49ers – S Reggie Smith (groin) is doubtful; DE Ray McDonald (ankle), LB Takeo Spikes (shoulder) are questionable; CB Marcus Hudson (shoulder), RB Michael Robinson (shoulder), T Adam Snyder (calf) are probable.


Colts – WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee), CB Marlin Jackson (knee), K Adam Vinatieri (right knee) are out; RB Donald Brown (shoulder) is doubtful; DE Dwight Freeney (knee), WR Reggie Wayne (groin), DT Eric Foster (shoulder), TE Jacob Tamme (hamstring) are questionable.


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