49ers training camp report: Joe Williams has a big day

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Thursday morning. THE GOOD 1. Violent payback for the defense. Carlos Hyde made the defense seem soft on Wednesday when he ran as hard as he could through rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who seemed to think Hyde would go easy on a teammate and run around him. On Thursday, the defense got revenge, both against Hyde and the rest…

August 3, 2017

49ers training camp report: Tim Hightower — not Carlos Hyde — on field for first play of practice

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Monday morning. THE GOOD 1. DE Aaron Lynch. Lynch has lost more than 20 pounds since the beginning of OTAs when he says he weighed between 295 lbs. and 300 lbs. According to Lynch, he currently weighs 273 lbs. Good for him. I thought he would gain weight during the five weeks between minicamp and training camp when he didn’t…

July 31, 2017

Do the 49ers really need a speed receiver?

The 49ers need a third receiver. That is clear. Most draft gurus agree that the Niners need a burner, someone who can “take the top off the defense,” someone who runs a 4.3 40-yard dash or a low 4.4. Someone like Brandin Cooks or Odell Beckham. I agree, the 49ers need a deep threat. The Niners already have two possession receivers who excel on underneath and intermediate routes — Anquan…

April 9, 2014

Grant’s final 49ers’ mock draft

Here is my final 49ers mock draft: 1. Trade the 31st, 34th and 128th pick to the Dolphins for the 12th pick, and draft CB D.J. Hayden from Houston. 2. With the 61st pick, draft CB Darius Slay from Mississippi St. 3. With the 73rd pick, draft DT John Jenkins from Georgia. 4. With the 94th pick, draft WR Marquise Goodwin from Texas. 5. With the 131st pick, draft FS Josh Evans from…

April 25, 2013

Ranking the top 10 wide receivers in the draft

This is my list of the top-10 wide receivers in the draft. I’d be interested to read your top-10 list, too. WIDE RECEIVER 1. Tavon Austin, WVU. Extremely quick and fast, can play split end, flanker and in the slot, not to mention running back and punt returner. 2. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee. Patterson is like a bigger, less-experienced version of Austin. 3. Keenan Allen, Cal. Like Austin and Patterson, Allen…

April 23, 2013

Cosell breaks down the best WRs in the draft

Greg Cosell broke down the draft’s top wide receivers Friday on Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner Podcast. Here is Cosell’s breakdown. On Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patteson COSELL: I think Patterson will be drafted solely because of his size and because of his dynamic movement. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to being a quality receiver in terms of the subtleties of how to run routes. In fact, he’s much quicker and more dynamic…

March 21, 2013