SANTA CLARA — It’s very early in training camp, and I’m no expert, but the undrafted rookie wide receiver from Northern Illinois, Nathan Palmer, is good. He may be better than A.J. Jenkins right now. Palmer caught five passes today by my count, including one 50-yard reception in a seven-on-seven drill. In a one-on-one drill he beat Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers. After the play, Rogers walked over to Palmer and shook his hand.
Reserve wide receiver Brett Swain had a good practice, too. He was four-for-four in the one-on-one drill. He even beat starting cornerback Tarell Brown twice.
Justin Smith looked like a monster on the field. He knocked two backup offensive linemen off their feet and onto their backs – Daniel Kilgore and Derek Hall. Even the best offensive linemen in football struggle with Smith. Backups have almost no chance to contain him.