Thursday, August 19, 2010
Around the NFC West: Leroy Hill update
By Mike Sando
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill struck a deal with prosecutors that could allow him to escape domestic-violence charges. O'Neil: "According Lynn Moberly, the prosecutor in this case, Hill will be on court probation for the next 18 months. He must complete a one-year state-certified domestic-violence treatment program. He is to have no law violations and possess no weapons over the next 18 months." The next question: whether the NFL will impose additional punishment based on the agreement. The league already suspended Hill for the regular-season opener.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Seahawks rookie Golden Tate is working to master the nuances of route running, and it's not easy. One question I have is whether quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will trust an imprecise route runner during real games. Hasselbeck likes to know exactly where his receivers will be. Any hesitation or uncertainty could make it tougher for him to trust a receiver.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune sees similarities between Seahawks rookie Walter Thurmond and a young Marcus Trufant. Coach Pete Carroll: "He’s just an active, physical kid and he continues to make things happen. So that’s a great sign for us, and is just another great pickup for us, I hope, if he can continue to do that stuff."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says former 49ers linebacker Larry Grant is making welcome contributions to the Rams. Grant, Na'il Diggs and James Laurinaitis are the starting linebackers. Laurinaitis: "Larry has an unbelievable amount of talent. He's very skilled. It's always just been little things here and there -- little mental lapses here and there. I'm just trying to stay on him more to make sure those mental lapses don't happen."
Also from the Post-Dispatch: a look at surprise players.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the NFL needs to approve Stan Kroenke as the next majority owner of the Rams.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams rookie receiver Mardy Gilyard has high expectations for himself.
Taylor Price of 49ers.com says quarterback Alex Smith took charge during practice, rallying teammates after a rough stretch. Smith: "We were definitely flat to start the day. We weren’t competitive enough and we weren’t getting it done. I just brought them all up and said we have to have pride in what we’re doing."
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle calls 49ers kicker Joe Nedney "decade-to-decade" with a groin injury that has bothered him since childhood. Nedney: "When I was 17, I tore it learning how to kick the football," Nedney said after kicking live for the first time in training camp. "And, like a dumb kid, just kicked right through it, right through it, and it never healed. My body ended up calcifying the wound so now I've got a bone basically right in the middle of the muscle and I can't take it out."
Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle says former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia is continuing his career with the UFL. Garcia: "I am so ready and excited. I know that the state of Nebraska has a great passion for football and I can already see that the people of Omaha have fully embraced the Nighthawks. I still have the drive, commitment, and ability to play this game at the highest level and one thing that I definitely share with the people of Omaha is a passion for the game."
Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat provides a photo showing one of the 49ers' practice fields without a 30-yard line.
Also from Barber: The 49ers' defense prevailed during 2-minute work.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com casts the 49ers' decision to release receiver Brandon Jones as the latest setback for former general manager Scot McCloughan. New leadership tends to bring change. In this case, Jones couldn't stay healthy and the team didn't need him as much after drafting Michael Crabtree.
Also from Maiocco: Brian Westbrook got some second-team reps in practice.
More from Maiocco: Expect third-stringers Nate Davis and Anthony Dixon to get more work as the exhibition season progresses.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye as saying receiver Dominique Zeigler is enjoying a strong camp once again. An injury derailed Zeigler last summer.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic sizes up Cardinals backup quarterback Derek Anderson. Somers: "What the Cardinals don't know is if Anderson can push Matt Leinart for the starting job, or successfully replace him if the need arises. Anderson's career path charts like a tech stock, reaching amazing highs and stunning lows. In four seasons with the Browns, he went from savior to stiff in the judgment of fans. In 2007, he started 15 games, helping the Browns to a 10-6 record and making it to the Pro Bowl, due in part to injuries to other quarterbacks. The following year, however, he was replaced by Brady Quinn, a first-round pick, and the two jostled for the position through 2009."
Also from Somers: The Cardinals broke the monotony of camp with a trip to the movies.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says free-agent receiver Max Komar shined during the Cardinals' final night practice of training camp.
Also from Urban: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt waved off a 42-yard touchdown pass in practice just to see how Matt Leinart would react. Whisenhunt: "I liked what I saw."
More from Urban: Cardinals notes, including one about the team wearing its alternative black jerseys against Washington during the preseason.