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Ted Ginn Jr. impressed at San Francisco 49ers training camp when I visited there in 2010.
The speedy receiver suffered an injury in Week 1 that year. He caught only 12 passes all season.
Ginn will start opposite Michael Crabtree in the 49ers' exhibition opener against Minnesota on Friday night. He has, by all accounts, enjoyed a strong camp. But with six receiving touchdowns in five NFL seasons, it's tough to project a significant role for him. He has three starts over the past two seasons, all in 2011.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along Jim Harbaugh's thoughts on Ginn: "Ted's had a great camp -- really pleased with Ted. He's catching the ball, he's blocking, he's playing all the positions -- the X, the Z, the slot. He's doing it all. He's running good, getting in and out of his cuts."
Also from Maiocco: a look at the fastest 49ers.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Cory Nelms, Demarcus Dobbs and other players appeal to the 49ers for their versatility.
Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News provides details on a settlement over $30 million in disputed stadium financing money. Rosenberg: "The agreement lets the Santa Clara Unified School District balance its budget -- avoiding teacher layoffs -- by taking in more than $7 million over the next three years from the pot of property tax money previously earmarked for the stadium. ... The 49ers, meanwhile, will get whatever redevelopment property tax money is left over, meaning it will take about a half-decade to get the $30 million it was promised, instead of only a few years like it had planned. City of Santa Clara voters had originally approved a $40 million down payment on the stadium in 2010, and $10 million was paid before the funding spat began."
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle sees a new attitude from linebacker Ahmad Brooks.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com explains the unlikely connection between Cardinals running back Ryan Williams and Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. Football isn't the only link. Williams' father, serving a life sentence in prison, serves as another.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic looks at concerns for the Cardinals coming out of their first exhibition game of the season. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton: "Here's what the biggest concern was for me. With what I call our starters, our first and second groups, that's where the most of errors were. Were they too hyped up? Well, I hope not, they were veterans playing in a preseason game."
Also from Somers: a chat transcript in which he says Adam Snyder didn't play so poorly against the Saints.
More from Somers: five things to watch in the Cardinals' second exhibition game, this one against Kansas City.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com focuses on the team's depth after Seattle practiced without three starters Thursday.
Also from Farnsworth: a look at Matt Hasselbeck's return to Seattle as the Titans' quarterback. Farnsworth: "The Titans' front office includes senior executive vice president Mike Reinfeldt, general manager Ruston Webster, VP of player personnel Lake Dawson and scout Tim Ruskell. And Jerry Gray is the defensive coordinator. All were with the Seahawks before joining the Titans. Then there’s Jake Locker, the former University of Washington QB who is from Ferndale." Noted: Ruskell to the Titans? Guess I missed that one while on vacation in July. Gray's departure from Seattle to Tennessee was a bit unusual. He left the Seahawks to take a job at the University of Texas, only to accept the Titans' offer a month later. Gray replaced Chuck Cecil, now with St. Louis.
Tim Ryan of Sirius NFL Radio says via 710ESPN Seattle that Earl Thomas spends more time as a "box" safety than people might realize. Ryan: "The dynamic ability of Earl Thomas, who everyone thinks is a free safety on the back end; he's in the box shooting his gun more than Kam Chancellor is."
Bill Swartz of 710ESPN Seattle saw good things from Terrell Owens at Seahawks camp.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sizes up the Rams' receivers. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer downplays the importance of a No. 1 wideout. Schottenheimer: "I've been other places where you have a so-called No. 1 receiver and it's easy to double that guy. We're looking for a bunch of weapons. They're hard to find. We put 'em in different spots all over the field. That way, we can take advantage of matchups." Noted: Not buying this one. Having a dominant receiver could only help the Rams or any team, all else being equal. Attracting double coverage would leave fewer defenders to cover the remaining receivers.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com offers post-practice notes, including one about Barry Richardson continuing to work ahead of Jason Smith at right tackle.
Ted Ginn Jr. impressed at San Francisco 49ers training camp when I visited there in 2010.The speedy receiver suffered an injury in Week 1 that year. He caught only 12 passes all season.