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Among the things I'll be watching when the Seahawks face the Broncos in their second exhibition game Saturday night:

  • Sean Locklear at left tackle. The Seahawks hope Walter Jones can return from knee surgery in time to play a full season at left tackle. Locklear will work there in the meantime. The team's usual right tackle can earn an additional $600,000 in 2010 compensation if he plays half the snaps at left tackle in half the Seahawks' regular-season games this season. That price would be a bargain if Locklear plays well.
  • Depth at receiver. Jordan Kent, Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor, Logan Payne, Mike Hass and Michael Bumpus are battling for one or two roster spots behind receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson and Deon Butler. Kent, Obomanu and Taylor do not have practice-squad eligibility. They need to produce now.
  • Nick Reed, Michael Bennett and Baraka Atkins. At least one of these players could be affected if the Seahawks keep fewer than 10 defensive linemen. Another impressive showing from Reed, who had two sacks and an interception in his exhibition debut, could make it tougher for Seattle to sneak him onto the practice squad.
  • Matt Hasselbeck. The quarterback has yet to take a hit since last season. The Broncos pressured the 49ers' quarterbacks last week by exploiting fullback Zak Keasey in blitz pickup. Seattle fullback Owen Schmitt needs to prove he can play consistently well in that area. One lapse could expose Hasselbeck to punishment.
  • The kickers. Brandon Coutu needs to get more depth on his kickoffs. He and Olindo Mare are competing for one roster spot. The team will not keep two kickers this season.
  • Cameron Morrah. Seattle will likely choose between Morrah, a seventh-round rookie, and Joe Newton as the third tight end. It's the sort of competition you'll probably appreciate if you've lasted this deep into a blog entry about things to watch during a game few will remember one month from now.
NFL Network is carrying this game live at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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A few thoughts and observations through the first half of the 49ers' exhibition opener against the Broncos at Candlestick Park:

  • Alex Smith has not seized the moment. Mike Singletary has given Smith most of the reps through the first half. Smith held the ball far too long in taking a sack on his first possession. He could have thrown to Arnaz Battle, but instead he froze. Smith did make a few good throws, but I thought his numbers were better than his performance through the first half. He threw into the ground when he had Glen Coffee open short against pressure.
  • Shaun Hill was sharp early. Hill appeared more confident and decisive than Smith. Yes, he also held the ball too long in taking a sack, but most of his problems stemmed from fullback Zak Keasey's troubles in pass protection (admittedly when he found himself overmatched against linemen).
  • Vernon Davis did not disappoint. The fastest tight end in the league caught two passes from Hill early in the game. He showed he can get downfield and catch the ball. The 49ers did not need him in protection all the time.
  • Adam Snyder was competent at right tackle. The offensive line generally kept the 49ers' quarterbacks clean. The sacks weren't the fault of the line, generally. Snyer cleared out his man to spring Coffee for a nice run up the middle, with Tony Wragge's trap block also playing a role in the gain.
  • Manny Lawson did not stand out. The 49ers' pass rush had problems, in part because the Broncos threw the ball quickly. Manny Lawson never seemed close to getting pressure on Kyle Orton. Ahmad Brooks came closer. He was bearing down on Orton on the pass Dre Bly picked off. Not sure if the pressure affected Orton, but this play seemed to validate what we've seen from Brooks in camp so far. Lawson did make a tackle 13 yards downfield -- after he bit on a play fake near the line of scrimmage.
  • Kentwan Balmer was in there. But the Broncos' Chris Kuper pushed Balmer aside in clearing the way for Knowshon Moreno to convert on third-and-1.
  • The 49ers' secondary is ball hawking. And that is something I haven't had to type in a long while. Nate Clements baited Orton into an end-zone interception by leaning outside, then darting back to play the ball. Bly and safety Reggie Smith also picked off passes. Exactly what the 49ers need from their secondary.
Those were some of the things I noticed. The 49ers' offensive line seemed to play well for the most part. Joe Staley (of all people) did have a problem at one point, with the Broncos' Kenny Peterson coming off Staley's block to drop Coffee for a loss. The bottom line right now is that Smith needs to show more to win this quarterback competition.

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Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic checks in with injured Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin. As much as Boldin wants to play on a bad hamstring, the receiver also realizes he shouldn't risk further damage to the muscle.

The Arizona Republic says Phoenix-area officials have planned an airport sendoff for the Cardinals as the team heads to Carolina.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will join players in participating in the rally.

Also from Urban: The Cardinals' defense knows it must stay focused and disciplined to contain the Panthers' running attack.

More from Urban: Rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows the Panthers' Steve Smith is a big-play threat at all times.

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune says the Bears should make a free-agent push to sign Kurt Warner this offseason. Warner visited the Bears as a free agent in 2005. When I think of cold-weather quarterbacks, Warner does not come to mind.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune catches up with Cardinals tight end Stephen Spach, whose unexpected contributions have helped Arizona this season.

Also from Tulumello: Boldin's tone of voice casts the receiver as a likely long shot to play against the Panthers.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Greg Knapp's version of the West Coast offense features fewer three- and four-receiver personnel groupings.

Nick Rousso of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says most mock drafts have the Seahawks taking receiver Michael Crabtree. Quarterback Matt Stafford and linebacker Aaron Curry also received mention.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, following up a report from Scout.com, confirms that former Bears receiver Mike Hass signed with the Seahawks. Expect a steady stream of these "future" signings as teams move closer to the 80-man offseason roster limits. Fringe players are becoming available after practice-squad contracts expired this week.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Knapp's offenses have a history of success in the running game.

Also from Williams: Knapp's offense in Seattle might not be so run-oriented.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' coaching search is taking on more urgency after the Browns became the first team to hire a head coach from outside their organization this offseason. General manager Billy Devaney says he hopes to have the Rams' next coach in place by the end of next week.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with interim Rams coach Jim Haslett for a look at the remaining NFC playoff teams.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says new 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman inherits one top-flight rusher (Frank Gore) and a few question marks. Crumpacker: "Backup DeShaun Foster's contract is up and former practice squad member Thomas Clayton is untested. Furthermore, the only real fullback on the roster, Zak Keasey, spent the last nine games of the season on injured reserve."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat addresses perceptions about what Mike Singletary said when talking about building a staff. Singletary said he would let the next coordinator hire the quarterbacks coach. He said nothing of the sort about hiring the next running backs coach.

Also from Maiocco: Rathman is happy to rejoin the 49ers, noting that Singletary "has things headed in a positive direction."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee thinks the 49ers will wait until after the playoffs before hiring an offensive coordinator.

Also from Barrows: Rathman appears to be an "ideal" fit with the 49ers.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Rathman's interview with Singletary was very much to the point, according to Rathman.

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Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Dane Looker will continue his Rams career despite a rare brain condition that could increase the likelihood of stroke.

Also from Coats: Rams rookie receiver Keenan Burton is anxious to get back on the field after watching Donnie Avery make big plays against the Redskins.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says newly re-signed cornerback Fakhir Brown was shocked when the team released him last month.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes 49ers tackle Joe Staley as saying he learned much from "getting beasted" by Michael Strahan last season.

Also from Crumpacker: Takeo Spikes is the first linebacker in 49ers history to pick off a pass in three consecutive games.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Staley was hoping for a rematch against Strahan, easy to say with Strahan safely in retirement. Another version here.

Also from Maiocco: J.T. O'Sullivan is the NFL's 37th-ranked passer in fourth quarters. Only Tyler Thigpen and Matt Hasselbeck rank lower.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checks in with Staley while noting David Kirtman's signing to the 53-man roster. Kirtman, the Seattle draft choice, takes the roster spot that opened when Zak Keasey went on injured reserve.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers are staring at a fourth consecutive defeat, at least on paper.

Also from Brown: That would be Niners coach Mike Nolan on the hot seat.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Edgerrin James and Rod Hood missed the only practice of the bye week for Arizona. Both were excused for personal reasons.

Also from Urban: Sean Morey is one of the few players able to hold a roster spot solely on the strength of his special-teams play.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic also looks at the staying power of special-teams contributors. Even high-profile rookies Tim Hightower and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie say they love their roles on special teams.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks' quarterback situation remains as stable as the stock market.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles Seahawks tight end John Carlson, a history major with backgrounds in tennis and basketball.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says right tackle Ray Willis split time in practice with Sean Locklear, who struggled against the Packers.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Bucs have a high-priced babysitter -- quarterback Jeff Garcia -- driving troubled tight end Jerramy Stevens to work every day. Stevens and Koren Robinson will be on the same field Sunday.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Seneca Wallace made it through practice without complications.

Also from Williams: Look for Darryl Tapp to retake his starting job from Lawrence Jackson at right defensive end.

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David Fucillo of ninersnation.com wonders if he just witnessed the worst-coached fourth quarter in football history. 

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat blames the 49ers' defeat on offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Specifically, Martz refused to run the ball when leading by nine points in the fourth quarter.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers reached a new low under Mike Nolan when they gave away the game against the Eagles.

Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times says "you had to be there to smell" what the 49ers did in the fourth quarter.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes cornerback Walt Harris as saying the 49ers are on the verge of turning things around. But Crumpacker sees the season "slip-sliding" away after the 49ers allowed 23 fourth-quarter points.

Also from Crumpacker: Nolan loses both replay challenges in costly fashion, and other notes.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says tight end Delanie Walker played fullback after an injury sidelined Zak Keasey. The injury could be serious. Lynch thinks Walker could continue in the role. For what it's worth, the Lions recently released Moran Norris, the player Keasey beat out for a roster spot.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat wonders if the 49ers' season is a lost cause after the most recent defeat.

Also from Maiocco: Nolan gathered the team in the locker room to tell them the season was a long way from being over.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee hands out postgame grades. He gives an "A" to Joe Nedney, Ray McDonald and the special teams.

Also from Barrows: The 49ers ditched their "Big Sub" package on defense, among other changes, and things went well -- until the fourth quarter.

More from Barrows: Nolan's ill-fated challenge of a field-goal try was wide left.

Ailene Voison of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers abandoned Frank Gore when they needed him most.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com quotes Nolan as saying the defense has replaced the offense as the 49ers' weakest link.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News offers up a postgame report card. Nolan and the coaching get a D-minus.

Also from Brown: The 49ers have now given up more points than any team in the league.

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News said the 49ers had no answers after this one. As for throwing the ball while leading in the fourth quarter? "I'm not the coach, and I don't make the calls," Gore said.

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Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic identifies key developments and memorable moments from Cardinals training camp. Kurt Warner's kindness to fans stood out. Somers: "Every day. For everyone. After practice one day, I did a couple of interviews, loitered around the field, walked a quarter mile to my car and then drove by the practice field. Warner was still there signing."

Also from Somers: Though depth charts have not yet solidified, Travis LaBoy appears to have overtaken Bertrand Berry on the Cardinals' depth chart. No surprise there. LaBoy has enjoyed an outstanding camp. He had two sacks against the Chiefs in a recent exhibition game.

More from Somers: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt made a simple request to players as they left the field for the final time during training camp at Northern Arizona University: "Please, nobody trip and get hurt in the stampede leaving this field."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with overlooked draft choice Chris Harrington, a candidate for the practice squad after a strong camp.

Also from Urban: Rookie running back Tim Hightower acknowledges but doesn't particularly like one of his nicknames. "The Bread Truck" stuck after a college announcer criticized Hightower for carrying the ball like a loaf of bread, only to praise him for running with authority on his way to a touchdown.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News files a report card from the 49ers' game at Chicago. Helped themselves: receiver Jason Hill, fullback Zak Keasey, running back Thomas Clayton. Hurt themselves: quarterback Alex Smith and safety Keith Lewis.

Also from Brown: The 49ers' special teams struggled. Injuries to Jeff Ulbrich and Allen Rossum will require further evaluation. Ulbrich has been trying to hold off newcomer Takeo Spikes for one of the starting jobs at inside linebacker.

Also from Brown: The QB race is looking like "J.T.O. by TKO" (with J.T. O'Sullivan posting a perfect passer rating while Smith fell short on the stat sheet and on artistic merits).

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee describes the 49ers as a confident bunch following their most recent exhibition game. The quarterback race is all but over, Barrows says.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers runs a transcript from his interview with 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan, who says he won't butt into the decision on a starting quarterback. The decision has previously been framed as a group effort involving McCloughan and coaches. Also, McCloughan said he thinks Smith will become a good NFL quarterback even if he isn't the starter heading into this season.

Also from Maiocco: Tight end Vernon Davis is "dying to know" the identity of the starting quarterback for the regular season. O'Sullivan appears to be a slam-dunk choices, but Smith says he's only scratching the surface of what he can do in this offense.

More from Maiocco: After leading with a note on the 49ers' special teams, Maiocco singles out the "patchwork" offensive line for high praise. The 49ers rushed for 160 yards, and pass protection was solid.

Chrissy Mauck of sf49ers.com all but hands the quarterback job to O'Sullivan: "If the 49ers coaching staff was looking for a decisive performance before selecting their permanent starting quarterback, J.T O'Sullivan may have given it to them ..."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says newly signed running back Steven Jackson is looking for a "fresh start" with fans after holding out for big money.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Orlando Pace's surgically repaired shoulder suffered a "little setback" in the words of the former Pro Bowl left tackle (Pace, not Coats). Coach Scott Linehan said Pace has been suffering merely from soreness. Experience tells me we're dealing with semantics here. Pace's definition of a "setback" would not necessarily meet the medical definition for the term. Pace: "I did it when I was trying to make a tackle (after an interception). I landed on it pretty hard. I didn't even think about it ... I didn't even feel the swelling until Monday, when I came in and I couldn't raise my arm too high. That was a little concern for me." Pace still might play Saturday night.

Also from Coats: Brian Leonard is happy to get extra work at running back while Jackson gets up to speed. Also, Pace returned to practice.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Courtney Taylor is looking forward to getting a few more chances to catch passes in the Seahawks' offense.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune sizes up diminutive Seahawks running back Justin Forsett. Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven described Forsett this way: "There are little guys out there who are 5-8, 165 or 170 pounds. Those guy generally don't last too long. ... And then there are these guys who are 5-6, 5-7 and weigh 200 pounds. They are not little guys, they are just short guys. It's a big difference. Justin, just like [Maurice] Jones-Drew, is a short guy."

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer hands out training-camp awards to five Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck (MVP), Forsett (most impressive offensive player), Josh Wilson (most impressive defensive player), Mike Wahle (best free-agent addition), Forsett again (best rookie) and Steve Vallos (biggest surprise).

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune chronicles Steve Morey's annual fight to win a roster spot with the Cardinals. Morey has been released before. Tulumello: "While out of football, he's delivered furniture, worked on a fishing boat, dug 8-foot-d
eep holes for real estate developers 'so they can test the soil ... if you hit a rock, you have to start over.' "

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Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat gets 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz to open up about his heart condition, Bill Walsh, the pressure he puts on players and the assertiveness he wants from a quarterback.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee follows up on his earlier blog item about Alex Smith's best friend, David Edwards, committing suicide. Barrows: "Smith said he would call Edwards whenever he needed to escape football. Edwards ran cross country and played golf with Smith. The two participated in fantasy baseball leagues together. According to Smith, Edwards also could talk about politics, music and other topics. And he always was available."

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers answers questions from readers. One reader asked whether general manager Scot McCloughan's reputation would suffer if Smith, the first player drafted in 2005, failed to win the starting job. Maiocco: "Technically, Nolan had the 'trigger' in that draft. McCloughan wanted Smith, but so did Nolan. We'll have to let this thing play out. If Smith never gets another chance with the 49ers, McCloughan's rep will be determined by what Smith does in his next place of employment." I think Nolan's handling of Smith will be the enduring story.

More from Maiocco: The 49ers' receivers are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of Martz's practices. Also: Guard Tony Wragge signed a one-year contract extension with a $175,000 bonus, while Takeo Spikes signed a one-year deal worth $1.68 million.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle checks in with 49ers fullback Zak Keasey. A former Ivy League linebacker, Keasey excels on special teams. That could give him an edge on veteran fullback Moran Norris as players fight for roster spots.

Also from FitzGerald: J.T. O'Sullivan keeps getting the first-team reps at quarterback, but 49ers coach Mike Nolan keeps saying the three-man race continues.

SI.com offers a Rams camp overview summing up pertinent developments.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with players on the fringes of the Rams' roster. Kicker Justin Medlock knows there isn't a roster spot for him, but he hopes to catch on elsewhere.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says tight end Joe Klopfenstein enjoyed perhaps his best camp with the Rams. I noticed the Titans blew up a Rams running play during the exhibition opener after Klopfenstein failed to hold his block, but one play does not make a training camp.

Elizabethe Holland of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are taking steps to liven up their fans on game days: "To that end, the Rams have hired a drumline, are making fan-driven changes in game-day music and plan to have a disc jockey on the field during pregame warm-ups." The Seahawks also have a drumline.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Rams' linebackers wear a gaudy championship belt if they lead the team in sacks during a given week. Newcomer Travis LaBoy suggested the idea and even paid for the belt: "According to [Karlos] Dansby, LaBoy paid for the campy hardware, plunking down 'something between $10,000 and $20,000.' With the blessing of the coaching staff, the linebackers will take turns wearing it during the regular season, based on who has the most sacks from game to game."

Brian McIntyre of the Scout.com network updates his Seahawks roster analysis. He puts Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent ahead of Logan Payne and Michael Bumpus in the receiving race. I'm less certain about that position now than I was two weeks ago. 

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at the Seahawks' move from their old, outdated facility into their palatial digs along the shores of Lake Washington. Former fullback Mack Strong will miss the old place.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times checks in with Seahawks receivers coach Keith Gilbertson, who has officially been around. Gilbertson: "I must be old school, like from the 1920s. I guess I've had a lot of jobs. But I'm 60 years old, too. If you look at most 60-year-old guys, they've been a few places."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times was there when backup Seahawks quarterback Charlie Frye impressed by calling the correct audible. Frye, acquired from the Browns after the 2007 season opener, is getting work with the first team this week while Matt Hasselbeck rests a sore back. Seneca Wallace remains the No. 2 quarterback. Frye could get the start in the second exhibition game. He'll play extensively.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune has more from Frye. He quotes Wallace as saying Frye has definitely improved since last season. 

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer touches on Frye at the bottom of a story about new quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor. The Seahawks hired Lazor after longtime quarterbacks coach -- and franchise icon -- Jim Zorn became the Redskins' head coach. Lazor also offers advice on diaper changing. Seriously.

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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams running back Steven Jackson is taking a big risk by holding out past Tuesday. Thomas previously reported that Jackson needed to show up no later than 30 days before the Rams' regular-season opener to receive credit for the final season of his contract. This new story says Jackson, demanding a new deal as he enters the final year of his contract, must show up within 30 days of the NFL's regular-season opener, which makes the deadline today, not the previously reported Aug. 8.

Discussions of such matters invariably explain what players must do to earn "accrued seasons" toward free agency. Jackson's contract expires after the 2008 season; he needs one accrued season to become an unrestricted free agent.

An NFLPA memo dated June 10 says: "Players earn an Accrued Season for any season in which they are on full pay status for at least six regular season games."

But wait. The collective bargaining agreement reads: "A player shall not receive an Accrued Season for any League Year in which the player is under contract to a Club and in which he failed to report to such Club at least thirty days prior to the first regular season game of that season ..."

We have not heard the end of this one. ...

Also from Thomas: A look at how Rams quarterback Marc Bulger is learning Al Saunders' offense, right down to the tests Bulger received via FedEx earlier in the offseason.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers provides the transcript to a fantastic interview with right tackle Jonas Jennings. Maiocco also turned the interview into a story for the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Jennings isn't happy about moving from left tackle to right tackle. He doesn't have anything nice to say about coach Mike Nolan, describing their relationship as one of necessity (Nolan as coach, Jennings as player). Jennings also takes issue with how people portray him. Winning makes a lot of things better, but the 49ers haven't won enough.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer gets into what Chris Gray has meant for the Seahawks. Mike Holmgren and Lofa Tatupu offered kind words. Clare and I were standing along the sideline at practice on July 26 when Gray, in obvious pain, walked past us toward the locker room. He was walking with his back angled awkwardly. The look on his face suggested wooziness, as if Gray had been involved in a collision. All he had done was hit a blocking sled. We had no idea at the time that Gray's career was finished. Gray had no idea. As Holmgren said, the sudden ending comes as a shock.

The 49ers' coaching staff has released a tentative depth chart showing rookie Josh Morgan buried behind Bryant Johnson, Jason Hill and Ashley Lelie at one receiver spot. Isaac Bruce is the other starting receiver. The depth chart shows Alex Smith, Shaun Hill and J.T. O'Sullivan as the starting quarterback. A referee would see this as 13 men on the field. The depth chart also shows the injured Mark Roman ahead of Dashon Goldson at the free safety spot. Jeff Ulbrich is the starting "Ted" linebacker. Fullback Moran Norris is ahead of Zak Keasey. As I've said before, stuff this one under the mattress. Do not take it to the bank.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz as saying Cam Colvin has emerged, unexpectedly, as a receiver to watch in camp. Colvin caught six passes practicing against the Raiders.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes 49ers tight end Vernon Davis celebrating the human race's inability to cover him. Davis averaged 9.8 yards per reception last season. That ranked tied for 210th in the NFL.

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