Jun 29, 2011
Even though labor negotiations appear to be in the final stages, players are not taking anything for granted and have continued workouts. It might be fun to discuss the rumors of player movement, but our only real source of concrete information comes from the practices being held at high schools and colleges across the country featuring your favorite NFL players (and a bunch of guys you’ve never heard of).
Good news, bad news at Camp Alex II … Alex Smith, who despite being unsigned, is running his second set of workouts for the 49ers this week. Rookie QB Colin Kaepernick decided to skip the NFLPA rookie symposium in favor of these workouts after being unable to do much work on the field during the last set while recovering from surgery he had early last month. Kaepernick admitted he needed to get his timing down, but felt good. Starting LT Joe Staley doesn’t think Kaepernick comes across as a rookie and his play in practice has already excited the team. Now, the bad news. WR Michael Crabtree, who missed time at the team’s last workout earlier this month, couldn’t go through a full day of practice on Tuesday due to the lingering problems he’s had with his foot. The third-year receiver arrived to go through classroom sessions, but after going through warm-ups, he remained away from the action. Crabtree originally had surgery on the left foot to alleviate a stress fracture before the 2009 draft and missed time during that off-season. However, issues continue to linger and Crabtree is holding himself out to avoid making things worse.
Door still open for a Ricky return in Miami? … If you ask Ricky Williams that question now, he wouldn’t shoot it down, despite saying in January that he didn’t enjoy playing for HC Tony Sparano, who he called a “micromanager” when it came to his style. While Williams didn’t back off those comments, he said he would have done things differently. Williams praised Sparano for putting “a lot of thought into things he shares with the team” and thinks that the comments he made about Sparano after the end of last season can help the coach learn and make him and the Dolphins better in 2011. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old wrote on his Twitter page that he’d “love nothing more” than to finish his career in Miami, but acknowledged that might not happen. The Dolphins would like to pair another back to share the workload with rookie RB Daniel Thomas, and they haven’t ruled out that spot being filled by Williams or Ronnie Brown.
- After Monday’s labor negotiations featured no players or owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith flew together to Florida to speak at the rookie symposium, which is being run by the NFLPA as opposed to the league due to the lockout. The two are expected to return to Minnesota for talks on Wednesday, which have a different feel with just the legal teams in the room. It was reported that the two sides are putting together proposals on the framework of a deal, which they will then exchange to move the process along.
- The Broncos expect rookie TE Julius Thomas to contribute right away, which is why he called…Brady Quinn? Shocking, we know, but it makes sense considering Quinn has a playbook and allowed Thomas to stay at his house during player workouts. The two have worked out both on and off the field to get the uber-athletic Thomas up to speed on the playbook. To his credit, Thomas seems to be picking things up quickly and has impressed his teammates with his raw ability.