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1. Rookie Move
“They will not make an impact. They will not. Rookies cannot make an impact.” These were the words of ESPN’s Bill Polian on Monday. The NFL personnel executive-turned-analyst stood behind his opinion that finding a year-one difference-maker via the draft is close to impossible. He softened his rhetoric only slightly, saying that while we expect first and second-rounders to “make the difference between winning and losing… they rarely, rarely do.” So you’re saying there’s a chance.
>>One rookie who made no waves in year one was
>>Maybe Polian should take a look at the impact made by 49ers first- and second-round picks since 2010.
2. Let the Coaching Begin
On April 21, the 49ers began phase one of voluntary offseason workouts. During the two weeks that followed, players trained with strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama, as Jim Harbaugh and his staff were not permitted to coach the team on the practice field. This changed on Monday, the first day coaches could begin to coachup players on the field.
We are now in phase two of the offseason program. In this three-week span, coaches are allowed to run individual drills and have the entire offense or defense on the field – but never both at the same time. No one player can go up against any other player, and no helmets are allowed. Phase three consists of the ensuing four weeks, and team offense vs. team defense drills are allowed, but no one-on-one drills or “live contact” can occur. If you really want to nerd,out, read the offseason breakdown for yourself on page 132 of the NFL collective bargaining agreement.>>The 49ers 26-year-old practice facility has a new name – it’s now known as the SAP Performance Facility. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the facility with a Vine tour.
3. Aldon Takes To Twitter
Stay positive and always give your best effort,eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater tests—
Aldon Smith(@AldonSmith) May 6, 2014
4. Around the League
The New England Patriots have signed veteran defensive end Will Smith. The terms of the contract have not been released.
>>NFL Network’s Charley Casserly does not think Johnny Manziel will go in the first round of the draft.
>>The NFL will reinstate Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson on Tuesday. Jackson was suspended indefinitely on Aug. 31, 2012 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.