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Morning Tailgate: Questions for Tank Carradine

Posted Nov 8, 2013

The 49ers second-round draft pick last April remains a mystery in November, but answers are on the way.

When will Tank Carradine make his NFL debut?

Where along the defensive line will he line up?

What will he look like in his red and gold No. 95 jersey?

Fans probably have as many questions about the 49ers second-round draft pick as he does for his older teammates. Veteran nose tackle Glenn Dorsey has noticed this above all else in his dealings with Carradine and fellow rookie Quinton Dial since they started practicing last month after healing from offseason injuries.

“Two guys that are working hard, that are hungry,” Dorsey said. “They are working on their technique and the little stuff. They ask a lot of questions, a lot of questions. Sometimes we get on ‘em about it. They’re very involved. They’re just waiting for the opportunity to contribute.”

Carradine has more to learn and is more of a mystery. The Florida State product was activated to the 53-man roster on Oct. 29, while Dial has already played in two games and recorded his first pro tackle.

When Carradine makes his first impression remains a question unanswered, at least for now.

“He’s progressing and getting better,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “He’s still fighting through his injury and fighting through learning the system and playing the way we want to play. So he’s making good progress. When he’ll play, if he’ll play this week, we haven’t decided yet.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee covered the 49ers hazing-free locker room.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle detailed the challenge that is defending Cam Newton.

HJ Mai of the Sports Business Daily quoted Dr. John York on the NFL’s stake in London.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com featured the Mike Iupati-Star Lotulelei matchup.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com focused on the potential return of Aldon Smith come Sunday.







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