There's so many quality questions that come in for each "Niner Talk" episode, we must address the ones that didn't quite make the latest show.
Please keep sending me #NinerTallk tweets, you might see yourself on TV in the coming months.
Let's get to the questions on your mind as we head into training camp at the end of the month.
I've touched on Ward's progress in a previous show, but not to worry, I'll give you an overview once again.
San Francisco's first-round draft pick did not participate in the team's offseason program. That means no on-field work for Ward. However, the Northern Illinois product spent time in the classroom and worked out under the supervision of the team's strength and medical staffs. Jim Harbaugh said he expected Ward to be ready for camp and that he won't have any limitations from the foot injury he suffered as a senior in college.
When Ward's name was brought up to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the respected coach didn't mince his words. Fangio said Ward will have to earn his role in year one. The 49ers count on their nickel cornerback like a starter and Ward will face stiff competition in the form of
This is the hardest question to answer. Oh wait, somebody asked me about who will be the team's backup running back.
OK, if this is the toughest one to dissect, I'll tell you why.
Whoever shines in those circumstances, and against the Ravens, will have a big upper hand in being the "X-Factor" for the passing attack.
As of now, I'd say safety
There's always a chance for other undrafted rookies to earn a spot on the final roster. Nothing is set in stone this early into the process. The 49ers have made a habit of finding undrafted contributors.
Brock produced starter-like numbers as the team's third cornerback season. Will he surpass his five interceptions this coming season? It's possible. Brock has done everything you want from a locker room leader. He was one of the first players to report for offseason work and he had perfected attendance in the offseason program.
He didn't make any interceptions from what I remember seeing, but he also wasn't targeted too often. Brock has the agility and chance-of-direction skills that all of the league's top cornerbacks possess. So can he translate those athletic gifts into more game-changing plays in 2014?
I think so.
My guess would be
Yes. Sign up here.
I don't think you can be concerned just yet. What the defense lost in experience they will gain in athleticism. Brock can jump, break on passes and has great hands.
So back to your question... concern? No. Let the new guys soak up the experience. Let them compete. We have four preseason games to evaluate the group and then we'll go from there.
Can they? For sure. Will they? That's why they play the games.
Let's get through the preseason before we start making Week 1 predictions. But if you can't help it, feel free to share your Niners-Cowboys predictions in the comments section of this post.
@TaylorPrice49 Did you want to be a 49er reporter growing up?— Gabriel Crisostomo✞ (@Gabec_84) July 7, 2014
A reporter, yes. To be honest though, I didn't know 49ers.com existed when I was going to games with my dad at Candlestick.
I'm glad I learned of the team's digital media and found a way to get my foot in the door in this capacity. I try to share my history with the team as much as possible in my current role. Hope you don't mind.