We're entering week two of OTAs and there's plenty of storylines to track with the San Francisco 49ers.
Once again, you've asked me several questions for this week's "Niner Talk," and now it's time to answer some of the ones that just missed out on video air time.
Let's get right to the text version of the show.
Sure can. But before I do, I'd like to mention that this topic came up in our recent 49ers Radio podcast (you can listen to it on 49ers.com, or you can subscribe to our iTunes channel).
I went into lots of details on the current roster, so definitely check out the podcast and this OTA preview story. But to answer your question here, there are a couple other storylines that are peeking my interest. I'm curious to see how the quarterback battle shakes out.
Elsewhere, I'm curious to see how outside linebacker
@TaylorPrice49 which CB is looking the most solid so far?— Anthony Richard (@TonyJay928) May 28, 2014
He has the confidence of a top cornerback and the work ethic to match. Again, I mentioned this on the podcast (shameless plug), Brock has looked the part so far this offseason. He showed up early to offseason workouts when he didn't have to. He wanted to. He wanted to get ahead of the game and put in extra work to make himself a better player.
It's way, way too early to tell. I definitely want to see
This position, like free safety last year, could be decided late in the preseason.
Harbaugh and Baalke consider a nickel cornerback to be a starter, so with that said,
He's been drafted to add immediate depth at nicel defensive back and has the ability to make that happen. Ward, however, has been nursing a foot injury and has not joined his teammates for drills during OTAs just yet. He's expected to be healthy by training camp at the latest.
As for an honorable mention, third-round draft pick
@TaylorPrice49 Will crabtree remian the #1 WR with the new addition of stevie Johnson?— Manny Phresh Artigas (@mannyphreshart) May 27, 2014
I'll go with what
Don't forget, Crabtree and Kaepernick have a really strong on-field rapport. It likely won't matter who the leading receiver is at the end of the year. The wins come first.
I don't think so, but I could be wrong. There's not many founding members left of the group. That kick-off group was certainly a memorable moment in time, but we shouldn't force the name on this year's bunch.
These things need to happen organically.
@TaylorPrice49 hows Tank lookin? Im pretty excited to see him share reps with The Cowboy this year— R.G. Briones (@rgeeezy) May 27, 2014
It's a great sign to see Carradine mixing in with the second-team defensive line during OTAs, but the non-contact nature of the practices make it hard to see a defensive lineman's true strength. We'll continue to keep a close eye on last year's second-round draft pick to see how he'll fit into the defensive plans in 2014.