Q&A with Randy Moss

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Q&A with Randy Moss

SANTA CLARA -- Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss came off the 49ers' practice field Wednesday and agreed to an interview with a group of reporters.He said he didn't want to answer any questions about Lambeau Field, but then later in the interview, he mentioned the Green Bay home field without being asked.The whole process of preparing for a game. Is it like riding a bike for you?
Moss: "No, not at all. You have to prepare yourself because if you're not prepared, how are you going to have success? So I prepare myself every day from minicamp, training camp to today's the first day of Week 1. I feel pretty good and I'm excited. It feels good to be back in the league. And it feels good that I made the team. So I'm very excited. I look forward to a good game on Sunday."With the film study, do you pick that right up after sitting out a year?
Moss: "Oh, yeah, as far as the knowledge I have for the game, it hasn't really changed. I think now that I'm back in the game, it makes me a little more eager to get in there and study and really know what I see. I think I've been around the game long enough to know what type of coverages I see and what type of coverages are going to be thrown my way, so I just try to study hard and make sure I'm on top of my game when called."How did you feel in those preseason games?
Moss: "It kind of felt weird. It felt weird because I was trying to get to know these guys and they were trying to get to know me and how I played the game and things like that. And I've never tried to be an individual, but at the same time, I was new to the organization and, as I said, I just wanted to make this team. And I wanted them to be able to count on me whenever called and that's what I'm going to continue to do for the whole season."
What impresses you most about this team?
Moss: "I just think being young and full of energy. I think I've said time and time again, I love being around this group. These guys are so young and so energetic. They love to have fun. When you boil it all down, we're nothing but big kids. And we have fun in the locker room. We're serious on the field, but we love to have fun, also. It just feels good to be back in the game and I just want to do whatever I can to contribute to this team. So I look for positive things from me. I don't know how good and how bad. I just say, 'Look for positive things from me throughout the season.'"What are you expecting to see from Charles Woodson on Sunday?
Moss: "Well, I know Charles is playing safety and then he's the nickel back on their three-wides, four-wides package. But, you know, I've always followed Charles Woodson's career. We came in together. We were at the Heisman together. We were on Parade first-team high school All-American together. I've followed Charles throughout his career, his collegiate career and I'm very happy to see Charles doing what he's doing and still doing it at a high level. As far as our film study, Charles is still out there making plays like any other man in this league. We're not singling him out, but at the same time, you got to know where Charles Woodson is at all times."There's so much rotating of receivers in and out, not only in preseason but in practices, do you feel like you've gotten a good chemistry going with Alex Smith at this point?
Moss: "Well, I don't think any receiver really feels like they're where they want to be going into the season. The only thing I can really hang my hat on is we put enough work in to go into Week 1. That's all I can really say. I look forward to going out here Sunday in a historical field such as Lambeau and all the history that they have, and like I said, I'm ready for the challenge."You mentioned Lambeau. You asked us not to ask questions about Lambeau. Why did you say, 'Don't ask any Lambeau questions'?
Moss: "Well, because I think I played at Lambeau maybe 14, 15 times (Editor's note: Moss has played eight games at Lambeau). I've played there a lot of times. It's in the teens -- double digits. I've had success on that field. Won and lost. And I just don't like people bring up the old stuff. I tried to have fun with the fans -- tried to have fun. But at the same time, I want to go out here and compete. I think it's a good thing that my comeback -- or whatever you want to consider it -- I look forward . . . Lambeau's a nice place to start it."

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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