Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning

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Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning

Its hard to overstate the greatness of Andrew Luck.

Stanford plays Colorado this weekend, and the Buffaloes head coach, Jon Embree, said he wished Luck had just entered the draft last year. But since he didnt, heres the silver lining Embree gave to his football team:

For those of you that will not get an opportunity to play professional football, youre going to get an opportunity to see what its like going against Peyton Manning.

Embree probably thought he was giving Luck the highest praise possible, but he was engaging in understatement. Luck is better than Peyton Manning -- hes a better college quarterback, and hes a better NFL prospect. Hes Manning-plus.

Heres how Luck compares to Manning: Hes big like Peyton. Hes accurate like Peyton. And now hes calling his own plays during two-minute drills just like Peyton.

PREVIEW: Colorado vs. No. 7 Stanford

But heres how he surpasses Manning: He can actually move. Hes a mobile quarterback. He can avoid a sack, he can scramble, and he can lower his shoulder and bounce defenders like Tim Tebow or Josh Freeman or Cam Newton.

He also can throw when hes running. Sometimes he stands in the pocket and throws soft-touch passes like Joe Montana used to, and sometimes he rolls out of the pocket and fires bullets on the run off one leg like Aaron Rodgers does every week.

He looks like a shortstop firing to first base after scooping up a weak ground ball. Its the most athletic throw in football, and Luck makes it look easy.

He can also catch passes, as we saw last week. He caught a ball over his shoulder one-handed next to the sideline, and it was such a difficult catch, he might be the only player on the Stanford football team who could make the play.

Andrew Luck is a complete football player. He can execute everything on the field that a player could possibly execute -- a block, a play call, a throw, a catch, a run, anything. He could be a first-round pick at tight end or linebacker.

The most accurate label for Luck might be The Greatest NFL Quarterback Prospect of All-Time, but thats probably an understatement, too.

Freelance writer Grant Cohn is a regular contributor to CSNBayArea.com.

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley, who has not missed a game since 2010, did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury.

The 49ers’ five-time Pro Bowl performer has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (152) have started more consecutive games.

Staley’s availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Levi’s Stadium is in question after he was held out of practice on Thursday after going through the full workload on Wednesday.

If Staley is unable to play, the 49ers would likely move left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle and insert Andrew Tiller at left guard. Tiller started the first five games of the season at right guard before rookie Joshua Garnett took over.

49ERS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
Limited
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

JETS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
Limited
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Full participation
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he didn't call out Colin Kaepernick by name, Admiral Harry B. Harris gave a speech that included a message intended for a certain group of athletes and/or entertainers.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played."

Many of those in attendance gave the Admiral a standing ovation.

During the preseason, Kaepernick remained seated on the 49ers' team bench during the national anthem.

After sparking a national controversy, Kaepernick began kneeling as opposed to sitting.

After the 49ers' loss to the Bears on Sunday, Kaepernick said he will continue his demonstration moving forward.

"Today we have a precious opportunity to reflect -- to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war, and to reflect on both the costs and the blessings of liberty," Admiral Harris added. "To America's World War II patriots here and watching at home -- we will never forget your courage under considerable fire and seemingly insurmountable odds.

"Because of you, our future remains bright. We owe you an immeasurable debt and we can't thank you enough for answering the call of duty when Lady Liberty needed it the most."