Matt and Mindi -- First cuts looming
Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach discuss the return of Aldon Smith and if he'll return to the field on Sunday in Denver.
Mapping out coming back here at the 49ers training facility the week before they get ready for their third preceding game against the Denver Broncos and once again were brought to you by the size and be out of Campbell California I think he's much. As always for their support and it really struck -- today was called and Smith probably be. Most likely see him and even interviewed him very long time he's back at practice after yeah. If ever he had. As a rookie -- a lot of personality showed a little bit today Manny was actually very funny and very amusing and laughing and smiling he's back at practice that that freeze hit in a limited fashion he says he's still at some discomfort. We think is healing very well he doesn't think he'll play Denver but he wouldn't rule it out as quickly as he. Is healing but how much does -- -- the snaps and make that transition to an every down player and we. Think he needs -- more than any other person just because of the nature of this position last year he came to Detroit there's. Mostly as a defense -- in hand in the ground type guy and did not play outside linebacker but just. -- a little bit. During the season ended in practice so this was gonna be its first off season's first training camp of playing outside linebacker where the -- envision him they envision him as an every down guy taking over for Parys Haralson. So all that work that he would have gotten the lead up to the forty -- first game against the Packers I -- he's not able to get so. I think he does needed but not at the risk. Of him re injuring that hit. You'll bruising hit deeper and having something other than a 100% all the -- that's going up against Aaron Rodgers and then the next week Matthew Stafford. I think if the corners to get -- error at all they need to err on the side of caution and also err on the side of maybe move all the Smith into the fourth time outside linebacker role gradually they are ready have. Parys Haralson he did a really good job in that first down at second our role -- you need all the Smith on the field. On third downs rushing the passer. And when an insight he gave us that we would like to play against Denver because his good friend Von Miller. They're very talented linebacker -- the year defensive rookie year last year is there anything during the offseason they have quite the relationship to -- like to kill each other and they ever amassed one that conversation don't like can he said. How much you -- nice saves. He set I got more sacks in Iraq so I can't. -- got that out of Hilton Smith we rarely see back. As they say now music football these days one month players down it's another opportunity and that's the question last year the 49ers only carried three outside linebackers. Will they carry for anti aircraft -- seems like they will and that he -- up and also the -- stops offers a pass rushing. Options from the front line. Yeah yeah I asked they can do about that three outside linebackers last year what you wanna have Ford he's an absolutely don't wanna have for now. Demarcus dobbs in the first half of this game against the Texans went into the game and pass rush situations. Eric Bakhtiar -- started outside linebacker played most of the game. Came off the field pass rush situations. Think that would concern me -- the 49ers about. Keeping a roster spot for Eric -- -- is that. He was a heck of a lot better in the second half of that game against him second third fourth stringers that he was in the first game of first half against the Texans. One guy to keep an eye on though is somebody who's only an -- practice once with the 49ers in pads and that is. He tight -- Francis. Lee hadn't practiced that I did practice that actually asked him yesterday caddie for action games I wrote down and practicing. But and he's a guy six foot 5275. Pounds has five years experience in the NFL came into the league as a second round pick of the Lions in 2007. 49ers are getting give him a look for about two weeks and then they have to decide. They had to deciding about a lot of -- Remember this with the ninety man rosters up to this point teams have to trim their rosters to 53 players. By August 31 then means over span of 45 days. -- it that she cuts a lineup for NFL teams. Every team has removed 37. Players and almost half the players on this practice field are gonna be looking for a job. In a couple weeks so. A lot of Francis. -- TRE those two guys I think there are competing for a spot maybe even against people who get cut around the league. So and prayers will be scouring the waiver wire at outside linebacker and -- his. Remember this is a spot we know the corners like to upgrade. Because they they selected Darius one on base like they -- Johnson both of those guys are injured I don't expect either one of those guys to be on the 53 man. Once the season starts. Probably will be put on injured reserve or something along those lines of they stay around but. There's a job opening there for an outside linebacker who's willing to take it. Defensive coordinator making -- giving us some insight as well because yes all the returning starters they have on defense but the depth is what he's looking for at safety so this third game pre season game. Before the first cut down to 75 players. It's critical for him because he's that he would really like to see some players step up and make the decision easy for him to using lead at 34 and hit. Safety and really in this system they're interchangeable not free safety strong safety kind of display but it it -- position and that's something you would like to see in this game against -- Our guys yet in and you look at the safety position behind Donte Whitner in behind him to -- goals and ended its. It's really -- CJ Stillman has been the number three safety throughout the entire offseason I can't see that he's actually you stood up and and taken that job as a number three guy. The other guy on the team that has NFL experience is -- -- staff that he's kind of turn into a journeyman where he hasn't really. Established himself in the league they selected Trenton Robinson. Late in the draft. He shows some signs that is as Biggio said -- he's made small improvements you want to see a big spike to the point where. The 49ers feel confident putting him into the game. And you know Mike Thomas is that a pretty good job he's -- under the radar guy undrafted free agent from Stanford. Nose and feel very well has done a good job as a nickel back to. So that might be another position where the 49ers. Feel that the five guys that we mentioned Colin Jones has some video together today. But you know Colin Jones told me just this game against the Texans he got his first snaps ever. At strong safety got about a dozen or so and keep talking about Michael -- that he did have some snaps at safety in the first game against the Vikings they only played in the nickel defense. Against Houston so they definitely are rotating his players then. And there doesn't seem to be any clear head. -- added dimension to the difference could be very well who can make the biggest impact as well on special. Yeah I was gonna say that that. Colin Jones was a special teams ace and CJ Stillman is the 49ers best special teams player so. You'd think that those two guys are gonna be on the on the team I think would make a lot of sense for the 49ers I'm sure they're hoping that CJ Stillman. Really takes over that job here the last two weeks because I think that would be the best case scenario where you have CJ's dominance and number three guy. He's also a dynamite special teams player and he you have either Trenton Robinson or Michael Thomas on the team. -- you also keep. Colin Jones not necessarily as a safety. Maybe an emergency emergency safety but also one of the core special teams player for -- was here. One thing distract me go before we let you go here on CSN Bay Area dot com is that. Yes the first cut coming after the third preceding game -- no sense of calm here among the rookies in those bubble players say see you just have to do -- you can. And they citizen very tightening hurt they do a lot together and they lean on each other so they know that if they are cut from this team did you feel confident. The big games and skills that go on that there seems little rare usually eats it it can be tense time at a training facility right for the first time. You know what Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff have done since the offseason in ninety players that its size and I mean every. One of these guys know they know they sort of look at the numbers -- like that in county players that might positioning guys can keep. You know we thought that it running back at wide receiver. And one of the first things that Jim Harbaugh told all these guys was work. Don't worry in other words. Go out. Do your job on the practice field go to the meeting rooms. Learn what your responsibilities to the -- dot com get in it works being your focus. On working hard and putting yourself to be into the position of being the best player you can be. And then. Let the coaches handle that pats get to you you don't have any impact on that so. I think that's I think at some of these players have taken this to heart but it becomes a lot more difficult. Win those cuts come in the first cuts will be. August 27 when you guys you mentioned prayers go from ninety players every team league goes from ninety plays -- -- Any demons to know them as we've always seen you may get cut back how many times you see -- as players get signed back later. In the season all right that's Canadian for this edition -- and be a lot this time. Yeah it was gonna do this we shouldn't give up this much information. Hot -- back there next time we'll take your questions it's better that format and I mean there -- delicate you next time I CSN Bay Area dot com.