Matt and Mindi -- Anthony Dixon opening eyes
Anthony Dixon has responded to Jim Harabaugh's philosophy.
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Matt -- coming back here at the 49ers facility of the team is getting ready for its fourth and final pre season game once again were brought to you by the size and began in -- California can do so much to them for their support. I think the biggest thing to come out of the game in Denver you -- there. I was not that we all know that the running back Anthony Dixon on the bubble whether he was to make this team or not has solid game in Houston an offensive coordinator great Roman. Putting him on alert thing he needs to have another of those and -- in Denver he sure delivered announced sounds like Roman is planning on keeping him for the season. Roman -- -- they both -- very encouraging comments about him and Jim Harbaugh back those up as well. This is a guy that was the number three -- backlash here the prayers went out and got Brandon Jacobs they got La Michael James. There was talk around the organization that Anthony Dixon was more interested in being good on Twitter. He was on the football field. And Anthony Dixon is a guy who I believe came -- like no team in as a long shot. If it he's worked his way onto his 53 man roster were said and he admitted that when. He saw all the depth they added to his running back court -- he's and he knew his work was cut out -- and humidity came in his rookie year. Probably wasn't on time or early easy -- and got as much sleep wasn't in the best shape and he was in good shape. But not -- you need to be at the elite level and this pre season and offseason he has done that he has risen to the challenge -- he -- that he doesn't he's out of. Yeah in year two he wasn't in good shape came to training camp after the lockout while -- these guys were working hard on their own. Anthony was not in tremendous shape he still made the teams can a hundred beat him out pretty decisively that number two back. Early in the season the 48 -- brought in about four. Running backs veteran guys who are on the street. To light a fire under Anthony. And I think he he started to see him respond a little bit and he was pretty good on special teams but now this offseason being around the entire offseason -- Yeah he's one guy who's really personified the whole philosophy that Jim Harbaugh has tried to instill in this team. It's like a ninety players on the roster they have to trim down to 53 it's so easy for these players to look around at the running back position as a wide receiver position pretty much across the board ago. Pulled it now. I'm like number seven on the depth chart I don't know if I'm gonna make it while Jim Harbaugh I said work and not worry and Anthony Dixon has worked. I think the one thing that impresses me and then we'll move on from Anthony -- 2000 taking initiative when he saw that competition. Among the running backs he took it upon himself to go to the coaches they were guests might teach me how to be the fullback. Teach me how to block better making more -- also not only to be right back fullback and special teams and I says I think that says a lot towards his maturation process. As well but now what does this mean for La Michael James because they bring in Mike called draft him. Second round and we see Kendall Hunter had another solid can consecutive -- in a -- in the Dixon stepped up but because of injury in other circumstances we really haven't seen a lot from James. This received. You have that look at this draft class and Jason slowly was cut. On Monday in the sixth round draft pick AJ Jenkins. I don't see how he's gonna fit in as far as a role on the 46 man roster on game days -- -- The lights. Crabtree Moss Manning Manning and by the way it will not play Thursday in the corners final exhibition games grandfather's funeral you'll be attending. So he'll be reporting back to the team after that. He also I have that tape again -- Kyle Williams so I don't know what the role is for AJ Jenkins. Well now I'm not sure what the role is for him Michael James I mean when you look at what he did an organ. Running in the spread offense there are always a lot of room for him to maneuver. Nowadays. In the in the 49ers pro style offense he doesn't have that -- space to run and I think he struggled with that. I mean I think it's. It's. Maturation process for him too much let. Like what Kendall Hunter went through last year but I think even more so because Kendall Hunter as an NFL body short squad he's a little fire hydrant. La Michael James is more of a slender guy is very difficult for him to break tackles so right now. Yeah I don't know where. La Michael James fits in if he sits in that 46 man roster especially the fact that he's been nursing an ankle injury so. If -- -- Dixon is on the team he least gives -- for -- are some special teams skills. La Michael James doesn't have that seen the scene special teams skills he can return punts. Although he -- they don't have a whole lot of confidence in him in that aspect of the game with the Kyle Williams it's clear that it clearly the number two punt return he can return kickoffs and I don't know if that's enough. To make him one of those 46 guys active that we start the season. Mean his fourth game important event for players like James not only for his development immediately coaches as -- mentioned as a player we keep on the 53 man and develop for everything he's not active for a couple games. It's also very big for players like. Nathan Palmer and Scott -- scene and we talk to those type players and and Scott's housing has he veterans approach when it comes as fourth pre season game he said this is how I -- a roster spot last year he was surprised and nice addition. To this team last season. He said and if it doesn't work out here at the 49ers like all the players now you wanna play your best that Torre and put it out there on tape and what you wanna see on tape. His progress and Nathan Palmer thinks Atlanta steer the 49ers have learned a lot but that's where he feels like he's -- he's not perfect but he's definitely made progress from when he first man. Yet another guy like that is -- and he's they're. Virtues of three undrafted. Free agents that the 49ers Friday at the wide receiver position Chris who -- Nathan Palmer and -- chance -- Bryant's hands was released on Monday you'd think with the number wide receivers of foreigners are gonna keep on their active roster. That one of those undrafted guys will be. Put on the practice squad so now becomes an issue crystal Lewis who really hasn't gotten a whole lot of practice time hasn't gotten a whole lot of action games. So. It now these guys have a dilemma if they get -- like I would expect so elusive homer to get cut on Friday evening. And another team wants to place them on the practice squad might -- be tempted to go somewhere else that has a shortage -- a wide receivers rather than stay with the 49ers where they might not have a chance at all this year to -- moved up to the 53 man and who might have not have a real long term. -- -- landing spot with foreigners because of the did. They did their best first round draft pick in AJ Jenkins and he might you know he's gonna beast a guy that they develop so it'll be interesting call. For the 49ers what they they try to do it when they try to bring back -- Palmer or an elusive to the practice squad. Does another team jumping in and say hey. We want the starter 53 man roster or be we want this guy on our practice squad because we're getting give you a better opportunity. Perhaps as early as this year to get. On the 53 man. This is the time where you see so many players move around Jim Harbaugh said not an enjoyable time for him but a lot of these players you see. Come back around and thinking this is interesting to see possibly -- them develop another team's three most looking forward to you final plan for you. -- this -- well -- to me it's it's the third quarterback I don't know what they're gonna do there Alex Smiths the starter -- cap critics and number two guy. Jim Harbaugh -- stated all along that he feels like he has four NFL quarterbacks on this roster. There's not much difference right now between Scott -- -- and Josh Johnson. I'm sure the 49ers are keeping their eyes open keeping their ears open for possibly should be one of those guys off and trade. It's going to be very difficult for them to keep four quarterbacks on the roster obviously so they're gonna have to make it tough call it could come down. Two Thursday night -- that. Alex -- probably start I can't see him getting much playing time at all -- series maybe and then -- cap predict we'll give you might play to them. Do the halftime and then maybe in the second half it's going to be a dual Scott told -- against Josh Johnson. Matt I'll be there at the game. And we will do another wrap up let's do and that may need to ask against San Diego let's do it OK we'll check -- make you better you can checking with us on CSN Bay Area dot com.