Will Justin Smith play? Is Cundiff the new 49ers' kicker?
Insider Matt Maiocco gives an overview of the 49ers' top stories.
49ers executive team headquarters in Santa -- -- we find that you know good CSN Bay Area dot com. Not just the presence of Justin Smith on the football field has to be a good sign for the 49ers he has not been there since his injury. Yet -- that's right Brodie. But you know the foreigners don't know exactly what they're gonna get from justice Smith was the playoffs began justice that doesn't know what he's going to be able offer. Once the playoffs begin -- we do know is that on Thursday he was on the practice field for the first time wearing that black brace. He expects to play I would say that there's a very strong chance that you'll be out there. On January 12 led the question really that nobody can answer at this point is how effective will he be and how long can he play. About that kicker controversy between David Akers and Billy Cundiff who's got it easier in terms of the past. To being the starting kicker for the team when they eventually do get back to point. Well I think it's going to be Billy kind of been watching him at practice they'll kind of -- striking the ball very well David Akers has a lot of baggage here just over the last few weeks. And it with the 48 hours already this season. I could have picked up a field goal against the Rams it would won that game ended up being a tie. He could've won the game against the Rams the second time ended up being a -- get a couple misses against the Arizona Cardinals I think he's struggling. Kind of has had his own struggles but there with a different team at a different time so I think he comes in fresh with a clean slate. -- at a larger pieces CSN Bay Area dot com it's online right now talk about the difference. In the long ball the deep ball between calling -- for nick and Alex Smith most people have the concession that. Don't contradict -- better in that category but your numbers in the one to put out there. Say that the difference is not that great but it's still pretty -- This again I mean I think when you would get. How much those guys wrote that the ball down the field and an Alex Smith does prefer the check down to shorter passes -- -- did throw more passes stay on the field. And there's a couple hundred yards difference between -- throws it. They capped predict would make up for completions of those passes twenty yards more down the field so I think that that's what the four yards -- -- with -- predict a guy who'll roll the ball down there more effectively and and more often. Not appreciate the is that we'll see a Super Bowl Sunday has exactly one month from today thanks brought it up -- it.