Matt & Mindi: Who looked better in practice, Akers or Cundiff?
Ultimately the 49ers will have to decide on one kicker for the postseason. Which will it be?
Having outcome any -- -- the 49ers training facility on Friday before the playoffs begin of course of 49ers get to enjoy the weekend off the players will not. Tough practices on Saturday and Sunday so they will get to watch those wild card playoff games as they prepare for their first. Divisional playoff game next Saturday if they so -- hit it Kasich used to watch him feeling B well some the wrong yet and if someone won't. Probably not because they mean now lot of clutter their minds and the. Which team name near monopoly game you know the funny thing is it a lot of coaches and players. They don't really care about the TV copy of the game they'll they'll watch TV version as a fan. But when he -- actually breaking down and prepare for a team they only watch the coaches film which is you know in zone view are all twenty man. Absolutely those are previews I wish I had those -- incredible enough but we'll talk about that. Well on Thursday there's a big news of course we covered that but it was so late reading do Matt and indeed that really kind of join the team as he did -- competing. For that kickers but. Neither of them expecting anything to say they have to focus on the job at hand and put the past behind them both of them have had struggles. But David Akers really surprising everybody's saying he had an off season surgery for a double sports hernia he was totally fine recently re aggravated the injury. And that's the point -- needed surgery but that was at midway through this season so after week eleven he flew back to Philadelphia. And met with his surgeon had a few injections and that was somewhat new but he said no excuses. You know I have to get this job done I realize that I feel fine it's going to be interesting based on what you seen from Thursday and say really to see -- -- -- practice. Looks better. Yeah active role from what we've seen in just warm ups because we're in the media is allowed to watch the actual practices and on Thursday. Billy tennis -- about five times in front of the entire team it just wore out she could tell that that kind of has a lot more pop in his life. A lot more distance on his kids. Of course it's all about accuracy. And in David Akers. He talked about the the physical ailments that he's gone through this season but. Clearly that last game of the season and there's a lot of stuff going on his attitude you can tell just body language throwing their helmet. That you know he's he wasn't in the best spot. Mentally and I think that that more than eighty thing and the fact that he was he kicking the ball well as a reason for has brought -- -- in. -- seeing Jim Harbaugh true believer in competition and I can raise a player's ability and focus and hopefully. That'll work for David Akers it could work for Billy kind of as well they only need them for three games three games is what -- for the playoffs. Right we were gonna take some Twitter questions we have quite a few -- US and downs of you who would you like to. Now let's go with this is Adam CG says percentage wise how healthy do you think -- Justin Smith will be. And then the sort of piggy back off of that Carly knows Mooney is says about Justin Smith he's not a 100%. Why risk it why risk putting him out there so let's take those I don't think anybody -- -- included knows how healthy he's going to be percentage wise and he can feel good now he's got a brace on his left. Elbow that horn partially torn triceps tendon. But until he gets he's not -- -- don't do much at all as far as activity counting on guys offensive lineman. He's saving saving him for the game January 12 against the opponent to be determined so. Percentage wise it it might feel good now but nobody will know anything and tell. The game begins and then the thought as far as how as far as the risk. He's gonna have surgery regardless and whether he -- that thing off of the bone which he very well might. Or not he's still gonna have to have surgery to reattach. That tendon triceps triceps tendon. To the bone. And and go through the entire offseason rehabbing that so I think. They just want to get something out of him knowing that the surgery is gonna happen regardless whether he plays or not. Absolutely from my understanding the best thing he can do for that arm right now this is rested because I have to heal on its own because he can't have surgically repaired talk after the season's dimension to -- not going to test that arm right now. It is too early. You get aggravated make it worse -- you say -- it totally so they won't know until game time in as he said on Thursday said bringing Donald no really quick how much he'll be able to play that. I think the risk is. What essentially be back you know -- 80% 90% in having Justin -- at 80% as opposed -- 85% I mean how detrimental will that be to this team. Yeah you know on the good thing is it Ricky John fans bought did not play poorly. If he he does a pretty good job when he gets in there he's a pretty good backup to have. At that right defensive tackle spot so. -- -- yes I know the defense struggled in the two and half games without Justin Smith. But I don't think you can pin that on on Ricky and I think that having him. John Francois in those games. For the ten quarters I think role will prove beneficial that thing that I would. Think about though is if that hole. Mindset of the other players on the defense is just Smith riding to the rescue or get the Cowboys back and then all of us -- gets out there on the first play. And something goes wrong. Then how big of a deflator is that to the rest of the defense -- mean here's a guy you are MVP of the guy that we put so much trust in him now he can't finish this game. Does that have on a negative impact did nine. And I think this two weeks. It's going to be very crucial for all the Smith because without Justin for the first time he's keen to see a lot more offensive linemen up close to me he's done some one on one. Some great plays more rest easy -- -- defensive linemen that without Justin he's seen a lot more attention. But offensive guards and tackles. Do you have a question now let me see him doing all this far in all I think you're gonna I think he had -- I OK here's another one right Steve bomb. An immunity to the another two questions keep bubble fives this will be the third receiver and -- and Alfonzo. -- there. Alfonzo Darren fifty says is AJ Jenkins a bust or slow developer and life. Light touch on that you can look for the next -- it's gonna get a third receivers going to be AJ Jenkins. Is AJ Jenkins a -- well he's -- first Jeff peck did you think catching passes as a rookie so. Make up your own mind I prefer not to label guy a bust or not until he's off the team. You know they you can say the guy was a bust but. He doesn't blog hasn't played much but he also has earned the right to play in either so I think with -- AJ Jenkins does yet talent absolutely. Did in training camp when we're watching every day did you make some great catches he gab maybe as many great catches as anybody else on the team. Did you also drop a lot of catches passes yes so the book -- AJ Jenkins has not been written. And we will know more. Certainly next year the year todays ES. Four years. Yes yes and say let's see of the one target in Arizona game which went right through speakers easily taxable but the thing is I still think he's had enough opportunities he said I mean -- Michael Crabtree. His first couple years it was like this where is Michael Crabtree where is why he should have the Michael Crabtree thought Texas Tech this year Democrat just a direct. Crabtree showed up last ticket I -- last year's -- you're too -- he was always good you from the moment he stepped on. That this -- seen here missing five games and he put up some pretty good numbers as rookies I think I think crap she's been. Very consistent the thing this year that we're seeing is a healthy Crabtree running after the catch really and it. Being a force with the ball in his hands more so he was its first three seasons Jason how many other question is is every ambler. What happens the fly -- seemed pretty effective at times last season haven't seen this one. Taken. Take -- was off to the number three receiver last year he was a guy running up wisely. Now take again and I has kind of been pushed down in the depth chart really didn't see any action as a wide receiver. Win Manningham was healthy and with Kyle Williams healthy. Along with him -- Crabtree on the team so I'd -- -- has not seen much playing time at all on offense he was the -- -- guy. So that's really what what happened in the like Michael James -- He could let me he's never lined up yeah I don't know that he ever did -- why did you know going in motion as a wideout so. A La Michael James wasn't. Active for the first how many games fourteen games of the season so they never felt like they were using they were. There's a need to get him going with that because he was in the active anyway I think he could be -- substituted that you said. Okay here's one from arcade she went fifteen of the 49ers for their base offense in the playoffs the base offense has been very successful with cap. In New Orleans Chicago and New England. -- -- -- -- He has I was down and I think most people realize it most people think about the team's base offense is two backs one tight end two wide receivers. Both the 49ers really their base offense is. Two receivers to I don't know what is it one back two tight ends two receivers or. One receiver to tight ends two backs. And they they're not really they're not a three wide out type -- team so. And yeah I really don't know what their race offenses I think it really just depends on their opponent who they're facing and it seemed that the fact of the matter is. Delanie Walker as the second tight -- plays more than the fullback Bruce Miller and more than the second wide receiver Randy Moss so. Delanie Walker is part of their base often. Have everything else I pretty much ever before those events and he wants to know I'm Vernon Davis. Pat has so many more Twitter followers and Patrick Willis -- only assume that you are out and it's -- Vernon Davis has 2000012 -- On it that well I there's you can fight would have -- first offense can't play out of numbers on that but also -- is probably a little bit more outgoing and more. Accessible to the fans I would think. The Patrick didn't have you know thanks now I mean. They Vernon Davis for crying out loud opened up. And art gallery Nightline audience that isn't connecting with the fans I don't know what is RA is another -- and keeping -- what are the chances of the team takes both kickers in the plants icing. -- well they're taken -- -- is a class -- he's talking I don't worry point six again roster on the 46 man roster. I don't think self I think that. There's there's no reason to. I mean my -- meetings knowing that the kicker competition IST early it really really is right I give -- a couple of days I mean you really seem to warmer practices again a couple of things. Really I actions. Yeah I have my -- my front runner would be Billy -- just because there's so much. Less baggage that he comes in here -- And he's a fresh face and he's taking the ball well. Is that they kicked off parts of it will be will be fine. I just makes it that way David Akers ended the regular season here with a lot of -- to go out there might be easier for indicates. In a visiting stadium because. Give them the moment the 49ers in the first quarter tried out for 38 yard field goal because they failed to convert on third and seven. The crowd is going to be groaning. And that's that's not that you just don't want that in kickers and where is it kind of goes out in the same situation. You'll probably get a nice ovation again people be eager to see what the new guy can do -- I'm not ruling David Akers out but I just think it's an easier. Path right now for Billy Cundiff is Joseph -- told -- just annoys you -- -- leave the noise behind you and that's not crowd noise is definitely using your head saying. I. You like they -- okay you got the last one. Lesson that's it yeah OK -- I got. Packers. And whatever management Packers and the Vikings aren't very send them and sort of we can talk football forever -- in the Vikings. I'm expecting the 49ers to find out. -- 8 PM Saturday that the Packers are coming to camp so I expect the Packers to Germany go with that call there at home cold temperatures yes the Vikings have Adrian Peterson that Aaron Rodgers at home with that offense. The Vikings haven't really been an -- that. Atmosphere media all that freezing cold in every -- -- and I I think he got give it any accident packer and we know if that's the case it for the playoff game in January 12 there'll be at least two people from -- to go inside Candlestick Park. In the box and Aaron Rodgers I think they'll be a lot more than two and yeah. Again we're not out here on next week for humanity everyday we can't it will be your everyday do you live report -- in 49ers central will I signing every day next week Monday through Friday forty hours until 6:30 PM. And also live reports -- sports net central so. Click here get your remote controlled CSN Bay Area next week and they just throw the remote away -- -- your post as much -- began right here on CSN Bay Area dot com as well into the weekend we'll see Monday.