San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers practiced with the Ravens at their facility, before returning to the Bay Area to gear up for their second preseason game against the Denver Broncos. The 49ers will play for the first time on Sunday in Levi Stadium.

This was the first joint practice sessions with another team since Jim Harbaugh era began in 2011. “Always feel like you can make a lot of progress as a football team between the first game and the second game.

Forty Niners OG Alex Boone has called the bluff of the organizations front office by holding out of training camp.  One of the leagues outstanding offensive linemen is seeking a pay increase and deserves it.  Several teams could use his services, will the 49ers trade him or wait it out?

OLB Aldon Smith who has had his issues off the field had a sit down meeting with NFL Commissioner Goodell last Thursday.  A suspension is coming, it is a matter of how long!

Injury Notes:

DE Justin Smith will play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Preseason Week 3: Denver

Arizona Cardinals

Rookie WR John Brown has turned heads in camp and during the Cards first preseason game.  “(He) has uncanny instincts, unbelievable understanding of route concepts, leverage, being in the right spot at the right time. On top of great ball skills, he has unusual speed and explosiveness.  I haven’t seen any of our players cover him.” Steve Keim GM

The Cardinals GM went on to compare this young WR to Anquan Boldin as far as his immediate impact as a rookie in practice, preparation and games thus far.  His performance in week one of the preseason was impressive with 5 receptions, 87 yards and 17.4 yards per catch average.

Arizona has picked up where they left off in 2013 in their first game of the 2014 preseason.  The Cardinals gained 407 yards and no turnover. Cardinal defense held the Texans offense, didn’t allow a 3rd down conversion, and they only crossed midfield twice and never made a red zone appearance.  Coach Arians has his team focused.  The Cardinals’ quarterbacks were sharp, and the defense was on point throughout the evening.  “The first half was pretty efficient football,” Arians said.

Injury Notes: WR Ted Ginn Jr – Bruised Knee

Preseason Week 3: @ Minnesota

Seattle Seahawks

The Hawks are looking to improve after losing to Denver in week one of the preseason.  “We got in our own way a lot,” Coach Carroll said. “We had a lot of penalties and a lot of problems getting any kind of continuity with moving the football.”

Penalties have plagued the Seahawks during the Coach Carroll tenure. In fact, Seattle led the NFL in 2013 with 128. While it is still the preseason and the slate will be wiped clean at the end of the preseason games, the emphasis on getting better in 2014 is critical, in a highly competitive division. Seattle commented 13 penalties for 131 yards, not a good start.

Marshawn Lynch is back in camp and was back in the news as well.  Seahawks released a statement on Tuesday, saying they firmly believe the assault and property damage accusations against Marshawn Lynch are “bogus.”  Bellevue Police department has since cleared Lynch of any wrong doing.

Injury Notes:

LB Bobby Wagner struggling with a hamstring injury may miss another preseason game.

LB Malcolm Smith is still rehabbing his ankle from off-season surgery.

Preseason Week 3: San Diego Chargers



St. Louis Rams

The Rams continue to quietly make strides, getting better as a team in all areas.  Per several sources the Rams look forward to improving in week two of the preseason against the Green Bay Packers.  In week one the Rams had too many penalties.  Their performance had several peaks and valleys, but they flashed some good things that are encouraging for one of the youngest teams in the NFL.  It really didn’t help that the Rams had eighteen players including nine starters standing on the sideline in street clothes watching the action vs. the Saints.   Coach Fisher said fifteen or sixteen of the injured Ram players are expected to play against Green Bay.

“We’ll get some guys back this week. We deliberately held some people out. We’ll get some people back this week, not that Sam was held out for medical reasons, but he’s going to play. I haven’t decided how much but yeah he’s going to play this week.”

With QB Sam Bradford slated to play this week against a very aggressive Green Bay defense, look for the running game to take the pressure off the pocket, creating play action allowing Bradford to make short to intermediate throws.


Injury Notes:

QB Sam Bradford will see his first action since being injured week seven against Carolina in 2013.

OT Jake Long still rehabbing ACL has told media he will play week one.

OG Rodger Saffold suffered a stinger missed last week and maybe a game time decision in week 2.

DT Michael Brockers (ankle)

DT Kendall Langford (ankle)

LB James Laurinaitis (ankle)

CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle)

CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring)

Others with injuries; DE William Hayes, CB Brandon McGee, OC Barrett Jones, OC Scott Wells, RB Isaiah Pead.  All Injuries were considered not serious and listed as minor.

Preseason Week 3: Green Bay