Tuesday's evening practice was a light one as the team gears up for today's two a day. One of the highlights of the week will come tonight as the team practices under the lights at Lumberjack stadium. The highlight of that practice will be a full-on goal line session. As for Tuesday afternoon's practice though it started off very slowly with a helmet-less walk through followed some positional drills. The only session that generated anything noteworthy was the 11-on-11 drills.
Running Back Rotation: Tim Hightower continues to get his share of reps with the
second team and he had an impressive carry that included running through Karlos Dansby. The big surprise so far though has been Steve Baylark who's been taking reps ahead of JJ Arrington. Baylark spent last year on the practice squad but if he continues to outplay Arrington, he might just find his way onto the roster this year. Arrington's job will be in serious jeopardy if he doesn't start moving up the depth chart.
Projecting the Secondary: While it doesn't appear that Aaron Francisco will get any real shot at challenging Antrel Rolle for the starting free safety spot, that doesn't mean that he won't get his share of playing time. So far during camp, he's been the free safety when the defense switches into the nickel or dime, with Rolle moving down to play the 3rd corner. Considering that the NFL is more 'pass happy' than ever before, it could lead to significant playing time. The bad news in that scenerio though is that first round pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would be the fourth corner at best.
Special Teams Outlook: Yesterday's practice had a session dedicated to punt return and an interesting addition to the returner rotation was DRC. He, of course, looked incredibly fast as he took reps with Breaston. The unimpressive part of the session though was new punter, Dirk Johnson. Most of his punts were short and the hang time wasn't anything great either. He's still got several weeks to get game ready but if he's still kicking like that in the regular season it won't be good.
Injuries: The injuries remain the same with Boldin (hamstring), Marcus Brown (hamstring), Beisel (back), Watson (knee), Dykes (quad) and Al Johnson (knee). It's somewhat discouraging that Johnson is still out, it was first reported that he would only miss the morning practice on Monday.