Quote: Offensive line. This one is tougher to call. Last year the 49ers went into the season with nine offensive linemen on their active roster. The starters right now are, from left to right, Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, David Baas, Chilo Rachal and Anthony Davis. Eric Heitmann's leg injury is not long-term, so he's No. 6. Tony Wragge can play all three interior positions and is needed as a backup center while Heitmann is out. Adam Snyder can play all five positions. That means if the 49ers go with nine again this year, they'd have to decide what is more valuable: Barry Sims' experience or Alex Boone's potential. Boone is practice-squad eligible.
I don't think we keep more than nine lineman this year, and because of the media exposure Boone has received, I'm not sure he doesn't get picked up by another team. So the choice becomes who do we keep? Sims performed admirably last year when Staley went down, but he's 35 and Boone could be even better than Sims and has played well this preseason. However I think the team goes with Sims because they know just what they have. Or we could just cut both and use Nate Davis as Tackle because he throws bombs.
[ Edited by KowboyKiller on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM ]
Sims because he's played very well against first string starters. I was surprised that he only signed a 1 year contract.
The additional media coverage hasn't made it more likely that Boone would get picked off from the practice squad. I'm pretty sure most scouts would have heard about Boone before his On The Fringe series appearances. Boone still needs more development IMO.
Sims played like an absolute stud at left tackle for us last year when Staley went down. Still, I want Boone. We're trying to build a young team that will contend for the Superbowl year in and year out, and we're going to need quality young players for that to become a reality. Boone could be part of that, and I can tell Boone wants to be a part of that based on the work he has put in.
Boone won't make the practice squad. If he doesn't make the 53 man roster, some other team will grab him. He has a lot of potential and seems focused to turn his life around. I would choose Alex Boone. You don't know for sure how much Barry Sims has left in him?
Don't see how anyone can go Sims if it comes down to those two. Sims isn't a starter and if Staley goes down, do you really think the odds of us winning a championship this year and the odds of Staley going down at the same time outweigh us keeping a young and developing potential stud?
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