Originally posted by NinerBuff:
The 49ers opened up veteran minicamp with C.J. Spillman taking first-team reps on defense alongside Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner.
Probably nothing, but this guy has got to be starting in week 1.
And what if he doesnt start? Are we going to do the whole AJJ thing all over again with Reid? Polamalu didnt start his rookie year, neither did Goldson.
Spillman looked pretty legit last year on ST and in limited game time, I figured he would sit another year and replace Whitner next year. But if he steps up this year, it allows Reid a year to learn and then he can step in next year. (those two seem pretty interchangeable between SS and FS).
Theoretically, that actually is a pretty smart plan, because a few years learning as a backup is incredibly valuable for a player, even for talented players (see McDonald, Brooks, Delanie, etc).