I think things are starting to fall into place. I would say the only battles left are:
When I re-watch the game I'll key in on these matchups.
#2 QB McCoy vs Wallace (Daniels #3)
Seems pretty unlikely Wallace would win with only a game, maybe 2 to prove himself. From what I hear he isn't the Wallace from back in Seattle either. Saints fans are saying he was pretty bad and wondered why we picked him up. I guess we are trying to push McCoy and Tolzien but seems like Tolzien is down and out at this point. I mentioned this in another thread but if McCoy makes the team this year not sure I want to re-sign him after this season. I'd rather let Harbaugh draft his own QB to develop along with Daniels. To me why mess with the rest of the league's trash when Harbaugh is one of the better QB developers in the league. I guess only thing in there favor is game experience. Again, I'd rather have someone Harbaugh hand picks and can mold. These guys are probably beyond developing at this point. I think McCoy wins.
#6 WR Collie vs Hall vs Jacobs
I'd say for the past week plus it's been Collie vs Hall for the last spot. Lockette seemed to be fading out; just wasn't making plays although he didn't get a lot of opportunities. Hawkins and Osgood weren't really ever in it IMO. The guys are past there prime and have had very blah careers at the WR spot. Only thing keeping Osgood in this is his ST skills and seems like with Moore making the team we probably don't need him. Jacobs is a long shot but a PS lock and if he can stay on our PS he will have a good shot at the roster next year. I prefer Collie, possibly Jacobs.
#3 TE Gray vs Celek
Went back and watched these two in the Chiefs game. Celek lost some weight, looks like a bigger WR right now. Unfortunately, seems like it hurt his blocking. I think he could be a better receiver than last year but his blocking will be worse. He got thrown around with ease many times during the Chiefs game. Gray is a much thicker body. Gray looked good blocking and will be harder to move around. He's a former QB so he's an athlete who added weight. Usually those guys are better off than a guy who has always been big. He played at probably 215-220ish at Minnesota early on so he's gained like 30 pounds. He seems to still be able to run well but if he makes the team he will get in better shape as the season goes on; not that he is in bad shape or anything. I like Gray better but think they go with Celek.
#5 S Robinson vs Thomas
Whitner, Reid, Dahl, Spillman are all locks. Seems like McBath disappeared this offseason. Ventrone I just don't see him making it; he hasn't got much playing time and has been injured. Michael Thomas has been playing the slot and ST so that's an added bonus for him. I will admit haven't keyed in on these guys two much but I could see Thomas winning. Never been a Robinson fan though. No matter who wins it's will mostly be ST. Spillman and Dahl would get any backup duty or any duty where we bring in an extra safety. Might have to look into upgrading our depth next draft.
#5 OLB Skuta vs Johnson
I think you can make a case for either guy. Skuta is a better ST player but Johnson is 4 years younger and probably has more potential. I'm glad we moved Skuta to OLB as Wilhoite and Moody have been great at ILB. Skuta has been doing solid in the pass rush area but the coverage area is what worries me. Johnson is probably a bit faster but he's a little less bulky. I'd like to see him add some bulk. If he makes the PS and doesn't get picked up he should have a good shot at the #4 OLB spot if Haralson doesn't re-sign. Either way whoever wins will be ST almost entirely. Haralson and Lemonier have been playing outstanding and they will be getting almost all the work at OLB backup. Skuta and Johnson would probably come in if there is a blowout. Forcing me to choose I say Skuta and Johnson heads to the PS.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Aug 23, 2013 at 3:24 AM ]