Golden Nuggets: Alex Smith Taking A Lead In The QB Competition?

I'm back to fill in for James on the Nuggets this morning. It's another busy day as the 49ers continue preparing for Saturday's preseason contest with the Oakland Raiders. The most noteworthy articles today revolve around Alex Smith reportedly taking a sizable lead in the QB race.

Smith hasn't apparently shown something in practice that Colin Kaepernick has not quite been able to match. I suppose we'll find out more about that when the team hits the field Saturday against the Raiders. I guess for now it's just a matter of keeping fingers crossed and hope for the best. On to the links...

Kyle Williams shows 49ers toughness, play-making (Maiocco)

Hasselbeck was first veteran QB 49ers pursued (Maiocco)

49ers notes: Gore focuses on job, not contract (Maiocco)

Harbaugh: Smith widens lead over Kaepernick (Maiocco)

Akers gets help from Nedney in solving Candlestick's wind (Barrows)

Source: 49ers have their eye on ex-Bill LB Maybin (Barrows)

Finding the best five offensive linemen for the 49ers (Sam Lam)

49ers RB Frank Gore was surprised to play in Friday's preseason game (Sam Lam)

Jim Harbaugh says Alex Smith has separated himself in 49ers QB competition (Sam Lam)

49ers reportedly interested in recently released OLB Aaron Maybin (Sam Lam)

What to do with the 49ers’ $15.6 million in cap space (Press Democrat)

Gore hopes for contract extension soon (Press Democrat)

Alex Boone talks (Press Democrat)

Eleven NFC West quarterbacks in focus (Sando)

Three thoughts on latest 49ers' dealings (Sando)

Smith Distances QB Competition (49ers.com)

Pre-practice notes: Still 4 QBs, none named Culpepper (Mercury News)

Smith taking bigger lead in 49ers QB race (Mercury News)

Gore’s hip doing OK, so are spirits despite contract status (Mercury News)

New plan would allow Santa Clara to protect 49ers stadium funds from state (Mercury News)

49ers notebook: Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga adjusting to his new position (Mercury News)

49ers' Michael Crabtree walking without limping (Branch)

Alex Smith leading QB competition (Lynch)

Improving Boone powerless to stop Justin Smith's power move (Branch)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: Kickoff Rule Is Bad, No Culpepper, Broken Records | Ninjames
49ers Offense, Timing & Adjustments | Fooch
It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Patrick Willis | D.DeSimone
Will The 49ers Carry Two Quarterbacks? | Fooch
49ers 53-Man Roster: Any Sleeper Candidates? | Fooch
49ers Player Ratings For Madden NFL 12 Released | Ninjames
49ers Sitting $15.77 Million Under Salary Cap | Fooch
49ers Interested In Aaron Maybin? Or Vice-Versa? | Fooch
49ers Training Camp: Jim Harbaugh Discusses The QB Competition | Fooch

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