Golden Nuggets: Eric Reid Is OK; Special Teams Success

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

I'm going to take this edition of the Nuggets to talk about Eric Reid. Reid has been all that we could have hoped for and more in a free safety this season. He's still going to get better, but of all the options in the draft and the free agents, and after all the complaining some of us did over the move up to get him, it's looking as though Baalke made the right choice, both for now and the future. Reid is playing at a Pro-Bowl level, is an upgrade over Dashon Goldson and could blossom into one of the best safeties in the league for years to come. A glass of wine at dinner and solid play from rookies gets me emotional and worked up, if you couldn't tell....

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Eric Reid OK, Other Injuries

During the Titans game, it looked as though Reid hurt himself twice. There was a play that ended with him holding his hand (it seemed as though he smacked it on a helmet) and the more serious ankle injury. Thankfully, he's OK, and will be patrolling the middle against the Jaguars. I'm expecting a big game from him as the Jags try to mount a comeback through the air after falling behind early. | 49ers practice report: Eric Reid not listed (Gin)

Both Reid and Donte Whitner were banged up but look to be fine. Matt Maiocco discusses this and has his Three & Out video embedded. | Reid, Whitner look fine, suit up for practice (Maiocco)

Not only are the safeties OK, rookie LB Nick Moody practiced for the first time since injuring his hand at the start of the season. | Notes: 49ers' starting safeties, sidelined rookie LB participate in practice (Branch)

Special Teams

BASG has a good piece about our rookie cornerback Darryl Morris. Losing Marcus Cooper to the Chiefs was a bit of a bummer, but Morris has been great on special teams and his blazing speed make him an equally intriguing prospect. | Darryl Morris lessens sting of losing Marcus Cooper (BASG)

Bill Williamson has the stats to prove how well the ST coverage units are playing this year. Kick returns are down 6.2 yards per and punt returns are down 4.8 yards per. WOW! | Coverage units continue to dominate (ESPN)

Congratulations Andy Lee. | Report: Andy Lee named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Gin)

49ers in London

Matt Barrows gives a little history on the NFL in Britain. He details it's arrival, during less-than-primetime viewing slots, and has some quotes from the people who cover the league over there. | How the NFL replaced God (for a certain generation, anyway) in Britain (Barrows)

One of the best things about our coaching staff is the quality of position coach that we have. Jim Tomsula is among the best at what he does. Where did he get his start? | 49ers' Tomsula back to where it all began (Branch)

What better way to help the game grow in Britain than to have the best quarterback of all-time, Joe Montana, hold passing seminars. | Euro-pass: Joe Montana to hold seminar for UK quarterbacks (Barrows)

Harbaugh discusses the team in London in both video and transcript form. | Coach's Notebook: Oct. 23 (49ers.com)

49ers Discuss Traveling, Playing Football in UK (49ers.com)

49ers Accustomed to Winning With Long Travel (Scout.com)

49ers enjoy good health in London (ESPN)

London an 'oasis' for San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

Lawrence Okoye News

How funny was it when Lawrence Okoye referred to the 49ers legendary quarterback Joe Marino? He's coming along. | Joe Marino? Okoye has made significant progress (Branch)

Lawrence Okoye Plays Tour Guide for 49ers (49ers.com)

London-native Okoye convinced he can grow right along with the NFL (Inman)

Okoye wants to be known for NFL chops (ESPN)

49ers vs Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert cleared for full practice (PFT)

Chad Henne will start for Jaguars (PFT)

AUDIO - Jones-Drew: 'See Where I Am Against the Best' (49ers.com)

Colin Kaepernick

I'm not sure that 'preparating' is a word, Cam, but that's the kind of stuff that comes out of my mouth on a regular basis, so I can dig it. | Kaepernick enjoys brief, peaceful escape before preparating for Sunday's Wembley atmosphere (Inman)

Here's video and a transcript from Colin Kaepernick's media session. He kept his pink headphones on for the interview. | Colin Kaepernick Expects Lively Wembley Stadium (49ers.com)

Kaepernick, 49ers not changing their ways (Maiocco)

QB Watch: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (ESPN)

Other News

Long list of reinforcements awaits (ESPN)

Kaepernick Touts Gore as Future Hall of Famer (49ers.com)

Vernon Davis Worthy of Pro Bowl Consideration (49ers.com)

NFL Nation Buzz: San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

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