On Thursday, NFL Network made a visit to Santa Clara to provide some coverage from 49ers training camp. During the day they provided a live feed of drills and conducted a few Niners-related segments that can be found at NFL.com's video section.
NFL Network featured a sit-down with 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers. Interestingly enough, Rogers was questioned mostly about the offense but provided some interesting feedback. Rogers is a vocal player, and is pretty open when we talks to the media.
The Pro Bowler had some positive things to say about the offensive side of the ball. His comments lead us to believe there is going to be development and a very new look to the San Francisco offense. To see what Rogers had to say, please follow me after the jump.
"Offensive-wise, we got a lot new weapons, lot of new receivers, a lot of guys competing at different positions. So the vibe on offense is kind of different. Putting in more routes, the quarterback has a lot more reads, a lot more choices,"
On Randy Moss:
"For me, the respect factor is that he's that Randy Moss that you always know is going to put that hand up. I think the for team's planning, they're always going to have to respect him and know that you're not going to leave him one-on-one with your corners, you're going to have a safety over the top of him. And with that said, it's opening a door for a lot of our other receivers, our tight ends; bringing an extra guy out of the box for our running backs,"
On Mario Manningham:
"Fast, quick guy; running good routes, he's an unbelievable player and we're so glad we got him on our side...all them guys on the field at one time...it's going to be something special,"
The offense seems to be developing as a whole. This year, time is a wonderful asset the 49ers staff has and it's something they didn't have this time last year. Rogers mentioning the addition of new routes leads us to believe the 49ers are tailoring patterns to the players skill set.
With the depth of the weapons they now have an offense, there will be endless combinations to throw at defenses. They can spread teams out wide now because they are finally a threat to move the ball down field in the passing game. Rogers is a Pro Bowl corner and assures us, NFL defenses will have to account for Randy Moss.
San Francisco has their first exhibition game next Friday against the Minnesota Vikings, and hopefully we will have our first look at Moss, but probably not for long if at all. However, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, LaMichael James, Brandon Jacobs, Nathan Palmer and Ted Ginn Jr. are all worthwhile names that could be attention grabbing in Week 1 of the preseason.