News and Notes Around the Niners for Thursday

Arnaz Battle hasn’t appeared at a non-voluntary mini-camp the past couple days and Niner Insider Kevin Lynch discuss Ashley Lelie’s experience with holding out, which he did at Broncos training camp a couple years ago.

After answering a couple questions about the path his career has taken and the decisions he has made, Lelie had this doozy of a quote: “I don’t have regrets. I wanted to be in a high-powered offense and now I am.” Uhhh, does he mean same offense which last year scored fewer points than any other offense in the NFL and identifies a 35-year-old receiver coming off a 55-catch campaign and an offensive coordinator who ignores the run? Can’t forget about the starting quarterback who can’t even throw a football full speed for 30 yards because of a bum shoulder or the running back who ran for nearly 600 fewer yards last season than in his previous season. Yeah, that’s a real powerhouse offense in which Lelie will be running routes. Is there a way the Niners can just tell Lelie to fake a holdout or something. He does as much for the offense standing on the sidelines as he does running fly routes.

In other news, newly signed Justin Smith is being used as an outside rush linebacker in the team’s base defense. He has taken away quite a bit of practice time from Tully Banta-Cain in the process.

Mike Martz is more concerned with his quarterbacks’ feet than their arms.

J.T. O’Sullivan, ahem, is still in contention for the starting quarterback label.

The Niners might not have drafted DeSean Jackson, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a rookie wide receiver from Cal on their roster this season.

An update on the Niners stadium issue will be up this weekend.

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