Niners News and Notes With Camp Almost Here

Reggie Smith

And training camp looms! It’s time to step up my game as the 49ers open camp this Thursday at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara.

Here’s what’s been going on around the Internets:

The Sacramento Bee leads off its preview by profiling the biggest 49ers issue of the offseason: The Martz effect. Martz helped the Lions become a much more dynamic offense the past couple seasons, but the Lions’ personnel was almost nothing like what the 49ers have. Firstly, Jon Kitna was pretty firmly entrenched as the Lions starter when Martz arrived. The 49ers starting quarterback position is as unclear as ever, with Alex Smith and Shaun Hill (and, possibly, J.T. O’Sullivan) battling for the top spot.

The Lions also had a natural number one receiver in Roy Williams, something the 49ers lack. Calvin Johnson was an immense threat last season, although he didn’t have the impact many thought he would. But even Shaun McDonald and Mike Furrey are seemingly more reliable receivers than anyone the 49ers have.
Now, on the flip side, the 49ers do have the type of talented tight end (Vernon Davis) and productive running back (Frank Gore) that the Lions never had in Martz’s tenure…

Here’s a pleasant story from Daniel Brown about how Fred Dean discovered the pot of gold that is the 49ers franchise…

Here is an excellent quick review of the 49ers full roster…

Cornerback Reggie Smith, a third-round draft pick in April, was signed on Tuesday. Terms of the contract were not announced…

If you’re going to read anything 49ers-related today, then read this piece on Manny Lawson…

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