Tag:Ted Ginn
Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:41 am

QB Nate Davis continues to flash for 49ers

NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth characterized it here better than I ever have.

While working the 49ers-Vikings game last night as part of Sunday Night Football, he gushed about the physical skills of San Francisco's third-string quarterback.

"I don't know what else you have to see out of Nate Davis," Collinsworth said. "This young man... his feet are quick, his release is quick, he's seeing the field, he's not hesitating and he's got a rocket."

Davis completed 7 of 16 passes in the second half against the Vikings. His throws included a 60 yard bomb to Ted Ginn, Jr. (which traveled a full 65 yards in the air and drew a John Elway-comparison from Collinsworth), as well as intermediate routes (slant, drag).  

Davis, a star at Ball State who completed 60.4% of his passes for 9,233 yards for 74 touchdowns against only 22 interceptions, was, in my opinion, one of the 2009 draft's most underrated passers and a personal favorite . As Al Michaels noted during last night's telecast, Davis elected to leave Ball State after his junior season and had only one team show up at his Pro Day. That team was the Indianapolis Colts , the team whose headquarters was physically closer to the Ball State campus than any of the other 31 NFL teams.

Davis starred at Ball State while wearing a glove on his throwing (right) hand. Wearing gloves didn't seem to hurt Kurt Warner's success, but nonetheless Davis was questioned by many for wearing it. He elected to get rid of the glove during his throwing session at the 2009 NFL Combine. I, along with a handful of other media, was allowed in to watch Davis and the rest of the quarterbacks throw.

I focused on Davis and noted then , that after starting erratically, he again demonstrated his strong arm and beautiful deep passing touch. 

As ESPN's Mike Sando notes , 49ers head coach Mike Singletary acknowledged the "flashes" Davis shows on the field, but he's been less than impressed so far with Davis' work ethic.

"I really like the kid, there is a lot to like about him, but there is a work ethic that’s involved in terms of being a quarterback in the NFL and he’s got to get it, it’s as simple as that," Singletary said. "I'm pulling for him, I’m hoping, but so far it’s inconsistent."

Davis' work ethic I don't know enough to intelligently comment on. However, as I noted on this blog following Davis' Pro Day in which only the Colts showed. 

The film doesn't lie. Davis can play.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 5:18 pm

Addition of Ginn means Spiller won't be a 49er

San Francisco's trade for former Miami wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. likely means they won't now be willing to invest a pick in Clemson running back CJ Spiller.

The reason is simple. At least some of the reason why San Franciso had been intrigued by Spiller was his return ability. Spiller returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns over his career. The 49ers finished last in the league last year in punt returns and haven't had anyone return more than one kickoff for a score in the same year in the past 20 seasons.

Ginn returned two in the same game last year.

Considering how Miami had been looking to rid themselves of Ginn and the cheap cost with which the 49ers were able to fill one of their greatest needs, this appears to be one of the few NFL trades in which both teams came out winners.
Posted on: April 14, 2010 4:07 pm

Marshall trade frees 'Fins to get creative in 1st

Adding the explosive No. 1 receiver they've needed for years in Brandon Marshall will allow the Miami Dolphins an opportunity to go in various directions with their first round pick, the 12th overall of the draft.

Most believe the Dolphins will add a front seven defender with the pick. Nose guard Dan Williams would be a perfect fit if still available considering the eight-game suspension levied against incumbent starter Jason Ferguson. With the club moving away from aging pass rushers Joey Porter (and potentially Jason Taylor), a young pass rusher like Jerry Hughes, Brandon Graham or Sergio Kindle is also a possibility.

Another intriguing option that is quietly gaining momentum is Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.

The Dolphins finished 4th in the NFL in rushing last year, but sources throughout the league tell me that they've dangled Ronnie Brown in trade talks in the past, frustrated by his struggles with durability.  Ricky Williams led the team in rushing yards last season, but can't be relied upon for ever. He turns 33 next month.

With the speedy Ted Ginn, Jr. reportedly on the trading block, adding a big play candidate like Spiller to their backfield (and return game) makes sense.

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