It looks like some good may have come out of Nate Clements pneumonia. We are not saying pneumonia is a good thing, but with Nate sidelined during the recent OTA’s, it gave both Tarell Brown and Dre Bly a chance to be on the field at the same time and compete for the starting position vacated due to Walt Harris’ ACL tear. Here is a little snippet from the latest OTA’s from Matt Maiocco.
Brown ran stride for stride with Josh Morgan on a deep pass from Shaun Hill on the first play of the 11-on-11 session. Because of the tight coverage, Morgan had no chance to make the catch.
A little while later, Bly had Dominique Zeigler blanketed on a deep ball down the middle. Bly made a lunging, finger-tip interception of Hill’s pass before both he and Zeigler tumbled to the ground. They both got up slowly. “Helluva play,” said one 49ers assistant, “but stay up.” Players are repeatedly cautioned during these “non-contact” drills to avoid injury by staying on their feet.
Our view is Bly will most likely get the start, main reason he is a seasoned vet. But the way Singletary is don’t be surprised to see him give Tarell Brown every shot to take Walt’s job. One thing is for sure this battle is thousand times better than Willie Middlebrooks vs. Donald Strickland.