NFC West Blog
Tyrann Mathieu was an emerging star in 2013 before he tore his ACL. He played in 2014 but was noticeably limited as he was on a snap count. He just wasn't the same old Honey Badger. He started to look better toward the end of the season, nevertheless, Mathieu still lacked the consistent playmaking ability.
The Cardinals, according to team reporter Mike Jurecki, now believe "Tyrann Mathieu is back to the player he was before the injuries, impressive in drills, running [and] cutting much better."
While 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was speaking about the team's running backs, he made it a point to bring up Kendall Hunter. Hunter is coming off a torn ACL but has apparently made a full recovery and is ready to roll in minicamp. "And the guy who has really showed up a lot this offseason is Kendall Hunter," Baalke said. "He's back to being Kendall. His speed is back to where it was pre-injury. He's really had a fine offseason. "
Seahawks backup running back Robert Turbin underwent hip surgery this offseason. However, "It's not expected this would impact his readiness for the 2015 season." Turbin is expected to be ready for camp. He will compete for the RB2 job behind Marshawn Lynch.
Doug Baldwin was raving about Jimmy Graham. He spoke about his rare talent and what he's going to do for the Seahawks' offense. "He can be an offense completely amongst himself. His ability to be a big target in the red zone, his athleticism is really strange for a guy his size," Baldwin said. "The way he moves it's unbelievable. He's gonna be able to do a lot of things for us offensively."
49ers head coach Jim Tomsula was expected to meet with Justin Smith this week regarding his future with the team. Smith has said he is seriously considering retiring this offseason. "That time will come," Tomsula said. "We're not trying to make it a saga. We're really not. It's really as honest as we're saying it is. I'm sure that will come here. We've got a lot of guessing when this is going to go, when that's going to go. It's getting to the time we're you're going to have to know something."
With the sudden retirements of inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, the 49ers are desperate for help at the position. Head coach Jim Tomsula has been very impressed with Nick Moody. "A guy that's really moving around and feeling the defense the right way is Nick Moody. I've been pulling for Nick," Tomsula said. "He's been working really hard. He's one of those guys you notice. I'm walking out of here and he's got all of his books. You can just tell."
49ers All-Pro inside linebacker was forced to miss the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL in the 2013 NFC Championship game. Now 16 months removed from the injury, head coach Jim Tomsula is very pleased with his progress. "Bow looks great," Tomsula said. "I'd say we're more treating Bow like a vet than we are treating Bow like a post-injury guy."
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians spoke very highly of rookie running back David Johnson. This comes just days after saying that Johnson will not cut into Andre Ellington's workload. "Very, very bright," Arians said of Johnson. "The kid can do anything as far as a wide receiver, running back, fullback. He will find a niche quick because he can learn so much. And he was a good kickoff return guy."
Ifeanyi Momah has been kind of a tweener since entering the league at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds. He admits, "My agent's been telling me since I first came out that I should be a tight end, but I was kind of stubborn. I was a receiver at heart."
Carson Palmer will be forced to wear a knee brace this year after tearing his ACL last season. This will further limit an already extremely immobile quarterback. He is currently limited but plans to ready for Week 1.