49ers Make Roster Moves To Prepare For Panthers
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By Danny Cox
The Carolina Panthers seem more than prepared to take on any team in the NFL, but the San Francisco 49ers have recently shown that they aren’t afraid to make some big time noise for the better of the team.
On Monday, the 49ers made a number of roster moves since some players are back from injuries and others just weren’t making the grade. A shocking cut was that of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha who was considered one of the prize catches of the offseason, but he just didn’t last in San Francisco.
First of all, the 49ers activated wide receiver Mario Manningham, who they hope will help escalate the last-ranked passing offense in the entire league.
Manningham comes off of the physically unable to perform list and will be able to give Colin Kaepernick help in the passing game. Aside from Anquan Boldin, the 49ers have had no other production at wide receiver since Michael Crabtree is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
With the activation of Manningham, someone had to go and it ended up being the declining Asomugha. It doesn’t seem as if it is going to hurt the team much considering that he was a healthy scratch for the past three games. He played the first three games of the season, got a knee injury, and has been considered expendable with the uprising of Tramaine Brock.
The 49ers also activated cornerback Eric Wright, and he should immediately help a passing defense that is already ranked eighth in the NFL. Their run defense is ranked 12th and that’s nothing to shake a stick at. The 49ers being able to have such a strong defense and have Nnamdi Asomugha sitting on the sidelines is something impressive to say.
Offensively, the return of Manningham should help the 49ers in the passing game, and that could be a big problem for the Panthers.
San Francisco has the number one running game in all of football with Frank Gore and Kaepernick leading the way. Should they be able to get their passing game going at all; then that could cause trouble for opposing defenses.
Cam Newton is going to have a tough time on Sunday when the Panthers visit Candlestick Park, but this is not a game that can’t be won. If the Panthers can simply continue to play with the same intensity that they’ve been playing with lately, it could bring about another victory.
Should the Panthers not clean up some mistakes they made this past weekend against the Falcons, then it is going to be a long day on the west coast.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.