Question: Hey, Matt, hope you had a great Memorial Day. Now back to business. Marcus Maxwell? Rumor has it this kid is dominating NFL Europa. Being compared to, dare I say it, T.O.? He has packed on some muscle. So what should fans expect from this guy? Will he even make the team? If so, who's the odd man out? He's a seventh-round pick. Diamonds are found in the rough (Marques Colston). Matt, am I getting too excited or what? Fill us in.
Answer: Seeing as how I wrote that story on Marcus Maxwell, I can confirm the rumors. He's doing great overseas and had 81 receiving yards and another touchdown in the Hamburg Sea Devils' win over Cologne this weekend. As is the case with most receivers, Maxwell's hurdle with the 49ers has been getting separation with defensive backs. The fact that he has added muscle will help in that regard. The real benefit is a huge leap in confidence - he's going to enter training camp believing he can be a big-time receiver.
Will he make the team? Hard to say. The best thing he has going for him is that he fits the mold McNolan wants at receiver - a big, strong guy who can block and catch passes in traffic. With Eric Johnson in New Orleans, it's possible six receivers could make the 49ers this year. If so, I think they will be Arnaz Battle, Darrell Jackson, Jason Hill, Ashley Lelie, Brandon Williams and Marcus Maxwell.
- Matt Barrows