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August 10, 2007
Norv not interested in 49ers receivers

Some of you have asked about an intriguing trade possibility. It seems that down in San Diego, starting receiver Eric Parker will miss a sizeable chunk of the season after having surgery on his right big toe. The Chargers need another receiver. The 49ers have an abundance of receivers. The Chargers head coach is Norv Turner. Turner is quite familiar with the 49ers' wideouts, having run the San Francisco offense last season. It seems to make sense, so let's make a deal, right?

Wrong. I asked Mike Nolan about that possibility today and he said no one from San Diego has called nor does he expect them to. The 49ers might have a lot of receivers on the roster, he said, but they don't have many "top dogs" as he phrased it. Most of their wideouts are in the same boat. Taylor Jacobs, Brandon Williams, Bryan Gilmore and Marcus Maxwell have flashed potential here and there, but they have never done so consistently. You could even throw Ashley Lelie into that mix. And because of that, there's no way the 49ers would consider trading Arnaz Battle or Darrell Jackson.

And besides, Nolan said the team probably would keep only five receivers on the roster. That is, they'll end up cutting some of their receivers anyway, giving the Chargers to pick them up at no cost.

Other observations from Friday, Aug. 10 ...

Cornerback Nate Clements dominated a red-zone situation in 11-on-11 drills today. The 49ers ran three straight 3rd-and-five situations from the 19-yard line. Clements broke up an Alex Smith-to-Bryan Gilmore pass on the first play and a Smith-to-Taylor Jacobs pass on the third.

Delanie Walker showed his trademark hands when he made a great catch in traffic on the goal line. With cornerback Donald Strickland draped all over his back, Walker snagged the pass from Trent Dilfer.

By contrast, Vernon Davis dropped a pass in the same part of the field, drawing a patronizing (and comical) "Awwwwww! Awwwww!" from Clements. Davis later made amends on a similar route, which ended with him in the end zone. There was no chatter after the play. Is the guy going mellow on us?

Nolan said he and his coaches would have a lengthy discussion tonight about how much his starters will play against the Broncos on Monday night. With Frank Gore (hand) out of action, Nolan speculated that the 49ers may take a running back-by-committee approach in the game.

Why does a guy who has virtually no chance of making the team put himself through the rigors of two-a-days in the August heat? The answer was on the sideline Friday. Two scouts from the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, one from the Toronto Argonauts and one from the AFL's San Jose Sabercats were on hand to watch practice. A scout from the Edmonton Eskimos was in town last week.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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