Moss has been a consistent showstopper in camp thus far.
Randy Moss, The Showstopper
We've heard all offseason how much of a positive influence Moss has been since arriving to Santa Clara this summer, and on Friday I highlighted how he's continued to impress since the 49ers put the pads on and things got real.
On Saturday, he followed up my praise with what Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat called "Moss' best practice yet", even stating that he looked like the best offensive player in Saturday's practice.
Randy Moss had his best practice of training camp. He beat Tarell Brown twice in one-on-one drills. The first time he turned Brown around on a double move, and the second time he beat Brown deep down the middle of the field but Alex Smith overthrew the pass. In an 11-on-11 red zone drill, Moss beat Carlos Rogers and caught a high Smith pass for a touchdown. Moss looked like the best offensive player in practice today.
It's clear that the 35-year-old is enjoying his time as a San Francisco 49er thus far, and his endless knowledge of the receiver position alone has made this squad better than it was without him.
Is there any Niner you're more anxious to see suited up in Red and Gold on Friday than No. 84?
There's a long list of players I'm excited to see make their franchise debut, but Moss is undoubtedly at, or at the very least near, the top.
Cox Makes His Presence Felt
It may not be a huge surprise to see the future Hall of Fame WR Moss is already up to speed, but if you thought 25-year-old cornerback Perrish Cox would need some time to make an impact in camp, you thought wrong.
The former Denver Bronco instantly fit in with his new set of teammates, bringing a physical brand of play from one practice to the next.
Cox has been receiving a significant amount of reps as the nickel corner in the team's nickel package, and he has consistently earned praise from defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as well as the 49ers local beat writers.
From Cohn's Saturday practice recap:
Perrish Cox was a monster on the field today. He broke up a deep pass to the fastest player on the team – Ted Ginn Jr. – and then he landed the hit of the day on Dixon. Dixon was the lead blocker for Kendall Hunter on an outside run. Cox launched himself into Dixon as hard as he could and knocked the 240 pounder onto his back. The whole team roared, and Carlos Rogers yelled, “Get your weight up, A.D.!”
A 6'0", 190-pound defensive back who isn't afraid to lay into a 240-pound "power" back?
Welcome to the team, Perrish.
Manningham Making Himself At Home
Perhaps the most underrated member of the 49ers 2012 free-agent class, Mario Manningham, hasn't wasted any time learning the ins and outs of the 49ers offensive schemes.
The former Giant hasn't been hauling in the eye-popping grabs like Moss, but he's looked smooth and comfortable on the practice field, causing numerous 49er defenders to praise his skill set and hard-working mentality during interviews with the media.
The 6'6", 360-pound guard Leonard Davis hasn't shown any rust in the early stages of camp, and other free-agent additions like RB's Brandon Jacobs and Rock Cartwright have drawn a few compliments throughout camp as well.