Peterson back to his best

The 49ers plan to let linebacker Julian Peterson rush the quarterback more than he ever has in the past.

Updated: August 13, 2005, 1:02 PM ET
By John Clayton |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Here are five observations on the San Francisco 49ers, based on their Aug. 11 practice:

It will be tough for Alex Smith to complete 60 percent of his passes in his rookie season because the team is so understaffed at wide receiver. The franchise that once boasted the skills of Jerry Rice and John Taylor has Arnaz Battle and Brandon Lloyd as its starting receivers. Battle, a former sixth-round choice from Notre Dame who has just eight career catches, is considered the team's best wide receiver. In his first two seasons, Battle was one of the team's best special teams players.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer