How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch


David Carr, 49ers QB. NFL teams are not rushing out to hire reporters for personnel jobs, but if you can find a positive media review from Carr's debut at the 49ers' organized team activities, be sure to pass it along. "If there's a training camp competition -- if it’s CLOSE AT ALL between presumed No. 1 Alex Smith and Carr -- then the 49ers are in some trouble," Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News wrote, "because Carr’s not the answer." The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows used the word "frazzled" to describe what he saw from the 49ers' new backup passer, softening the description by noting that any quarterback might appear that way in his first practice with a new team. "The thing that immediately caught the eye," Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat wrote, "was his throwing motion, which appears unorthodox -- similar to a dart thrower." Hey, 49ers quarterbacks haven't thrown enough darts over the years, and it is early. So far, though, not so good.


Joey Porter, Cardinals OLB. I was saving a spot for Porter in the "falling" section until authorities in Bakersfield, Calif., decided against filing charges against him following a DUI-related arrest. Porter's stock did take an initial hit and the incident isn't something he'll display proudly on his résumé, but the quick about-face from authorities was a welcome development for Porter and the Cardinals. The team recently agreed to pay a $4 million signing bonus to Porter as part of a three-year deal. The NFL processed the contract Monday, just as it was appearing Porter might be in line for league discipline. That would have been bad. But Porter can now participate in the Cardinals' offseason program without directing any of his energies toward the legal process. The story should be a non-issue when the team reports for training camp, which is another bonus.