While the 49ers have had arguably the best punter in the game the past few seasons, the same can’t be said for their kicking game. Last year Special teams play hurt San Francisco during the regular season and again in Super Bowl. So far in 2013, the 49ers have shored up this weakness, and continue to strengthen their argument as the most complete team in the league.
The 49ers had two big holes to fill this offseason, with the departure of Dashon Goldson and the release of David Akers. It would be impossible to have any sustained success with question marks at both positions, but after the Week 1 performances of Phil Dawson and Eric Reid, it appears that the 49ers have found a short-term replacement for Akers, and long-term answer for Goldson.
Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium’s tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area—his first major move in more than a decade.
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You can watch new San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin flash across the middle of the practice field, then turn to snag a Colin Kaepernick dart – just as Michael Crabtree did a year ago.
The 49ers signed former Browns place-kicker Phil Dawson, a Pro Bowl selection who ranked second in field goal percentage last season.
The Super Bowl runner-up 49ers found their man to replace David Akers, signing veteran Browns free agent Phil Dawson to a one-year contract Tuesday after he spent the day at team headquarters.