Each day during training camp, it seems like a different receiver has stepped up and stolen the show. This is clearly the most talented receiving corps the 49ers have had in quite some time, but it was a familiar face that stood out during Tuesday morning’s practice – none other than Arnaz Battle.
The veteran is entering his seventh year with the team, but looks as good this year as he ever has – maybe better. Battle looked strong in 1-on-1 drills against the cornerbacks on Tuesday, beating the coverage of Dre’ Bly on two out patterns. He also showed no love for his fellow Golden Domer, making a terrific over the shoulder grab against Terrail Lambert in the end zone.
“It’s all about coming out and competing,” Battle said. “One-on-one drills gives us a good chance to go against the DB’s and work against press coverages, off-coverages and work on our technique. We take pride in it and we actually keep track of who’s winning, defensive backs or receivers.”
Battle’s play certainly helped the receivers’ score today and throughout most of camp. After battling a foot injury for most of last season, Battle is finally 100-percent and it shows.
“It’s nice to be healthy so I can come out here and compete,” Battle said. “I had time off to take care of my body to prepare myself for this training camp. I feel like I’m benefiting from it right now.”
Head coach Mike Singletary also continued the “Nutcracker” drill where players line up man against man with the instruction to try to “go through” their opponent.
The session only lasted a few minutes, but the best matchup of the day had to be Chilo Rachal and Kentwan Balmer. The two locked horns with neither man gaining much ground.
Balmer was nicked up later in practice however with a left knee sprain. Guard David Baas suffered a foot strain and running back Michael Robinson had a groin strain. They are all being evaluated.
The team hits the field again this afternoon. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky spoke to the media after practice. We also spoke with Takeo Spikes, Manny Lawson and Aubrayo Franklin and will profile the 2009 49ers defense later today.
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