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From the Field: Aug. 17 PM Practice

Posted by Taylor Price on August 17, 2010 – 4:00 PM

Mike Singletary is scheduled to speak to the media prior to Tuesday’s only practice of the day.

New 49ers running back Brian Westbrook just trotted out to the practice fields wearing his red No. 20 jersey.

Singletary said Westbrook’s addition won’t change the team’s expectations for the upcoming season. They were already high before the talented runner signed a one-year contract, the head coach said.

Wide receiver Brandon Jones is out on the practice field for the first time in more than a week. Jones was hampered by a hamstring injury but is lining up to field kicks during the opening special teams period. Josh Morgan is also returning kicks today. Rookie wideout Kyle Williams is out with a sprained big toe suffered Sunday against the Colts.

I’m positioned by the running back individual drills taking a closer look at Westbrook. First thing I’ve noticed is how low he gets to the ground during cone drills.

Outside linebacker Travis LaBoy is back practicing for the first time since suffering a concussion at the team’s lone practice in Monterey.

Several plays into first 7-on-7 period and Westbrook has yet to jump in. Looks like he’s only getting mental reps. He’s standing right by running backs coach Tom Rathman going over each play call.

During the period, Joe Nedney works on field goals on the adjacent field. He didn’t suit up against the Colts, but Singletary explained he knows what Nedney can do already.

Highlights from first team period included: a one-handed catch by Anthony Dixon on a quick pass out of the backfield and Alex Smith’s 40-yard deep touchdown to Ted Ginn Jr. down the left sideline over Shawntae Spencer’s coverage.

Not a serious note, but Andy Lee is wearing a black hat today. It’s important to note because he’s worn the same red 49ers hat for the last five years every day at practice.

Team works on two-minute offense with the soothing sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire blaring from speakers lining the practice fields to simulate crowd noise. Smith connects on first four passes. Make that six passes. Smith hits Gore in the right flat then completes comeback to Ginn, who makes amazing one-handed grab. Less than 40 ticks on the clock, Smith lasers deep end zone pass to Jason Hill for a touchdown.

That’s it for practice.

Here’s some reaction in the locker room after the conclusion of practice.

Across the board, the 49ers were excited to welcome Westbrook into the locker room on Tuesday.

“He works hard on and off the field,” said 49ers safety Michael Lewis, Westbrook’s former teammate with the Philadelphia Eagles. “He’s going to make some plays for us out there.”

One of Westbrook’s teammates at the 2004 Pro Bowl also was pleased in finding out the news Monday afternoon.

“I was definitely excited about that because I know he’s a great player,” cornerback Nate Clements said. “Over the years, he’s been a very explosive player. He’s a talented player and I’m happy to have him on our team.”

One of the 49ers largely responsible for opening running holes for Westbrook, tackle Joe Staley, said the addition of Westbrook was “huge” for the 49ers.

But before Westbrook can make an immediate impact he has to learn the playbook . It’s the first time in eight seasons Westbrook will have to learn a new offense. That’s why he spent most of his time during team periods going over plays with running backs coach Tom Rathman and other members of the 49ers offense.

“I’m just trying to learn the offense and get a grasp of things,” Westbrook said after his first practice with the 49ers. “Really, the hardest thing to do is sit on the sidelines and watch, but that’s probably the best way to learn.”

Westbrook said he’s been instructed to take things slow and learn the playbook before he sees action on the field. As for playing this Sunday in the 49ers preseason home opener, that will also be a decision made by Singletary.

“If you don’t know the plays, you’re wasting your time out there on the field. You have to learn the plays first and then we’ll go from there,” Westbrook said.

Rookie Responsibilities

It’s obvious that the 49ers offensive linemen have been working extremely hard on the practice fields during training camp. But what they’re not doing this year… is working over their rookie teammates to do countless amounts of chores.

“It’s training camp, their heads are spinning and we’ve eased off on them so they can learn that playbook,” Staley said. “But once the season comes, they’re definitely going to be doing chores.”

Staley didn’t have it as easy as a rookie in 2007. As the only newcomer to the offensive line, he was responsible for doing chores for the entire line, including random errands for former 49ers guard Larry Allen.

“I had to do everything, get Jamba Juices, go get snacks, food for the trips, breakfast in the morning, everything and anything they wanted – especially for Allen. He’d ask me for anything.

“He’d be like, ‘Hey rookie, I need this magazine, it’s only at this 7-11 and it’s 40 miles away. Go get it.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK…’ I would go get it, that’s the type of stuff we had to do. And I had to sing, which these guys haven’t had to do yet.”

Check out photos from Tuesday’s afternoon practice session.

Linebacker Parys Haralson has a laugh during stretching.

Offensive linemen work on snaps on the practice fields.

Vallejo native, wide receiver Bobby Guillory running a route at practice.

Head Coach Mike Singletary and VP of Player Personnel Trent Baalke chat during Tuesday’s practice.


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30 Responses to “From the Field: Aug. 17 PM Practice”

  1. By chris hosey on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    ok that just made the niners that much better go westbrook lets roll 9ers

  2. By ALV411 on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    I hope the addition of Westbrook can add to the offense in the style of the Niners of the past in the way of short passing game to the RB. Not that Gore can`t or isn`t that type of back, just hoping that he can give us an extra all purpose RB.

  3. By Kyle Hardee on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Lets go Niners!!!

  4. By william on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    westbrook is a good back. teams with good running backs have a one two punch. now we have a complete one two punch. the difference between the niners and other nfl teams is one we play hard until the clock strikes zero. and two they play like a unit . and our unit plays hard and still have fun

  5. By jesus silva on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    LETS GO NINERS THIS YEAR HAS TO BE OF GREAT EXPECTATIONS SO IM LOOKING FORWARD FOR THE SEASON TO START……LETS MAKE THIS SEASON ONE OF THE BEST……

  6. By Markofetti on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    the Niners haven’t been known to pick up BIG name FA’s in the recent past. I’m glad that they broke the ice with a player like Brian Westbrook. All those years I’ve disliked him when they came into Candlestick and handed it to us, but I’ve changed my tune. Welcome Mr. Westbrook!

  7. By TxNINER on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    LETS JUST SKIP TO THE REGULAR SEASON IM READY FOR MY NINERS TO BACK UP ALL THE TALKIN IVE BEEN DOING OUT HERE IN TX COWBOY COUNTRY LET GO NINERS

  8. By GregB on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Definitely a great pick-up. BWest still has some left in his tank and he’s ready to show it. Nothing but a plus for our offense, I love it. LETS GO NINERS!!!

  9. By Mosie on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    I was at this practice today, and all in all, we are looking pretty good!
    A few players that I saw that stood out to me were Ginn (#19) is showing some skills out there with returns and as receiver. He had a nice couple of grabs! And they are using Zeigler (#17) a lot, getting him into the rhythm of play with the first and second teams, he’s fast and seems to know the routes. Both O-lineman rookies, Davis (#76) & Iupati (#77) and looking the part and seem to be coming into their own when the 11 on 11 drills happened. Mays (#23) is really fast and precise; he’s going to be a great addition to the team and he’s bigger than he looks on film!

    As for our QB’s: Smith is having a much better showing than he did against the Colts in the first pre-season game. However he is still throwing high, and there were two times it almost got guys hurt in drills. Josh Morgan put himself out there to get and overthrown ball and came down badly and (I think) Reggie Smith landed flat on his back as the crowd groaned for his obvious pain from another over thrown ball.
    Also, Nate Davis was throwing pretty accurately and seemed to show a lot of natural ability; he just needs to learn to read the D better.

    I am excited to see the season unfold, and watch our team get into the post season this year!! Go NINERS!!!

  10. By Albert Blash Jr on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    GO 49ERS AM LOOKING FORWARD IN SEE U GUYS IN DALLAS NEXT YEAR BRING THAT SIX RING TO THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO BY THE WAY I LOOK FORWARD TO FRANK GORE RUSHING FOR 1500 AND CRABTREE CATCHING FOR 1300 AND DAVIS (MR. THE BEST TE IN THE NFL) 1100 AND THE OTHER WEAPONS DONT MAKE IT NO BETTER WHAT A TEAM WE GOT AND SUPER BOWL SOON TO BE CHAMPION DO YOUR THING

  11. By da9erzzz on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Holy Schnikees! Gore, Westbrook, Dixon…that is 3-headed monster that could just be headed to the SB this year. Westbrook is a true scat back, tail back kind of guy–quick and elusive. Gore is the man! He’s got a little Westbrook in him, but he’ll hit you in the mouth as well (one of the most complete backs in the game). Dixon also has a little Gore & Westbrook in him, but he is going to bring the thunder; just slammin’ fools to the turf! That is plenty for D’s to worry about, but then we’ll throw a little 11-85 on ‘em, or how about a little Crabtree? Po-ten-tial! Let’s get it on!

  12. By 5TimeChamp49er on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    1st oFF and Foremost… GO NINERS!!!! Seeing todays practiCe in person makes it THAT muCh more clear to me that Not only the Division, ..but the rest of the 31 Teams in the NFL better look out for Us!!!

  13. By Brian boogie on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    NEED ANOTHER VETERAN DEFENSIVE TACKLE TO HELP JUSTIN SMITH

  14. By big-9er on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Ya’ll messed up gettin rid of our return man
    leroy vann why would you waive one the best return guys on the team and keep guy’s that aint no good at returns,It was good when we had ginn/williams and vann (and you said you wanted to make our special team’s better) well why ya’ll stickin with these guy’s who aint no good just make’s no since(big mistake) we should’ve keep him.

  15. By michael A.jordan on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    All we need right now is for Alex smith to calm down and trust the O-Line’s protection because they are doing a great job! Know where he’s going with the ball before the play starts but look off first!

  16. By Ayo9ers on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    LETS GO NINERS IT’S ARE YEAR. I KNOW FRANK IS GOOD BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO USE WESTBROOK IN ARE OFFENSE. LAST BUT NOT LEAST ALEX PASS THE BALL TO YOUR WIDE OUTS NOT JUST THE RUNNING BACKS LET THE OTHER DEFENSE KNOW YOU GOT WEAPONS DOWN FIELD AND TO MR. WALKER CATCH THE ROCK,AND NATE YOU GOTTA COVER BETTER STOP GETTING BURNT.

  17. By leche de burro on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    We need to order up some BLACK Westbrook jerseys ASAP…for the cholos

  18. By matt merritt on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    I just hope the addition of Westbrook doesn’t lead to the practice squad for dixon. The way this rookie runs, he is not clearing waivers and we need to constantly think of the future. Our Backs are old in terms of the NFL with Gore and Westbrook at 30. Lets hope it does mean that we are cutting Robinson, who has never had the size, drive, or heart for the position.

  19. By kirk on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    westbrook is a tremendous addition if he can stay healthy and be teamed with gore on the field at the same time. it gives alex smith two of the best recieving backs in football for smith to check down to on any given pass play

  20. By Dale on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    LET’S GO NINERS…

  21. By Ian on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    What is it going to take for the coaches and management to realize that Alex Smith is not the answer? The 49ers are ready to compete on a high level at every position except for quarterback and the window of oppurtunity will not be open forever. Why didnt they make a play for McNabb?

  22. By Lamar Osborne on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    The City Is Excited And Has Expectaions For The Seasons To Come. This Is Our Year To Break The Walls Down And The League Knows It, Just Take A Look At The Schedule. MONDAY NIGHT Vs. Last Years Super Bowl Champs The Saints(At The Stick). SUNDAY NIGHT Vs The Eagles(At The Stick). In LONDON Vs. The Broncos. MONDAY NIGHT In Arizona. Thursday Night In San Diego. Oh Yes The Leagues Know Indeed. I Only Ask That Our Players Be Humble When They Shock The Rest Of The World, And Please Can You Wear the 94 Throwbacks This Season.

  23. By D-RAJ on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    ALEX BETTER GET IT DONE THIS YEAR.HE HAS WEAPONS GORE,CRABTREE,DAVIS,MORGAN AND A BETTER O-LINE. NO MORE EXCUSES ALEX!!!

  24. By jose sanchez on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    49ers are pretty much set. One thing that caught my attention on the first preseason game was that the recievers dropped to many passes. They were accurate to! i hope we aint disappointed

  25. By 9eray on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    guys westbrook is definitely a household name..especially in 9er fan households.it is exciting to think of him on our team.i hope he can perform like he has before but let us be realistic on the types of injuries hes had.he is vunereable in several ways..i dont want to bring the man down in any way..he’s in the NFL for crying out loud..im just saying for us the fans..be realistic. B.W. if you make a fool out of me i will love u..hopefully for more than 1 year!! best of luck man.. we are are nothing short of a super bowl caliber team and a proven champ for a coach so hopefully our weakest link can finally tighten up..mr.smith,best of wishes to you as well. we believe in you..Lets Go Getm Boys!

  26. By Israel Urbina III on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    This is the yr 9er Nation. Crabtree = pro bowl – Davis =pro bowl – Staley = pro bowl – Gore = probowl – Willis = pro bowl – Singletary = Coach of the YR. ” D ” = # 1 Defense in league… What more need i say. Coach has us on track. Great job. If only we could be a #1 pass rusher. Imagine the opposing QB”S having to throw it that much faster with Spencer & Clements out there in the condition I keep hearing about. LETS GO 9ER’S..LETS GO 9ER”S

  27. By James on Aug 21, 2010 | Reply

    Strange see Westbrook in the best colors in the NFL but at least we wont have to worry about having to stop this guy this year go 49ers!!!

  28. By Goldigga49er on Aug 21, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with the expectations of the Super Bowl. We got FIRE and it’s going to burn this year. If Alex can’t cut it, I hope Carr can fill his shoes. It’s going to be a sweet season. I really want to get to the NFC playoffs to beat the Cowboys beacuse I need to silence some Cowgirl fans. Like the good ol’ days. GO NINERS. Let’s make history.

  29. By George on Aug 21, 2010 | Reply

    Our 49ers… Where will they go this year?!! We have some good talent in key positions, and a bunch of young receivers that are going to make a name for themselves. Picking up Westbrook on a one year contract demonstrates the hunger to make an impact in the league this year. One thing makes me uncomfortable… The talent in the QB position! Alex, stop being tentative… you are playing scared and have done so since being in the league. You look unsure and uncomfortable out there like. Not trying to be a pessimist, but I’m still waiting to see hunger in your eyes… Till then the team will remain average or below average. Good luck!

  30. By Rosie on Apr 9, 2011 | Reply

    MxED2n Ppl like you get all the brains. I just get to say thanks for he answer.

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