Mike Singletary did his players a solid, canceling Friday’s morning practice. But the team is back to work for a pad-less afternoon practice.
I’ll pass along practice highlights and observations as we go along. Currently the offense and defense are going over substitution procedures – the ones they’ll use this Sunday in the preseason home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
Specifically, the offense is working on killing the clock and having the field goal team run on the field and set up in time to make a game-winning kick.
Ted Ginn Jr. was the only player to field kicks with the first-team kickoff return unit.
Currently the 49ers are going over each special teams scenario. And once again, Patrick Willis is participating as a scout team player. He’s having fun, giving the first punt team a good look. He even matched up outside against a gunner, cornerback Tarell Brown. The two shared a laugh after Brown did his best to get around the Pro Bowl inside linebacker.
During individual drills I caught up with team radio color analyst Gary Plummer who’s watching practice for a better perspective for his Sunday’s broadcast.
Team period begins with emphasis on third-and-one plays. The tempo of practice looks to be scaled down or more of a “teaching tempo” as the coaches like to call it.
Defensive linemen have yet to register a training camp interception, but that just changed. Isaac Sopoaga picked off Nate Davis’ screen pass attempt, demonstrating great hands and awareness on the play.
Play of the day happened to be the final play – Jarrett Brown found wideout Bobby Guillory down the right sideline with defenders draped all over him. Guillory caught the ball with full extension of both arms, excellent way to close out practice.
New 49ers running back Brian Westrbook running with the football in open space.
Tags: Bobby Guillory, Frank Gore, Ted Ginn Jr.
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