Once again the 49ers are back on the field for another practice session at team headquarters in Santa Clara. I wonder if the competitiveness from the morning “ownership period” will carry over into the afternoon.
It’s a lot cooler this now than it was on Tuesday. The players are in shells, and several veterans are getting a practice courtesy, which means they won’t participate.
Individual drills are taking place on both fields at the moment. Check back for more updates as practice unfolds.
Defensive backs are playing a game of hot potato in two groups. Karl Paymah and Curtis Taylor met in the finals, with the veteran Paymah taking the win.
Seven-on-seven period begins with Alex Smith completion over the middle to wide receiver Josh Morgan for a five-yard gain.
Next play, Smith finds Morgan again on a comeback down the left sideline over Paymah. Great extension by Morgan to make sideline grab. Smith completes another sideline route to Ted Ginn Jr. and another crossing route to Dominique Zeigler.
Just like the Vikings game, Smith is 4-of-4 to start.
Make that 5-of-5, Anthony Dixon runs great route out of the backfield and catches Smith’s quick pass. Smith completes six straight pass to Ginn on a short hitch route, and seventh to Ginn on a skinny post down the left hashmarks.
It’s now a perfect 8-for-8 to close the period as Smith found rookie tight end Nate Byham over the middle.
Team period is up next.
A couple of plays into 11-on-11 work, defense gets revenge when rookie cornerback Phillip Adams breaks up Smith’s sideline route intended for Zeigler.
Smith closes first team period with 20-yard completion to Ginn.
Offense is now driving down the field against the defense in a situational drive. After the first-team picked up a first down, second-team trotted out to take over. And once second O moved the chains, Smith and first O came back in again. However, they were unable to score on deep pass to Ginn, who had one foot out of bounds when making the catch in the back right corner of the end zone.
Reggae music now playing at practice for second drive.
Offense faces fourth-and-five from their 31-yard line, but Smith overthrows a streaking Morgan down the right hashmarks.
That’s it for practice, we’ll post photos from the session shortly.
Alex Smith and the first-tem offense was very efficent during 7-on-7 work, but the defense stepped up and made it difficult for them during the team period.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught a short out route, and safety Reggie Smith was right there for the would-be tackle.
Rookie running back Anthony Dixon saw a lot of action this afternoon. On this play he leaked out of the backfield and caught a swing pass from Smith.
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