With Organized Team Activities in full swing at 49ers headquarters, there’s plenty of headlines to examine.
Bay Area media attended Tuesday’s and provided several details from the voluntary workout. Without wasting time, let’s get right to the “deets” as the beat writers like to say.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along notes, including insight on a two-minute drill that concluded practice. Maiocco: “Quarterback Alex Smith hit Randy Moss on a 45-yard pass down the right sideline against unsuspecting rookie cornerback Deante’ Purvis. Moss gave no indication the ball was en route and Purvis never turned around as Moss gently reached up to catch the pass and stepped out of bounds. The 49ers’ first-team offense scored on Smith’s short-pass to Kyle Williams on fourth down.”
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, writes that Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams have been the best-looking wide receivers in the offseason. Barrows: “Williams looked quick and fluid last year. If it’s possible, he looks more so this year. Having said that, first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins appears decidedly more comfortable than he did during the rookie minicamp three weeks ago. He made a nice diving catch in traffic on a throw from Scott Tolzien during 7-on-7 drills.”
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News shares his notes and quotes from practice, too. Inman: “ Odd scene: Patrick Willis returning a kickoff. No, seriously, he did. But don’t make anything more of it than a fun sideshow on a May day.”
More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
According to Inman, backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick is most eager to get preseason games underway. The second-year signal caller said he’s “leaps and bounds” from where he was last offseason.
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle details the snapping competition that’s taking place this summer between Brian Jennings and free agent addition Brian Pontbriand. Branch: “If 49ers long snapper Brian Jennings plays in his 13th straight full season in 2012, he will tie the franchise record for consecutive games played with 208.”
Branch also shares the comments from running back Brandon Jacobs, who’s looking to play under 260 pounds for the first time in his NFL career.
CSNBayArea.com provides video of Jacobs’ conversation with the press.
Branch also details the comments of cornerback Tarell Brown, who aims to lead the NFL in interceptions this coming season. Branch: “Cornerback Tarell Brown is so confident he’ll make a big impression this year, he’s betting a game check on it. The 49ers starter tweeted recently that he’ll donate a game’s worth of salary to one of his three foundations if he doesn’t win land in next year’s Pro Bowl. That’s quite a statement for only a second-year starter.”
CSNBayArea.com provides video of Brown’s comments.
ESPN’s NFL Live panel recently discussed the NFC West division in a one-hour special. Catch the re-air this Saturday at 5:30 a.m. PT on ESPN2 (DVR alert).
Sam Monson of ProFootballFocus.com lists Patrick Willis as the ideal prototype for a 3-4 inside linebacker.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com lists Vernon Davis and Andy Lee as the third-best performers at tight end and special teams, respectively. Jeremiah on Davis: “There were several excellent candidates for this final spot. Veterans like Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gatescontinue to perform at a high level, while the league is loaded with athletic youngsters at the position like Aaron Hernandez,Brandon Pettigrew and Jermichael Finley. However, several of the coaches and executives I spoke with voiced very strong support for Davis. His numbers might trail some of the other superstars’ marks, but he is a more dynamic and explosive threat in the passing game. During the 49ers’ postseason run, he caught 10 balls for 292 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 29.2 yards per catch (!). If Davis had the luxury of playing in a pass-first offense with a top-tier quarterback, he would post numbers similar to those accumulated by Gronkowski and Graham.”
Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News lists Aldon Smith among his top 10 outside linebackers in the game today.
Lastly, 49ers.com’s OTA coverage included: A.J. Jenkins catching on quickly at multiple positions, wide receiver coach John Morton’s press pass video, Ahmad Brooks’ growing confidence and David Akers’ busy offseason.
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