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Morning Tailgate: May 30

Posted by Taylor Price on May 30, 2012 – 10:00 AM

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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12 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: May 30”

  1. By DYENNY on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    GO 49ERS ! CANT WAIT JUST TO SEE A PRE SEASON GAME. I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE LOSING IN THE PRE SEASON AND JED YORK WAS IN THE BOX. AND SAID WE WENT UNDEFEATED IN PRE SEASON LAST YEAR . AND DIDNT MAKE PLAYOFFS BUT THIS YEAR WE ARE GOING TO BE GOOD . SO REMEMBER PRESEASON IS TO TRY DIFF. PLAYERS AND POSITIONS

  2. By DYENNY on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    WE ARE CLOSE WE HAVE THE BEST COACHES , FROM HEADCOACH TO SPECIAL TEAMS COACH TO TRAINERS . GOD BLESS THE 49ERS. GOOD JOB SCOUTS FOR REALLY FINDING A GREAT DRAFT.

  3. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    love what harbaugh and fangio have done with the team that coach singletary tried to build. I mean,this is what singletary probably had in mind when he started building this defense but didnt have the coaching skills needed to bring it all together.harbaugh and fangio come in,add some key players in key potions,and,waah lah,13-3,NFC chmpionship game. as a long-time 49er fan,I am being realistic about this up-coming season.I see all these posts saying”wer’e going un-defeated”,or we are going to the super bowl”,lets just start by winning the 1st game of the year @ green bay,to try and repeat last years success is a stretch. alex only threw 5 picks,but I saw alot more that should have been picked.stuff like that you cant try and copy,only try and improve on. look,im not saying we wont go 13-3 or 12-4,but our objective as a team is to win the division,and try to secure a 1st round bye in the play-off’s,whatever win loss record we have is fine with me as long as we win the division and make the play-offs,after that,who knows? hoping for a super bowl berth is all we can do at this point,but I have faith isnt that why we are called,”THE FAITHFUL” ?

  4. By TheRock49 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    True that #1 D-FENSE. Win the West, no matter what it takes. Pound and Control the Football. I like the Airiel Attack that we are going to have this season.Wich will open it up for best season GORE has ever had,with Jacobs,Hunter,Mcmicheal all contributing.Our D will still be the Rock that holds it all together. It will be tuff as Hell to have a 28+ takeaway pct, 5 INT’s (with all the weapons that we have). But it will be easier to beat the stat of 31st on third downs conversions. And not letting Akers beat Jerry’s single season pts record.
    Come on Offense let’s give that D all the help you can. Peace to all NINERS !!!!

  5. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    the competition is hot and only making our players better and better ….hot stuff and only means we will be even better when season starts ….keep up the intensity guys work hard and seek the rewards …..best off season for a while now ….GO NINERS ……ROCK ON

  6. By rjdniner on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    11yrs That post you didn’t mention Alex I can give you a 5 out of 10, if you’re trying to better your reputation you got a lot more to do, I’ll give you some credit for that……

  7. By DYENNY on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    HEY EVERYTHING IVE READ TODAY IS IS REALLY RIGHT ON POINT EVEN ALEX 11. REALLY WOULD LIKE TO GO 13- 3 BUT ITS A TOUGH SCHEDULE AND I WAS THINKING 12 -4 /// BUT WE SHOWED LAST YEAR WE CAN BEAT TEAMS ON THE ROAD . WE NEED DIVISION 1ST THAT GIVES US A HOME GAME IN 1ST ROUND AND NOW WE HAVE BEEN THERE. AND WE KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO GO GET 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO NINERS

  8. By dave g. on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    NINERS!!!!!!!!

  9. By NinerFanFromTonga on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    With Harbaugh at the helm, I like our team philosophy…”one game at a time.” Keep humble, work hard, and never take your eyes off the target will translate into more wins than loses. Goooooooooooo Niners. I am stoked. We have a good team, a good coaching staff, with the right direction and purpose. I like our whole organization from players to the front office, they are good people.

  10. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    the staff is all in….. they are so focused and so fired up they dont even think about anything else but training ….and training the best way to win a superbowl…..GO NIIIIIINERS ………

  11. By Basil on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    13-3 ,, 9-7 doesn’t matter ! what does is that we keep our eye on the prize. and at the end of the day/season we’re there!
    One game at a time ……… ya gotta believe!
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  12. By rjdniner on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Basil Am waiting to see those first 4 games, am enjoying watching Jim and the way he, s handling the media.

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