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Morning Tailgate: June 6

Posted by Taylor Price on June 6, 2012 – 9:33 AM

For some time it was believed that Brandon Jacobs would be the biggest addition to the 49ers backfield in a literal sense.

Not anymore.

With 293-pound defensive tackle Will Tukuafu practicing at fullback this offseason in addition to maintaining his defensive line duties, the 49ers might have found an additional blocker for Jacobs and the 49ers running backs.

“Will’s doing a great job athletically,” Jim Harbaugh said after Tuesday’s OTA session, per Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

Tukuafu even caught a short touchdown pass from Alex Smith during situational red zone work. The second-year defensive lineman who had his 2011 season cut short from a wrist injury, didn’t seek extra attention from his offensive efforts.

Instead, Tukuafu declined to comment on playing fullback, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

The humble, hard-working player made it clear it was for good reason and that he’d potentially talk to the media down the road.

“See if I make the team first,” Tukuafu said. “Got to graduate first.”

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Maiocco recently sat down with Smith to discuss the quarterback’s remarkable postseason performance against the New Orleans Saints and a certain photo where both men shared a similar expression.

Maiocco also expands on the positive comments made by Harbaugh on cornerback Perrish Cox, who’s looking to crack the 49ers defensive back rotation.

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle shares Harbaugh’s comments on seventh-round pick Cam Johnson, who will be out of action until training camp. Branch: “Johnson, a seventh-round pick, will be back for training camp in late July, said Harbaugh, who declined to specify the nature of Johnson’s injury.”

Clifton Brown of The Sporting News lists 49ers tight end Vernon Davis as his third-best tight end in the NFL. Brown: “His stats don’t compare to some tight ends, but his talent is off the charts. Davis showed he was a big-time player during the postseason, making clutch catches as Alex Smith’s go-to receiver. Davis plays with passion and physicality, and he will become even more difficult to contain if the 49ers get more consistent play from their wide receivers.”

Mindi Bach of CSNBayArea.com writes that Davis is enjoying the offense’s continuity under coordinator Greg Roman. Bach: “Davis has played under six different offensive coordinators in his six-year career. He says this offseason is the first time he’s been able to not focus on the Xs and Os, and instead work on technique.”

CSNBayArea.com shares video of Davis’ comments, as well as an interview with defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois.

Lastly, 49ers.com’s OTA coverage included with a look at cornerback Chris Culliver’s development, and defensive back Cory Nelms’ work on both sides of the ball.


Information on the 49ers 2012 Fan Fest presented by HP was released this morning. See you in August at “The ‘Stick.”

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29 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: June 6”

  1. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    awesome,the team is working hard to get better in all aspects of the game,and that will only make the whole squad better. looking forward to seeing how the offense will look with all the new wr’s we have,things are for sure looking good for the 49ers and us fans

  2. By TheRock49 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    The Fridge who? We’ve got Takuafa possibly running in the backfield. With the Rath Man still in charge of our backs, there is only yards of Destruction ahead for this year. What I think is going to be a great Offensive season to go with that great “D”, will have more trickery than last year. Getting back to the West Coast Offense that we invented and everyone else uses. Peace out to all NINERS.

  3. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    wow again now with davis and the number of offensive nators ….come on he performed even with the so called coordinator excuse as did everyone accept …alex of course who always had his …we will get better speech ready to go everytime he fell flat ….not one other player has lagged so bad as 7 years of alex has and not 1 has looked back …..so tired of excuses the guy has no talent accept hight and maybe the ability to take lots of sacks …….keep up the good work guys you will need to do your work and carry alex ou8nce again this year …..i feel for you guys …but maybe things will change

  4. By time2speakup on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Cannot help but wonder now how long it’s going to take the rest of the NFL to catch up to Harbaugh’s methods and teachings. It is apparent already that, while he awaited an NFL HC gig, this man spent an awful lot of time creating various offensive scenarios that defy the so-called NFL stndards. By the end of this coming season, I get a strong sense that Harbaugh will be recognized with having “re-invented the NFL wheel” at least from the O side (the Bears and “Fridge” only scratched the surface when they imitated the Niners).

  5. By time2speakup on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    On that thought of “re-inventing” it just came back to me that Harbaugh’s coaching idol Bill Walsh did pretty much the same. It’s beautiful how history seems to be repeating itself (and we get to go along for the ride and enjoy – Wow).

  6. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    we saw alot of 2 TE formations last year,from our team as well as new england,detroit,and a few others,and I heard on some sports show that we will see even more of the 2 TE sets and formations around the league from all teams,calling it a new style offense for the NFL,now correct me if I am wrong,but didnt coach walsh’s early 49er teams use 2 TE sets? russ francis,charlie young,john frank,brent jones,jamie williams,wesley walker,just to name a few,so the way I see it,coach harbaugh is just brigning back coach walsh’s early system of tight end usage to the nfl,my god man we are gunna be un-stoppable this year,the waitng is the hardest part

  7. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    great post time2speakup,it got me thinking of coach walsh and our early glory years,its great to be a 49er fan,we have weathered the storm of the last 9 years and are being rewarded for it with coach harbaugh’s systems and way of coaching,the best move jed york made was the hiring of coach harbaugh and his staff,,THANK YOU MR. JED YORK!!!

  8. By bojo49ers on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    i see the roster its much deep, i think the defense will hold out this year, offense wise is great like i said its deep, my only concern is the o-line, we need to improve in this section, if it does , where going all the way..no doubt.”NINERSBABY!!!!

  9. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    coach and staff allready deserve kudos …….if they pull off the superbowl then who knows maybe Harbaugh for prez ….ill vote for em

  10. By TheRock49 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    I guess it would be safe to say that ” HARBAUGH Is the second coming of WALSH”. I like that a lot !! Not to mention it’s nice to come on these Blogs and read all the positive things that NINER fans have to say. But one thing I need to ask 11 years with Alex. Are you really a NINER fan ? Because myself being Born and Raised in the city, you kinda sound like a Raider fan haten on Alex with the negativity. I have never played quarterback in the NFL. But I am pretty sure having 6 different O cordinators in 7 yrs couldn’t be easy. The bottom line is that ALEX is our quarterback. So get the Fu.. Off his back! Peace Out to all NINERS.

  11. By Basil on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    jackson made him a winner, no need for change!

  12. By rjdniner on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy all you are is a paper weight made of lead.

  13. By TheRock49 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy I thought we talk Football here. Compareing Alex to MJ is like -compareing Alex to Joe, not even in the same league of talent. So you don’t think that Alex improved and stepped up from years past ? And you and your buddy 11 yrs ,weren’t going crazy when he had the last minute drive with VD.
    He’s already worked on his mechanics with the pitching coach, full off season of practice. And you don’t think he will be better this year?

  14. By TheRock49 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Here is what I know good,bad or indifferent . Alex is our quarterback( our stands for NINER fans) and just like a marriage ,we have to accept him for the good as well as the bad. Last I checked he will be starting opening game and I will be shouting here we go NINERS ,like I do every game,every year. (Good or Bad).
    So don’t hate just appreciate what we have, “THE SAN FRANCISCO FORTY NINERS”. Peace out to all NINERS.

  15. By NinerFanFrmTonga on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    TheRock49/……..don’t even engage jerome or 11yrs in a discussion on Alex Smith, they are dead set on him being a bust. They will not change even if AS win us a few superbowls. They’ll always give the credit to other factors aside from him. Those two are losers and are a complete waste of the precious freedom those good men who died on D-Day this day so many years ago, they don’t appreciate the efforts of a good man trying to win for us Niners fans, in spite of all the odds he had to deal with in the first six years of his career.

    Go Niners, all the way to the super-bowl.

  16. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    man i mean you guys run over my posts and only see alex there ….the coach is off the hook and will roll this league with his schemes and brilliant mind for football …that being said the only reason alex keeps coming up is because everyone who played with him for the last 7 years has improved to be awesome players ..look at bowman a 2 year guy with his name in lights right next to willis and why because he has drive and skill …wich alex does not have he sits there and throws the ball ..well tries ….and thats it he doesnt have the nack to look off safeties or pump fake or even his fake hand off is garbage ….he is out there because he is tall and the niners have sooooo much money invested they are lookin to try and even make a back up spot out of him

  17. By layzie16 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    ELEVENYEARSWITHALEX stfu already…your sh!t gets old dude…you know nothing about football and im sure if you did you would be a coach some where but you arent…y??? cause you suck and hate on somebody who has had success…just stfu already…GOD id rather be locked in a room with Hitler or Bin Laden than have to listen to your lil immature rants…you are the worst “fan” ever…please do us all a favor and go root on the Seahawks

  18. By dave g. on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Ha Ha Ha! Well said layzie16. Eleven Years & his girlfriend Jeromy Lipton are the biggest idiots. Thats all they ever do…just take shots after shots after shots of Alex. Nevermind that Harbaugh believes in Alex RIGHT? What does he know? They know better than Harbaugh. HAAAAAAAAA!

  19. By Ladybug on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Gee, I was hoping to come back from my vacation and see that 11 and Jeromy the brat, have begun to be true fans….appreciating the work the WHOLE team is doing, and strides the WHOLE team has made.

    I know all the rest of you guys are positive and supportive. Too bad those two spoil the blog with their stupid rants.

  20. By knotsf415 on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    @ ELEVEN YEARS OF ALEX: Were you saying all this when Alex won games in the 4th quarter or the games he helped the team win in the playoffs? I’m 100% sure that you put the elite quarterbacks in the same situation that he was in for the past 7 years, and they would be in the same exact situation that he’s in. With no OTA’s last year and learning YET another new offense, he’s TD/Interception ratio was 3/1 and put them in position to head to the Superbowl. Stop with your bashing already, it’s old and unwanted. I’m almost positive you’re a silver/black fan with all that hate you’re putting out, shame.

  21. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    About my Goldson comment a couple days ago…I dont think he should be holding the team hostage and I dont agree with the hold out But I was just stressing the importance of getting it done and I know we all have huge confidence in our defense but not having Goldson is a huge loss….I read somebody said something about Robinson replacing him that cant be serious the kid is a rookie. Just getting worried with dashon not around.

  22. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    Not to mention dashon and whitner are really close…we def dont want this affecting whitners game

  23. By David Whitaker on Jun 6, 2012 | Reply

    11 years with Alex, why don’t you go find another team to tearup only 49ers faithful wanted here we back all of our players, and will always root for them. Alex will be leading us to the SB this year mark my words

  24. By marcos g on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    11 years and and jeromy are lovers!

  25. By rjdniner on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ladybug those two love the attention that they get, the only way that those two will be quite is that Alex makes those long throw’s to our receiver’s and we beat the packers. at least for a week anyway .

  26. By Basil on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    food for thought, what if Goldson should sign this one year tag and then got hurt? He’s looking out for number one. He’s 27 now and will be 28 this year! With that in mind I can understand why the holdout, this is his moment in the sun and could well be his last chance to get ‘that’ contract.
    I love my Niners but with that being said, we have no qualms
    in cutting a player, its a business? Look at what we did to Joe!
    I have to wonder with the Franchise tag who’s holding who hostage?

    @layzie16: poor choice.

  27. By Basil on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    rjd: ‘jeromy aka 11′ has no idea of what 9ers football is about!
    Team win, Team loss he/they doesn’t get it, probably never will ‘tunnel vision’ Alex Smith is the root of all evil, probably why Goldson and HQ haven’t got things worked out?

  28. By rjdniner on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Basil I won’t trust those two to coach anybody kids in Pop Warner football.

  29. By rjdniner on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    If Robinson does go to safety a lot of teams will try to air it out, maybe he’ll get time at that position during the preseason and we have to look at the future. I was hoping that they would have that done and over with. Goldson contract that is .

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