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