The Forty Niner Way is in full effect at 4949 Centennial Blvd. The 49ers had a crisp and effective start to 2012 training camp on Friday, putting together a high energy practice session with coach Jim Harbaugh in the middle of the action.
Veteran receiver Randy Moss was at the center of the media spotlight on Friday as he spoke in a press conference for the first time since signing his free-agent deal with the 49ers in March. Harbaugh and Alex Smith also took to the podium and sounded eager to begin working towards a sixth Lombardi Trophy for the organization.
#Camp49 is back in action and today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best comments, practice notes and observations from the field. Those stories and more after the jump.
Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group writes about the similar personalities shared by Harbaugh and Moss. Kawakami: “There’s no doubt that Moss has happily assumed the leadership role Harbaugh asked him to take and that Harbaugh was canny to stake Moss to it.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee also offered his first impressions of Randy Moss in a 49ers uniform. Barrows: “Moss, whose public image has taken a beating over 13 NFL seasons and four different teams, struck all the right notes Friday in his first media session since March. He came off as loose, friendly, optimistic and eager to please.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com relayed Harbaugh’s comments that the 49ers have five No. 1 receivers heading into the 2012 season: “The five players Harbaugh mentioned are the veterans: Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams.”
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle was also impressed with Moss’ first meeting with the media as a member of the 49ers. Branch: “Today, Moss said he embraced the role of elder statesman, saying the younger players gave him a pep in his step, and repeatedly invoked his passion for the game, twice noting he’s played football since he was 6. Moss was cryptic about the reasons for his one-year ‘retirement’ last year, saying he’d divulge the details in a book that will come out ’10 to 15 years from now.'”
Maiocco also examined the developing relationship between Smith and Moss as they enter their first training camp as teammates. Maiocco: “There should be a lot of learning on the practice field, as Smith finds himself with new receivers. Moss, who took part in the team’s offseason program, calls it a work in progress.”
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group wrote a detailed practice notebook, while Barrows noted free-agent CB Perrish Cox had a nice start to training camp and Branch reviewed Moss’ performance and linked to some of the receiver’s impressive college highlights.
49ers.com also brought you comprehensive coverage of the first day of camp, including a look at Randy Moss and a training camp report. Moss told reporters he felt rejuvenated on Friday and you can click here see a photo gallery of the team’s first training camp session. We also have exclusive construction updates on the new Santa Clara Stadium. (Video/Photos/Story)
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