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Morning Tailgate: July 28

Posted by Alex Espinoza on July 28, 2012 – 11:02 AM

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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16 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: July 28”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    quoteing jerry rice …alex it is time to take off the diaper ….if he thinks he is all good then let him prove it …the world knows alex was coddled and even though the offensive coordinator said as of week 8 all plays were available to alex …all audibles all shifts …everything and yet still mediocre alex boo hoo couldnt find anyone wide open …..this is the NFL not college you dont get wide open unless someone fails covergae …you have to be able to throw the ball and let the receiver do his job after the QB has done his and put the ball to the receivers advantage ….alex will never be able to do that ..so why do we sit here with a all pro team that trains and bleeds to be the next superbowl winners and give them alex who may or may not show up to play even average

  2. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    this is it for alex he either steps up or send him to retirement …the future is no so good for alex

  3. By When will the madness end? on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    It is what it is. It’s been too long. I’d rather see Kaep get all this play and patience. Kaepernick will make mistakes and he will learn. He could be an absolute BEAST. He’s definitely got potential. When the hell will enough be enough with Smith?

  4. By rjdniner on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    11yrs you’re the one that needs to retired.

  5. By auburnnights on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    11 Years -

    Is that how old you are?

  6. By dgon on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    11yrs is either a Raider or Cowboy fan. Middle aged, single and lonely. Doesnt like his job. Drinks Natural Ice and lives on Little Ceasars pizza. He posts those comments in between visits to porn sites. And wishes he coulda went to Penn State.

  7. By gary potter on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    11: look at all your ups on your posts. why hell don’t you give up?? you are truly pathetic.

  8. By gary potter on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    dgon: beautiful

  9. By DYENNY on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    IM BACK THATS RIGHT WITH THE FACTS . GOTTA LOVE THE DAVIS SIGNING AND MOSS WOW LOOKS LIKE HE DID 5 YEARS AGO . LOVE HARBOUGHS QUOTE I HAVE 5 # 1 RECEIVERS.WE HAVE THE PERFECT MIX OF VETS / 4/5 YEAR GUYS AND GREAT ROOKIES. THIS IS THE YEAR TO DO GREAT THINGS WITH A WHOLE CAMP EVERYONE HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF WHOLE PLAY BOOK. CANT WAIT GOOOOOOOOOOOOO NINERRRRRRRRRRS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By DYENNY on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    FOR ALL YOU NEW COMERS 11 YEARS WITH ALEX IS A COWBOY FAN TRYING TO GET A REACTION FROM YOU DONT PLEASE THE GUY HE DONT KNOW ABOUT HIS OWN TEAM SO DONT PLEASE HIM . THIS IS THE ONLY TIME ALL SEASON I WILL COMMENT OR TYPE HIS IDIOT NAME

  11. By rjdniner on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey auburn nights the town in placer co is that were your from, if so is the smoke shop still there.?

  12. By gary potter on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    11: response to your idiot post on AS having full knowledge of playbook after week 8. you know at least i think you know LOL AS didn’t call the plays. get a life.

  13. By jeromy on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    enuff of the wa wa wa, we will see soon whether he will show anything different or not, just keeping thinking of excuses for him, you probably will need them

  14. By gary potter on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy: you came out of your hole good boy we missed your knowledge. you and 11 get on same page little boy. he will tell you what to say.

  15. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    oh sorry huge niner fan and still waiting for 6-0 …and even 9-0 …problem is after 7 years alex still shows no signs of being better or even above average …you tools who want to settle for mediocre can jab at me all you want i want to win it all you want to make excuses for a has been QB who fleeced the yorks of millions with his no talent crying game ……keep up the hype gooo niners and get rid of these want to be average guys complaining about how i want the niners to win and give the hardworking players a ring for all their work…..sit down and wait for the alex to come crumbling down …and if he doesnt if he somehow all of a sudden can play NFL football and not check down ball then so be it but i for one dont think the niners need to wait for alex to figure out he sucks

  16. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    AND AFTER ALL YOUR MINDLESS BABBLE 11 YEARS WITH ALEX YOU FORGET ONE IMPORTANT THING: THE HEAD COACH OF THE TEAM YOU SAY YOU WANT TO SEE WIN BELIEVES IN ALEX SMITH, ARE YOU SAYING COACH IS AN IDIOT JUST LIKE THE REST OF US BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN ALEX TOO? THAT CONCEPT IS LOST ON YOU ISNT IT? COACH HARBAUGH BELIEVES IN ALEX SMITH SO WHY CANT YOU? YOUR SAYING ALEX CANT DO THIS AND ALEX CANT DO THAT,,BUT COACH HARBAUGH IS SAYING THAT HE CAN,
    EXPLAIN THAT TO US YOU COMPLETE IDIOT
    COACH BELIEVES IN ALEX SMITH AND COACH HAS 10 TIMES THE INTELLIGENCE THAT YOU HAVE

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