San Francisco 49ers Training Camp presented by HP got officially underway on Friday, but the physicality of camp will truly begin today when pads will be worn for the first time of camp.
Even without pads, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff made the most of the early training sessions. “You can’t waste any time, not a single minute,” Harbaugh said on Friday.
Saturday’s practice session saw several standout plays, and the continued role reversal of select backup players. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee noted the position changes from several players on the roster: “Michael Wilhoite and Demarcus Dobbs were back to defense today; Will Tukuafu, however, played fullback … Cory Nelms has been playing safety the last two days. He also can play cornerback.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted it was a busy day for first-round pick A.J. Jenkins who saw more action due to Michael Crabtree’s absence from practice. “During the 11-on-11 session, Jenkins made three catches, including a nice grab to end practice,” Maiocco wrote. “On a previous play, Jenkins failed to hang onto a Scott Tolzien throw that was behind him. But Jenkins made the catch in traffic a short time later on a dart from second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick.”
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News offered this classic observation of 49ers All-Pro, All-World, defensive tackle Justin Smith: “Remember in the playoff win over the Saints how Justin Smith bulldozed left tackle Jerrod Bushrod and reached over him to grab the back of Drew Brees back near the goal? Smith did almost the same thing today, pushing his way into the pocket past rookie tackle Al Netter.”
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Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle shares the details on 49ers radio analyst Eric Davis’ new role with the NFL Network. Branch: “As America snores, Davis, 44, the 49ers’ former Pro Bowl cornerback, will debut on “NFL AM,” a new, four-hour weekday show. The start time: 3 a.m.”
Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times recently spoke with wide receiver Kyle Williams on overcoming his role in the NFC title game loss. Williams had this to day about the situation: “There’s a certain type of fire that burns in you after you’ve felt that type of pain. I don’t know that I’ve ever understood that before, because it’s never been that severe. I was fortunate growing up. My dad is who he is, and I was very fortunate to have the advantages I did as a kid. But now I understand it. Now I get it. There’s a certain type of intensity that I’ve never felt before.”
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport shared his training camp experience with the 49ers, including a food recommendation for folks in the South Bay.
49ers.com’s #Camp49 coverage included a practice recap, a “Camp Conversation” with Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, a look at the defensive Smith duo looking to fortify the 49ers pass rush, Patrick Willis’ press pass, and a look at the 49ers fine-tuning the defense to sustain its success in 2012.
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Tags: A.J. Jenkins, Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Cory Nelms, David Akers, Demarcus Dobbs, Eric Davis, Jim Harbaugh, Justin Smith, Kyle Williams, LaMiichael James, Michael Wilhoite, Patrick Willis, Perrish Cox, Ted Ginn Jr., Vic Fangio
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