Real football, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman, began on Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers. Pads were out in full-effect, as evidenced by All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith consistent manhandling of opposing offensive linemen.
Other Sunday practice reports focused on the production of the team’s young wide receivers. After Jim Harbaugh defended A.J. Jenkins’ performance with the club this offseason, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reviewed the first-rounder’s first day with the pads and added this note on another young 49ers wideout: “Nathan Palmer, undrafted out of Northern Illinois, continues to impress and made several nice grabs today, starting with one against Carlos Rogers in one-on-one, press-coverage drills.”
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Inman also passed along the comments from general manager Trent Baalke on safety Dashon Goldson. “Him being here really makes a statement to the football team,” Baalke said. “It’s a statement a lot of football players don’t make. We’re glad at the decision he’s made and, more important, his teammates are glad. We’ll continue to work on a long-term solution.”
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle offers his practice notes, which includes this nugget on another 49ers wide receiver. Branch: “The catch of the day goes to Randy Moss, who reached behind his body – and around his ankles — to make a one-handed grab of a Colin Kaepernick pass. Moss made the catch along the left sideline and got both feet inbounds as he was falling backward.”
Branch shared Baalke’s comments on Michael Crabtree’s health status.
Branch also spoke with tight end Delanie Walker on his future with the team as he heads into the final year of his contract.
Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com writes that running back Anthony Dixon has been practicing at both fullback and running back at his request.
Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post caught up with ex-New York Giants Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs to see if they miss old teammates on the East Coast.
49ers.com’s #Camp49 coverage continued with a practice report, stories on the offense looking to unleash new weapons and make the most out of padded practices, plus a blog on Jenkins’ development, Donte Whitner’s first training camp blog and videos on the young 49ers wideouts and recent Past Bowl VI event.
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