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Training Camp Report: July 30

Posted by Taylor Price on July 30, 2012 – 6:08 PM

Several nice catches were made Monday at 49ers Training Camp presented by HP. Some from players you’d expect, and some from players you wouldn’t.

Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs falls in the latter category. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman was already praised by coaches for transforming his body this offseason. Now, Dobbs has even more to offer. The second-year player gave coaches more to consider with two strong catches while playing as a tight end in team periods.

First, Dobbs snatched a high pass from Alex Smith out of the air, despite the tight coverage of All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. On the next play, however, Ahmad Brooks beat Dobbs’ blocking with an inside pass-rush move. Dobbs made amends later in practice with another strong catch, this time tracking in a deep crossing route from Smith that went for a 15-yard gain.

Let’s take a look at the other top highlights from Monday’s training camp session.

-Individual work began practice. Rookie LaMichael James worked on fielding punts alone with special teams coordinator Brad Seely and later joined running backs after catching several punts from a juggs machine.

-Quarterbacks played an accuracy contest at one point of individual work where the group alternated throwing nine footballs into target nets. There seemed to be great camaraderie among the group.

-Blitz pickup period featured several noticeable one-on-one battles between running backs and linebackers. Second-year runner Kendall Hunter fared well against Bowman in one particular matchup. Later, rookie Cam Johnson beat undrafted tight end Garrett Celek with a swim move to the inside.

-When wide receivers and cornerbacks worked on one-on-ones, Scott Tolzien stood out in a big way. The second-year signal caller hit Randy Moss in-stride on a deep double-move at the expense of Carlos Rogers. Tolzien also completed another deep ball to Brett Swain, who beat undrafted cornerback Deante’ Purivs with a double move of his own. Cornerback Chris Culliver closed out the period with a pass breakup on Colin Kaepernick’s pass intended for Nathan Palmer.

-In the first play of 7-on-7 period, Bowman broke up a quick pass from Tolzien to tight end Nate Byham. Plays later, Tolzien hooked up with Byham on a 10-yard in route behind the coverage of Patrick Willis. Alex Smith completed a 40-yard gain to Ted Ginn Jr. down the right sideline in the same 7-on-7 period.

-The first team period saw the first takeaway of the day, courtesy of Willis. A Tolzien pass that bounced off Celek’s chest found its way into Willis’ arms. It’s worth noting Tolzien would have likely been sacked on the play, but since he stepped up and threw it, we’ll give Willis credit for an interception.

-New guard Leonard Davis fared well against Isaac Sopoaga’s interior bull-rush during one-on-one pass blocking drills.

-Another 7-on-7 period saw Culliver record an interception on a Josh Johnson pass. Undrafted wide receiver Brian Tyms slipped on his comeback route, allowing Culliver to make the easy catch. The period ended with Culliver giving up a reception. A.J. Jenkins slid in front of Culliver and undrafted safety Michael Thomas to catch a skinny post from Smith.

-Play of the day honors went to undrafted defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie who has fared well in one-on-one drills. On this occasion, Jerod-Eddie brushed off an offensive linemen to tackle Rock Carwright for a loss in the final team period.

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20 Responses to “Training Camp Report: July 30”

  1. By 9er 9er on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Leonard Davis??? 6’6” 375 lbs??? The guy is a friggin monster! Heck, if he works for us he can play the whole right side. =8-) Can’t wait for that first season game against the Packers…

  2. By trob0 on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    This is the most excited I’ve been in my life to watch my Niners this year! Were getting better and better by the day, just practicing with so many talented players makes so much more competition, which makes players wanna strive to work harder and harder. I think the Niners have showed through this offseason they have the most hardworking team in the NFL. I got a Super Bowl state of mind!!!!

    -August 10th is comin up!! Wooooohoooooooooooo

  3. By pdizzle on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll feel better when the first sentence articles say “several nice throws were caught” instead of “several nice catches were made”. Go Akers! Niners 4 life!

  4. By ace on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    yeah he’s a monster and he’s blocking for another monster brandon jacob’s…..we have such fun new toys, cant wait for preseason , go niners

  5. By boogieman49 on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    heck man i cant even wait for the first preseason game.i know it don’t matter but i know i’m gonna be just as excited.

  6. By millville niner on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply


  7. By Edmond on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    We have a defensive end who can play tight end? Rediculous…Trust me when i say harbaugh will be waiting to unleashi stuff like that in the playoffs

  8. By John Taylor Era! on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU GAMEPLAN YOUR DEFENSE AGAINST THIS TEAM??!!LET ALONE SCORE??!! I have NEVER seen a team like this before. (maybe redskins when they had deion…………..by the way, they didnt make the playoffs.) Already ordered my Bowman jersey. Ready for the Season!!!!!!!

  9. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    come on people alex would not have been here if ackers was not as good as he was ….we would have been 8-8 or less and alex would not have been resigned …the kicker had more points than jerry rice for a season and if you compare last season to alex’s other seasons you will see that alex did nothing that he hasnt done before ….alex just had a better kicker to score points when he fell flat…..true story.

  10. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    and if that was not good enough …..alex actually was worse last year than previous years because he was only throwing the ball when someone was wide open ….lol he over threw most …but that is another thread ….

  11. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    .if you actually look at last season ackers got alex rehired …not alex getting better ….really look and you will see ….just saying ….gooo niners …and the new guard …beast ….looks like gore might be a scoreing machine this year …i hope so he deserves it after takeing all the abuse over the past 7 years because we had to pound the ball because alex couldnt throw it

  12. By John Taylor Era! on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Is this guy 4 real?

  13. By John Taylor Era! on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    This is a TEAM GAME!!!!! When Goldson blows a coverage, we look for Whitner to run his a$$ down. When Kyle Williams fumbles, we look for our defense to take over. (they probaly will) Right now I believe Harbaugh can make YOU the quarterback and make YOU take us to the SUPERBOWL!!!! get real

  14. By rstar21 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven Years is just an idiot everybody and doesnt know anything about football… throwing to people that are wide open is what “YOUR SUPPOSE TO DO!!” that there shows his improvement… in other years he would have forced a ball to avoid a sack or something and he’d throw an INT… last year if he didnt see it he’d take the sack and give the offense another chance… he had what 7 TOTAL turnovers last season… thats INTs and FUMs combined dude… and was sacked about 44 times… thats was with a still young line… no legitmate WR outside of Crabs… Vernon yes carried the recieving for the team now with all the weapons at his deposal… MARK THESE WORDS… PRINT EM… COPY EM… Alex Smith will be in the MVP talks this upcoming season… and Week 1 will set the tone against the Packers…

  15. By Ojay on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, I believe that our Defense could be one of the best defenses, that the Niners ever had in franchise history this year. If Alex can deliver, like I know he will then we will hosting the Lombardi Trophy this season. Go Niners!

  16. By gary potter on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    11: the blog loves you can’t you see by there remarks.?? i told you 2years ago you. were the man LOL you haven’t changed you are still a no nothing

  17. By Kunal on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    I also think that Tolzein should the #2 job and i Kaep should be behind him. But because he is our second round pick they might give him the backup job. Other than that, camp looks great! can’t wait for aug 10 (its my birthday too :) )

  18. By Gilbert Lopez on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta love being a niner’s fan, #1 defense and defense wins superbowls!!! Now the offense has 2 deep ball treats and a running-back core highlighted by Frank (Plays Hurt) Gore, Hunter,Dixon and now Jacobs. Oh did i mention Rookie Lamichael James. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

  19. By Ely Reyes on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    The Niners are ganna make alot of noise this year we are stacked in every position. All the non believers need to take a hike. Stop the niners and you will still have no respect form me, Niner Nation for life. Go Coach Jim they have no clue what you have up your sleve Mon-Sun!!!! Go Niner Players and make us Niner Faithful proud like you all know how. Have a great preseason and an even better season. The Truest Fan All The WAY FROM ALLENTOWN PA> ELISAMUEL REYES.

  20. By niner4life on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    gary potter rules!!!!!!!!!

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