Players have the day off, but that’s not stopping them from coming into the facility to work out. Donte Whitner just tweeted that he’s headed into 4949 Centennial Blvd. and doesn’t expect to be alone.
Headed to the facility...Bet there's a lot of guys there working on our day off...—
TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) July 31, 2012
The 49ers have gone through two padded practices, the second of which on Monday, resulted in several highlights from both the offense and the defense. In some cases, defensive players were making plays for both sides of the ball. So far, the 49ers have built strong camaraderie in camp. Take a look at the image atop this blog, two newcomers Brandon Jacobs and Leonard Davis, are already embracing each other before the start of practice like they’ve been teammates for years. Surely, they enjoyed the physical day at 49ers Training Camp presented by HP.
More on Monday’s camp standouts and the latest 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted that three of the team’s wide receivers (Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and Joe Hastings) were unable to go through the full practice on Monday.
Maiocco also continues to examine training camp position battles, first, the No. 3 tight end battle between Nate Byham and Demarcus Dobbs, as well as the cornerback battle between Tramaine Brock and Perrish Cox.
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News offers his Monday practice notes, which includes this line on another converted defensive player. Inman: “Ben Hannula, a defensive back who moonlights at receiver, also had a pair of nice catches, including one against the tight coverage of starting cornerback Tarell Brown.”
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee has practice notes as well, offering a glimpse at the quarterback accuracy contest during individual period of practice. Barrows: “From about 10 yards away, the four (quarterbacks) had to throw 10 footballs into a square pocket – maybe two feet by two feet – in the goal post netting.”
Rick Drummond of ProFootballFocus.com visited 49ers camp and came away impressed with the volume of formations used on offense. Drummond: “For an entire full-team portion of practice, each offensive group—be that the 1’s, the 2’s, or some mix of them and others—ran nothing but edge-of-the-playbook type of misdirection plays. Options from the shotgun, end-arounds coming under the QB, fakes off of those to designed boots and rolls … with each of the four QBs getting shots at running them, and the full stable of running backs and receivers in the mix.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com filed another training camp report on the 49ers that covers a number of topics, including his analysis on 49ers newcomers. In summation, Rapoport writes: “The 49ers haven’t looked this ready to win since, maybe, 1998. Their defense is strong and physical, made for January. Their offense has so many big-name weapons, we managed to make it through the above analysis without even mentioning star tight end Vernon Davis. Harbaugh has proven he can win in the NFL. The follow-up to last season could be fun, especially considering that the 49ers are still smarting from that defeat in the NFC title game. The only question is whether Alex Smith can rise to the occasion and find all of his talented targets. If he continues to progress, San Francisco should get a shot to make up for that disappointing finish to a magical 2011 season.”
TWEET ABOUT IT
Finally getting this swimming down thanks to @DaRealOtisMoss ... Favorite new workout after practice—
Daniel (@DanielKilgore67) July 31, 2012
Looks like Randy Moss is having a positive impact throughout the 49ers locker room.
Tags: Ben Hannula, Brandon Jacobs, Daniel Kilgore, Donte Whitner, Frank Gore, Jim Harbaugh, Leonard Davis, Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis
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