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Training Camp Report: Aug. 2

Posted by Taylor Price on August 2, 2012 – 6:21 PM

Thursday was a day for the defense. On the sixth session of 49ers Training Camp presented by HP, seven interceptions were recorded at the expense of all four of the 49ers quarterbacks. Linebacker Michael Wilhoite led the pick party with two takeaways in the final team period.

All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman got things started, intercepting Alex Smith in the very first red zone 7-on-7 period. Bowman stepped in front Smith’s intended target, tight end Vernon Davis, to make a tough grab away from his body. Plays later, fellow linebacker Larry Grant intercepted Scott Tolzien’s quick out intended for undrafted rookie tight end Garrett Celek.

Safeties Colin Jones, Michael Thomas and Darcel McBath all recorded interceptions in later periods of practice.

Let’s take a look at the top highlights from Thursday’s session.

-Four-time 49ers Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu visited practice and spent time conversing with 49ers CEO Jed York during the start of practice.

-All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith took the day off, presumably as a veteran’s day off (Jim Harbaugh gave select veterans time off last year in camp). Wide receiver Mario Manningham took part in all drills after being a limited practice participant in recent days.

-Following the opening red zone 7-on-7 period that saw Bowman and Grant make interceptions, Thomas recorded his takeaway on a pass deflection from cornerback Perrish Cox to end the second-team offense’s drive in a two-minute drill scenario.

-In a later team period, Jones intercepted Tolzien on an errant pass. Anthony Dixon added a 14-yard run behind the blocking of converted defensive tackle Will Tukuafu, who played fullback at practice and later caught a red zone touchdown pass from Tolzien.

-Play of the day honors went to Alex Smith and his 50-yard pass down the field to Randy Moss for an easy touchdown. The veteran wideout got behind rookie safety Trenton Robinson’s coverage. Smith was later intercepted by McBath, who caught a deflection off Manningham’s fingertips.

-Wilhoite recorded his interceptions first on Josh Johnson, as a result of a deflection off of A.J. Jenkins’ hands. Wilhoite added a second takeaway by stepping in front of a Smith pass over the middle.

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15 Responses to “Training Camp Report: Aug. 2”

  1. By ericinmd on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    All I can say after today’s practice is that I am glad our offense never has to play our defense in a real regular season game! :-)

    Our D is full of hard-hitting, back-breaking, tough veteran and young players who are more hungry than ever. Never underestimate what this amazing Defense can do. Go Niners!

  2. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply


  3. By ace on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    yeah this defense is scary good but has always had to play from behind or in close games, i hope to see them play as hungry when randy moss slips behind the secondary for a quick touchdown, and the defense is back out there with the lead will they come out with the same hunger when they have the lead…..yes they will….goooo niners !!!

  4. By 9er 9er on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    You guys remember how well Grant filled in for Willis last year when he hurt his hamstring? I remember thinking omg we’ve lost our best defensive player for multible games, but Grant stepped in and filled those shoes in a big way. Nice to have a quality backup like that. Another very good acquisition by our GM!

  5. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    @ ace,yes,I to,am anxious to see our defense playing with a lead,and the blitz pkgs. fangio must have ready to un-leash on the rest of the league.
    @ 9er 9er, yes I remember very well when grant stepped right,calling the signals in the defensive huddle and our defense not skipping a beat.

  6. By NinerFanFromTonga on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    This defense is scary good. The only problem I can’t figure out is what team can beat our defense. They are hungry, they are fit, they are motivated, they have been taught well. Our offense is just as potent. If I’m Alex Smith, I am loving the chance to dissect the defense, he wont see many defenses like it on the field against him on gameday, that is a fact.

  7. By Dave Whitaker on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    practicing against our defense will really help the ofense become sharper.
    go niners

  8. By jeromy on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    now we see why he always threw to the ground, otherwise he would have been picked off!

  9. By The Cost on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    I love Grant. He filled in great for Willis last year. Go Grant. I am sure you will see his name mentioned much more this year. Yes Willis is an animal and is the best…. But nice to see Grant in their when Willis needs a breath.

  10. By okcniner on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Tonga….I think the team that can could beat this defense is the one we’ll see in week 1. What an early test eh???

  11. By rjdniner on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Those first 3 games are going to be a huge test for our team. Too much can still happen and am not going to get work up like a lot of you are doing, granted I understand how people feel about the team, until THEY BEAT THE SH-T OUT OF OUR DIVISION and then there in the big dance then they have a shot at that trophy . All the so called predications don’t mean anything to me; I look at the end results, GO 49ER ,S

  12. By ojay on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, that our Defense is nasty good and if our Offense can execute plays against our D then we will be good. The 1st 3 games will be a test for our Defense and we should be 2-1 if not 3-0. Larry Grant and the total Defense has more depth than we had last year. All in all we will be fine injuries pending. GO NINERS!

  13. By bo9ers52 on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    this defense is so intact that they’ll improve more fr. what they did last year, it will be a hell of a great defense, thats gonna have huge problem w/ the o.c. on the opposing team, these group will lead as to the promise land, S.B. that is…& i do believe that alex is gonna have a phenomenal year cuz/ his arm w/ lethal weapons this year..”NINERS BABY!!!!!!!

  14. By brueckner on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    is there a way to watch practice online?

  15. By will on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Good to hear the D is getting their share of the picks.. starting off where they were last year. But at the same time, dont like to hear the QBs (all 4 of them) are turning the ball over.

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