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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 3

Posted by Taylor Price on August 3, 2012 – 8:57 AM

Training Camp is a great time of the year to brush up on fundamentals. Stance. Alignment. Tackling. Throwing. You get the picture.

For second-round draft pick LaMichael James, camp serves as a great time to practice… huddling. The Oregon running back never huddled in college as part of college football’s fast-break attack under coach Chip Kelly. With the 49ers, however, James is brushing up on the finer details of the game like huddling up with teammates to get the play call from offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News shares James’ comments on his first week huddling up since his high school playing days. Despite the huddling rust, James has impressed teammates early on. Veteran running back Rock Cartwright referred to James, the taller running back by one-inch (Cartwright is 5-foot-8), as “the truth,” according to Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.

Check out more 49ers headlines after the jump.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com’s practice notes covers the defense’s strong showing in red zone work and other details from one-on-one blitz pickup work. Maiocco: “One of the more entertaining parts of the practice came immediately during a blitz pick-up session. Running back Frank Gore absolutely leveled inside linebacker Tavares Gooden. Then, Gore kept trying to get back in the action only to be turned away, as the coaches wanted others to get work. Anthony Dixon, whose pass protection has been a weakness, had good showings against Patrick Willis, Kourtnei Brown and Aldon Smith before Willis got a measure of revenge with a swift move to get around him. LaMichael James did a nice job to lock up Larry Grant. And Vernon Davis was impressive against Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith.”

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shares his practice observations from the team’s red-zone heavy day. Barrows: “The 49ers are focusing on improving their red-zone offense this season after routinely settling for field goals last year. Today they showed there’s still plenty of work to be done over the next month or so. The unit scored on a couple of occasions during today’s drills, but most of the throws were batted down, intercepted or the quarterback couldn’t find an open receiver.”

Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com caught up with 49ers tight end Konrad Reuland, a 2011 practice squad member who has plenty of unique talents like being able to rap in German.

Former standout 49ers offensive lineman Harris Barton recently visited CSN’s Chronicle Live to discuss his outlook for Alex Smith and the 49ers in 2012.

NFL Network visited 49ers camp on Thursday and interviewed Patrick Willis about his fishing friendship formed with Randy Moss.

49ers.com’s #Camp49 coverage included a practice report, blogs on Jonathan Goodwin’s mentality heading into camp and the offense ramping up red zone work, plus a story on Brandon Jacobs’ role for 2012 and a video on the team’s red zone emphasis this week in camp.

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26 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Aug. 3”

  1. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    I simply just cannot get enough 49er news, do you guys realize that we open the pre-season IN 7 DAYS?????,,,,,TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK
    it was great watching the blitz pick-up drills on NFL NETWORK,they had real time video of parts of yesterdays practice and it was awsome watching the guys bang heads, and yes,patrick burned dixon with a rip-swim move and got right by him,then parys haralson tossed delanie walker aside like a rag doll, awesome!!
    49ers are on the rise,and those teams on our schedule,especially our home schedule,should be very,very,concerned about the health of their qb’s

  2. By MexicanNinerFan on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    The only thing is for sure next season is that Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman will be a beasts on the inside of the field! cant wait to see rivals getting monster tackles by all defensive players! GO NINERS!

  3. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    defense is key for us ….since the offense has to prove it is better ….i hope so ….i see nothing form alex that i like that has been made clear ..yet if things work out ….i will not be a bandwagon alex fan but for the rest of the team i will jump for joy to see them reach their goal ….alex good luck dude i see the team carrying you again but if not …a pre gratz on finally doing something for this team besides takeing their millions for 7 years

  4. By David V on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Please inform your web developers that they should make the super-annoying Like Us On Facebook thing GO AWAY when you’ve liked it on Facebook.

    Drives me away!

  5. By 9er 9er on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven Years, we are all well aware how much you love Alex. Maybe if you lightened up on him and just spoke about the the rest of the team you’d get some thumbs up along the way. Going on and on about him almost every post is like you have and illness and can’t function properly. Like a misfit or something. I don’t get it, but maybe you should seek help to try and come to terms with it. It’s quite boorish to the rest of us…

  6. By bo9ers52 on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    defense is preatty much intact & i do believe they’ll improve more from previous year and gonna be a huge head ache for the o.c. of the opposing team and i’m hoping that alex would step up cuz he got a lot of lethal weapons to work with…can’t hardlly wait for the season to start and show a lot of non-believers what we real are made up..special the commentator of the nfl network…mostlyi jamie dukes & warren sapp ,those to clowns…

  7. By L.G on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex is going to have his best year of his career this year wait and see! This comes from a one time Alex brasher…He has the tools, coaches, and right system to break it out…He can make the throws when needed (Saints playoffs). I am pulling for him!

  8. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    saintsw game were short throws besides the blown coverage the saints did and let us march down field kudos for that alex ….yet his accuracy and all around feel for the game and pocket are horrible can not get better on 1 off season …sorry to tell you that…..and you guys said he was boss last year wich the kicker was not alex …..and …well never mind you guys ddont read these anyways

  9. By trueninerfan on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey eleven years with Alex……….you have serious issues and I personally think your a fu..ing joke.
    All you do is batter Alex Smith…nobody is perfect but his overall stats in the 2011 playoffs were good, how can you call yourself a Niner fan….your not.
    you don’t know the meaning of team work…last I checked it’s a team effort and not one man wins or loses the game, all 11 win or lose the game.
    I’m not as lucky as alot of people out there in the great state of California I had to move out here to the great state of Mississippi, I am and always will be a true Niner fan…and yes I have been to great candlestick park alot to watch the Niners and Giants…..if your a Niner fan then I’m a brain surgeon…..please if you have nothing good to say…just don’t say it……Alex is the quarterback and should be the quarterback……live with it dude, like i said before there is oakland not far from you
    so please for all the true Niner fans….GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    still you lie to yourselves about alex ….so when he gets pulled after 5 games then what oh you will say he had no recievers or moss quit or vernon sucks or the line is bad …hey wait you have said that for 7 years ……..the niners are a organization built to win …built to get players with talent that want to win and put in the effort not sit around for 7 years collecting checks

  11. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    and it is funny how most calim i blast em and cheat em and throw flags at em and yet i dont but you all feel the need to not answer the tough questions and figure if i use profanity and call people names …you will get a thumbs up ….lol too funny …and sad

  12. By bo9ers52 on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    @trueninerfan…well said dude……

  13. By gary potter on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    11: he doesn’t understand thumbs down. he thinks the blog is agreeing with him and jeromy. LOL. he says he is true fan been to ball games etc. how can anyone with the hatred he puts out about AS call himself a fan?? if coach JH agreed with him AS would have been gone long time ago. i will take coach JH opinion over his any day. we go super bowl 11 go to he$l

  14. By Hmrhead on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    So is a blog for talking about how wonderful every player can be or for true fans to post their opinions on areas they feel are strong or weak on our ballclub? I happen to agree with 11 years. I think he does a terrible job of presenting his case, but Alex is a below average starter in this league and if he doesnt improve this year, we’ll have wasted a premier defense waiting for him to come around. We have seen examples of this same issue over the past decade in Baltimore, Tampa, and Chicago. Dominant defenses just coming up short because the qb play was so mediocre.

  15. By Hmrhead on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hope I’m wrong, but Alex has never shown me that he can consistently win games when the outcome is on his shoulders. I’ll cheer for him just as loud as everyone else because I’ll always support my club, but if he doesnt get it done this year, how long before you all accept the fact that he is not a starter in this league? I’d hate to see us miss our window waiting for magic to happen!

  16. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    dont say this much but thanks hmrhead my point is not well taken because i watch these games and see alex giving up on a play after he has blown it way too many times ….a real QB will make things happen not just throw the ball away because he couldnt be accurate enough to get it there ….fans who think he is awesome are just delusional for some reason ….average at best rigth now and on a short lesh last year now he has to earn it and he will prob come up short …just my opinion doesnt mean niners suck or that they wont make it just says that the QB position is the weak point of the niners and that is or rathr can be detremental to superbowl for niners

  17. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    @ hmrhead & 11, I will agree with you both that if alex fails to duplicate last years play with some improved red zone & 3rd down success, or just fails miserably,the team may very well have to look in another direction, but if his play improves enough to say throw for 250-295 yrds per game,,25 td’s-10 ints throught the regular season and we win the super bowl, would you guys lighten up on him? if we are able to keep this defense intact for the next 5-6 years,we wouldnt need drew brees or tom brady like play from our qb,,,would we?? it would be nice,but with above avg. qb play and minimal mistakes,we have a chance to be dominant for many years,,ya,ya I know thats a whole lotta ifs,but thats what feels so great about all this,we are talking about our team as one of the tops in the league,,,49ERS!!!!

  18. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    although many here might not like or agree with hmrhead,his post rings true with the majority of the fans @ the ‘stick, many cheer for alex, and almost seem to try and will him to play great, we all root for him to succeed because true fans support their team, no matter what, but the fact is not lost on this 49er fan that the 49ers were the only job out there that could guarantee him the starting job,that and maybe the dolphins, so yes,after last years success,the heat is on for our qb,alex smith, I personally,hope he succeeds,not to say I told you so to anyone or anything like that,but after all the B.S. the guy has gone through,the preverbial underdog no doubt,it would be one of the greatest turn-arounds of a career in the history of the nfl, very befitting of the 49ers organazation, and it would put the stamp on we are the greatest franchise in the league

  19. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    i was done after 4 years …..same stuff no progression ….alex has had several chances to to just progress and his ability to go down almost every 3rd down because he cant get rid of the ball before he gets sacked …that bothers me alot….it really does

  20. By rjdniner on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    11yr,s SO you would rather have TEBOW or Manning And explain the reason why, because you sure don’t want Alex as our QB. Apparently you didn’t read the post that Exclusive did on Alex and what he’s been through. That’s right you knew all that didn’t you. Apparently you want to ignore it just to satisfy yourself. So quit CRYING about Alex and support him. GO 49ER S. it easy to talk about a player when your not on the same field together .

  21. By SHIP on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven: You just keep making up & exaggerate things to make yourself feel right. What tought questions do you keep talking about? Was there a quiz or a test given for us to answer that we avoiding? What are you talking about? Not sure whats too funny to you. Are you a “special” student? And I would like you to single out someones quote where someone said Alex was “awesome”. Why does everything have to be black & white. Just because we don’t agree with you that Alex sucks does not mean we think he goes down as the best QB of all time. We simply saying we have the best chance to win the SB with him this year than anyone else on our roster & by bringing in someone new! And we truly believe he will have a great year. You the one adding awesome! Do people even still use that word?

  22. By SHIP on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    And Eleven, just cause you throw out the words “progression” and “checkdowns” does not make you know QB’in better than Jim Harbaugh. Take a “Reality Check” pill and call the doctor in the morning. You the biggest joke on blogs!

  23. By SHIP on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    And if we “dillusional” then that must mean Harbaugh is on crack because he is the one riding his entire NFL Caoching Career & Reputation on. Do you see who is really dillusional or does your doctor need to increase your dosage of “reality Check” pills. You may need surgery at this point! Haaaaaaaaaaa! What a loser.

  24. By dave g. on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This Eleven character kills me. Let me make sure I get this straight. This fool is trying to convince us that he can break down & evaluate the potential of a QB better than a decorated 14 year NFL QB, Proven College Coach who has groomed a impressive list of college QBs, has watched an incredible amount of game film than an armchair QB on Sundays, and has already improved Alex’s game in his first year without a full preseason & his reputation & career affect hi sdecisions. And in the other corner you have US who basically agree with the choices Jim Harbaugh has made. BUT we are the ones dillusional???????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  25. By Basil on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Myself I don’t see that its Alex’s job to improve in the red`zone or on third downs, isn’t this the reason we picked up Jocobs Red`zone, and Manningham third downs? I don’t believe its Alex’s job to score points, Its his job to get us in position to score? And yes of course we got both of those players too do more then just that! And Alex did make some nice plays in the red`zone , but all and all we just didn’t have bulk to punch it in.
    And on third downs we lacked the hands people to get the job done, there has to be some truth to that? Just look at how we drafted, and what we did in the off season.
    If Alex just plays at the same level he did last season, with the talent we now have. I don’t see any problems with our offense.

  26. By greenbay duck on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    you guy’s need to take a look around the league. there is no QB that does a good job with out a good back field! ALIX WILL DO A GREAT JOB IF THE LINE OPENS GOOD HOLES FOR LAMICHAEL…. This kid is amazing when given space. He will give Alex then needed breathing room to prove his worth! whows to my packers, but go LaMichael , I’ve watched him and the Ducks through out his collage career, when he breaks it, you will cheer.

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