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.
TWEET ABOUT IT
Talk about a dynamic duo.
Tags: Frank Gore, Harris Barton, LaMichael James, Navorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Randy Moss, Rock Cartwright
Posted in Morning Tailgate | 26 Comments »