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Training Camp Report: Aug. 6

Posted by Taylor Price on August 6, 2012 – 3:26 PM

Following Saturday’s night session at 49ers Training Camp presented by HP, Jim Harbaugh had his players back to work at a competitive Monday afternoon practice in Santa Clara.

It appeared as if the players made good use of their day off on Sunday. Michael Crabtree joined his teammates for individual drills, but did not take part in team periods. Tight end Nate Byham and guard Mike Iupati both returned after practice after a few days off.

The defense recorded three interceptions in another competitive day at 49ers camp. Harbaugh said he was pleased to see his offense respond to the defense’s dominant play from recent days. The 49ers coach also said Colin Kaepernick would be his No. 2 quarterback when San Francisco starts the exhibition season Friday night at home against the Minnesota Vikings.

“Colin Kaepernick is making some great strides,” Harbaugh said. “He needs to play in football games and he’ll get that opportunity Friday night.”

Though the No. 2 competition between Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien is “fluid” according to the 49ers coach, games will serve as a major determining factor in deciding who starts the year behind Alex Smith.

“They’re all fighting for that job,” Harbaugh said. “The competition is close.”

All three backups took second-team reps in various drills on Monday. Kaepernick, however, seemed to get the most of the second-team opportunities and scored a 10-yard rushing touchdown in a two-minute drill period. Kaepernick was later picked off against the second-team defense when Tramaine Brock tipped the second-year passer’s initial pass and stayed with it to record an interception.

Let’s take a look at the other top moments from Monday’s practice.

-The first of three interceptions was recorded in one-on-one drills. A Tolzien comeback route intended for wide receiver Brett Swain was picked off by Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers. In the same period, Kaepernick hooked up with Ted Ginn Jr. on an impressive 25-yard back shoulder throw down the left sideline.

-In the first team period of practice, the first-team offense faced the second-team defense while the starting defense faced the second-team defense on the adjacent practice field. In those periods, rookie guard Joe Looney did a nice job of lead-blocking against Patrick Willis. Meanwhile, Alex Smith connected with Kyle Williams on a 40-yard play-action pass on the opposite field.

-Red zone 7-on-7 work saw safety Mark LeGree break up a Tolzien pass intended for Ginn Jr. in the back of the end zone, and a touchdown pass between Johnson and first-year wideout Ben Hannula.

-In a move-the-ball period, second-team center Daniel Kilgore recorded a reception when Johnson’s pass at the line was tipped and made its way into the second-year lineman’s arms. Johnson was later intercepted by Culliver, who recorded his fourth interception of the past five practices. The first-team offense’s drive was hampered by a first-down sack from second-team nose tackle Ian Williams. On third-and-15, Smith was intercepted to close out the drive when Perrish Cox picked off a high sideline pass intended for Randy Moss.

-Smith rebounded to complete several intermediate passes to tight end Vernon Davis in a later team period. In one scenario, Smith found Davis twice to set up a field goal. The two also hooked up on a 40-yard sideline pass in the final team period to earn play of the day honors.


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21 Responses to “Training Camp Report: Aug. 6”

  1. By Miles on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    More Smith to Davis domination to come!!! CANT WAIT GO NINERS

  2. By RED N GOLD on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    LOVE HOW THE 9ERS COMPETE HARD DAY AFTER DAY. WHEN GREAT OFFENSE PRACTICES AGAINST GREAT DEFENSE, THEN EXCELLENCE IS THE OUTCOME FOR BOTH. TIME TO PUT OUR OPPONENTS IN A CHOKE HOLD UNTIL THEY TURN RED N GOLD!!!!
    GO 9ERS

  3. By ftgambit on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Ginn is stepping it up, may get a chance to get on the field with Moss more frequently, I cant imagine that kind of speed on either sideline

  4. By 9er 9er on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t stand it! Waiting for this seasonto begin, I feel like a little kid again at the beginning of December wishing that Christmas would hurry up and get here. Lets all hope Santa brings us a SUPER gift this year…

  5. By They got the pieces on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I think with the line of ” rookie Joe Looney did a nice job blocking Patrick Willis” to me that says here is a rookie doing a good job against the best LB in the game……looks like someone wants to start on Sunday!!!!

    That kind of stuff gets me excited for this up coming season when you got people battling for positions on a team geared up to go for it all this year!

  6. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    hi all wow cup half full or half empty i am scared that most of the day alex was either picked or setting up field goals …same old alex man this blows when are the niners going to get a real QB so we can be an elite team again …..

  7. By jeromy on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I hear ya 11, it amazes me that with all the $ being paid for this position, we cannot find someone better, seriously sad, i remember back when the ball left the qbs hand, i expected a completion, with some yac added in(cuz they were hit in stride) now it either hits the ground, gets picked, or seems to be best case, reciever has to dive to catch ball, no yac there!

  8. By jeromy on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    if he cant do it in practice, he wont be able to do it in the games

  9. By leonard jordan on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    seems like you would be rooting for alex being a niner fan.

  10. By PhataLerror on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    It’s not surprising to see the same two users complain about a 3-and-15 pick in a practice session where there are no fourth downs. Let’s see either of you show statistics for NFL quarterback success rates on 3-and-15. You’re so busy looking for opportunities to lay blame, you’ve stopped reasoning…

    …long ago.

  11. By MexicanNinerFan on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I like the fact that coach Harbaugh is placing all our deph QBs on second team reps, not just one specific QB, i will like the possibility that if keapernick keeps impressing with that kind of plays, he can be use as a red zone threat either on shotguns or play actions. I also like the fact the culliver is making plays out there we know rogers will be the same and if at some point brown its not steping up in chris we will have our scond CB starter. CANT WAIT te see them all in action! I will enjoy watching 2nds and 3rd stringers playing to win a spot!

    PS. does anybody know what is going to be our roster with player ratings on the new MADDEN 13? im still searching but nothing so far…

  12. By John on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Go 49ers. Smith to everyone.

  13. By Ojay on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    This is for jeromy and Eleven years. You keep saying,that Alex is throwing picks in camp, but all the QB’s are throwing picks in camp. Do you realize, that we have one of the nastiest Defenses in the league and it is not going to be easy for anyone to throw on the Niners D. It is not all Alex it is the Defense and give the Defense some credit also. So stop all the criticizing Alex, because he is our starting QB and it is nothing you can do about it. He will be fine Go Niners! Is their anyone out there, that agrees with me?

  14. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    bah same old story people still want to wait till alex can be better …..i guess the niner faithfull after so many years of nothing have just given up and become browns fans …awww lets wait for years to see what happens ….bad form peeps really lets wait another 7 years for alex to try harder ….he should have been trying harder for 7 years yet he is still the same …and since when was the niners a preschool for QB’s …..cant believe you faithful have just given up and are willing to let years go by and have the league laugh at us because we are useing a college QB to run our offense

  15. By 49er in DC on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    This is for eleven years and jeromy. Obviously neither of u watched the niners games last year because Smith earned his spot this season. This is the first time he is going to some sort of continuity going in to the following season. Did he not take the niners to the NFC championship and would have been the super bowl if Kyle Williams could hold on to a punt. He has finally been set up to succeed and so called fans like u guys are calling for his head b4 he has taking his first snap this season. Niners don’t need fans like u guys…

  16. By okcniner on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    I am so sick and tired of hearing you complain about Alex Smith. JUST SHUT UP!!!!!

  17. By Jordan49L on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    seventh best rating in the nfc ninth best nfl led nfl in interception percentage completed better than sixty percent I think three fouth quarter comebacks alex can only get better finally has weapons around him the same coordinator and a offensive minded head coach

  18. By bo9ers52 on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    can’t wait for the season to start, i heard the 49ers are improving on defense and offense as well,keep it up,….”NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  19. By EVA JARVIS on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    CANT WAIT FOR SEASON TO START. WHAT IS WITH ALL THE ALEX SMITH HATERS. THAT GUY IS A FOOTBALL PLAYER. GIVE HIM A BREAK. WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF COLIN HAD BEEN THROWN IN. I AM GLOAD WE HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE. GO NINERS!!!

  20. By Alex Smith on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven years and Jeromy?? Are you dudes for real? I am an elite quarterback and will lead this team to the Big Game. I just hope that neither one of you is there to see it.

  21. By NinerFanFromTonga on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    I like this blog round……….lets just keep our focus on 49ers talk, completely ignore all the other stuff, and we all know what that is. If they don’t get any attention, they will quietly go away.

    I love how are offense is improving against our defense. Only good things will come from practicing against each other.

    Gooo Niners.

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