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Training Camp Report: Aug. 7

Posted by Taylor Price on August 7, 2012 – 6:26 PM

Michael Crabtree practiced and spoke with the media following the latest practice session of 49ers Training Camp presented by HP. San Francisco’s leading receiver said a calf injury suffered day one of camp prevented him from practicing for the first week.

Crabtree was a full-participant in all but two-minute drills during Tuesday’s practice.

“It’s part of football,” Crabtree said of the minor setback. “It’s a physical game. I just know how to deal with it.”

Crabtree caught a few passes during 7-on-7 and team periods, but the most notable receiver on the day was first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, who made a handful of receptions during team period, including a high-reaching grab on a post pattern despite Donte Whitner’s blanket coverage.

“Every day he gets better,” Crabtree said. “A.J.’s looking good; all the rookies are looking good. Those guys are out there working.”

The media attention has been placed on Crabtree due to his history of dealing with preseason injuries. The fourth-year wideout has yet to play in a preseason game and said his status for Friday night’s preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings remains to be determined. Crabtree said he’ll stick to the orders of the 49ers training staff.

“Whatever the trainer’s got for me,” he said. “I can go. I think I got a lot of reps today, the only thing I didn’t do was two-minute… I’m healthy. I’m good, good enough to run without pain or anything like that.

“It was just my calf, I had to stay off of it, didn’t want to do anything serious. That was all the training staff and the coaches.”

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

-Former 49ers linebacker Dan Bunz attended practice.

-Blitz pickup drills saw Anthony Dixon, line up as a fullback, and do a nice job of picking up Ahmad Brooks at the line of scrimmage. Brooks got the best of Dixon on the rematch.

-In the first team period of the day, Kendall Hunter raced out to a 15-yard run around the left edge thanks to the athletic downfield blocking of Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley. In the same period, the second-team offense victimized the first-team unit when quarterback Scott Tolzien hooked up with undrafted wideout Brian Tyms on a 40-yard touchdown down the left sideline. Tyms out-jumped Tarell Brown to make the impressive leaping catch. On the same play, Dixon lined up at fullback and picked up Brooks’ inside pass stunt to allow Tolzien’s downfield throw.

-In a later team period at midfield, rookie guard Joe Looney showed great athleticism and tenacity when getting to the second level of the defense to block undrafted cornerback Anthony Mosley. Hunter, once again, was sprung for a big run thanks to his linemen’s downfield efforts.

-In the first 7-on-7 red zone team period where the first-teamers and second-teamers squared off, Tyms was back at it again with another impressive reception, this time catching a rocket pass from Josh Johnson that was nearly intercepted by cornerback Tramaine Brock. Both Brock and Tyms appeared to have possession initially, but Tyms held on to the ball as both players hit the end zone’s turf. Meanwhile, the first-team scored on an Alex Smith slant pass to Brett Swain. Safety Dashon Goldson held back from delivering a ball-jarring hit. Nice restraint by the Pro Bowler. Tolzien later completed a touchdown to undrafted wideout Nathan Palmer on a post pattern against Deante’ Purvis’ coverage.

-In another red zone 7-on-7 period, Colin Kaepernick fired a laser to Vernon Davis in the back of the end zone despite Patrick Willis’ tight coverage. Crabtree made his first reception of the day on a pass from Smith during the period.

-In a red zone team period that pitted the first-team offense and defense against one another, Smith threw a beautiful touchdown to Moss, who tapped both feet in the back of the end zone just as he made an over-the-shoulder catch. It was clearly the duo’s best passing play of camp and the play of the day.

-In a two-minute period, Smith engineered a nine-play scoring drive that culminated with him plunging into the end zone from 5-yards out on fourth-and-goal. As a result, the defense had to run post-practice sprints.  In the same scenario, Johnson led the second-team offense into the red zone but could not find an open receiver with three plays from the 10-yard line. Johnson, however, completed three passes to Jenkins on the drive, two of which went for first downs.

-In the final team period, the defense recorded the only takeaways of the day. Donte Whitner picked off a low Johnson pass and Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers picked off a Johnson pass initially tipped by Dashon Goldson. Following a couple of tough catches by tight end Konrad Reuland, Jenkins rose up high to catch Tolzien’s pass over Donte Whitner and Perrish Cox. The 25-yard gain was the top reception of Jenkins’ camp to this point.


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13 Responses to “Training Camp Report: Aug. 7”

  1. By TheRock49 on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like with everyday the offense is starting to come together.Can’t wait for friday night!!!!!!!Lets go Niners. This is finally our year again,to make things happen.

  2. By 9er 9er on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    No matter how good LaJames may be this season, Kendall Hunter is still my guy. I loved it last year how Kendall Who? came out of nowhere and contributed the way he did.

  3. By 49ers4ever on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    hell 9er 9er kendal hunter is my man

  4. By NinerFanFromTonga on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad Hunter is getting the attentions he deserves. I hope we keep all our RBs. I’m glad the offense has the opportunity to practice against our defense all season long. They will not be allowed to slack off, nor will our offense allow the D to slack. I’m with coach Harbaugh, I hate to be the other 16 teams that have to stare up at the barrel of the double gauge shotgun that is our Defense this coming season. Man I am stoked. We have all the pieces to make this year truly, HISTORICAL!

  5. By ace on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    cant wait till friday….. Smith to ? gooo niners !!!

  6. By Ftgambit on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    I love it, you wanna blitz fine I’ll throw deep, you want to stay back to bottle up the WRs, that’s fine here comes Gore,Hunter or James , what’s that LBs wanna cover the middle I’ll just take it in myself QB sneak

  7. By Curtis on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    Look like jenkins is proving all his doubters wrong. LETS DO THIS!

  8. By zevo49 on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    SORRY FOR CAPS BUT YOU ALL KNOW i HAVE VERY BAD EYES SO I’M VERY SORRY. I CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH THEM ON FRIDAY SO I CAN SEE NAPALM IN ACTION AND WITH A NICKNAME LIKE THAT HE HAS TO MAKE THE TEAM. ALL i READ IS GREAT THINGS ABOUT HIM AND I THINK A.J.JENKINS COULD TURN OUT TO BE ANOTHER WOODS THAT WE DRAFTED YEARS AGO SO MAYBE NAPALM GETS THE NOD….AND CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT THEIR ASKING WITH WEBSITE JUST ABOVE, DID I GET IT RIGHT. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST CAPPY WILL WIN THE 2 SPOT AT QB HANDS DOWN.

  9. By CHEDDUH_27 on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    gotta love both K. Hunter and L. James ….future is bright at the RB position

  10. By rjdniner on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    Like I’ve said before I don’t care how fast hunter or James is without the 5 guys up front WE HAVE NOTHING. .

  11. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hunter really made a statement last year…he is definitely our number 2 RB….Jacked up for Friday cant wait!!!!

  12. By bo9ers52 on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    i’ll be at the stick, for the first look of our 49ers,heck i’m gonna ditch work friday,”NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  13. By Tom on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t base everything off the first preseason game. That Vikings defensive line is fierce. Gonna be one of the toughest tests of the season, just hope Smith stays healthy.

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