Following the 92-yard touchdown drive he led to close out 49ers Fan Fest, Alex Smith continued his hot play with another stellar practice at 49ers Training Camp presented by HP.
Smith displayed excellent downfield accuracy while completing three deep sideline throws in the same midfield team period.
First, Smith found a familiar target, locating tight end Vernon Davis 30 yards down the field on a deep wheel route against the coverage of linebacker Michael Wilhoite. On the very next play, Smith attacked the left sideline again, this time on a 30-yard deep throw to veteran wideout Randy Moss. Undrafted cornerback Anthony Mosley gave up the big passing play.
Smith completed his third deep sideline pass of the period to running back Kendall Hunter, who slipped behind undrafted linebacker Joe Holland’s man coverage to catch a 25-yard pass. Smith stood out throughout the session, but so did some of the team’s defensive backs.
Let’s take a look at the top highlights from Monday’s session.
-New 49ers Joe Sawyer and Gijon Robinson attended practice along with recently signed linebacker Kenny Rowe. Robinson was able to participate as he was previously in camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars this summer. Rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement prevent new players from immediately practicing in full pads. Sawyer and Rowe will have to wait two more practice to wear full equipment.
-During an opening team period that focused on the run game, Garrett Celek fumbled on a short reception when he was simultaneously hit by Dashon Goldson and Patrick Willis.
-In a 7-on-7 period from midfield, Colin Kaepernick completed a perfectly thrown 40-yard deep sideline pass to wide receiver Mario Manningham who beat undrafted cornerback Deante’ Purvis’ coverage. Later in the period, the best reception was turned in by undrafted wideout Chris Owusu, who hauled in a high slant pattern from Josh Johnson. Chris Culliver also recorded a pass breakup on a Scott Tolzien pass intended down the right sideline to undrafted wideout Nathan Palmer. Culliver undercut the post-corner route to record the pass breakup. Tolzien was later intercepted in the period when cornerback Perrish Cox picked off a deep post pattern slightly behind first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.
-In the midfield team period that Smith continuously found open sideline targets, new running back Brandon Jacobs exploded through the line for a 15-yard gain behind Leonard Davis’ lead block. Willis also recorded a sack in the period when his inside blitz got him immediately in front of Tolzien’s face to disrupt his chances of throwing downfield. Later in the extended team period, Culliver recorded his second pass breakup of the day on another deep Tolzien pass intended for Palmer. Another strong defensive play was turned by undrafted defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie who batted down one of Johnson’s passes during the team period. Dashon Goldson closed the period with an interception on Johnson pass that deflected off his newest target’s hands, Gijon Robinson.
-In the final red zone team period, Carlos Rogers broke up Smith’s slant pass intended for Michael Crabtree. Smith later pitched a short shovel pass to Frank Gore for a touchdown. Culliver recorded his third pass breakup of the day in the period when he stepped in front of Tolzien’s slant intended for Kyle Williams.
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