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Training Camp Report: Aug. 15

Posted by Taylor Price on August 15, 2012 – 8:31 PM

Special guests were welcomed to Wednesday’s 49ers Training Camp presented by HP. The first 50 members of the team’s Women’s Fan Club, “The Faithfulistas,” were the special VIP guests for practice.

Following the two and a half four practice, players and coaches signed autographs for the Faithful fans, who applauded their efforts throughout the session.

As for the practice itself, the defense returned to its dominant ways. Cornerbacks Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver looked especially sharp on the day. The team’s other top cornerback Carlos Rogers rekindled his blossoming rivalry with Michael Crabtree.

Let’s take a look at the top highlights from Wednesday’s evening practice.

-In one-one-one wide receiver-defensive back drills, Colin Kaepernick got the drill off to a strong start finding Mario Manningham 30 yards down the field on a stop-and-go route against cornerback Tramaine Brock. Later, Alex Smith connected on a deep sideline route with first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, who demonstrated excellent body control to reach back in front of Deante’ Purvis body to make the catch.

-The marquee matchup was between Rogers and Crabtree and it didn’t disappoint. Both standout players clashed immediately at the line of scrimmage when the Pro Bowl cornerback demonstrated an excellent jam at the line. Crabtree, however, brushed Rogers aside and beat him down the right sideline to catch a 25-yard rope from Smith.

-In a goal line team period that featured the second-team offense against the starting defense, Kaepernick executed a nice play-action fake and then proceeded to find tight end Kyle Nelson for a 3-yard score. Donte Whitner applied a hit on Nelson as he came down with the ball, but the backup long snapper maintained possession and got both feet inbounds. When the first-team offense got the ball, Frank Gore scored on back-to-back inside runs.

-In another goal line period, Rock Cartwright and Brandon Jacobs scored on short touchdown runs. Smith also completed a short touchdown to Konrad Reuland.

-In a short-yardage team period, the first-team offense had Parys Harlason and Eric Bakhtiari lined up at left and right outside linebacker, respectively. Starters Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks remained out of practice.

-In a one-minute offense drill that pitted both first-team units for the offense and defense, Culliver’s third-down pass breakup on Smith’s deep sideline pass for Manningham ended the drive. It’s worth noting, Crabtree lined up in the slot and Manningham and Ted Ginn Jr. lined up wide. The second-team offense scored a field goal on their drive thanks to a tremendous downfield catch by A.J. Jenkins. The offense, however, was flagged twice for false starts and eventually settled for a 45-yard field goal from rookie placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio.

-In a midfield 7-on-7 period, Brown recorded back-to-back pass breakups on Scott Tolzien thrown passes.

-In a red zone split period, Culliver broke up a Smith pass intended for Crabtree near the front right pylon.

-The third-team offense and defense squared off in a live, move-the-ball period. Ben Hannula stood out the most, when the first-year wide receiver broke several tackles on a 20-yard reception.

-In the final team period of practice, Josh Johnson was picked off by rookie cornerback Anthony Mosley. Smith completed his best throw of the day, a 40-yard touchdown to Vernon Davis down the right sideline. Safety Darcel McBath intercepted a Johnson pass deep down the middle of the field as well.

-The best play of the day was turned in by Manningham in the final team period. Despite having his left arm held by Purvis, the wide receiver caught a 20-yard rope from Kaepernick, and did so only with his right arm free to make a reception.


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10 Responses to “Training Camp Report: Aug. 15”

  1. By David Ham on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    ok, does anyone NOT think we’ll score 30 pts a game this year??????

  2. By 4evr9er on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Iron sharpens iron!

  3. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    More important to me is the fact that our defense is going to be even better. That is so friggin’ frightening for anybody not rooting for the right team. We could score 15 a game and still win another 13. I am as loyal a fan as they come, but I gotta say after a decade of heartbreak and playing for draft picks I had almost what it feels like to have this much hope and optimism going into football season. It’s gonna be an honor to watch a super bowl and actually care who wins again. Also yeah, we’re gonna score a lot more points this year. I love Akers, one of best pickups in recent years, but he won’t be needing to break his own record in 2012. Red and gold, baby

  4. By ftgambit on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    @David 31 to be exact. I said in April I predict 16-0 Alex holding up the Lombardi, conservative estimate of course

  5. By N9er4LIFE on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    ATTENTION ALL 49er FAN’s & Any1 that WILL LISTEN:

    Alex Smith WILL BE A “ELITE QB” this 2012 season !!!

    In refining his “Throwing Mechanics”, Alex will “TEAR UP the FIELD” with his NEW OFFENSE.

    +++ALEX WILL BLOW AWAY HIS PERSONAL BEST 2011 STATS+++

    My personal SEASON, PLAYOFFS, and SUPERBOWL prediction:

    OUR 49ers:

    1***Will match their 2011 record of (13-3) or do better at (14-2) or (15-1)
    2***Will WIN the NFC Championship (whomever plays them, I don’t care)
    3***And lastly….WILL WIN the SUPERBOWL (whomever plays them, I don’t care)

    ………..8>)………….tick-tock…tick-tock…tick tock

  6. By 49ergear on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    THIS IS OUR YEAR,WE HAVE THE TEAM…….TO WIN IT ALL……WHO HAS IT BETTER THEN US NOBODY

  7. By Ojay on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a loyal fan since back in the 70’s. I believe, that Alex is really grasping and learning the offense. He is also throwing the ball, with better mechanics and accuracy. Yes, we are going to score more points this year and we still have one of the best kickers in the league. We have good all around team and Superbowl here we come. GO NINERS!

  8. By John on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Been itchin to see Kaepernick start showing his potential and now it begins!

  9. By JJ on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Did Kaep throw from the pocket for once???? GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By BIG D 81 on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Uno, ive been a fan since i can remember and ive never seen the defense and offense look so dang stacked!!!!! I Now live in the great state of Alaska and root for my niners every week all season and off season and cant wait for regular season to start.I believe Alex Smith will do great things this year and prove his spot among the elite..With that said ithink Cap still needs a little work on a lil more basics and should be good to go soon but i think Tolzien should b our num.two JUST FOR NOW,till Cap works out his accuracy issues but from sounds like hes doing that as we speak so who knows till regular season starts,I do however see big Cap as our future…We will do great this season!!!!NOBODY HAS IT BETTA ,49ER FOR LIFE..and stay faithfull to our elite 49er dynasty….

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