Jim Harbaugh doesn’t subscribe to the “breaking camp” theory. Although there won’t be a practice today, the 49ers will conduct a “Mock Game” before departing to Houston for the team’s first preseason road trip.
To get you ready for San Francisco’s matchup with the Texans, check out our latest Niner Talk podcast which features interviews with quarterback Scott Tolzien and Drew Dougherty of Houston Texans TV.
Tolzien discussed Randy Moss’ positive influence on the locker room, as well as his mindset heading into an important preseason game. Tolzien said it’s all about maximizing opportunities. Dougherty also gave perspective on the opponent’s side of things and said the team’s fans are very friendly when it comes to tailgating. In you’re in Houston for the game, put on a smile and they’ll likely pass you some grub.
As for the current state of the 49ers, ESPN.com’s Mike Sando recently filed his Camp Confidential report on the recent developments in Santa Clara.
Sando asks if the strides shown by the 49ers passing game last season were only the start of something greater.
“That question ran through my mind while watching Smith fire passes on time and on target during a recent three-day stay at 49ers training camp. The answer became clearer every time Smith connected with newcomers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, which was frequently. He appeared more accurate, more confident and more in command than I can ever recall seeing Smith during a training camp — or any other time, for that matter.”
More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shared his Thursday practice notes which included an item about practice music. Maiocco: “The 49ers had their final full practice before leaving Friday for an exhibition game against the Houston Texans. There were periods in which the first-team offense and defense worked against scout teams. The 49ers had music — including AC/DC’s “Back in Black” — blaring on the practice field to get the offense some work in noisy conditions.”
Maiocco also shares the story of NFL journeyman Eric Bakhtiari and his quest to land with the 49ers. Maiocco: “From 2008 to 2011, he made stops with San Diego, the 49ers, back to San Diego, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, back to the 49ers, Miami, Kansas City, Cleveland, and back to Kansas City. Through it all, he has suited up for only three regular-season games. The Titans promoted him from the practice squad in 2009 for three games. He did not play any defense, but he was on the field for 47 plays on special teams.”
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shares Jim Harbaugh’s latest praise for Alex Smith. Barrows: “Last year Alex Smith was elite. This year he’s an expert. This, according to Jim Harbaugh, who today noted Smith’s excellent week of practices and said that the quarterback has mastered the 49ers’ playbook.”
Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com shares what he learned from camp practices, which includes Alex Boone’s encouraging play at right guard.
Peter King of SI.com recently discussed Randy Moss’ potential with the 49ers. King thinks Moss can be a factor early in the season.
49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman recently made an appearance on NFL Network’s Total Access.
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Can't wait to be home this weekend. H-Town bound!—
michael thomas (@mt3much4em) August 16, 2012
Big game for many reasons.
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